Groves fisherman wins $10,000 in Big Bass Splash
JASPER COUNTY —
By Mike Lout/KJAS
Wind and waves prevailed, but that did not keep five anglers from coming in at the top of the list on Sunday in the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash fishing tournament on nearby Lake Sam Rayburn on Sunday.
Coming in 1st was Ralph Dupuy of Groves that brought in a 12.05-pound catch netting him a 22 foot fully equipped Triton boat, along with a Dodge Ram truck and $10,000 in cash.
Coming in 2nd was Charlie King of Coushatta, Louisiana, who brought in a 9.89 pound lunker bringing him Dodge Ram truck pulling a Triton bass boat and $5,000 in cash.
Winning 3rd place was Clint Wade of Kirbyville, who was presented with a truck and boat, along with $2,000 in cash after he brought in a catch of 9.79 pounds.
Following at 4th place was Robert Stewart of DeRidder, who brought in a 9.78 pound lunker resulting in his win of a Dodge Ram truck and $1,500 in cash.
Winning 5th place was Barry Deason of Vinton, Louisiana, who went home with $1,000 in cash after his catch weighed in at 9.60 pounds.
Also winning a boat in a quick draw show down was Rhonda Knight of Fred.
The founder and organizer of the event, which began 34 years ago, Bob Sealy said that a total of $15,500 in proceeds from this year's event would be presented to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sealy also announced on Sunday at the weigh in and awards ceremony that was held at the Umphrey Pavilion on the south shores of Lake Sam Rayburn that he would be doing big things on the 35th anniversary of the event to be held in 2019.
Sealy said to celebrate the success of the event he would have a prize of $300,000 and also hold a 3-day country music event that would include top talent