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July 18, 1999 • MLF • Press Releases

ASHDOWN, Ark.., (July 19,1999) Mike Brower of Texarkana, Texas, took first place, $2721, plus 50 CITGO Challenge Points for winning the Red Man Arkie Division qualifier held Sunday on Millwood. Brower brought in three bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces to top a field of 164 anglers competing for $9610.

Brower fished the Snake creel area using a Carolina-rigged spinnerbait and gitzit. He flipped a black and blue gitzit in lilly pads to catch his fish. Second place and $1360 went to former Red Man All-American winner Doug Garrett of Cabot, Arkansas, for three bass weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces. Garrett fished in Hickory Slough. He fished channel bends around lilly pads. He used a Zoom Super Fluke in lemon/shad color.

Rounding out the top positions were: (3) Richard Calley, Nashville, AR, two bass, 9-15, $798; (4) Gene Bledsoe, Grady, AR, three bass, 9-8, $512; (5) Jay Lewis, Roland, AR, three bass, 9-3, $485.

Richard Calley of Nashville, AR, won the Abu Garcia Big Bass Award of $1,000 for a 6 pound, 8 ounce bass. Jimmy Mize of Ben Lomond, AR, is leading the Arkie Division’s Ranger Millennium big bass race for the year with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 0 ounces. The Ranger boat owner who catches the largest bass in each Red Man division over the course of the season, will qualify to enter the Ranger M1 Millennium tournament.

Gene Bledsoe of Grady, AR, Donald Eaton of McDonough, GA, won the Berkley Powerbait award a package of baits valued at $325 for the highest weight caught on Powerbait or Frenzy lures with 9 pounds, 8 ounces.

At the completion of the six Red Man qualifying events, the top 30 anglers, determined on a basis of pounds and points, will move onto Regional Championship competition. There they will compete against the top 30 fishermen from three other divisions for a Dream Rig consisting of a Chevy truck and a full-rigged Ranger bass boat powered by an Evinrude or Johnson outboard (only two divisions compete in the Western Regional for a fully-rigged Ranger bass boat) and a spot in the Red Man All-American in Hot Springs, Arkansas, May 8-13, 2000, where the winner will receive $100,000.

The rookie advancing farthest along the Red Man Trail will win the Old Milwaukee NA Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

All Red Man tournaments are catch and release events. Operation Bass historically maintains a 98 percent live release rate throughout the tournament season.

Sponsors of the 1999 Red Man Tournament Trail include: Evinrude Outboards, Evinrude Electrics, CITGO Petroleum, Ranger Boats, Humminbird Fishfinders, Stren Fishing Lines, Abu Garcia Rods and Reels, Chevy Trucks, ENERGIZER Marine Batteries, Old Milwaukee NA, Black & Decker, David Seeds, Coleman Products, Land O Lakes, BC Powder, Eveready, Wheaties, Chex Mix, Hamburger Helper, Wrangler, US Bank-VISA, Powerbait, and Frenzy.