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"Slooow" Fishing Wins Dawson Marine Skeeter/ Invitational
By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder
December 13, 1998, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn TX.

"It was cold enough for us to notice it, stated the first anglers to arrive for the 2:pm weigh-in at Millcreek Park, "We headed out into 37 degree temperatures, informed Mike Comeaux and Brian Leger, who were fishing the 1st Annual Dawson Marine Skeeter/Invitational tournament. As Mike and Brian started to weigh-in their catch, two more anglers quickly arrived behind them to place their "heavy bag" into the holding tank which held a "kicker" that would begin to displace the water line.

Dawson Marine of Beaumont TX, was coordinating its "1st ever" Dawson Marine Skeeter/Invitational bass tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn and as the 2:pm weigh-in deadline inched into its collective moments the wind-weary, and bone-chilled anglers began to tally up their hard earned efforts. Previous days of soaking rains and blustering winds caused serious flash flooding conditions around the lake, but as the 6:am tournament start launched out the 25 teams, they would power-up into the teeth of an arctic cold front.

By days end, most anglers were more than ready for their weigh-in as this would become the final organized bass tournament for Rayburn's 1998 season. And as the last bag of bass were checked and tallied for the leaderboard, the final weights began to digitize the top five leaders.

"It was mighty slooow fishin' for us, stated Brian Schott, as he explained how his team partner, Jeff Sciefers, managed to maneuver their Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig around the 147 bridge area as they worked Castaway rods and Shimano reels, spooled with Berkley 12/10# mono, while fishing red crankbaits and Bomber 7A's along mainlake ditches in 6'-10' water. "We just plainly stuck it out, Brian stated, as he further informed that they probably averaged 1 bass for every 1 & 1/2 hours of fishing until they finally managed to cull their 1st place winning weight of 16.77 lbs from a 6 bass catch. Their $1,050 winning bag would also include a "healthy" 7.06 lb "kicker" that Brian managed to hook on a noon bite that would be worth an additional $300 for the "overall" big bass honors.

"We probably culled 3 limits of bass today, remarked Todd Faircloth, as he and team partner, Fred Brent, had just weighed-in their 5 bass/14.98 lb weight for a 2nd place finish. "We worked our Skeeter/Yamaha along 5'-10' mid-lake drains and inside grasslines. "Erhardt Fishin' sticks and Quantum reels spooled with Berkley BG-15/20 mono, gave me my edge, stated Todd, as Fred informed of using Falcon rods and Quantum reels. "We both used Norman shad colored cranks and Bomber crawfish colored Little N's, Todd stated as he told of catching an all day bite that would put a $525 check in their tackle pack.

"We thought we were gonna' kick their butts" stated Scott Springer, as his partner, Eric Vaughn, took up with, "Yeah, sure-nuff, we scooted our Skeeter/Yamaha up Ayish Bayou where we found a 15 bass payday, "but" only managed to cull out 8 keepers. "We found plenty of bass, Scott informed as he told of working Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15# Berkley mono, where as Erick prefered Browning rods and Calcutta reels. Both anglers fished hard at cranking bleeding shiner and crawfish colored 1/2 oz Rattle Traps as they worked 10'-12' outside grasslines. "It was an all day bite, informed Springer, but the bass were holding in bunches and we had to search hard to find where they were holding.

Top 5 Teams:

1- Brian Schott/Jeff Sciefers.....................5 bass/16.77 lbs/$1,050
2- Fred Brent/Todd Faircloth...................5 bass/14.98 lbs/$525
3- Scott Springer/Eric Vaughn.................5 bass/13.15 lbs/$250
4- Randy Knight/Damon Minor..............5 bass/12.03 lbs/$150
5- Wes Dawson/Wade Billingsley-------5 bass/11.77 lbs/$125

All bass were live released by the Dawson Marine fish recovery crew at the tournament site.

For more information on this, as well as other Dawson Marine Skeeter tournaments contact 1-800-471-2357.

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