Stoner's 9th Annual Bass Tournament
May 17th, 2003 --- Lake Fork, TX
Scott Henry - 2003 Champion
It was another fun tourney! We had decent weather again. It was cloudy and amazingly cool - but the
wind was a tad strong. Still, the cool weather was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to a couple of bachelor
parties, several contestants that normally fish the tournament couldn't make it this year, but we still
had 23 contestants - not bad. There were a lot of fish weighed in, and as you'll see there were several
nice slot fish that were caught (but were immediately released, of course). So all in all the fishing
was pretty good this year. Scott fished with my buddy Gary Krumbholz this year. Not long before the
tourney Gary tore his ACL in half while playing soccer. At the time of the tourney he had not had
surgery to fix it, so he was fishing on a bum knee - to say the least. You da man Gary.
Neil Sanders had to miss the tourney this year but Brian did a fine job stepping in and cooking the
burgers. Unfortunately the small bass boat Brian and his brother rented didn't handle the waves
too well and both Bergstrom boys were soaked from water crashing over the sides. So I bet Brian
at least caught a cold - he sure as hell didn't catch any fish :)
I have a friend currently living in Taipei who actually contracted SARS several weeks ago and luckily
made a full recovery. As a little joke I sent her this picture. That four pounder was the only decent
sized fish I caught all day. Of course, it was in the slot so it had to be immediately released. I had
the pleasure of fishing with my ol' buddy Jeff Cotten again this tourney. Between the laughs we both
were able to catch a few under-slot fish and I even managed to somehow win third place this year.
Small Fish Award?
Yes, that's actually a bass that Mike Bergstrom is pointing at. He just couldn't resist weighing in
that little minnow. Well, I guess that's one fish more than his big bro weighed in!
Ken caught this nice bass while fishing with my buddy Philip Sutton. Unfortunately the fish was in the
slot and thus not eligible for the tourney, but I bet it was still a thrill to catch!
Here's another very nice slot fish. Robert was fishing with my friend Courtney Moore during the
tourney when he caught this healthy six pounder. The first time Robert fished my tourney, he won it.
The next year he took second place and this year (his 3rd year) he took fourth place. I have a feeling
Robert will be the first person to win this tourney more than once. But I'm gonna give it a hell of
a try too :)
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