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21.43 lbs. takes Angler's Choice Team event Top 5 East Texas Teams
By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder

"I held my breath," explained Ricky Potts of Longview TX, as he relived the moment his partner, Terry Burghart, "bowed-up" on the "hawg" bass that would grab the overall honors for the East Texas Anglers Choice event. "I managed to net the 9.44 lb. kicker for him," Ricky informed how his partner, Terry Burghart, also of Longview, managed to get the bass into their Skeeter/Yamaha. Both anglers worked Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15# P-Line mono, as they drug Carolina rigged Zoom pumpkin lizards across mid-lake 8'-10' clay points. "The points had some grass clumps scattered about," explained Ricky, "and we must have caught up to 25 bass from a 7:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. bite, but only 6 keepers that we managed to cull for our 3rd place weight of 5 bass/15.94 for a $710 payday. The Longview TX, team would also take home a Big Bass check of $430 for their 9.44 lb "kicker" /p>

With 71 teams launching into the 36 degree chill of northwesterly winds, the Anglers Choice competitors were to find a good day of bassing on Big Sam, and as the East Texas sun began to warm the water up a notch, the bass would become a bit more active. One team, who had finished in 2nd place at the previous day's Amateur team event, returned to their honey hole to glean-up an impressive catch of healthy Rayburn bass. And as the last of the anglers weighed their bass at Twin Dikes Marina, all heads turned to admire the wall to wall sacks of bass that were coming to the holding tanks. /p>

"We basically worked the same waters as yesterday, only slightly deeper, with chartreuse DD-22's." stated Nick Albus of Trinity TX. The Miller Lite team had returned to their southlake ridgeline, and as they traversed its deeper edges in their Campion/Mercury bass rig, they worked Castaway and Falcon rods rigged with Garcia reels spooled with 14 lb. Fireline. /p>

"We caught most of our fish early. "We probably had our limit by 8:00 a.m.," said Edwin, of Trinity, who operates Ed's Marina on Lake Livingston. /p>

His partner, Nick Albus spoke of catching bass all day, but could only get 11 keepers that would cull to their 5 bass/21.43 lb. weight and a first place winner's check for $1,825. /p>

"My dad and I worked 15'-16' outside grass edges of Black Forest grass lines with white Strike King Premier Cranks," stated Clayton Boulware of Zavalla TX. The father/son team drifted their Cobra/Mercury bass boat along Black Forest grass as they worked Castaway rods and Shimano/Ambassadeur reels spooled with Trilene BG-12 lb mono. "We caught 7 keepers from 8 hits between a prime-time bite of 9:00 a.m. till noon," explained Clayton as he spoke of tipping the grass, then letting it rise. "We always seemed to hit it on the rise," grinned Clayton, as he walked up with his dad, Roger, to claim their 2nd place check for $910. /p>

All bass were live released at the tournament site with 213 bass weighing 475.14 lbs.

The next East Texas event will be held February 21, on Lake Toledo Bend at Frontier Park Marina. For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Choice Tournament events, contact Randy Knight at 409-694-7634 or Johnny Davis at 817-326-5821.

Tournament Sponsors: BassCat, Mercury, Diehard, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, MotorGuide, T H Marine Supplies, Please Release Me, Big Foot, Ramada Inn Jasper, Holiday Inn Express Jasper, Needmore Tackle, Capt. Kirk's Marine, Cedar Tree Restaurant.

1 - Nick Albus / Edwin Loitz 21.43 $1,825
2 - Clayton & Roger Boulware 16.79 $910
3 - Ricky Potts / Terry Burghart 15.94 $710
4 - Jeff Knepp / Jed Stever 14.91 $645
5 - Lindy Hadley / Ken Smith 14.29 $565

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