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A/C E.T. team "tuff" on Toledo
by ED SNYDER

"We took a boat ride to hell today," answered Matt Reed, as he informed about his day of bassing on Toledo Bend Lake. "We went above Huxley, all the way to the Teneha area."

He and his team partner, Edwin Evers, had just weighed-in the winning stringer at the Anglers Choice East Texas circuit. Seventy - nine teams were to "bust the caps" today as those who headed to the northern extreme's were to do so into the teeth of -30 degree arctic wind chills.

This was the 3rd tournament for the 1999 season of the Anglers Choice East Texas Team circuit, and most anglers had already set their goals for making it to the upcoming Central Team Division Championship to be held on October 1, and 2, of '99. For those who were to mark their points today, the price of making it to the Championship came at a heavy cost. As the wind & wave battered anglers made it to the weigh-in site at Frontier Park Marina, the relaxed smiles were for "surviving" to make it to the marina, rather than for catching heavy stringers. One team would wear both smiles, as they had not only survived "the boat ride from hell," but had also managed to catch a few bass on the way.

"Our Ranger/Mercury bass boat helped to get us up north," explained Matt Reed of Madisonville TX, as he spoke of "crashing the waves" with his team partner, Edwin Evers of Durant OK. "We managed to make it all the way to the Teneha area," adding that they
were using Shimano & Bass Pro-Shop rods and Shimano reels spooled with 25# "Classic" line. "We mainly worked 3'-5' brush with Jawtec spinner baits and Stanley jigs for a slow bite that would finally give us our 5 bass/21.48 lb. win from a 11:00 a.m. to noon bite. "

"One ounce Oldham jigs," said Billy Billeaud of Lafayette LA, as he explained how he, and team partner, Brook Morrison of Breaux Bridge LA, put 5 bass in the boat for a 2nd place weight of 17.60 lbs. "We managed to get our Hydra-Sport/Evinrude bass rig up to the 1215 area," noted Billy, adding that they worked Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 25# Triple Fish line as the fished shallow bushes with black/blue jigs with Zoom chunks for an all day bite.

"Northeast, probably around the San Miquel area," explained Allen Ryland of Keithville LA, as he told of how he, and team partner, Jeff Pate, managed to catch a 5 bass/16.53 lb. weight from the deck of their Blazer/Mercury bass boat while fishing 6'-7' outside grasslines with Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 25# Berkley XT & 20# Stren.

"We managed to put our bass in the boat with 1/2 oz. black/red, Stanley &Triple Rattle-Back jigs with black/neon Larew craws, as well as black /chartreuse Hawg Hustler spinner baits," Allen stated. Allen would also catch the "overall" big bass of the tournament as an 1:15 p.m. jig-bite put a 5.69 lb. "kicker" in the boat.

All bass were live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with 242 bass being caught that weighed 565 lbs.

Next Tournament will be held at Richland Chambers on March 14, 1999. For more information on this, as well as other Angler's Choice events, contact Randy Knight at 409-694-7634.

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

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