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Bass Tournament Proves Challenging for Anglers, Another Tournament Scheduled

April 6, 2011

Team bass tournament proves to be challenging for anglers as a large number showed up empty handed for weigh-ins.

Thirty-one members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in a team bass tournament on April 2, 2011 at Sardis Lake. The tournament began at "safe light" with temperatures in the low 40’s and ended at 4:00 p.m. with temperatures in the low 80’s. Catching a keeper proved to be difficult as half of the anglers were unable to bring a keeper bass to the final weigh-in. Those who were able to find some "keeper" bass were able to put together some nice stringer weights.

The winning team was Ellis Silvey and Jason Reed. They had a six fish limit that weighed 17.55 pounds. Finishing in second place was the team of Terry Thurman and Jon Tucker. They also had six fish that weighed 17.43 pounds. Kelly Gravitt finished in third place with six fish that weighed 16.73 pounds. The big bass of the tournament was caught by Ellis Silvey. It weighed 5.06 pounds.

The club’s next tournament will be the annual Big Bass Rodeo held at Pine Creek Lake on April 16-17. This is the 40th anniversary of the tournament. It is the longest, continuous running big bass tournament in the state and possibly the nation.

The entry fee for the tournament is $25.00 and may be paid at the headquarters on Friday afternoon or before the tournament begins at 7:00 on Saturday morning. The headquarters for the tournament will be at the pavilion on Rock Creek Point in Little River South Park. Free caps, provided by Pruett’s Foods and Ameristate Bank, will be given to the first 120 contestants. A first place prize of $500.00 is guaranteed, but may be more since prize money is based on the number of entries received. The first five places will receive cash prizes as well as trophies provided by FirstBank. Sixth place on down will receive prizes donated by area merchants until the supply of prizes is exhausted.

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