(Sunday, December 05,1999 - Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.)... "Bam, bam, bam, it was just like that," announced the team which had just weighed-in their 5 bass/23.61 lb stringer, "we started fishing at 6:45am and had a 5 bass/18 lb limit by 7:am," they further informed as they told of catching at least 30 bass from brushy points while fishing carolina rigged Zoom worms. The East Texas team were among 288 other teams who were competing against adverse weather conditions to win this first Bass-N-Bucks tournament of the Millennium.
With over $375,000 in cash & prize guarantees for their YK/2000 Team Tournament Tour, the Bass-N-Bucks organization is offering a guaranteed cash & prize payout of over $40,000 for each of their YK/2000 team tournament events. "We are paying out a first place prize of a fully rigged Skeeter/Yamaha SX186 Bass Boat, valued at $20,000, per each and every tournament this year," stated Tournament Director, David Concienne, "with a guaranteed cash & prize payout of over $40,000 for the top 25 places, which includes the top 3 big bass, David further informs. "We also have bonus money available for our anglers this year, David explains, stating that Skeeter/Yamaha will pay Skeeter Owners, who win 1st place positions in "any" of our team events, a $1,000 cash bonus, plus $2,500 for those who’ve qualified for the "Gold Tour" package-(see bonus money rules & regs at)- ’AND’, David happily includes, all Skeeter Tour bonus winners will become eligible to compete in the "National Skeeter Tour Championship. We are very excited about our Bass-N-Bucks team tour this year," David informs, adding that their Championship package offers over $85,000 in cash & prizes, which includes fully rigged Skeeter/Yamaha ZX-202/225 Bass Boat awards for the 1st and 2nd place Championship teams.
As the Bass-N-Bucks tournament crew moved to collect and tally their first weigh-in for the YK/2000 season, John Caballero and Steven Rodriquez of Victoria TX, received the dubious honor of becoming the first team to weigh-in for the Bass-N-Bucks ’Millennium Tour.’ "With 288 teams registered to compete in this first Millennium event," David Concienne announces to the large crowd of spectators, "we have upped our original payout of $40,000 in cash & prizes to over $52,000 as we’ll be paying the top 40 places overall."
As previous days of purr-fect weather conditions quickly gave way to some serious East Texas Winterization, double trouble cold fronts pushed through with crackling thunder storms and drenching rains, leaving everyone on rock n’ roll patterns, "TRAILERING IS ALLOWED" became the safety call for the day, and as the 3:pm weigh-in deadline neared its collective moments at Twin Dikes Marina, the weigh-in crew was to get a very "vigorous" work-out!!
1st-(5 bass/23.61 lbs)-Charles Latham of Orange TX, and Tim Palculict of Beaumont TX, managed to run their Skeeter/Yamaha to mid-lake points while working G-loomis rods and Shimano reels spooled with Berkely 12# Big Game mono. "We fished from 7’ of water, casting into 15’ to work our 8"carolina rigged watermelon Zoom worms through brush & grass," they stated, adding that they started fishing at 6:45am, when a quick bite managed to put an 18 lb limit in their boat by 7:am, which included a 7.07 lb ’kicker.’ "We continued to catch fish until 1:30pm," they further told, stating that they managed to catch at least 30 bass from an all day bite, catching another 7.78 lb "kicker" at 8:am. In being that they had won the event from the deck of a Skeeter/Yamaha AND had purchased that rig from Dawson Marine of Beaumont TX, the 1st place duo would also collect a Skeeter bonus of $3,500 for winning the tournament as well as winning the keys to a fully rigged Skeeter/Yamaha valued at $20,000.
2nd-(5 bass/21.31 lbs)-James Hewitt of Devers TX, and Mike Wheatley of Keachie LA, ran their Triton/Mercury bass-rig to northlake willows while fishing with 15# Berkely Big Game mono, "we worked 2’ to 4’ shallow willows with 1/2 oz shad colored Cyclone spinner baits- w/goldflake trailers, and shad colored Mann’s Baby Bass Minus-1 crankbaits," they announced, adding that they probably caught 28 to 30 bass from an 8:00am to 12:15pm bite that also put the big bass of the day in the boat as Mike Wheatley landed his 8.26 lb "kicker" from his 8:20am crankbait bite. The 2nd place team would collect a cool $4,800 for their bassin’ efforts as well as another $1,000 in big bass money.
3rd-(5 bass/19.83 lbs)- Brandon Breaux and Jesse Johnson of Hampshire TX, fished midlake 2ndary points with 20# Berkely Big Game mono, "we worked medium diving red crankbaits and 3/4 oz red/chrome Rat-L-Traps within 6’ to 8’ grass," they informed, telling that they caught at least 30 keepers from an 8:am to 10:30am bite. The 3rd place team managed to put a $2,000 check into their tackle-pack.
Top 5 Teams;
|1-Charles Latham/Tim Palculict ||5 bass/23.61 lbs ||Skeeter/Yamaha and cash-$23,500|
|2-James Hewitt/Mike Wheatley ||5 bass/21.31 lbs ||$4,800|
|3-Brandon Breaux/Jesse Johnson ||5 bass/19.83 lbs ||$2,000|
|4-Tommy Ward/Connie Ward ||5 bass/19.53 lbs ||$1,600|
|5-Russ Carter/Mike Cannon ||5 bass/18.33 lbs ||$1,400|
Big Bass Winners
- 1-(8.26 lbs)-Mike Wheatley/James Hewitt-$1,000
- 2-(7.97 lbs)-David Budreaux/David Lacy-$500
- 3-(7.78 lbs)-Charles Latham/Tim Palcilict-$250
All bass were live released by the Bass-N-Bucks fish recovery crew with 540 bass weighing 1,163 lbs.
Next tournament- February 6, 2000- Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA. For more info on the Bass-N-Bucks Tour contact David or Trish Concienne at (409)-727-8941 or click to www.fishingworld.com/bassnbucks
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