CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament Trail
Feb 18, 2003
CITGO National Pro Staff Readies for Louisiana
Toledo Bend Reservoir Offers a Variety of Challenges for These Elite Anglers
MANY, La. (Feb. 18, 2003) - The CITGO National Pro Staff heads to one of the most challenging fisheries in the United States as the CITGO BASSMASTER Tour moves to the Toledo Bend Reservoir on Feb. 20-23, just outside Many, La.
CITGO's Jimmy Mize, who is coming off an impressive seventh-place outing at the most recent CITGO BASSMASTER Tour stop in Bainbridge, Ga., is looking to keep his recent momentum alive. The Ben Lomond, Ark., resident talked about the upcoming event.
""I'm looking forward to going to Toledo Bend,"" said the veteran angler. ""I came in 11th there last year and I made the Classic from there out of the Central division. That's the kind of fishing I like to do. If this cold front hasn't messed it all up, it's going to be a great weekend. I think fishing is going be excellent.""
Another CITGO Pro Staff member Marty Stone knows the challenges awaiting the anglers.
""It's going to be an 'up-in-the-air' tournament,"" Stone said. ""That's a great lake. But, I have heard it's lost about 90 percent of its grass, and a lot of those fish live in that grass. If the water comes up and gets into the bushes, and you can get some stable weather, it's going to be a great tournament.”
Along with the nuances at Toledo Bend, the prospect of warmer weather will also be present as winter transitions into spring. Stone talked about the recent weather.
""It's been so doggone cold,"" Stone noted. ""If (the weather) goes ahead and stabilizes, it will sure help. Fish across the country have been affected by this cold weather and are dying for just a little bit of warmth. It will not take but a couple of days for these fish to get jump-started. I learned a long time ago though, that it's not about the temperature, as much as it is about the length of the day - and these days are getting longer and the fish are going to do the things they need to do.""
CITGO Pro Gerald Swindle also commented on the changing seasons.
""What I'm going to look for is the fish and what stage of spawning their in,"" Swindle said. ""Generally, when they move up the first part of spring, they go to the Cypress trees. The next thing you've got to figure out is whether or not they are inside or outside the trees. Then you want to figure out your presentation - whether you want it slow, or do you have to tweak it down.”
Swindle also looks to change some of his recent results. According to the Alabama resident, a new direction is needed.
""I really need to hunker down and finish at least in the top 50 in the rest of these tournaments,"" said Swindle, on having better weigh-ins. ""I need to continue on in a good points race and try to make it to the Classic. I've kind of slipped twice here, so I need to slow down and fish a little better. I want to have better practices because its sets the tone for the tournament.""
WHAT: Louisiana CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament Trail
Competition Days: Feb. 20-23
WEIGH IN: Cyprus Bend Park
WHERE: Many, Louisiana
SITE: Toledo Bend Reservoir
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Part 1: March 1 - 10:30 am
Part 1 (Repeat): March 6 – 4:00 pm
Part 1 (Repeat): March 7 – 11:00 am
Part 2: March 8 – 10:30 pm
Part 2 (Repeat): March 14 – 11:00 am
Part 2 (Repeat): March 17 – 5:00 pm
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