Lense Ramey and Greg Dorris
Lense Ramey (Kiefer,
Ok) and Greg Dorris (McAlester, Ok) won the final regular season
event in the Jimmy Houston Outdoors T. Trails tournaments with a
weight of 14.14lbs. besting a field of tough Eufaula fishermen under
"hot" and "windy" weather conditions. Just about everyone who fishes
Eufaula a lot came out to compete. I have known Greg and Lense for
about (15) years. I remember meeting Greg years ago when he fished
most of the time with his dad J.E. Dorris. Greg and J.E. were always
a team to beat on Eufaula. J.E. is gone now but all the experience
that Greg gained in those years of fishing old 'Big Muddy" have paid
off well for him.
Second place went to
Dennis Huggins and Brent Davis with the weight of (13.43). Good
enough for the $5,000 second place. I "teased" Dennis and Brent
during the awards ceremony by asking them if they caught their fish
in about 6" of water, everyone knows how "deep" that they "rig
Third was Jimmy Carnell and Dan Mahaffey with (11.37), it was
good to see Jimmy Carnell do well. I also teased Jimmy about how
"cleaned up" he looked in his clothes these days. When you fish a
lot like Jimmy does now, you are required to always look good, he
did when he came up to get his $2610 check.
Fourth was Steve Core
and Tim Haddick with (10.99) for $1955. Steve and Tim "lost" a fish
that died, costing them a 1/2 pound penalty, it always hurts.
rounding out the top (5) places was Chet & Sheryl Baize with (10.77)
for $1300.Chester and Sheryl have proved that a husband and wife
team can compete with the men, they finished high all year.
Bass was a (5.17) weighed by Steve Core and Tim Haddick, worth
There were (50) places paid out and (4) Big Bass places. Now
we get on with getting ready for the Championship in September on
Tenkiller. Right around (200) teams have qualified by fishing all
(5) events. This has been a very good year for the Trail and a lot of
fun. We hope that all the teams (431) that have fished with us
enjoyed it too.
The "Anglers of the
Year" were Lloyd Davenport and Everett Eaton of Stillwater, Ok. They
are just amazing! How about Jason Christie and Charles Christie who
finished second in the "points" and came from way back. And Danny
Bird who works for Rob Kilby with Ranger Boats who gave up his time
to "fish" with each sponsor who wanted to go out. That's not easy to
do and finish well up in the points overall without a regular
partner. I know that I probably forgot someone who helped a lot,
like the "staff" themselves who worked hard trying to make it good
for everyone. And of course our main sponsor, "Ranger Boats" who
make this all possible along with "Jimmy Houston" himself. Jimmy has
personally attended (3)of the events. More people each time and
getting a chance to meet Jimmy and talk with him and more need to do
that in the future. Thanks to everyone.
The sponsors that
helped this year, all of them, have been great. From Mike Garrett
Chev/Dodge with the trucks that he helped us purchase, to John Bond
with "Daylight Donuts" who has given so many donuts and coffee to
everyone each event, and "BG Oil" with lots of oil, David Miller
with "Cross Communications" who did so much at the Kerr event, and
of course "Johnsonville Foods" who gave us all those wonderful
"brats" each time and Great Outdoors Grills who gives us those
smokers to give away earlier this year and "Pradco" and everyone
else who do so much, THANK YOU. We all appreciate it!
Plans are already
started for a "Oklahoma Trail" again in 2004 and also a "Arkansas
Trail" with a lot of new ideas for both trails, those plans will be
out soon with schedules. But "thanks" mostly to the "Anglers of
Oklahoma" who have trusted us to do well for them and fished with
us, we appreciate you all.