Professional anglers Debra Hengst and Mark Menendez came down to a shootout at the recent Skeeter Owners Tournament and Guide to the Green Shootout a couple weeks ago on Lake Fork. The 19th Annual Skeeter Owners tournament was held June 7-10 on Lake Fork in Texas. That tournament saw some 810 boats and 1,624 anglers competing for hourly prizes. After the tournament concluded, eight hourly winners and 2 other contestants got to fish in a 2-hour shootout with Skeeter prostaff, guide and Army Bass Angler prostaff for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, plus another $500 in cash.
Jamie Moore of Talala, Okla., won the Skeeter Owner's tournament with a big bass weighing 10.54 pounds. Full results can be found on basschamps.com.
Mark Menendez, Kelly Jordon, Harold Allen, Debra Hengst, Tony Chachere, Lance Vick, Jared Miller, Brooks Rogers, Dale Hughes and Don Bailey were the shootout captains.
By the end of the shootout, it was a two boat race with only two boats having bass under or over the slot limits as most of the key spots on the lake had been pounded all day by the huge owners field. Menendez fished with Scott Little (a 10-year-old boy). They started deep with drop shots and Strike King 6XD crankbaits and moved shallow with 30 minutes to go to pitch docks. The landed their only keeper bass that weighed 1.39 pounds.
Hengst fished with Tim Crow. His area was a 20-minute run with a 100-yard idle. Hengst suggested they just keep their baits wet and not spend anymore time running around like she saw many of the other 9 competitors doing. Every roadbed, ditch, hump and bridge had been hammered that day so they decided to fish some do-nothing looking banks and just grind it out. They worked the bank with Strike King 6XD crankbaits and Game Hawgs in Blue Craw and caught 7 fish and culled up to a 1.88-pound under-the-slot fish to take the win.
Crow and his wife Teresa will be headed to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, all expenses paid with $500 spending cash in their pocket.