(March 26,2000 - Tyler, TX)... Stormy weather in the wee hours on Sunday morning saw some anxiouscouples as they waited out the rain and lightening. Weather was afactor as we only saw 48 couples brave the elements to compete in the3rd qualifying tournament of the Northeast Region of The 2 of Us Couples Tournaments. As we all know, the rain and storms moved on, and the weather was beautiful for the entire day.
With the lake 5 feet low and hardly any vegetation in the water, thecouples had to fish points, boat docks, and any other structure theycould find. They fish were fairly cooperative as we saw most of thecouples weigh in fish. Only 5 couples came up short in the end.
The fish were shallow and in a biting mood, as several limits werecaught, and some couples reported culling 3 or 4 limits during the day.As usual, someone has to win, and in this event, one of our new couplestook the first place honors. They outdistanced the others by over 3pounds.
Randy Huffman and Rena Douglas of Longview brought in the firstplace bag and it was a dandy. They had 5 fish, including Men’s BigBass, that tipped the scales at a whopping 19.92 lbs. Randy’s big bassweighed in at 5.99 lbs. They took home $635 for the win, and addedanother $164.50 for the big bass, for a total of $799.50 for theeffort. Their fish came shallow on redbug wacky worms in about 3 feetof water.
Second place was taken by another couple from Longview and LoneStar. James Carter and Beth Miner brought in a limit that weighed in at16.87 lbs. They were fishing spinner baits in three feet of water.They took home $381 for the second place finish.
Third place was less than a half pound behind as Joel and Lea AnnHowell of Palestine weighed in a limit for 16.42 lbs. They too werefishing shallow water with wacky worms and soft jerk baits to get theirlimit. They netted $253 for the 3rd place finish.
Jeff and Jennifer Bramblett of Longview took fourth place honorswith a limit going 15.47 lbs. They were using watermelon flukes in 6 to10 feet of water to fool their fish. This team is one to watch out forfor the Angler of the Year race, as they have been very consistent inthe first 3 events. Jennifer had Lady’s Big Bass at Palestine lastmonth, and she is very competitive in her fishing. They took home $130for 4th place.
Rounding out the top 5 was Michael and Kathy Cagle of Terrell. Theywere fishing red jerk baits to bring in a limit tipping the scales at anice 15.44 lbs. The pocketed $125 for 5th place.
Lady’s Big Bass was taken by Miranda Brown on a spinner bait inabout 10 feet of water. It was the largest bass weighed in all day,tipping the scales at 6.38 lbs. and putting $164.50 in her pocket.
In all nine places were paid, taking 14.47 lbs. to get a check.Lot’s of fish were caught by the couples, and they had a great time onthe water. The next Northeast Region tournament will be on Lake of thePines on April 30th out of Tejas Village. Registration will be onSaturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday morning from 5 a.m. tostart.
If there are any couples out there who would like to meet others wholike to fish please give us a call at 903-482-6260. We fish 6qualifying tournaments plus a 2 day Championship. We will be goingwest this year for championship, but will be returning to Sam Rayburn in 2001 for Championship.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for helping Us make theseevents possible. They are Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Motors, Sure-lifeLaboratories, Equalizer Weigh-in Scales, Premier Aftermarket-GatorbackBedliners, Mann’s baits, Gator-Grip Golden Rule, Tournament Angler News,Q. A. Products, Zercom, Motorguide, and J B Industries. They make itall possible and we hope all you couples will recognize our sponsorswhen you need their products. Remember the Skeeter Bonus Money, if youwin fishing from a Skeeter boat in warranty.
Good luck and good fishing and we will see you a The Pines nextmonth