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Trinity's "Miller Lite" Team Earns "Ultimate Challenge" Invite
By Ed Snyder

4th Annual Tournament Of Champions
October 17, 1999, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

"With twenty five pounds and ten ounces, announced the Champion Boats tournament director, "from Trinity, Texas, Edwin Loitz and Nick Albus. And with the huge spectator crowd applauding, the Miller Lite Team, from Trinity, made their way to claim their 8th place position among the top 13 teams who managed to clinch a competitive honor for competing at the Champion Boat Owners "Ultimate Fishing Challenge" to be held in the year 2000.

It all started with invitations arriving in the mail for fishing the up-coming 4th Annual Lake Toledo Bend "Tournament Of Champions" challenge, scheduled for October, 16 & 17 at Cypress Bend Resort on the Louisiana side of "The Bend". All the anglers had to do was register to fish for, and catch, a five bass limit each day, from a sprawling bi-state reservoir that stretched 95 miles betwixt the border states of Louisiana & Texas, then to navigate their Champion Bass Boat back through 1,200 miles of shorelined structure to weigh-in their catches at Twin Island's, Cypress Bend Resort by the check-in deadlines scheduled for each day. "No Problem" for the Miller Lite bassin' team from Trinity Tx, as they "also" had to compete against 248 "other" Champion Boat Owner teams, who were doing the exact same thing that they were attempting to do.

"We fished mid-lake area pepper grass the first day of competition, stated Edwin Loitz and Nick Albus, as they informed of their fishing strategy for both days, "where we worked Castaway rods and Garcia reels spooled with 17# & 20# Silver Thread line, the Trinity duo explained as they told of fishing 2' to 3' depths with white Zara Spooks. "We managed to catch 9 bass that culled to a 5 bass/15.40 lb weight for day one, they continued, "then we decided to move to mid-lake timber in 7' to 8' of water the second day where we fished tennessee shad Little N's for catching 7 bass that culled to our 2nd day weight of 5 bass/9.56 lbs, which gave us a 10 bass/25.10 lb "overall" finish for the 8th place position for the TOC tournament.

The Trinity TX, team will be competing against our nationa finest TOC anglers for the winning portion of the $100,000 in cash & prizes which will be offered for the top anglers. The "Ultimate Challenge" is scheduled for April of 2000 with lake and times to be announced later.

We, of the LakeCaster Staff and readership, wish good luck to Edwin Loitz and Nick Albus as they'll be representing Lake Livingston at this most prestigious event.

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