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5 Bass/18.05 lbs Takes Rayburn Tourny
By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder
Bass Champions Team Trail-Division One

Saturday, January 15, 1999, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas.

"We started catching them at first light, stated the tired, but happy anglers who had just hefted a heavy bass bag onto the scales, "and they kept right on biting for us up until about 10:30 a:m:, they further informed, adding that after 10:30, when the wind began to kick up, that they just plain couldn't buy another bite for the rest of the day. "But what the heck, one of the anglers pointed out, we managed to boat at least 25 keepers before they "lock-jawed" on us.

The Bass Champions Team Trail, an Alabama based circuit, was holding their first Texas Division team tournament of the 1999 season, on Lake Sam Rayburn at Millcreek Park, and with mid-January weather providing sunny and mild 70 degree temps, the teams launched out into Springlike conditions, "but" much like early Spring patterns, the winds would begin to gust up with 10 to 15 southwesterly's, causing heavy chop on the lake, and by 11:am, most anglers were put on "rock & roll" patterns, causing minimum bites with maximum frustrations. "But, as in all tournaments, there are always those anglers who manage to "hang-tuff" on their patterns to "pull the rabbit" out of the turmoil of adverse conditions.

"Joe Graves" Sidewinder rods and Garcia reels helped me to catch my fish, stated Paul Eason, of Brookeland TX, as the Veteran Seabee further informed that they managed to work southlake inside grasslines, from the deck of their Skeeter/Mercury, with a combination of orange 3/4 oz Rattle traps, 1/2 oz white Mr Blitz spinner baits, and 1/2 oz white/silver Cyclone spinner baits. "They were holding down at 10'-13' depths, stated team partner, Bobby LeBert of Sourlake TX, as he spoke of using Shimano rods and Quantum reels spooled with Berkely BG-15# mono, "we started catching them right off, Bobby LeBert informed, adding that they continued to catch keeper bass up til 10:30 a:m:, when the wind started to gust-up a good chop. "Then it was all over, Paul frowned, "but we were able to cull our 5 bass limit from a 25 bass catch that put 18.05 lbs in the well, and $850 in our pockets. Paul Eason would also nab a 4.25 lb bass that would hold for the overall big bass check of $120.

"An Allison Bass boat and Mercury 225 Pro/Max helped to get us there, stated brothers, Todd and Ted O'dell, of Buna TX, as the bass/team explained how they found their 2nd place catch holding over 25' southlake brushtops. "And while using Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with Berkley BG-15# mono, they explained how they worked Zoom Mag II black/emerald lizards rigged carolina style, as they fished a 9:am til Noon bite that would give them a 15 bass catch to cull their 3 bass/6.30 lb weight from.

Top 4 Teams:
1-Paul Eason/Bobby Lebert----------5 bass/18.05 lbs/$850
2-Todd O'Dell/Ted O'Dell-------------3 bass/6.30 lbs/$150
3-Ronald Bonnier/Chester West----3 bass/5.45 lbs/$100
4-Clint West/Glenn West-------------1 bass/3.55 lbs/$50

Overall Big Bass-Paul Eason/Bobby LeBert-(4.25 lbs/$120
2nd Big Bass-Clint West/Glenn West-(3.55 lbs/$50

All bass were live released at the tournament site

For more info on the Bass Champions Tournament Trail contact Ron Esman Jr at (281)-320-0642- or (334)-974-2600. The next tournament is scheduled for February 20, at April Plaza Marina on Lake Conroe.

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