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Norman Cranks Up Amateur Win At Big Sam
By Ed Snyder

Anglers Choice East Texas Amateur Series-
Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

"We almost missed out, explained the happy team angler, as he told of how they couldn't find where the bass were supposed to be, then "by sheer accident" they mossied up on a northlake hump that was holding bass, good bass, with enough weight to win them the 1st place position for the Amateur team event.

The essence of Summer arrived early on "Big Sam" as 90 degree temps joined up with 90% humidities to greet the 158 anglers who were competing in the Amateur series of the East Texas Anglers Choice Team Circuit. This was the 4th stop for the East Texas anglers, and their 2nd stop at Sam Rayburn as they were fishing to qualify for the seasons Championship wich is to be held on Lake Sam Rayburn September 17, 18, 19. And as the 3:pm weigh-in finalized its Amateur tally of 302 bass weighing 633 lbs, the leaderboard began to mark the team anglers who managed to weigh-in the heaviest weights for the day.

"We ran our Bullet/Mercury bass-rig up to the northlake area today, stated Daryl Kujawa and Matt Cone, as they told of working Castaway rods and Quantum/Shimano reels spooled with Berkely BG-15# mono, while fishing a 10' hump with shad patterned Norman DD-14's, "we also fished with carolina rigged watermelon/red & sourgrape Zoom lizards along the edges of 10' grasslines, Daryl informed, adding that they almost didn't find their bass-zone except for the fact of accidently running across the area and decided to check it out. "They were there, stated Matt, explaining that they managed to catch many limits from prime bites at 8:15-8:50 a:m:, and again at 1:pm-1:30pm as they had to weed through 45 to 50 Kentucky bass in order to catch 30 keeper black bass for culling a 5 bass/17.51 lb weight for the $1,100 1st place check.

"Probably caught 14 keepers from an all day bite, explained the Miller Lite Team of Nick Albus and Edwin Loitz as they told of running their Champion/Mercury bass-rig to the northlake area. "We mainly used Xcaliber shad patterned crank baits on Castaway/Bass-Pro/Falcon rods and Garcia/Ambassadeur reels spooled with 14# Fireline, while fishing a 10' flat wich had scattered grass/clumps. "We had to really work for our bites, informed Nick as he told of working a bottom bumping/stop n' go pattern that put a 5 bass/16.29 lb weight in their well for the 2nd place check of $850.

"I managed to catch the "overall" 6.71 lb big bass on a watermelon Zoom wacky worm from 4' willows up in Ayish Bayou, stated Mark Beckman, telling that his team partner, Clyde Wilkerson managed to net it for him from a noon-bite.

Top 5 East Texas Amateur Teams;
1-Matt Cone/Daryl Kujawa---------------5 bass/17.51 lbs-$1,100
2-Nick Albus/Edwin Loitz-----------------5 bass/16.29 lbs-$850
3-Chuck Dodd/Alan Cazares-------------5 bass/15.52 lbs-$600
4-Mark Beckman/Clyde Wilkerson-----5 bass/14.30 lbs-$500
5-Tommy Shelton/Mark Couch----------5 bass/14.01 lbs-$450

Tournament "Overall" Big Bass-(6.71 lbs)- Mark Beckman/Clyde Wilkerson-$375

All bass were live released via the Anglers Choice fish recovery team with 302 bass weighing 633 lbs.

For more info; on this, as well as other Anglers Choice Events contact Randy Knight at (409)-694-7634 -or clic to- <> or <>

Next East Texas Amateur event will be held at Waterwood Marina on Lake Livingston June 12, 1999.



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