Smith: EverStart Series brings pro anglers to East Texas Lake
By Chris Smith
Oct. 4, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Professional bass fishing is a big time favorite among bass anglers. Tours and events are set up in different formats with big prizes normally being the draw. Competition at these tournaments is as good as it gets and making it to the top level is a dream many bass anglers share.
Getting there is tough. A combination of skill and decision making, combined with a little good luck can make a payday that enables an "up and comer" to break into the top echelon of bass fishing.
This week the pro level EverStart Series is at Lake 'O the Pines.
Several locals are entrants in this event and as expected East Texas has a good shot at putting a winner on the stage.
Three Longview anglers are among the season leaders and this is the last regular season event.
The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each of the five nationwide divisions will qualify for the regional event to be held on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La. in November.
The annual point standings are crucial to the contestants as making the regional offers a chance at bigger prize money as well as priority entry into the FLW Majors events.
This is the highest level of competition that the Wal Mart/FLW has, and winning at that level means a $100,000 top prize. With this kind of money on the line the "serious business" of fishing for bass becomes evident.
Trent Durst, Jim Tutt and Ernie Paul are three Longview names many will recognize. These three guys are all great bass anglers with many years of experience.
Tutt has been all over the country catching bass and making great career for years on the FLW Tours and Lake O' the Pines should be right in his wheelhouse.
Durst has also been bass fishing professional level tournaments with steady success and he has been on "The Pines" bass for years.
Longview also has Scott Bailey on the co-angler side and Bailey is ranked number two on the year and has pocketed over $41,000 in cash and merchandise this year alone.
Lamonte Loyd of Gilmer is a strong contender on Lake O' the Pines, and winning this event would not be a surprise.
Look for all these guys to do well, and winning at this level is what they are accustomed to.
There is a daily weigh-in today at Brushy Creek Recreation Area at 3 p.m. Saturday's weigh-in will be held at the Wal Mart Super Center, 515 E. Loop 281, in Longview at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and there is usually plenty of things to see and do for the entire outdoors family.
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