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Silsbee Bass Club Claims Rayburn Federation
By Snyder

Ed Snyder
Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. Federation

Saturday, January 23, 1999, MillCreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas.

Pre-front "nasties" and "howling" winds greeted the 118 individual anglers who launched into Lake Sam Rayburn to fish the 1st tournament of the season for the Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. Federation circuit. Scheduled on the edge of a storm system that would spawn an incredible 50 tornado's across the southern states, the regional Federation anglers were to pay "white-water" dues for their weigh-in at MillCreek Park, as they had to wallow and bank their way through gusting northwest swells to make their scheduled 3:pm flite deadlines.

Despite adverse weather conditions, competition levels were expected to be at high levels as the anglers were fishing for a chance to advance to the Regional Championships, and possibly the World Championships of the BassMaster's Classic. Made up of local and regional Bassclubs, the Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. Federation club-members are then invited to fish the regional events for points and standings which will qualify them for an opportunity to become a "Regional Champion" and a position on the Texas State Team, which are sent to fish and compete at the National Championship. The State Federation Chapters of the National B.A.S.S. Federation circuit are "the only" gateways for the grassroot anglers to advance their way up to the National Levels of the BassMaster's circuit. The Federation anglers, a true mixture from the melting pots of our nations greatness, come from blue collar and white collar lifestyles that merge together to become but one group, with but one goal, to fish and promote an atmosphere that preserves conservation, youth activities, and public awareness for the future of fishing. And as the final check-ins weighed-in their hard earned tallies, the leaderboard began to list the top Bass Club anglers of the tournament.

"Zoom watermelon/chartreuse centipedes", stated Silsbee Bass Club angler, Bo Standley, "It was definitley "ruff & tuff" getting out there, Standley continued to inform, "but once I got where I needed to be, it was ok". The "where he needed to be" was a mid-lake creek channel, where Bo was able to maneuver his Charger/Evinrude bass boat as he worked Castaway rods and Quantum reels spooled with Berkley BG-20 # mono, which were carolina rigged to Zoom centipedes. "I found my bass holding along the breaklines of an 8'-12' creekedge", Bo further informed as he told of getting a good all day bite which put 8 bass in the boat. "My big bass of 7.37 lbs hit at 7:30 a:m", Bo stated, as he spoke of being able to cull his 5 bass limit from a prime bite of between 7:am to 9:am for an 18.25 lb weight and the 1st place check of $904.25. Bo Standley would also grab the "overall" big bass honor for his 7.37 lb bass for another $696.

"My Prime bite occurred between 10 and 11:am", answered Brooke Ayton, as he spoke of running his Skeeter/Yamaha bass-rig to mid-lake creek channel edges, where he caught his bass. "I managed to use Castaway rods & Shimano reels spooled with Berkley BG-15 # mono", informed Brooke, as he told of fishing 10' ledges with Carolina rigged Zoom sourgrape centipedes for a 9:am til 2:pm bite, where he managed to catch 8 bass for his cull of 5 bass/18.19 lbs for a 2nd place finish for the Aleif/Fort Bend Bass Club.

" Texas Rigged Gene Larew chartreuse/pepper craws", answered William Crain, as he explained how he caught his 6.82 lb bass from an 8:30 a:m bite off of a 4' Millcreek bank. William would go home $464 richer for his 2nd place big bass catch.

Top 5 Federation Anglers:
1-Bo Standley-Silsbee Bass Club-5 bass/18.25 lbs-$904.25-
2-Brooke Ayton-Aleif/Fort Bend Bass Club-5 bass/18.19 lbs-$723.80-
3-Charles Latham-Beaumont Bass Club-5 bass/13.79 lbs-$542-
4-Danny Cross-Bass Club of East Texas-5 bass/13.15 lbs-$361.92-
5-Elton Oxley-Vidor Bass Club-5 bass/11.53 lbs-$180.96-

"Overall" big bass-(7.37)-Bo Standley-$696-
2nd place big bass-(6.96)-William Crain-$464-

All bass were live released at tournament site- next tournament is scheduled for April Plaza Marina at Lake Conroe on February 27. For more information on this tournament as well as the K-Mart/ B.A.S.S. Federation Casting Kids, and Lil' Buddies events, contact Southeast Texas Federation Regional Director, Don Iles, at (409)-787-2600- or - Tournament Director, Robert Royal at (409)-786-1642.

Tournament Sponsors are, Minn-Kota, Plano Tackle Co, Ranger Boats, Dawson Marine, Reynolds & Sons Tackle, K-Mart, Mercury Marine, Mr. Blitz, and Triple Fish Camo-Escent line.

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