POTTSBORO, Texas – Pro angler Scott David of Goodrich, Texas, won $10,000 cash and a new Ranger 518 DVX bass boat Saturday on Lake Texoma in the third event of the $1 million 2002 Texas Tournament Trail season.
David topped 200 professional anglers and claimed his $45,000 prize package with a one-day, five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces.
Pro Timothy Cline of Sherman, Texas, took second and $8,000 with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 3ounces. Mark Martin of Vidor, Texas, finished third with five bass weighing 13 pounds. He earned $6,000 plus $9,000 in cash bonuses from Ranger Boats since he is the original owner of a Ranger and was the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program. Spencer McAlester of Denison, Texas, finished fourth with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 3 ounces, earning $4,300. Jeff Reynolds of Platter, Okla., rounded out the top five pros with a five-bass, 12-pound, 1-ounce catch worth $3,200.
Dean Alexander of Florence, Texas, took top honors and $4,000 in the 200-competitor Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Patricia Gold of Spicewood, Texas, took second place in the division, earning $3,000 with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Jake Goodrum of Cleveland, Texas, finished third and collected $2,000 plus a $1,200 Ranger bonus with four bass weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Overall, 17 five-bass limits were caught during the tournament.
The Texas Tournament Trail will host four one-day qualifying events and a two-day, no-entry-fee championship in 2002. Each qualifying event features a maximum field size of 200 pros and 200 co-anglers plus a potential purse of $205,000 in cash and prizes. The Texas Tournament Trail Championship presented by Pepsi and Frito-Lay will feature the trail’s top 50 pros and co-anglers in a shootout for up to $195,000 in cash and prizes.
Toledo Bend Reservoir near Many, La., will host the fourth event May 11. Lake Belton near Killeen, Texas, will host the Texas Tournament Trail Championship Oct. 19-20.
The Texas Tournament Trail’s pro and co-angler format is designed to accommodate anglers of various skill levels. Pros supply the boats and control boat movement throughout each tournament while co-anglers fish from the back deck. Each person is fishing independently and competing against anglers in his or her division. Entry fees are $350 for pros and $100 for co-anglers.
To enter the Texas Tournament Trail, register online or contact FLW Outdoors at (270) 362-4880.