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LeBert & Eason dominate Bass N Bucks on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman

Wrapping up the 2005 season, Bass N Bucks anglers launched on Sam Rayburn August 13th on a clear starlit morning, enjoying a spectacular meteor display heading to Twin Dikes Marina to check in. Once all of the teams were gathered, Dave Concienne let the teams go one by one to head to their hopeful fishing holes, with one last chance effort to make the Championship.

The bite has been tough for most anglers for weeks preceding the event. Bright sunshine and hot temperatures filled the day, with a looming front approaching. At the weigh in, everyone kept one eye on the scales and the other on the dark storm clouds quickly heading in. The last sack of fish was barely weighed in before the cooling wind picked up and the rain started pouring down.

Bobby LeBert and Paul Eason, winners of the last tournament on Sam Rayburn pulled it off again bringing in 28.66 lbs. "We used the same patterns as the last tournament, but had to go to different spots" Bobby began. "Our fish were off of main lake points in about 12-15'". They threw Carolina rigged watermelon candy trick worms, and also managed a 9.62 lb kicker that won Big Bass honors and an additional $1,000 sponsored by Kicker Fish Bait Co. Their 1st place check was for $4,000. They would like to thank Dawson Marine and Skeeter Boats for their support.

Bill Rogers and Bill Guillory came in 2nd place with their 21.4 lb limit. "We caught all of our fish before 8:00" stated Guillory. They concentrated on deep brush piles in about 20-25'. "We caught them on Carolina rigged watermelon lizards and trick worms. We also pulled some in on crank baits." They had a nice kicker as well, weighing in at 9.56 lbs, just 6/100 of a pound less than LeBert & Eason's big bass. Rogers and Guillory enjoyed a $2,000 2nd place payday.

In 3rd place with 21.1 lbs was the team of Sammy Atchison and Chris Harvey. "We had our limit in the boat by around 10:30" Sammy said. "We were throwing Texas rigged red bug Old Monster worms around brush piles. We caught seven keepers and one short fish. Our big bass broke off on us." They received the $1,400 3rd place check, plus another $1,000 Champion Bonus for being the highest finishing qualified Champion boat owners.

"This has been a great year" Dave Concienne stated. "It is great to see everyone who has been with Bass N Bucks for years, plus we've met a lot of new anglers this year as well. We'd like to thank everyone for fishing with us this year, and wish all of the Championship qualifiers 'Good Luck' September 17-18 on Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. Tricia and I would also like to thank all of our sponsors who have helped make Bass N Bucks such a rewarding circuit. Once we get the Championship behind us, we'll make the transition from bass to bucks for a while and enjoy deer season until our 2006 season kick off event December 4th on Sam Rayburn at the Pavilion." The top twenty teams from the summer series plus the top three couples qualify for the Championship, in addition to the teams that qualified from the first series. "We are excited to be giving away three fully rigged Champion / Mercury boats and the Southeast Texas Toyota dealers - Philpott , Silsbee, Cecil Atkission and Kinsel Toyota - are also providing a Toyota Tundra V-8 to be won at the Championship. Toyota has really come out with a tough, strong, gas-efficient truck that is perfect for the angler on the go. Congratulations to all of our winners and good luck to everyone in the Championship." - Dave Concienne


Overall standings:
1st $4,000 28.66 lbs Bobby LeBert & Paul Eason
2nd $2,000 21.40 lbs Bill Rogers & Bill Guillory
3rd $1,400 21.10 lbs Sammy Atchison & Chris Harvey
(+ $1,000 Champ. Bonus)
4th $1,300 20.66 lbs Stan Burgay & Mark Herron
5th $1,200 18.99 lbs Steve Martin Jr. & Bud Pruitt
6th $1,100 18.91 lbs Gary & Robert Glende
7th $1,000 18.25 lbs Glenn Kirk & Mike Metcalf
8th $ 900 18.10 lbs Doug & Mason McCain
9th $ 900 17.50 lbs Todd Castledine & Jaret Latta
10th $ 800 16.58 lbs David & Steve Morton
.....and last in the money.......
17th $ 400 13.79 lbs Jack Carroll & Morris Fuller

Big Bass - $1,000 9.62 lbs Bobby LeBert & Paul Eason


For more information, please call 409-727-8941 or visit their website at www.bassnbucks.com.

Official 2005 Bass N Bucks sponsors include: Champion Boats, Mercury Motors, Southeast Texas Toyota Dealers, Lowrance, Minnkota, Shimano, Wulf Outdoor Sports, Kicker Fish Bait Company, Rat-L-Trap, Snag Proof, Xtools, Dual Pro Charger, Power Tech Propellers and Stanley Baits
Other sponsors include: Fishingworld.com, Super 8 Motel, ProRule, McFerrin Insurance, BassMedics Rejuvenade, The Stump Restaurant, Ann's Tackle Shop, Need More Tackle, Rayburn Tackle, Piney Point Plaza, Holiday Inn Express and Toledo Town & Tackle.


LeBert & Eason pulled out the stops to win 1st place with 28.66 lbs and Big Bass honors with their 9.62 lb kicker

Bill Rogers and Bill Guillory won 2nd place with their 21.4 lb limit, Guillory shows their 9.56 lb big bass
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

Sammy Atchison and Chris Harvey came in a close 3rd place with 21.10 lbs

Top Bass N Bucks winners (L-R) 1st - LeBert & Eason; 2nd - Rogers & Guillory; 3rd - Atchison & Harvey; with Tournament Director Dave Concienne

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