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9.20 "Kicker" Sets Win For Big "T" Bass -N- Bucks
By Ed Snyder

Bass -N- Bucks East Texas Team Circuit
Sunday, June 6, 1999, Cypress Bend Resort

"It took my Larew Craw at 7:30 a:m:, grated the Zwollie LA, angler, as he began to inform about his day that would win him a first place position on the Bass -N- Bucks East TX Team circuit, as well as an "Overall" Big Bass slot for his 9.20 lb bass. The winning team had been up against 248 anglers who were also vying for the first place win that would award them a $4,000 payday.

"Hot"- "Humid"- Southwesterly Winds greated the 124 teams that launched into the Bass -N- Bucks Team event on Lake Toledo Bend, and as the final tally was recorded after the final weigh-in, the tournament would list a 25th place cutoff of 12.59 lbs which would give a marginal drift betwixt the 4.43 lb 25th place weight and the top weight of 17.08 lbs.

"We ran to the 1215 area early, stated Robert Foster of Converse LA, as he told of how he and his team partner, John Britt, of Zwollie, LA, managed to run their Blazer/Mercury bass-rig up to some 1215 structure. "We fished 10'-12' depths with Allstar/Shimano rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# Maxima and 15# P-line, explained Britt, further informing that they worked Florida rigged junebug/blueclaw Larew Craws along scattered Hydrilla patches. "We managed to put 4 bass in the boat by 7:30 a:m:, stated John, "and then it was a loooong dry spell til we finally boated our 5th bass by noon.

"Yeah, quipped Foster, but our 4 bass included your 9.20 lb "hawg" that you caught at 7:30, quickly adding that he netted the "kicker" for John. The Louisiana anglers caught 12 to 15 bass before they had to make their weigh-in deadline, but they managed to cull the right combination as the 9.02 lb "kicker" anchored a solid first place win for their 5 bass/17.08 lb weight.

"BassCat "Tuff", answered Clint Goodeaux and David Kober as they told of running to some 1215 area structure that gave them a 5 bass/16.65 lb catch. "Shimano/Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# P-line worked over 10'-12' grass with black/brown/amber 1 oz Oldham screwlock jigs put the bass in our live-well, they stated, while further informing that their prime bite occured at 11:am. "We probably caught 20 bass today, stated Clint, which gave us a limit by 7:30 a:m:, "but", he extended, "we managed to cull a 2nd place stringer for a $2,000 payday.

"One ounce Oldham jigs with pumpkin/pepper Larew craws put the bass weight in our Skeeter/Mercury, stated Mike Bono Sr, as he informed of how he, and his son, Mike D., fished Shimano rods and reels spooled with 80# Power Pro braid as they worked 10'-12' scattered southlake hydrilla patches to catch 20 to 25 bass that would cull to a 5 bass/16.47 lb $1,580 3rd place check.

TOP 5 Teams;
1-John Britt/Robert Foster-----------------------5 bass/17.33 lbs-$5,230-bb
2-Clint Goodeaux/David Kober-----------------5 bass/16.90 lbs-$2,000
3-Mike J. Bono/Mike D. Bono------------------5 bass/16.47 lbs-$1,580
4-Roy Pharis/Trent Pharis-----------------------5 bass/16.28 lbs-$1,400
5-Randy Smotherman/Buddy Rutherford----5 bass/16.24 lbs-$1,692-bb

Overall Big Bass -(9.20 lbs)-John Britt/Robert Foster-$1,230.

All bass were live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with 456 bass weighing 1,076 lbs.

Next Tournament is scheduled for August 8th at Twin Dikes Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn, TX. For more info on the Bass -N- Bucks tournament circuit contact Dave Concienne at (409)-727-8941 or clic to <>

9.02 - John Britt

3rd - Bono

1st and 2nd

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