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With bluebird weather re-conditioning the 2nd day bass bite, the 696 LOBI fishing teams competed for a tournament purse valued at over $144,000 in cash & prizes, including two fully rigged Blazer 202 ProV/200 Yamaha bass boats valued at $22,400 each, and a “Grand Prize” Blazer 210 Pro/V-225 Yamaha bass boat connected to a fully rigged 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT-Magnum Pick-up Truck. The combo is valued at over $50,000. The bass boats and bass boat/truck combo were to go to “luck-o-the-draw” winners. And as the final day weigh-in deadlines reached their collective moments, the 5th Annual Louisiana Invitational anglers would tally a final day catch of 1,174 bass weighing 3,317 lbs, which gave a two day tournament total of 3,387 bass weighing 7,854 lbs. The final day weigh-in wouldn’t be as hectic as the 1st day, due to the bass bite being at a slower pace, not putting any 2nd day record catches in the book, but most definitely showing the high level that Toledo Bend’s Bass fishery has reached since its massive restocking program started 9 years ago with over 11 million Florida strain bass put into the lake. The 5th Annual Louisiana Oilmen Tournament officials donated another$1,500 to the Louisiana Toledo Bend Lake Assn. in support of that program. As the final tally was inserted into the computerized weigh-in system, the overall leaderboard positions finally marked the top position going to Mobil Oil team # 295 for taking the “braggin’ rights” to the 1999 Louisiana Oilmen’s Bass Invitational, on Lake Toledo Bend.

“We followed our first day pattern to the ‘T’,” informed Mobil Oil employee, Tom Hogan, explaining how he, and team partner, Mobil Oil retiree, Don Power, managed to work Allstar and Castaway rods rigged with Ambassadeur reels spooled with 20# and 12# Trilene mono, from the deck of their Stratos/Evinrude bass rig, while fishing Texas rigged watermelon Zoom brush-hogs and lizards along northlake creek edges.

“We flipped and dragged the 3′ banks back to the 9′ drops,” Don Power enlightened, further adding that they caught 8 to 10 bass from an all day bite that put a 5 bass/16.54 lb. catch on the scale which gave them a 10 bass/38.84 lb. final and the winners check for $3,000.

“We split our fishing areas between the two days,” explained Charles Dake of Magnolia . “We worked the Wasp Nest area of San Miquel the 1st day with Texas rigged Zoom watermelon Brushogs, and gold/ black, or gold/chrome Rattlin’ Roques.”We then decided to run our Ranger/Mercury bass boat to Palo Gaucho for the 2nd day,” stated team partner, Fabien J. Provost of Cooper Cameron. “We worked Falcon & Allstar rods and Daiwa/Shimano reels spooled with 17# Stren and Bagley mono as we fished 3′-5′ brush.”We then returned to the Wasp Nest area in the afternoon,” Charles informed, as he explained how they finished their final day of the tournament. Team # 1 managed to catch a 2nd day weight of 5 bass/16.92 lbs. giving them a final of 10 bass/33.58 lbs. for a 2nd place check of $2,000.

Overall big bass for 2nd day came in with team # 63, as Tom Guillery of MI Drilling Fluids and Mike Leeper of MI Drilling, managed to nab a 7.30 lb. “kicker” from a 1215 area stump that hit a 7:30 a.m. Zoom kudzu centipede for a $500 lunker check.

Overall Tournament Big Bass (9.62) team #689-Greg Procell/Dan Fowler-caught on a cotton candy lizard flipped into a Six Mile creek brushpatch for $500.

Blazer Drawboats were sponsored by Cajun Outboards of Addis LA. Friday Drawboat winner-(#151)-Kennith Trahan of John E. Chance & Assts-Abbeville LA. Saturday Drawboat winner-(#579)-Bryan Duhon-Devin Rental Tools-Lafayette LA.Grande Prize Blazer Drawboat with Dodge Pick-up truck was sponsored by Acadiana Dodge of Lafayette LA. Grande Prize winner-(#391) Mark Russell, Texaco-Trout LA.

All bass were live released by the Shimano/ SRA-LA fish recovery Krewe with 3,387 bass weighing 7,854 lbs.

The 5th Annual LOBI Tournament donated over $1,500 to the LTBLA for their Florida Bass Restocking Program. The Louisiana Oilman Invitational Bass Tournaments benefit the funding necessities of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s tournament donating over $25,000 (from which $6,000 was given from the personal pockets of the anglers) for the St. Jude Children’s Charity fund of ALSAC (Danny Thomas, founder.) 1999 LOBI St. Jude Contributors: Daley Tower Service-Central Boat Rentals-Ryan/DTI-Shell Offshore- “and” the 1999 Louisiana “Oilpatch” anglers. For more information on the Louisiana Oilmen Bass organization contact Chano Leal at 318-233-7649.

Top 5 Teams
(295) Don Power/Tom Hogan 38.84
(1) Fabien J. Provost/Charles Dake 33.58
(565) Sony Hebert/David Hendricks 33.02
(388) Robert McDonald/Darrin Anthony 31.44
(118) Scott McFarlain/Dennis Lawson 31.34