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Rayburn Angler's Choice Couples
By Ed Snyder

Brrrr..isky wintry winds put the Anglers Choice Couples on rock & roll patterns for their '99 season opener, as 52 teams launched into a rolling Lake Sam Rayburn.

"Trailering is allowed" became the safety rule, as 15/20 mph northeast winds with 35 mph gusts, whipped the lake into a white-cap frenzy. With "Big Sam" providing perplexing outcomes as to its troubled bass fishery, it would be yet another journey into the mysteries of Mother Nature as to what Rayburn would offer-up for the tournament couples 3:00 p.m. weigh-in deadline at Twin Dikes Marina.

Even though "tuff" conditions would rule the couples tourny, there were good fish weighed and tallied, as seen with the first early incoming weight of the 2 bass/11.48 lb. catch of Travis & Janice Patillo, as their "kicker" of 5.99 lbs. would also hold for a 2nd place big bass slot.

First place Big Bass?" Well, just ask the lady who caught the biggest bass of her life.

"We were fishing above Farmers Flats, along an 8' creekbank," explained Amanda Manous, as she told of how she managed to hook a 2:30 p.m. bite on a carolina rigged Zoom watermelon/blue-flake lizard. With the help of her team partner, Jeff, she managed to boat that 8.04 lb. "kicker", her largest bass catch ever. It would hold for the overall largest big bass of the tournament, earning her a check for $140.

"BassCat Tuff," answered Sue and Wade Crochet, as they told of working Allstar rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with Berkely BG-15/25 and 10/50 # Spider Wire.

"We fished with carolina rigged Jawtek watermelon lizards, Sue said, adding that they worked 5'-9' sparse grass spots up in Veach Basin, where they culled a limit by 9:00 a.m. Sue & Wade finished in 2nd place with a 5 bass/14.32 lb. catch for a $430 payday.

"We probably caught 30 bass before 7:00 a.m," stated PaPa "Charley" Wilson, as he informed of working a "back porch pattern"along a southlake 7'-8' creekedge.

"Our Ann Thomason Wilson Special Ranger bass boat helped to get us there," explained team-mate, Kathy Benton, adding that they worked Allstar & Erhardt rods and Garcia reels spooled with Tri-lene 14# mono rigged "Fin 'Acky Wacky" style with Zoom watermelon/chartreuce worms and carolina rigged Zoom lizards. The "Honky Tonk" couples team would manage to catch an early limit of 5 bass/14.37 lbs. by 7:20 a.m. that would nab the first place "braggin' rights", and a winners check for $775.00.

All Bass were live released at the tournament site via the Anglers Choice fish recovery team.

The Next Anglers Choice East Texas Couples event will be held at Richland Chambers on April 11, 1999. For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Choice Couples events contact Curtis & Wendy Kayda at 281-998-0102.

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

PaPa "Charley" Wilson/Kathy Benton 14.37 lbs $775
Sue/Wade Crochet 14.3 lbs $430
Tom/Beverly Barrett 13.98 lbs $340
Jeff/Amanda Manous 13.81 lbs $245
James/Betty Jared 11.74 lbs $195

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