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10 Bass/31.35 Lbs Takes Toledo "Tournament Of Champions"
By Ed Snyder

- TOC Anglers Catch 1,114 Bass Weighing 2,454 Lbs -

Tournament Of Champions Invitational

Sunday, October 17, 1999, Cypress Bend Resort, Toledo Bend Lake, LA.

"Reaction Wacky's and Rinky Dinks, announced the winning team which had just finalized Toledo Bend's 4th Annual Tournament of Champions. "The Louisiana Team had fished Converse area mainlake ridges today to catch their final weigh-in which gave them a 10 bass/31.54 lb finish "and" the 1st place "braggin' rights" to the Champion Boat Owners TOC tournament on Lake Toledo Bend.

As fierce and un-predictable as Mother Nature can be at times, is as peaceful and un-predictable she can be as the predicted Cold Front, with its "blue bird" winds and chilling temperatures "stalled" long enough to allow for the 248 teams of Champion Boat anglers to recover their 2nd, and final, day of competition. Although todays final weigh-in at Cypress Bend Resort was to cut the bassin' time by 1 hour, with a 2:pm earlier deadline, the bass bite was still expected to provide some pretty interesting finishes for the teams who were struggling to win, "or qualify", for the top 13 leaderboard slots which would earn them a launch number for Champion Boats "Ultimate Challenge" to be held in the year 2000. And as the teams began lining up with their final efforts, the leaderboard began to mark those top 13 teams who would be going to the "Challenge"

TOC Tournament Re-Cap;

(Day-1)- Southlake and northlake patterns provided the leading stringer for the 1st day as Glen Freeman of Mansfield La, and Hank Williams of Haughton La, cranked and dragged soft plastics over 15' to 20' mainlake ridges to catch their 5 bass/17.81 lb lead. Stanley jigs worked along 8' to 14' northlake timber & grass put a 5 bass/16.70 lb 2nd place leading stringer on the scale for Robert Ates of LeCompte La, and Bob Audett of Lewisville La. And husband & wife team, Anna and William Polster of Perry Tx, put Anna's 6.12 lb lunker on the scale to clinch the 1st day big bass honors.


1st place- "We fished mainlake ridges in southlake and northlake areas both days, stated Glen Freeman of Mansfield La, and Hank Williams of Haughton La, "but, our better fish came from Northlake Converse area ridges in 10' to 20' of water. "We worked Shimano rods & reels spooled with 14# Triple-Fish line rigged with redbug Reaction Wacky worms, and pearl/black Rinky Dinks, to catch 25 bass on the 1st day for our 5 bass/17.81 lb weight, and caught 30 bass today to cull a 5 bass/13.54 lb weight which gave us our final tally of 10 bass/31.35 lbs and the 1st place win for the TOC.

2nd place- "Allstar and Castaway rods with Shimano & Garcia reels spooled with 20/15# P-Line and 20/15# Berkely mono, informed Pete Sorter of Hemphill Tx, and Pete Shivers of Sam Rayhburn Tx, adding that they started out fishing Tenn/shad Chug-Bugs on the 1st day while working mid-lake shallow grass in 6' to 7' of water to catch our 5 bass/12.65 lbs, "then, we decided to switch to Tenn/shad Zara Spooks and 1/4 oz black/neon Mr. Blitz jigs with Larew craws for our 2nd day bite which put a 5 bass/16.21 lb weight on the scale for a 10 bass/28.86 lb 2nd place finish."The bass we caught today were migrating through bald spots in 8' to 9' of water, announced the 2nd place team, as they praised the TOC crew for providing an "Excellent" tournament, "this is one of the best run of them all, they applauded with the help of the crowd.

3rd place- "Beason area grass & timber in 8' to 10' of water, answered Robert Ates of LeCompte La, and Robert Audett of Lewisville Tx. "We worked Kistler rods and Shimano reels spooled with 50# Classic line, stated Ates, adding that they fished 3/4 oz black/brown/amber & black/green/chartreuse Stanley jigs to catch 10 bass for their 1st day weight of 5 bass/16.70 lbs, then went back to the same area today to catch 8 bass from a scattered bite that put 5 bass/11.50 lbs on the scale for a 3rd place finish of 10 bass/28.20 lbs.

