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"Olde Tymer" Finesses Toledo Pro/Am Win
By Ed Snyder/Lakecaster

-DeVille LA, Angler Lands Amateur Top Spot-

Anglers Choice - $ONE MILLION$ - Pro/Am Series - Central Division-
Sunday, July 11, 1999, Frontier Park Marina, Toledo Bend Lake, TX.

In this final Central Division Pro/Am event of the '99 season, all of the players were there as were all of the surprises, excitement, and up-sets that makes these fishing events "TOURNAMENTS", an organized competitive event which exacts its toll on those who compete as it can make you, or break you. The competitive level of this Toledo Bend Pro/Am event was expected to be at very high levels, and it was to be just that as an "Olde Tyme Toledo Pro" from the past "re-claimed" his marker by "finessing" a hard earned Pro/win.

The Anglers Choice Pro/Am Circuit provides a professional format which allows "full control" of the boat to the Pro-entry while giving the Amateur angler -(non-boater)- a valued opportunity to fish with some of our nations top professional bass anglers, stated Johnny Davis, CEO and Director of the Anglers Choice tournaments, "This in turn eliminates the need for an observer to be placed in the boats with the Pro's while giving the Amateur's the experience and confidence levels needed for advancement to a more professional career, as most of our Pro/Class anglers fishing here today, Johnny Davis pointed out, "were our Amateur anglers of yesterday.

Tournament Re-Cap-(day-1) Jasper TX, Pro, Todd Faircloth bested the field of 92 pro's with his mid-lake to northlake pattern of flippin' grass with a "homemade" jig that put 19.94 lbs in his tally. Waco Tx, Amateur, Joe Pope managed to heavyweight the Amateur lead with a Zoom worm pattern of flippin' southlake grass for his leading 16.75 lb catch. Dayton TX, Amateur, Jose Narvaez "adrenalated" the weigh-in crowd with his Yamamoto worm catch of a 10.53 lb Toledo Lunker caught from a mid-lake grass-patch.

(Day-2)- With Thunder-Boomers skirting the lake from the southeast and white-capping wind-shere's gusting up-lake, most anglers were having problems staying on their pre-fish patterns. But one of the "Olde Breed", who had just repatriated as an East Texan, managed to re-locate an old river bottom hole that had won him a 1979 Ford Tournament to pull his first place catch from for winning the first place Pro-Win.

"Those bass were hitting kinda' screwy, stated Harold Allen, of Shelbyville TX, "and I you had to really know what you were doing to catch them. "First, Harold began to explain, "I'd work TX rigged green/pumpkinseed 7 & 1/2" lizards and "Toledo Ticklers" along shallow 5' mid-lake to northlake structure til about 9:am, then I'd switch to green/pumpkinseed Zoom trick-worms and start "finessing" the deeper 19'-20' contour structure that would have deepwater drops nearby. "An old river bottom hole, that I knew from many years ago, provided the bass I needed for this win, grinned a very proud Harold Allen, as he spoke of fishing from his Champion/Mercury bass-rig with Shimano rods & reels spooled with 14# & 18# Triple Fish line. "The 14# was for the deeper water and the 18# was for the shallow stuff, explained Harold, as he claimed his first place win with 5 bass/18.68 lbs, giving him a two day total of 10 bass/33.38 lbs and the keys to a "fully-rigged" BassCat/Mercury bass boat. "The key for catching my winning bass, advised Harold Allen, was "vertical presentation" as I used my Pin-Point Troll-Motor and Pin-Point Electronics to spot the bass holding on the deeper structure. "I could actually see the bass as I finnessed my baits down to them, Allen further informed, "stressing" that, that is how he was able to catch his winning 1st place Pro position.

"I'm not going to tell too much of what I did, explained Hemphill TX, angler, Mike Metcalf, "as I'm fishing another tournament here on Toledo next week, "but, I would like to thank Anglers Choice for having this great circuit, as well as my sponsor's, Capt. Kirk's Marine, Fisher Boats, Lake Fork Tackle, Stanley Jigs, and Castaway rods for helping me get here. Mike Metcalf managed to catch a 5 bass/16.58 lb 2nd day weight that would give him a 2 day total of 10 bass/31.37 lbs for a $2,000 payday.

"I fished my first day with Pro, Bill Guillory of Jasper, TX, answered Tony Fuqua of DeVille LA, "as he spoke of how he won his first Pro/Am Amateur event, "as Bill fished Housen Bay shallows, and my final day was with Pro, Mickey Petry as we ran to the Six Mile area to fish deep points in 18'-15' water. Tony fished with Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# Stren while working carolina rigged watermelon/blue centipedes for catching his 2 day total of 8 bass/18.54 lbs for winning the Amateur division and a $1,500 check.

Winning Top 5 Pro's;
1-Harold Allen, Shelbyville, TX......................................10 bass/33.38 lbs-"Fully Rigged" BassCat/Mercury
2-Michael Metcalf, Hemphill, TX....................................10 bass/31.37 lbs-$2,000
3-Todd Faircloth, Jasper, TX...........................................10 bass/30.14 lbs-$1,100
4-Eason Dowden, Hemphill, TX......................................10 bass/28.80 lbs-$1,050
5-Stan Burgay, Timpson, TX...........................................10 bass/27.53 lbs-$1,000

"Overall" Pro Big Bass-(7.73 lbs)-Todd Faircloth, Jasper, TX.-$1,000

"1999 Anglers Choice Central Division Pro-Angler Of The Year"- Eason Dowden, Hemphill, TX.

Winning Top 5 Amateurs;
1-Tony Fuqua, DeVille, LA.............................................8 bass/18.54 lbs-$1,500
2-Dennis Dustman, Lawton, OK.....................................7 bass/18.46 lbs-$1,000
3-Joe Pope, Waco, TX......................................................5 bass/16.75 lbs-$550
4-Jose Narvaez, Dayton, TX............................................4 bass/15.18 lbs-$475
5-Michael Curry, Baytown, TX.......................................7 bass/14.63 lbs-$425

"Overall" Amateur Big Bass-(10.53 lbs)-Jose Narvaez, Dayton, TX. -$500

All bass were live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with a $1,000 donation given by Anglers Choice for bass restocking.

For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Choice events, contact Johnny Davis at (817)-326-5821

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'99 Angler of the Year Eason Dowden
 

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