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Anglers Choice Pros battle it out
By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder

Warm sunshine and light breezes dominated the final day of competition for the Anglers Choice Pro/Am anglers, almost hiding the fact that the spring like conditions were due to a post front. Although the lake was in excellent shape, the previous week of flooding rains was causing the lake to rise well above its normal pool of 164' to over 171'. As the quickly rising waters flooded the timber and buckbrush, the bass scattered as they were staging for the upcoming spawn. Three Pro/Anglers were to find the key for catching them, and they caught to within a short pound of each other for the Anglers Choice Pro-Division win.

"I found them holding along 18'-22' claypoints", announced Bill Hudspeth, of Kilgore TX. "The trick was to drag Zoom ghord green lizards through the grass-clumps slowly. I was actually 'clipping' the grass," he emphasized, as he told of fishing from the deck of his Skeeter/Yamaha while working Loomis rods and Garcia reels spooled with 20# P-line. Bill told of catching 30 bass a day that allowed him to cull up his two day, 10 bass/28.96 lb. 1st place win, for the keys to a fully rigged Pantera Classic BassCat with a 200 Mercury outboard.

Nacogdoches TX pro, Lendell Martin told how he maneuvered his Nitro/Mariner bass rig over 10' mid-lake shallow points and drains to catch a two day, 10 bass/28.05 lb. weight for 2nd place. ìI must have caught at least 50 keeper bass per day, using Castaway rods rigged to reels spooled with 20# XT-green Tri-lene, while working all day bites. I held tight to my structure today, and patience allowed me to catch the bigger bass." His technique netted him $5,000.

Nick Albus, of Trinity TX told of using Norman DD-22's. "I mainly worked them along 12' ridge-line grass." I tipped the grass-tops with shad and chartreuce cranks from the deck of my Champion/Mercury while fishing with Castaway rods and Garcia reels spooled with 14# Fireline." The Hollomon Distributing Miller Lite pro managed to cull a two day, 10 bass/28.00 lb. weight for a 3rd place finish and a check for $2,100.

Willis TX angler, Eddy Thomas, found his 1st place amateur win while tearing 'em up with Carolina rigged lizards from 10'-12' creek channels for a 2 day, 10 bass/21.28 lb. final and a $2,200 check.

Pinehurst TX angler, Shawn Shry, found his 2nd place finish while fishing green Zoom lizards and fries along 8'-15' mid-lake points and grass-clumps, that would land him a 2 day, 10 bass/20.87 lb. catch for a $1,000 check.

Waco TX angler Bryon Albrecht worked Carolina rigged watermelon "Arkie" lizards around northlake and southlake patterns which would land him the 3rd place amateur check of $700 for his 2 day, 10 bass/19.10 lb. catch.

Overall Pro-Big bass held for Sourlake TX pro, Jeff Scifres, as his Ayish Bayou bass of 7.78 lbs. landed him a $1,000 check.

Overall Amateur-Big bass split for Lindy Hadley of Dallas and John Stinnette of Huntsville, as their 5.59 ties netted them checks for $375.

All bass were live released at tournament site with 1,436 bass weighing 2,578 lbs.
Next Central Pro/Am tournament is scheduled for March 18-21, 1999, at Waterwood Resort on Lake Livingston, TX. For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Choice events, contact Johnny Davis at 817-326-5821

TOP 5 AMATEURS
1-Eddy Thomas, Willis TX. 21.28 lbs. $2,200
2-Shawn Shry, Pinehurst TX. 20.87 lbs. $1,000
3-Bryon Albrecht, Waco TX. 19.10 lbs. $700
4-Kent McGee, Basil TX. 18.53 lbs. $500
5-Lindy Hadley, Dallas TX. 18.45 lbs. $475

TOP 5 PROS

1-Bill Hudspeth, Kilgore TX. 28.96 lbs. Fully rigged Pantera Classic Bass Cat/Mercury
2-Lendell Martin, Nacogdoches TX. 28.05 lbs. $5,000
3-Nick Albus, Trinity TX. 28.00 lbs. $2,100
4-Randy Qualls, Streetman TX. 27.87 lbs. $1,200
5-Slade Dearman, Onalaska TX. 27.40 lbs. $1,150

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