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Steve Nelson of Chanelview and Randy Sones of Pasadena used a "fishing real slow" technique to bring 17.94 pounds to the scales and capture the second regioanl tournament for the Fishers of Men Trail on Toledo Bend . Competing against 24 other teams the duo managed to include a 5.22 pound largemouth in their stringer to capture big bass honors as well. They concentrated on shallow areas in the coves with a very slow presentation to take the championship.

Dennis Manthei and Glenn Freeman of Mansfield, La. were a close second with 17.72 pounds. They anchored their stringer with a 5.12 which would be the third place big bass of the tournament. They were followed by Aaron Kenderdine and Keith Keele with 15.97 pounds. Dean Morgan and Randy Bayse took fourth place with 15.55 and also had second big bass with a 5.16 pound lunker. Rounding out those finishing in the money was the team of Jason Wells and Mark Henderson with 13.85 pounds.

The Texas Division of the Fishers of Men Trail is a part of the national trail now competing in 11 disions in the United States. The highlight of each tounament is the Friday evening meeting which includes a dinner, singing, pro fishing tips, and inspirational messages. This Friday meeting was hosted by First Baptist Church of Jasper. The ladies of the church provided the meal for the evening. Stephen johnston gave tips on fishing Toledo Bend and Brother Gary Weaver provided the message. Outstanding music was provided by Theresa Biscamp and Gwen Cowart.

Door prizes were awarded to participants by Castaway Rods, Mr. Blitz Spinner Baits, Big Sam's Tackle, Spike It Dye, Rayburn Tackle, Continental Batteries, Strike King, Hawg Hustler Lures, Stanley Spinner Baits, The Stump Restaurant, Jasper Outboard, Texas Twister Jigs, and Doyle and Karen Tibbitts. National Sponsors are Evinrude Outboards, Triton Boats and Strike King Lure Co.

The next tournament will be on Sam Rayburn on May 22 with registration at hosting church Beech Grove Baptist on Friday the 21st. Call 1-888-BIG-HAWG FOR INFORMATION.

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