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Couples Tourny on Toledo Bend
by DON ILES

Don Iles

Valentines Day and 54 love struck couples gathered at Lowe's Creek Park on Toledo Bend. The day reserved for roses, chocolates and hearts needs to add stringers of black bass to the mix. The opening tournament for this fishing circuit could not have fallen on a more appropriate day.

Michael Voytek, the tournament director for this up and coming fishing circuit, was pleased with the turn-out and stated that he has doubled participation in each of the last three years. As more and more men begin to introduce their spouses and girl friends to the sport of competitive bass angling we may well see a new breed of tournament teams and an increased level of participation in the sport.

Although conditions on the lake were tough with a post cold front high pressure cell sitting on top of a falling lake, the competitors were up to the challenge. "One ounce red rattle traps," Jim Little said with a grin as his wife/partner Genny looked on. The team sponsored, by L & O Plumbing of Houston, culled a 10 fish catch down to a five fish limit of 17.29 lbs. of which one was the men's big bass of the tournament at 4.63 lbs. The limit came from north of the bridge on 10' scattered grass lines. The catch netted them a cash prize of $913.00.

Many LA anglers Wayne and Natalie Ebarb flipped and spun their way to second place fishing the 1215 area of the lake with 1/2 oz. black, blue and purple jigs trailed with a pumpkin pepper green flake craw worm and with a 3/8 oz. white spinner bait. "We caught 9 keepers and culled to 14.50 lbs. I flipped bushes along a 10' ridge while Mona threw a spinner bait to the inside edge of the grass." stated Wayne. The team's best bite came between 9:30 and 12:00 and earned them $430.00 for their effort.

Bunky Long from Walnut Creek MO teamed up with Goodrich lady angler Ann Myers for the 3rd place stringer of 14.14 lbs. "We must have caught 20 keepers all day but we just couldn't get the big bite," said Ann as she related how they caught their fish on main lake points south of Pendleton Bridge.

"We caught all of our fish on Carolina rigged centipedes in watermelon and red bug colors in 10' of water around scattered grass. We had our limit by 9:15 and culled all day." stated Ann. Their effort won them a cash prize of $284.00.

Top Five Places:

  • 1. Jim & Jenny Little 14.50 lbs.
  • 2. Wayne & Natalie Ebarb 14.14 lbs.
  • 3. Bunky Long & Ann Myers 13.36 lbs.
  • 4. Kirk & Mona Broussard 13.14 lbs.
  • 5. Rob & Paula Peach 17.29 lbs.

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