~~Today was our season opener on Lake Tyler with 52 teams fishing. Started out plenty cold, but the sun shone bright with a good bit of wind on the side. The top places were neck-in-neck coming in to the weigh-in while some teams had a tough go at it. We were able to pay out 11 places plus High School, Male/Female & Adult/Junior bonuses for a total of $10,291.
Great job, Jimmy Sheehy & Josh Dickens, on your 1st Place finish with a total of 18.72#! Along with their 1st Place Bonus Bucks & as the top placing Berkley Cash for Cast team, they won a total of $3,607.
Eric Thompson & Paul Ferguson came in 2nd with 18.38#. They were the 2nd highest placing team signed up for the Berkley Cash for Cast Challenge. That, combined with their 2nd Place Bonus Bucks gave them checks totaling $1,760.
Sonny Russell, Sr. & Sonny Russell, Jr. finished right behind them at 3rd with 18.34#. They brought in the Big Bass of the day weighing 6.90#. Add 3rd Place Bonus Bucks & they won a total of $1,368.
Shannon Arrington & Justin Hunley placed 4th with 17.87#, winning $657.
Todd Pierce placed 5th with 17.72#. He took home a check for $512 (appreciate your kindness & patience more than you know as we worked through our glitch).
6th Place went to Rusty Russell & Jace Lovelady with 17.14#. They were also the highest placing team with a THSBA Angler. They took home $912.00. Thank you Joey Ridgle’s Septic Service for giving to our Texas High School BASS Association Bonus!
Bobby Craig & Michael Craig finished in 7th Place with 16.85#, winning $281.
8th Place went to Braxton Hollenshead & Trey Hollenshead with 16.68#. They took home $229.
Robert Chambers & Jeff Hood finished in 9th Place with 15.59#, winning $208.
10th Place went to Terry Bradbery & Jeff Welch with 14.94#. They took home $177.
Finishing out 11th place was Brad Johnson & Chris Breedlove with 14.41# for $155.
We were able to pay a 2nd Place Big Bass today to Steve Terry & Randy Parks who weighed in that one at 6.82# for $125.
Frank & Lawanda Ellison were the highest placing Male/Female Team out of the money & won $150.
Steve Wright & Andrew Wright were the top placing Adult/Jr. team out of the money & also won $150.
Big shout out to everyone at the Lake Tyler Marina Resort who worked into the night all week on renovations & still managed to be open for breakfast for our anglers. It’s looking great!
Thanks again to Nautical Mile Marine for hosting last night’s meeting & dinner. We appreciate you guys always taking care of us.
~~Fishers of Men would like to thank all of our fine national sponsors; BassCat Boats, Mercury, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Shakespeare, Strike King Lure Company, Kings Home, Power-Pole, Raymarine, Duckett Fishing, BassBoat Technologies, ORCA Coolers, Buckeye Lures, T&H Maine, Gator Guards, ,Kistler Rods, HydroWave, Costa, Jacobs Glass, Rayjus Sportswear
Thank you to all of our local sponsors that make the bonus prize money possible! Tyler Ford, Brattlof Homes, Tyler Products, Cannon Steel, Joey Ridgle's Septic, Tyler Wrap Co., Durrett Production Services, Lifestyle Home Lending (Steve Wright), SurTex Land Surveying, C&R Service and Repair, The Blind Place Tyler, Porter's, Steven Hurst w/Farmers Insurance, Charlie's Fiberglass, Matheson Gas, Still Water Sporting Supplies, Ryan McCoy w/Goosehead Insurance, Shawn Wildt w/Edward Jones, Southern Tire Mart
Lake Tyler - 02/08/20