By: Douglas Detherow
Oklahomabassfishing.com staff was on hand at the 2003 JHO Classic
event held this past weekend on lake Tenkiller to cover the action
of the potential $80,000 first prize package event including up to
two fully rigged 520 Ranger bass boats powered by 225 HP Mercury
engines, and a Chevy truck.
The pre tournament meeting to kick the huge event off was held at
the Jimmy Houston Store near Tahlequah. All of the entrants and
guests enjoyed some absolutely wonderful smoked brisket, corn on the
cob, and BBQ baked beans, as Carl Woods went over the schedule
breakdown for the two day of competition to come. The tournament was
a 2 day event to be held from safe light until 3 PM with the winners
being determined by a cumulative total of both daysí creels.
Royce Dennington and Chris Torkelson set the pace on day one will a
limit weighing just over 13 pounds. There were several great
fishermen bunched near the top of the leader board heading into the
second day of competition.
It was still anyoneís ballgame. There were several limits brought to
the scales, and the fishermen were reporting a better bite, than
they had experienced during practice their days.
provided a welcome breakfast of assorted treats for the fishermen as
they headed off in the now chilly morning air to begin the final day
of competition. Rain and a cold front had moved into the area
overnight and the fishermen were going to be faced with even tougher
conditions than they were already facing on the extremely low lake
There were not nearly as many limits of bass weighed in on day two,
and the fishermen that were fortunate enough to come across a keeper
bite seemed extremely grateful. Everyone that I talked to at the
scales, reported that the fish had seemed to disappear from the
water that they had done so well in on Day one. Mr. Torkleson, the
day one leader reported that he had culled several fish during the
first day, and still seemed to still be a bit disillusioned as he
put his 3 and a half pound bag of fish on the scales bringing the
teamís final weight to 17.52, good enough for 5th.
Andy Benson and Jared
Redyke brought the first limit of fish of the day to the scales that
consisted of five fish that were all over the 16 inch slot
requirement. Their limit of bass weighed more than 13 pounds!! The
had managed to improve on a strong weight of more than 10 pounds on
day one moving them into the first place spot with a two day total
of 23.07. This gave them more than a five pound lead over the
nearest competitors with not many anglers still to weigh fish. They
were looking like they were going to be really tough to beat as the
teams that had done so well on the first day came to the scales
without much weight.
With fewer than a dozen
fishermen left to weigh, Daylight Doughnuts pro Jim Carnell, of
Muskogee and his partner Dan Mahaffey carried a huge bag of bass to
the scales. It was going to be close. They needed 13.04 to take the
lead, and Jim looked confident as he raised a solid three and a half
pound keeper out of his bag to show the crowd.
Jimmy Houston got the crowd fired up as the limit of fish was put on
the scales. The weight on the digital readout was ranging from high
12ís to near 14 pounds as the lively bass flopped in the basket.
When the fish finally settled so did the scales at 13.41 pounds!!!!
They had won the 2003 Jimmy Houston Tournament Trail classic by only
a few ounces laying claim to one of the Ranger boats up for grabs!!
Had they been Ranger Boat owners, they would of won an additional
boat, but the $40,000 pursed they collected seemed to suit them just
fine as Mr. Houston introduced them to their prize.
Jim, and Dan along with
the 2nd and 3rd place finishers were gracious enough to do full
interviews with the Oklahomabassfishing.com staff after the event
describing their winning tactics used on brutally tough Lake
Tenkiller and we will have them posted in the coming days.
OUR BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO MR. CARL WOODS WHO WAS RUSHED
TO THE HOSPITAL JUST PRIOR TO THE DAY TWO WEIGH IN CEREMONY.
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