June 2, 2005

KMEM 100.5FM Hosts Open Buddy Bass Tournament at Lake Show-Me

Thirty-one boats and a total of 61 fishermen from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri came to Lake Show-Me on the beautiful morning of May 21st to compete in the first annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament, organized by KMEM FM 100.5.

The high was in the upper 70ís and the winds were calm for most of the day. It wasnít until noon that the winds picked up to 15-20 mph. The tournament started at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 2:00 p.m.

At weigh-in-time, Dean Spurgeon and George Mendenhall weighed first fish and held the big bass weight at 4.05 pounds. Lake Show-Me is home to much bigger bass, though they didnít seem to be biting. They were on post-spawn pattern. Twenty-one of the 31 boats brought in fish with a total weight of 132.28 pounds. First place was awarded to Scott Campbell and Tony Lain with 12.32 pounds; their kicker fish was 3.64 pounds. Second place winner was Matt Kirchner and Curtis Biggerstaff with total weight of 10.5 pounds. Third place winner was Dan Matheney and Rich Squire with total weight of 9.68 pounds.

Spurgeon/Mendenhall still held the big bass and were hopeful of winning. But those dreams came to an end with the last boat. FA Phosy abrought in a bass weighing 4.40 pounds.

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