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The 44th ANNUAL TEXAS STATE BASS TOURNAMENT"World's Oldest Bass Tournament"
by Tournament Committee


The 44th Annual gathering of the "World's Oldest Bass Tournament" on Sam Rayburn saw many old and new faces taking home honors in the various competition Divisions. Warm weather, post spawn conditions, and the effects of last summer's heat stress related fish kill combined to produce average stringer weights much below the levels normally required to take this historic event. While many anglers reported catching large numbers of fish, making the 14" minimum size length proved a challenge.

In the Team Division, Charles Wright and Tom McCroskey of Arlington anchored their 1st Place catch of 38.41 lbs. with the Tournament's Big Bass of 9.01 lbs. They reported catching most of their fish on Texas rigged black lizards and carolina rigs in 4 to 8 feet of water on a mid lake hump.

First day leaders, Mike McBurney of Tyler and Gary Baldwin of Longview, finished in 2nd Place with 31.01 lbs. The McBurney/Baldwin Team reported catching early fish on spinnerbaits then moved to a submerged clay hilltop surrounded by grass clumps at the 8-10 foot level for a carolina rig bite.

Other State Championship winners included:
Individual Division -Wendell Burrows of Huntington -16.39 lbs.
Sr. Individual - ------------John Powers of Lufkin -16.99 lbs.
Sr. Team Division Don Jones and Norman Terry ofJacksonville-17.05 lbs.
Couples ---Rick and Daphne Carter of Alba -28.72 lbs.
Adult/Youth --Mark and Kyle Cooper of Deer Park -18.31 lbs.

Tournament founder Earl Golding and wife Martha were in attendance for the weekend festivities. Earl conceived and initiated the sport of competitive bass fishing with the first organized large-scale bass fishing event at Lake Whitney in 1955. The Texas State Bass Tournament has grown to become an annual convention of fishing friends, as well as a great competitive contest, which includes a glittering roster of great Texas anglers.

Past events have attracted as many as 1,285 participants. In their developing fishing careers, several Texas BASS Pros have fished the Texas State Tournament including Randy Behringer, Ricky Clunn, Rayborn Waits, David Wharton, and Lendell Martin, Jr.

Mark your calendar now for the 45th ANNUAL TEXAS STATE BASS TOURNAMENT to be held May 6-7, 2000 at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Headquarters will at Frontier Park.

1. Charles Wright & Tom McCroskey, Arlington 38.41
2. Mike McBurney, Tyler & Gary Baldwin, Longview 31.01
3. Billy Keener, Winnsboro & Darren Keener, Mansfield 20.47
4. Dale Rabe, Arlington & Charlie McFarland, Burleson 20.45
5. Barry Stegall, Broken Bow & Roy Grammer, Longview 20.10
6.Justin Morton, Etoile & Michael Burrous, Huntington18.58
7.Richard Strong, Humble & Bill Harlan, Huffman 16.35
8. Brian Whitlow & Brad Tyler, Arlington15.51
9. Jim and Donna Murray, Falcon Heights15.12
10.Charles Williams & Tracy Lawhon, Corsicana 14.70

1. Wendell Burrows, Huntington16.29
2. William B. Shelton, Lufkin 11.43
3 David Parnell, Lufkin 9.64
4. Lonnie Fuller, Hemphill 7.68
5. Jerry "Doc" Wright, Waco 7.19

1. Rick and Daphne Carter, Alba 28.72
2. Larry and Laurel Ledbetter, Ft. Worth 26.67
3. Jim and Lori Moroski, Hemphill 24.36
4. Gary and Jacki Barcroft, Emory 22.20
5. Dennis McGuire & Jille Crow, Weatherford 14.46

1. Mark & Kyle Cooper, Deer Park18.31
2. Tim & Cody Almand, Diboll
3. Jim & Mathew Horner, Saginaw13.39
4. Mark & Katelyn Eberlan, Lufkin 12.41
5. Stephen & Daniel Rhodes, Lufkin 10.00

BIG BASS Overall:
1. Charles Wright, Arlington 9.01
2. Jimmy Murray, Falcon Heights 8.56
3. Mark Cooper, Deer Park 8.06

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