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West Central Bass Club
News Letter

Well it has been a long time since we have publicized any news from our club and we would like to welcome everyone back for the year 2002. So here is the final outcome.

Top six for the year 2001 are:

Doddle Dowden.............93.125
Herman Herzog..............69.75
Tommy Brooks..............64.8125
Ben West.......................63.5
Dennis Joiner..................62.625
Frank Militello................61.5625

Alternates:

Mark Koury...................51.25
Larry Stone....................46.75

Other awards were given out at our annual banquet which took place at Catfish Junction. Big Bass Award went to Herman Herzog, 7 lbs 9 oz. Largest Stringer Award, 13 lbs 6 oz went to Ben West. Fisherman of the Year went again to Doddle Dowden. Most improved was Ben West and the Hardluck Award went to Gordon Gulley. The Billy Marshall Award (Sportsmanship) went to Herman Herzog.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for this year:

Bayou Pets
Catfish Junction
Curtis Grocery Store
Grevenburg Communications
Helen's Barber Pole
James' Red & White Feed Store
Koury Auto Sales
Leesville Oil
Mane Attraction
Morris Tire Service Inc.
Mr & Mrs Doodle Dowden
Ms April Herzog
Pro Oil Exchange
Sewell Marine
Sherwin Williams of Leesville
Smith Jewelers
Star Pawn & Gun
T & M Master Lube

On 3 January 2002, new officers were elected:

President....................Herman H. Herzog
Vice President............Ben West
Secretary/Treasurer...Tommy Brooks
Weigh Master...........Mark Koury
Public Relations.........Dennis Joiner
Board of Directors.....Doodle Dowden
Board of Directors.....Frank Militello
Board of Directors.....Bruce Buchanan (alt)

Tournament dates were also selected:

February 9..............................Day Tournament
March 9..................................Day Tournament
March 23................................Day Tournament
April 6.....................................Day Tournament
May 18...................................Day or Night Tournament
June 29...................................Night Tournament
July 27....................................Night Tournament
August 24...............................Night Tournament
September 21.........................Night Tournament
October (tba)..........................Day Tournament

Our first tournament was launched at Texas public launch near site 7. Tommy Brooks was tournament chairman for the first tournament of the year. The story for this one was tough for a lot of folks except for Mat Hooker who took first place with 15 pounds 3 ounces. He also hung the big bass 5 pounds 14 ounces. Tommy Brooks came in second place with 8 pounds 1 ounce and second for big bass 5 pounds 12 ounces. And yes, Felisha Hooker, Matís wife, took third place with 7 pounds 9 ounces. Way to go girl. The main ticket for Mat was fishing the grass flats with crank baits, letting the wind push the boat over the flats. So for all you folks out there happy fishing and come see us on the web at angelfire.com/la3/wcbc .

Mat's Input: "
I'm sorry that I am late getting this information to you. I don't check my e-mail at home but every 4 or 5 days. I guess I need to get into the habit of checking it more often. I didn't know you had a newsletter. Maybe if I ever win again I'll be ready to send you some information in time. But, maybe late is better than never. Now, according to my map of Toledo we caught 7 of the 10 fish in the mouth of Buck Creek in about 14-16 feet of water on orange crankbaits. Mine was a Strike King that dove about 12 feet. Alisha's was a Bill Norman Deep Littl' N. I probably spent 6 out of the 8 fishing hours in an area about an acre in size that I accidentally stumbled upon in the fog. I couldn't see the bank or the next buoy, saw grass pop up on the depth finder and decided to stop and fish. It turned out to be a good decision. My crankbait rod is a Falcon 7' rod with a 5500-C3 Ambassaduer reel. The other 3 fish caught were on points near the Texas Islands. I was fishing these points to shelter myself from the wind. I did catch 1 fish on a Carolina rig. I would also like to say that we had a great time fishing with you fellows. I look forward to getting to know ya'll better and fishing the rest of the year with you. I have been looking hard for a club that was nothing but a group of guys who love to fish and want to have fun doing it. Hopefully I can fit right in. Again, thank you for the opportunity to join up. I hope the information above is the kind of stuff you were looking for. See you at the next meeting. Good fishin' "
Mat Hooker

Herman H. Herzog
President