Randy Kvapil Wins Palestine Night Tournament
Kvapil continued his first-rate fishing this year by winning the Palestine night
tournament. His three fish weighted 10.10 pounds and was anchored by a nice 5.95
pound fish. Randy piloted his Bullet to spots in the mid-lake area to catch his
fish. This victory has helped Randy pull into 2nd place in our club
standing right behind Robert Hargrove. In addition, Randy is leading the
Northeast Region of our B.A.S.S Federation. Philip Webb brought two fish to the
scales, including the tournament’s big bass, for a total weight of 8.77 pounds
and a nice 2nd place finish. Paul Zukosky placed 3rd with
four fish weighing 8.31 pounds. It seems that retirement has been good for
Paul’s fishing. He ran his Ranger from the Villages to Saline Bay and back to
the bridges at Highsaw/Ledbetter to catch his fish – with his last keeper
coming right before weigh-in. Paul is sitting in 3rd place in our
Angler of the Year race and he is making a push to win it again for the 4th
time in our club’s history.
I weighed in just one lone fish, but that fish weighed 6.10 pounds and that was good enough for a 4th place finish. I caught my fish on a black Hildebrandt spinnerbait tipped with a black Uncle Josh #11 pork rind in the mid-lake area on the front of a concrete boat ramp. It was the only fish I managed to catch all night. After daybreak I pulled out my Lake Fork Tackle Craw and started moving my Bullet 21XD from dock to dock in an attempt to my give my big bass a little company. In the next couple of hours I brought six fish to the boat, but unfortunately the largest one was only 13 ˝”. It was at least nice to have a little action after a long night.
Rounding out the top five was Mark Calhoun who weighed in two fish at 5.43 pounds.
There are quiet a few members putting together excellent years, but in what seems to be an all to familiar and annual ritual they are all chasing Robert Hargrove for that coveted Angler of the Year title.
With two tournaments remaining Robert is holding on to a slim lead with 579 out a possible 600 points. Randy Kvapil and Paul Zukosky are within striking distance with 575 and 569 points respectively. I am tied with Wally Hughey with 552 points and Craig Dowis is on the bubble in 6th place with 536 points.
Out next tournament will be Sept. 14th and 15th at Toledo Bend. The next and last Federation Tournament will be Sept. 7th at Cypress Springs. Don’t forget the “Baby Creatures.”
|Place||Angler||# of Fish||Total lbs.||Big Bass||Points|
|17 Anglers||23||57.06 lbs. / 2.48 average|
Lunker Club (over 5 lbs.)
|Angler||# of fish||Largest||Total Weight||Angler||Lake||Total Weight|
|Mark Calhoun||1||6.23||6.23||Robert Hargrove||Martin Creek Lake||8.50|
|Randy Kvapil||2||5.95||11.18||Randy Kvapil||Lake Tyler||13.43|
|Bill Kessler||1||5.15||5.15||Bill Kessler||Ray Hubbard||7.99|
|Coy Frazier||1||7.18||7.18||Bill Kessler||Lake 'O the Pines||11.80|
|Elvin Smith||1||5.73||5.73||Coy Frazier||Cypress Springs||15.16|
|Philip Webb||1||6.53||6.53||Mark Calhoun||Cedar Creek||15.12|
|Tommy Yates||1||6.10||6.10||Jon Harshbarger||Sam Rayburn||10.55|
|Randy Kvapil||Lake Palestine||10.10|
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