August 29, 1999 • MLF • Archives

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo., (August 30, 1999) Roger Hackman of Harison, Arkansas, took first place, $2018, plus 50 CITGO Challenge Points for winning the Red Man Ozark Division qualifier held Sunday on Table Rock Lake. Hackman brought in five bass weighing 10 pounds, 7 ounces to top a field of 106 anglers competing for $6565.Hackman fished the Kimberling area of the lake using Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and lures in a chartreuse color.

He fished Carolina – style around sandy gravel banks. Second place and $1009 went to Steve St Clair of Pyatt, Arkansas, for five bass weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces. St Clair fished the Kimberling area using a brown jig with a purple black trailer. He fished around humps and long slick points.

Rounding out the top positions were: (3) Scott Teer, Dover, AR, four bass, 9-10, $592; (4) Kelly Coble, Conway, AR, four bass, 8-10, $380; (5) Danny Johnston, Bonne Terre, MO, three bass, 8-8, $360.

Rick Roberts of Jay, OK, won the Abu Garcia Big Bass Award of $1,000 for a 5 pound, 7 ounce bass.

Donnie Cox of Battlefield, MO, is leading the Ozark Division’s Ranger Millennium big bass race for the year with a bass weighing 5 pounds, 6 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.

Danny Johnston won the Berkley Powerbait award “a package of baits valued at $325” for the highest weight caught on Powerbait or Frenzy lures with 8 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 bassÏboat powered by an Evinrude or Johnson outboard (only two divisions compete in the Western Regional for aÏfully-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.Ì

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.