With 53.24 lbs, North Carolina
East Team Claims Victory at the 2008-09 $70,000.00 Fishers Of Men
Red River National Championship
By: Frank Evans
(Mar. 28, 2009 – Shreveport/Bossier City, LA)...Unique to this
year’s national championship is that twenty-four separate Fishers Of
Men Divisions are represented in the final day of competition by the
twenty-eight teams who had made Friday’s top twenty percent cut for
the grand finale on Saturday.
As anglers left Red River South Marina this morning and throughout
the entire day, they braved brutally cold 20 to 30 mph winds that
whipped the river into a muddy froth that included white-capping
waves in the main channel. Teams had a difficult time trying to find
clear water areas that provided some shelter from the Artic blast.
Temperatures had plunged from Friday’s balmy high sixties into the
low thirties by daybreak.
North Carolina East anglers, Mike Poston and Kevin Jones made good
on their Friday afternoon prediction by accumulating a 17.46 lbs
winning limit of bass from the same area of the river they had
worked for all three days. In a football field sized area, the
highly skilled anglers took a three-day total of 53.24 lbs of fish.
Mike and Kevin pitched Chigger Craws® and worked small Lucky Craft®
crankbaits in rocky areas of five feet or less water.
For their diligent efforts Kevin and Mike earned: the title of
2008-09 Fishers Of Men National Champions, a brand new $45,000.00
Red/Silver Triton TR-20X3, powered by the infamous 225 hp Mercury
Optimax, Lowrance Electronics, and MotoGuide trolling motor, a
$2000.00 bonus check presented by Gordy Ringberg of Markel Insurance
Company, first place plaques, and Bonus Bucks.
Shane Wilson and Chuck Gardner earned more than $10,000.00 and a
second place finish with 46.86 lbs. In their first year of competing
with the Fishers Of Men, the Kansas Division teammates final day’s
limit weighed 17.51 lbs and included a 5.56 lbs kicker fish. Chuck
and Shane stayed in Pool 5; however, they fished upstream to get
away from crowds. For three days, Shane and Chuck worked two cuts on
the east side of the river with fish stationed in the back ends near
the dike. They flipped jigs tipped with Baby Brush Hogs®, Blk/Blu
beaver type baits and tossed white tandem bladed spinnerbaits around
the cover in the back end shallows.
Earning $7000.00, Bonus Bucks, and a third place finish, Louisiana
North-Central anglers, Martin Elshout and Mark Price, finished the
championship event with 43.95 lbs. Martin and Mark made the nearly
2-hour trip to the “Jungle” each day and fished with Speed Craws®
and fluke-type jerk baits on Thursday and Friday. However, by the
time they found clearer water on Saturday, the bass responded to
watermelon-colored Senkos®. The teammates reported taking about 10
fish from 11:00am to 2;00 pm.
Moving up from Day-two’s 13th slot and capturing 4th place, Phillip
and Adam Starks brought in an additional 16.04 lbs today for a
tournament total of 43.06 lbs. By drop-shotting a hand-poured
Roboworm in Aaron’s Magic color and on six-pound line, Adam caught
his 6.08 lbs Day-3 ($500.00) 1st Big Fish from a log in shallow
water, just five minutes before checkin.
During tournament fishing, Phillip and Adam worked watermelon/red
Brush Hogs® and Paca Craws® at Bo-Bo Hole and McDade on Day-1. Days
two and three the talented fishermen used Eakins jigs and watermelon
Zoom® lizards before landing the big one.
Rounding out the top five, defending National Champions, Mike Devere
and Jarrod Hembree (Kentucky South-Central) also placed forth in a
43.06 lbs tie. Jarred and Mike fished downriver in Pool 5 with Blk/Blu
Cumberland Pro Jigs, worms, and flukes. Jarrod’s 5.75 lbs brute
($250.00 2nd Big Fish) couldn’t resist the topwater bait tossed onto
the wood-strewn shallows.
We want to thank Mary Ann Tice and her assistant, Shannon, from the
Shreveport/Bossier City Regional Sports Authority for hosting the
event. Also we want to thank the East South Baptist Church for
providing our meal, the people at Bossier Civic Center, Barbara
Horton from Red River South Marina and finally, Gordon Ringberg,
production underwriter for Markel American Insurance Company who
awarded a $2000.00 bonus to our new champions.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine
companies that make Fishers of Men possible; Triton Boats, Mercury,
Strike King Lure Company, Outdoors, All Star Rods, Solar Bat, Gary
Yamamoto Custom Baits, Keel shield, Marshall’s Marine Lake City SC,
Kistler, Jones Chevrolet, All-Terrain Tackle, Dual Pro Charger,
XTools, Lowrance, Buckeye Lures, Stanley Jigs, Castrol, Deka marine
Master Batteries, Spike-It, Jacobs Glass, Motorguide, Hooah Energy
Bars & Drinks, Hot Rods Marine Care Products, SOSPENDERS, River
Bottom Lures, Shakespeare, Diamond Cut Jeans, T&H Marine BASS Rx,
and Keep Alive.