Behnken Wins TTT Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake TexomaBehnken Wins TTT Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Texoma contingency prizes at the Texas Tournament Trail bass fishing event on Lake Texoma
SHERMAN, Texas - Pro Jim Behnken of Garden Ridge caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces to win $10,000, a fully rigged Ranger 519 VS Ranger boat plus $20,000 in contingency prizes at the Texas Tournament Trail bass fishing event on Lake Texoma. A field of 200 pros and 200 co-anglers competed in the event.
Behnken, who won a TTT event on Richland Chambers in 2001, caught his bass by throwing a crankbait around rocks and trees.
Rounding out the top five pros were Andy Gaia of Tomball (10 bass, 27 pounds, 7 ounces, $8,000 plus $6,000 bonus); Chris McCall of Jasper (10 bass, 26 pounds, 10 ounces, $6,000 plus $4,000 bonus); Sean Hoernke of Magnolia (10 bass, 24 pounds, 11 ounces, $4,300); and Kellogg's pro Clark Wendlandt of Cedar Park (10 bass, 23 pounds, 10 ounces, $3,200 plus $2,500 bonus).
Bonuses are awarded to registered Ranger boat owners who purchased their Ranger new from a Ranger dealer. Anglers must also fish out of a Ranger during the tournament to be eligible for the contingency. Along with the grand prize of $10,000 plus a fully rigged Ranger boat, Behnken earned $5,000 as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program and won all contingency bonuses including the Garmin Grand and Powered by Yamaha awards to total $20,000 in contingency winnings.
In his first TTT event, Allen Hennan of Wichita Falls dominated the co-angler field to win the tournament and $4,000 cash. The high school coach caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 13 ounces, which won the Co-angler Division by a staggering 12 pounds. Hennan caught his bass by fishing a Senko on a split-shot rig.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers were Rodney Floyd of San Angelo (eight bass, 20 pounds, 1 ounce, $3,000 plus $1,650 bonus); Doyle Maynard of Eastland (six bass, 19 pounds, $2,000 plus $1,200 bonus); Dan Schoonveld of Hemphill (six bass, 13 pounds, 1 ounce, $1,000 plus $1,000 bonus); and Charles Pratt of Lewisville (five bass, 12 pounds, 11 ounces, $800).
Randy Cisler of Mesquite won the tournament's $500 Travis Boating Center big bass gift certificate with a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass. Travis Boating Center, one of the nation's largest retailers of Ranger Boats, sponsors 2004 TTT big-bass awards.
The TTT's final regular-season stop will be May 22-23 on Lake Travis near Jonestown. The top 50 pros and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the $195,000 Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail Championship Oct. 16-17 on Lake O' the Pines near Longview. The winning pro at the championship can earn as much as $70,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ranger boat.