Top 13 Toledo TOC "Ultimate Challenge" Teams;

1-Glen Freeman-Mansfield, La/Hank Williams-Haughton, La-------10 bass/31.35-$5,640

2-Pete Shivers-Sam Rayburn, Tx/Pete Sorter-Hemphill, Tx-----------10 bass/28.86-$2,940

3-Robert Audett-Lewisville, Tx/Robert Ates-LeCompte, La---------10 bass/28.20-$1,460

4-Patrick Malloy-Sugarland, Tx/Dannon Erskins-Pasadena, Tx----10 bass/27.70-$1,275

5-Jimmie Jessup-Gonzales, La/Wesley Fredieu-Many, La-----------10 bass/27.56-$950

6-Larry Bagley-Cypress, Tx/Mike Michalec-San Augustine, Tx---10 bass/25.88-$925

7-Daniel Schexnayder-Iowa, La/Waymon Alexander-Iowa, La-----10 bass/25.25-$900

8-Edwin Loitz-Trinity, Tx/Nick Albus-Trinity, Tx----------------------10 bass/25.10-$875

9-George Key Jr-Longview, Tx/Chad Kelley-Haughton, La---------10 bass/24.73-$850

10-Stan Burgay-Timpson, Tx/Lance Hughes-Center, Tx-------------10 bass/24.59-$825

11-Bill Moore-Rockwall, Tx/Butch Skeen-Carrolton, Tx--------------10 bass/24.53-$800

12-Don Hogue-Columbia, AL/Willis Dowden Jr-Hemphill, Tx------10 bass/24.40-$775

13-Randy Qualls-Streetman, Tx/Mike Metcalf-Hemphill, Tx---------10 bass/24.37-$750

(14-Drawteam-Danny Bourgeois of Houston Tx and Alan Grissom of Waller Tx.)

(15-Drawteam-Richard Harmon and Chad Harmon of Mount Belview Tx.)

Day One Big Bass -(6.12 lbs)-Anna Polster/William Polster-Perry Tx.- "I caught my bass on a pumpkin/seed Zoom Fluke near the Pendleton Bridge, stated Anna Polster, further telling that her husband netted it for her after it hit in a 3' to 5' grass-patch at 7:35 am, "we had just launched not 5 minutes before I caught the 6.12 lb lunker, wide-eyed Anna, as she collected her Big Bass trophy and check for $2,470.

Day Two Big Bass-(5.37 lbs)- Garry Hancock and Larry Thompson of Lake Jackson Tx- "One oz Oldham jig & Larew craw fished in the norhtlake area, stated the 2nd day big bass team which had just received their trophy and check for $2,470.

Provided as a special "thank you" for the TOC tournament anglers, Champion Boats gave away two fully rigged 1999 Champion bass boats as draw prizes with a combined value of $48,500.

Champion 187/Mercury-150-bass boat "luck-o-the draw" winner-Aaron Broussard and Jeff Carpenter of Boyce La-$27,500

Champion 181/Mercury-115-bass boat "luck-o-the draw" winner-James Matney and James O'Tilley of Lake Charles La-$21,000

All TOC bass recovered & live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with a 2nd day catch of 484 bass weighing 1, 073 lbs for a final tally of 1,114 bass weighing 2,454 lbs.

For more information on this Champion Boat Owners Invitational Tournament trail contact; Dusty Rhoades Marine- Lufkin, TX-(409)-824-2628 -or- Tournament of Champions, Mountain Home, AR-(870)-425-8188.

TOC Sponsors; Champion Boats, Mercury Outboards, Lowrance Electronics, TeleFlex Inc, DRI-DOC, MotorGuide, NESTE, Ashland Chemical, Storm Lures, Daiwa, Gene Larew, Dual Pro Charging Systems, Costa Del Mar, Normark, Falcon, Storm Lures, Plano Tackle, Seats-n-Stuff, Uniforce, Dual Pro Charging, Bill Lewis Lures, DieHard Batteries, Baltek, "and" the 1999 Toledo Bend TOC Anglers.

"Man, my wife will kill me for letting you take a picture of me holding "her" fish, fretts Mr Polster

Hank Williams-(L)-and Glenn Freeman prepare to weigh-in their "braggin' rights"
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Pete Sorter-(L)-and Pete Shivers display their 2nd place smiles

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