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Heavy Rains Dampen Big Bass Splash

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com




There were 2,398 entries into the tournament with anglers representing states across the country. On day one of the tournament there were 317 bass weighed in for a total weight of 649.01 pounds. Rusty Miller from Elmer, Louisiana weighed in a 8.96-pound bass, Ricky Allen from Longview, Texas weighed in a 7.75-pound bass and Todd Anderson from Ovilla, Texas weighed in a 6.37-pound bass. During the 8 to 9 o’clock hour there were three 24” and over bass weighed in; Todd Mayes from Ranger, Texas weighed in an 8.41-pound bass, Brent Breznik from Borger, Texas weighed in a 7.27-pound bass and Billy Klawetter from Garland, Texas weighed in a 7.03- pound bass. In the 9 to 10 o’clock hour there was one over that came to the scales. This was caught by Mark Mahar from Anna, Texas and weighed 7.76-pounds. The next hour for an over the slot of 24” came in the 12 to 1 o’clock hour. This bass was caught by Robert White from Bryan, Texas and weighed 7.77-pounds.


In the last hour of the first day Jimmy Thomas from Ethelsville, Alabama took over the lead as the heaviest bass thus far when he caught everyone’s attention when he weighed 9.17-pound bass. The heaviest bass 16” or under receiving the $5,000 bonus and $900 in hourly weighed 2.47-pounds and was caught by Tim Johnson from Alvord, Texas.


On day two of the tournament rains were consistent and only 278 bass came to the scales for a total weight of 560.39-pounds. During the first hour of the tournament Chance Lewis brought in a bass weighing 9.25-pounds but he got knocked down to 2nd place for the hour when Cory Reynolds from Midland, Texas brought to the scales a bass weighing 9.28-pounds. The next bass over the slot came in the 9 to 10 o’clock hour caught by Joe Courts from Katy, Texas weighing 8.75-pounds. During the 10 to 11 o’clock hour Charles Blundell from Gilmer, Texas brought a hawg to the scales weighing 11.15-pounds. In the 11 to 12 o’clock hour Brandon Johnson from Crofton, Kentucky brought in a bass weighing 7.65-pounds. The heaviest bass under the slot of 16” came in the 12 to 1 o’clock hour winning the bonus and 1st place in the hour. This lucky angler was Timothy Weaver from Edgewood, Texas and his bass weighed 2.76-pounds.


On day three of the tournament the rains subsided somewhat, and the catch rate improved. Sunday showed 299 bass for a total weight of 627.41-pounds coming to the scales. Over the slot bass were weighed in every hour on this day. In the first hour Ricky Carroll from Pittsburg, Texas weighed in an 8.42-pound bass. In the second hour Anthony Dupree from Alba, Texas weighed in a 9.00-pound bass. During the 9 to 10 o’clock hour John Pierstorff from Scottsdale, Arizona weighed in a 9.72-pound bass and Thomas Liner from Simsboro, Louisiana weighed in an 8.22-pound bass. In the 10 to 11 o’clock hour Tommy Nichols from Fayette, Alabama weighed in an 8.86-pound bass; Michael Smith from Bismarck, Arkansas weighed in an 8.31-pound bass; Keith Eiland from Camden, Arkansas weighed in a 7.66-pound bass and Ronnie Hill from Canadian, Texas weighed in a 5.85-pound bass. In the 11 to 12 o’clock hour Roger Lee Wells from Waxahachie, Texas weighed in an 8.80-pound bass. In the 12 to 1 o’clock hour Tim Crow from Malvern, Arkansas weighed in a 9.03-pound bass. In the 1 to 2 o’clock hour Richard Rothe from Alba, Texas weighed in a 7.06-pound bass. The heaviest bass under 16” winning the $5,000 bonus was caught by Tony Reed from Powderly, Texas and weighed 2.73-pounds.


Winning 1st place overall with a weight of 11.15-pounds was Charles Blundell. He took home his hourly winning plus a 2018 Triton 19TRX powered by Mercury, a RAM truck plus $7,000. Coming in 2nd place with a weight of 9.72-pounds was John Pierstorff. He took home his hourly winnings, a 2018 Triton 18TRX powered by Mercury, a RAM truck and $2,000. Winning 3rd place overall was Cory Reynolds with 9.28-pounds. He took home his hourly winnings plus a 2018 Triton 18TRX powered by Mercury plus $1,000. In 4th place was Chance Lewis with a weight of 9.25-pounds. He took home his hourly winnings plus $8,000. In 5th place with a weight of 9.17-pounds was Jimmy Thomas. He took home his hourly winnings plus $6,000.
In the elimination drawing Manuel Beasley from Jackson, Mississippi took home a 2018 Triton 189TRX powered by Mercury.


 




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