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"Non-Boater" Wins Rayburn Red Man
By Ed Snyder

Red Man Tournament Trail-Cowboy Division
Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

"I'd like to thank two of the most important people in my life, stated the Huntsville TX, angler, as he accepted his 1st place win, "My mom, who brought me into this wonderful world, and the Lord for giving me the skills for winning this prestigious tournament.

Warm Gulf breezes and bright East Texas Sunshine greeted the 165 Red Man anglers who opted to fish Lake Sam Rayburn on "Mothers Day" as they competed in the Cowboy Division of the Red Man National tournament circuit. Among those who managed to catch, cull, and digitize the top winning weights were an angler from Huntsville TX, and an angler from Colmesneil TX.

"I fished as a non-boater today, explained Matt Rigby of Huntsville, as he began to tell of fishing the Five Fingers area with white Chug-Bugs and plum/apple Zoom trick worms. "I was in a Cobra/Johnson bass-rig belonging to Mike Hastings of Austin TX, Matt informed as he managed to work Allstar rods and Abu Garcia reels spooled with Berkley BG-15# mono from the back of the boat as they fished an early topwater bite with Chug-Bugs in 4' buck-brush, using TX rigged trick worms later as he caught about 12 bass from daylight til 11:30 a:m: , when he caught his last keeper. "This is my very first win, stated Matt, "and I would really like to give a "very special" Mothers Day thanks to my Mom, Sharon Rigby of San Antonio TX, for bringing me into this wonderful world, and a "prayerful thanks" to my Lord for giving me the skills for winning this prestigious tournament.

"I was a lucky dog, grinned Robbie Taylor of Colmesneil, as he explained how he managed to "snatch" a 2nd place finish. "I really owe it to my boater partner, Othal Allen of Sam Rayburn TX, Rob applauded, informing that they were fishing out of Othal's Ranger/Johnson bass-rig as they worked the outside edges of a small isolated southlake ridge, "I used Versitex rods and Quantum reels spooled with 35# Versitex "Battle Line" while fishing TX rigged Toledo Town plum Bandit 7" worms and purple Creme wacky worms, Rob informed, adding that, "I've never been a wacky person, Rob explained, "but after my partner kept "wupping" up on me with his wacky, and after he caught his 8th wacky-bass, "I GOT WACKY!" "I would also like to take this time to wish my mom, Linda Tate of Hemphill TX, a "very happy" Mothers Day.

Top 5 Red Man Anglers;
1-Matt Rigby, Huntsville TX.----------------5 bass/15 lbs-10 ozs-$2,737
2-Robbie Taylor, Colmesneil TX.------------5 bass/13 lbs-11 ozs-$1,369
3-Bill Hudspeth, Kilgore TX.------------------5 bass/13 lbs-9 ozs-$803
4-Michael Metcalf, Hemphill TX.------------5 bass/13 lbs-5 ozs-$515
5-Mike Castillo, Nacogdoches TX.----------5 bass/12 lbs-0 ozs-$488

Tournament Overall Big Bass-(6.01 lbs)-Bill Speer, Missouri City TX.-$1,000- "I caught her on my 2nd cast while fishing a deep diving crankbait off of 12' southlake structure, stated Bill, adding that Chris McCall, of Needmore Tackle put him on that lunker spot.

All Bass were live released via Operation Bass Fish Recovery with 482 bass weighing 956 lbs.

For more info; on this, as well as other Operation Bass events contact (502)-362-4880.


1st Place - Matt Rigby - 15.10lbs

Big Bass - Bill Speer - 6lbs

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