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10 Bass/29.45 Lbs Takes The Gold At Sealy "Team Splash" Championship
By Ed Snyder

Sealy Outdoors $150,000 "Open Team Splash" Circuit.
Sunday, October 10, 1999, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

"Whew", if it hadn't been for that final cast we wouldn't know what it feels like to be sitting in the winners seat, stated the team which had just won the $16,000 1st place prize, "And now we know!!. But it wasn't until their final cast at 2:50 pm put a 7.19 "kicker" in the boat before the team anglers could claim that win. "I was making a final cast as my team partner pulled the troll-motor to head in for our 3:pm deadline when the "kicker" hit, informed the happy angler as he explained how the last minute bite landed them the fully rigged Triton/Premier Bass Boat.

With 33 of 35 teams launching into the Rayburn phase of the "Team Splash" Championship, the anglers were up against changing weather patterns as Autumn cool was attempting to ease out the remnants of the long hot summer. Lake temps hovering betwixt summer and fall bass patterns, compounded by falling lake levels, made it anybodys guess as to what fishing method would produce the winning stringer."This is a split lake Championship, stated Sealy Outdoors CEO/Director, Bob Sealy, "and since our teams had qualified to fish the Championship by competing on both Lake Toledo Bend and Lake Sam Rayburn, they competed on Toledo Bend for their 1st day weigh-in, then moved over to Sam Raburn to finalize the tournament. The team that weighs-in the heaviest combined weight from both lakes will then win this split lake Championship and the 1st place keys to a $16,000 fully rigged '99 Triton/OMC-Johnson Premier Bass Boat, with the runner up winners taking home a $15,000 fully rigged '99 Triton/OMC-Johnson Premier Bass Boat. Our split lake team/championship format is unique to the team/bass tournament circuits, Bob informs, adding that it actually gives everyone a better chance to win, as those team anglers, who may not be strong on one lake system, but good on the other, have a better opportunity for catching the "overall" winning weights, Bob advised, further adding that this was the finale to the $150,000 "Open Team Splash" season for the "Go For The Gold" tournaments which have attracted 1,000's of amateur anglers to his "Big Bass Splash" and "Big Trout Splash" events, which also drew a 173 team/boat average for his "Team Splash" tournament circuit. "NOW" Bob finalized, it's time to go hunting with our "Mega-Whitetail-Buck" Texas Big Buck Contest.

Championship Re-Cap-
(Day1)- The team of James Ausmus and Harry Thomas managed to catch a 5 bass/18.33 lb weight for the heaviest stringer of the Toledo Bend phase of the split lake championship, and William Cook hooked a 5.48 lb "kicker" from a Converse Bay grass-edge to claim the big bass honors for day one.
(Day2)-"We fished northlake ridges with 1 oz Oldham jigs w/Larew craws to catch our Toledo Bend bass, stated Sid Abernathy & Bob Bryant as they informed of their winning techs. "Powell Park grass in 8'-10' water provided our catch for Rayburn as we worked Shimano/Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15# Triple-Fish line from the deck of our Ranger/Evinrude bass-rig, informed the winning duo, adding that Zoom red-bug wacky worms did the trick for them today. "As my partner, Bob Bryant, was pulling up the troll-motor to head in for our 3:pm deadline, Sid Abernathy explained, "I decided to make that last cast which immediatley hooked up with a 7.19 "kicker" than quickly made another for catching another keeper bass just before we throttled out for Twin Dikes Marina. "Whew, Sid exhaled, "if it wasn't for those last two casts we would'nt be sitting in the winners seat right now he grinned, as the 1st place team weighed-in a 14.45 lb catch that gave them a 29.45 lb finish and the keys to a $16,000 Triton/Premier Bass Boat.

"Home-made jigs and home-made spinner baits provided our 2nd place finish, stated Trent and Roy Pharis, as they told of how they managed to catch 27.94 lbs from Toledo Bend and Rayburn to take the 2nd place $15,000 Triton/Premier Bass Boat. "Toledo Bend southlake grass in 12'-13' water provided our 1st days weight, explained the Father & Son team, adding that they ran their Triton/Mercury bass-rig to 3'-6' Buck Bay shallow grass to catch their Rayburn bass today. "We used home-made 1/4 oz white spinner baits early, and home-made black/brown/amber flippin' jigs with a Larew pumpkin/green craws for our later bites both days, they informed, further telling that they worked Castaway rods and Abu-Garcia reels spooled with 12# & 15# Berkely BG-mono to land their 2nd place finish and the keys to a $15,000 Triton/Premier Bass Boat.

