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A Short Limit Nabs Rayburn MBAA
By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder
Military Bass Anglers Association- Individual Tournament Circuit

Sunday, January 17, 1999, MillCreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas.

"I had my fifth fish in the well, stated the Zavalla TX, angler who had just weighed-in a short limit of four bass, but I mistakingly released it when I was culling, he fretted, but quickly added with a smile that he more than made up for his error when a noon bite put a bass in his boat that would push the digital's past the eight pound mark.

Unseasonable and Spring-like weather, with upper 70 degree temps, met the MBAA individual anglers who launched into the January waters of Lake Sam Rayburn to enjoy a sunny, but breezy, day of fishing for a 5 bass limit which would be weighed-in at Millcreek Park. The Military Bass Anglers Association tournament trail, a part of the National Bassing America Organization, was holding its individual tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn, and as the anglers arrived for their 3:pm check-ins, the winds were peaking with 15 to 20 northwesterly's, causing some insight on how their day of bassin' on Big Sam had gone.

"I had an all day bite, informed Clayton Boulware, of Zavalla TX, "but it was a "very slow" bite as I could only muster up 5 hits all day. Clayton managed to get "the right" bites though, as he maneuvered his Cobra/Mercury bass rig over 14' Black Forest grass to work the inside edges with red Bomber 7-A's and white Strike King Premier's with Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with Trilene 8# mono. "I actually released my 5th bass by mistake, explained Clayton, "but I more than made up for my mistake when a 12:15 p:m: bite on a Strike King Premier put an 8.36 lb bass in my boat. Clayton, who is consistantly "hovering" near the winners circle, managed to grab this win with a 4 bass/16.23 lb catch for $487, as well as the "overall" big bass money of $160 for his "bandaid".

"I had my bass early, stated Lake Charles LA, angler, David Rabalais, as he went on to state that he worked red Norman DD-14's from the deck of his Champion/Evinrude with Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15# P-line, as he cranked 8'-12' inside and outside Southlake grass edges. "I managed to catch 8 bass by 10:am, informed David, "but after that it was "slow" and "slower" until I was finally able to cull up a 5 bass/11.49 lb bag for a 2nd place check of $380.

Top 5 Individuals:

1-Clayton Boulware, Zavalla TX.----------4 bass/16.32 lbs
2-David Rabalais, Lake Charles LA.-------5 bass/11.49 lbs
3-Roland Sarvaunt, Lake Charles LA.-----5 bass/10.69 lbs
4-Bennie Jerrel, Leesville LA.----------------5 bass/10.22 lbs
5-Daniel Fletcher, Ft Worth TX.------------4 bass/8.57 lbs

All bass were live released at the tournament site- For more information on the MBAA tournament circuit contact Rodney Howard at (318)-238-4210.

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