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Outdoors: Area bass tournament trails in full swing

Russell Hedges

Two bass fishing tournament trails sponsored by Bossier City boat dealerships are in full swing.

Three tournaments are in the books for the H&W Marine Team Trail. Two Landers/Ram Bayou Outdoor Super Center Tournament Trail events have been held so far.

The next B.O.S.S. event is Saturday on the Red River. The next H&W Marine event is April 21 on Cross Lake.

Jeff Holder and Terry Berghardt captured the most recent H&W event Saturday on the Red River with a five-fish limit weighing 18.23 pounds. They also won the big bass bonus of $500 with a 6.35-pound fish for total prize money of $3,300. Sixty-seven teams competed.

Ray White and Clayton Frye, who finished second with 17.74 pounds, top the trail points standings with 584 with two events left. Jerry Pate and Josh Danzy are just two points back.

Travis Beaty and Brian Bradshaw won the first H&W event on Black Lake near Campti Jan. 11 with a five-fish limit weighing 19.69 pounds. Drayton Hand and Brent Carpenter had the big bass of 7.49 pounds.

Jeff Pate and Eddie Shaw took the March 8 event on Caddo Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 30.01 pounds, almost 20 pounds better than the runner-up. They also had the big bass of 8.1 pounds. The duo split $3,000.

Todd Fisher and Mike Leppert won the first B.O.S.S. event held Feb. 22 on Black Lake with five fish weighing 19.2 pounds, just .10 better than runners-up Earl Glass and Mark Hay. They also had the big bass of 5.9 pounds for total winnings of $4,800.

Jeremy Botica of Haughton and Rickey Lee took home first-place money of $4,000 in the March 1 event on Lake Bistineau with five fish weighing 19.25 pounds.

Dustin Boyett and Travis Gray finished a close second with 19.92 pounds.

Landon Kennington and Brad Virgilitto snagged the big bass of 9.44 pounds.

About 140 teams competed in the event.

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The Bass Life Associates’ 37th annual Sportsman’s Dinner is April 8 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Bass Life Associates, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Ark-La-Tex fisheries through stocking programs, replica programs and educational events.

The banquet features a catered meal by Savoies plus live music, a live auction and raffles, including the chance to win a fully-rigged 2014 Crestline VT 17 boat.

To purchase a table at the banquet or to make a donation contact Ernie Smoak at (318) 349-2466.

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Russell Hedges is the sports editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. You can contact him by e-mail at rhedges@bossierpress. com


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