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Castledine Wins Everstart Series on Toledo Bend


Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18

pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Texas Division

event on Toledo Bend with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 65

pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Castledine earned $27,842.

“Seems like every week I come up against these guys,

[Bird and Martin], but I love the competition. It makes me a better

fisherman†said Castledine. “This really has been an incredible week.

This morning after my boat broke down I was real nervous, but then

everyone came out to help and I knew I was prepared for this moment and

everything worked out.

“I was sight fishing all week long,†Castledine went

on to say. “I never strayed and stayed 100 percent  committed to that. I

love to sight fish and know that it is one of my strengths. All my fish

were caught off beds  using a sweet beaver. I was mostly in about two to

three feet of water.

The fish weren’t plentiful, but I was able to catch

the quality ones that mattered. On the first day I only had five

keepers. On day two I think there were only six keepers and today I had

the most, about 10.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

                         2nd:               Lendell Martin Jr., Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 62-7, $9,546

                          3rd:                 Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, 15 bass, 54, $7,955

                          4th:                 Tim Reneau, Del Rio, Texas, 15 bass, 52-12, $7,159

                          5th:                 Chris Wilkerson, Conroe, Texas, 15 bass, 50-8, $6,364

                          6th:                 Joe Elkouri, Lawton, Okla., 15 bass, 48-15, $5,568

                          7th:                 James Caldemeyer, Gilmer, Texas, 15 bass, 48-15, $4,773

                          8th:               Eric Wright, Scurry, Texas, 15 bass, 47-13, $3,977

                          9th:                 Robert Brown, Round Rock, Texas, 15 bass, 47, $3,182

                          10th:               Cecil Russell, Willis, Texas, 10 bass, 36-9, $2,386

Christopher Brasher caught the biggest bass of the

tournament in the Pro Division Thursday – a 9-pound, 4-ounce bass – that

earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of


Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, won the Co-angler

Division and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor

plus $5,000 with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pound, 4


Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

                    2nd:      Steve Hope, Ovilla, Texas, 15 bass, 47-4, $3,755

                     3rd:        Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas, 13 bass, 43-15, $3,338

                    4th:         Brent Broussard, Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 42-12, $2,920

                    5th:        Eric Richey, Paradise, Texas, 15 bass, 42-8, $2,503

                    6th:       Robert Moffett, Silsbee, Texas, 14 bass, 38, $2,086

                  7th:      Randall Coyle, Nederland, Texas, 14 bass, 34-11, $1,669

                    8th:        Rich Dalbey, Greenville, Texas, 12 bass, 33-9 $1,252

                  9th:     Kevin Carter, Spring, Texas, 11 bass, 32-10, $834

                10th:  Stephen Francis, Brookeland, Texas, 10 bass, 30-10, $668


Reggie Rivera caught the biggest bass of the

tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday – a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass –

that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $142.