Plunk Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam RayburnPlunk Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn Larry Plunk Jr. of Beaumont topped 200 Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir
BROOKELAND, Texas (Feb. 24, 2003) - Larry Plunk Jr. of Beaumont topped 200 Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned him $5,000 and 200 points in the Boater Division.
Plunk caught his limit by fishing the grass using a watermelon wacky worm in 10 to 14 feet of water. The catch topped second-place boater Dicky Newberry of Houston by 3 pounds, 9 ounces. Newberry finished the one-day tournament with a five-bass catch weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce worth $2,500. Newberry also received a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.
Kevin Lasyone of Dry Prong, La. (three bass, 12 pounds, 12 ounces, $1,700); Ron Festavan of Shreveport, La. (five bass, 12 pounds, 10 ounces, $1,300); and Marty Sugg of Pattonville (four bass, 12 pounds, 6 ounces, $1,100) rounded out the top five boaters.
Bob Propst of Cedar Hill earned boater big-bass honors and $1,000 with a 10-pound, 12-ounce bass that he caught on a blue and black Rat-L-Trap. He finished in eighth place overall thanks to the one bass.
Craig Strickland of Lumberton claimed first place and $2,500 in the 200-competitor Co-angler Division with four bass weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces. He surpassed second-place co-angler Steve Strong of Humble by 3 pounds, 11 ounces thanks to a gold Rat-L-Trap that he fished in grass in 6 to 8 feet of water. Strong finished with a four-bass catch weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces worth $1,250.
Michael Harman of Bastrop (five bass, 11 pounds, 15 ounces, $850); Steve Wilson of Nacogdoches (four bass, 10 pounds, 15 ounces, $650); and Tim Farris of Nederland (three bass, 9 pounds, 9 ounces, $550) rounded out the top five co-anglers.
Strickland earned big-bass honors and $500 in his division with an 8-pound, 13-ounce bass.