Top 5 1999 "Team Splash" Champions;
1-Sid Abernathy/Bob Bryant..........................Toledo-(15.00)-Rayburn-(14.45)-Final-(10 bass/29.45)-$16,000 Triton/Premier
2-Roy Pharis/Trent Pharis................................Toledo-(14.97)-Rayburn-(12.97)-Final-(10 bass/27.94)-$15,000 Triton/Premier
3-Stan Burgay/Lance Hughes.........................Toledo-(12.33)-Rayburn-(15.28)-Final-(10 bass/27.61)-$1,800
4-Brooks Rogers/Dreabon Joiner....................Toledo-(13.43)-Rayburn-(13.13)-Final-(10 bass/26.56)-$1,500
5-James Usmus/Harry Thomas........................Toledo-(18.33)-Rayburn-(7.69)--Final-(10 bass/26.02)-$1,200

1st Day "Overall" Toledo Big Bass-(5.48)-(William Cook
2nd Day"Overall" Rayburn Big Bass-(7.19)-Sid Abernathy
2nd Rayburn Big Bass-(6.48)-Dean Wood
3rd Rayburn Big Bass-(5.98)-Glenn Hardin

Day one Toledo championship bass were live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe.
Day two Rayburn championship bass were live released by the Sealy Outdoors fish recovery team.

For more information on this, as well as other Sealy Outdoor events, contact (409)-698-2591 -or- clic to- <www.sealyoutdoors.com> -or- <www.fishingworld.com>

Tournament Sponsors are; Triton Boats-Johnson Outboards-Shimano-Academy-McCoy's-Reaction Lures-Latch Oil Co-Lufkin Marine-The Stump Restaurant-Piney Point Plaza- "and" the 1999 "Go For The Gold" Sealy Outdoor Teams.

Final Championship Standings
Name #1 Name #2
BigBass
Toledo
Rayburn
Total
Winnings
Abernathy, Sid Bryant, Bob
7.19
15.00
14.45
29.45
$16,375
Pharis, Roy Pharis, Trent
14.97
12.97
27.94
$15,000
Burgay, Stan Hughes, Lance
12.33
15.28
27.61
$1,800
Joiner, Dreabon Rogers, Brooks
13.43
13.13
26.56
$1,500
Ausmus, James Thomas, Harry
18.33
7.69
26.02
$1,200
Schott, Brian Smith, Jim
12.06
13.65
25.71
$900
Bono, Mike D. Bono, Mike J.
14.85
10.44
25.29
$600
Sorter, Jimmy Sorter, Pete
12.14
13.04
25.18
Raines, Ramon Wood, Dean
6.48
11.11
14.06
25.17
$225
Hardin, Glenn Malone, Shawn
5.98
10.29
13.74
24.03
$150
Blum, David Ward, Randall
10.74
13
23.74
Gunnels, John Newberry, Dicky
12.10
11.6
23.7
Rowe, Kyle Underwood, David
11.73
11.28
23.01
Tall, Jeffrey Welborn, Kraig
10.66
12.25
22.91
Cortelloni, Mike Stalcup, Harold
11.68
11.21
22.89
Ates, Robert Thompson, Bert
9.81
12.86
22.67
Combs, Keith Hogge, Dave
10.17
12.43
22.6
Bernard, Mike James, Joel
14.96
7.55
22.51
Anders, Dusty Stewart, Mark
12.60
9.81
22.41
Lovelace, Brandon Shumake, Brandon
10.78
10.81
21.59
Kirk, Glen Metcalf, Michael L.
10.39
11.2
21.59
Fisette, Curtis Reynolds, Scotty
11.80
9.46
21.26
Byerly, Nathan W Henson, Steve
9.43
11.57
21
Cook, William Hale, John
13.38
6.88
20.26
Molitor, Steve Salgado, Mark
5.25
14.5
19.75
Goodrum, Jake Goodrum, Joseph
12.36
6.66
19.02
Cloide, Teddy Ellis, Pete
8.78
10.18
18.96
Beck, Ray Jackson, Greg
13.97
0
13.97
Hawthorne, Max Hawthorne, William
10.08
0
10.08
Goodeaux, Clint Kober, David
5.81
0
5.81
Johnson, Don Pate, Rhodney
5.56
0
5.56
Dawson, Wesley Hebert, Phillip
0.00
0
0
Rabalais, David Woods, Tim
0.00
0
0
Cooper, Vic Hughes, Brad
0.00
0
0
Bond, Alan Fredegill, Tommy
0.00
0
0

Bob Sealy awarding 1st place boat to Abernathy/Bryant

Bob Sealy awarding 2nd place boat to Roy & Trent Pharis
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Sid Abernathy with 7.19 lb "last minute" cast

Dean Wood with 6.48 lb 2nd big bass

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