First Annual Keith Combs Sam Rayburn Slam
On October 29, 2016, the first annual Keith Combs Sam Rayburn Slam was held out of Cassel Boykin park
at Lake Sam Rayburn. 160 teams were greeted with great conditions; sunny skies and light north winds
with morning temps in the low 60s and afternoon temps climbing to the mid-80s. The fishing on Sam
Rayburn did not disappoint with most teams bringing in a 5-bass limit and some teams reporting catches upwards of 50 bass on the day. In the end, the team of Jerry Hayes and Scott Hassl would claim top honors with a limit of fish weighing 25.18 earning a check for $10,000. They reported catching their winning stringer off one deep water spot they found during practice. The team of Mark Richards and Doug Lehman finished a close 2 nd with 25.05 earning a check for $4,500. James Nitschke and Jason Bonds rounded out the top three with 24.95 which earned them $3,000, and Clint Wade and Stacy Spriggs finished fourth with 24.35, earning them $2,000.
The Sam Rayburn Slam also included a youth and college division. Taking the top spot in the youth division was the team of Shawn Ramsey and Coby Ramsey with a weight of 23.54 which was also good enough for a 6 th place showing overall, earning the team $1,850 in cash and $1,000 in merchandise from Pipe and Steel Industrial, Minn Kota, Humminbird, and Power Tackle. Zach Sonnier and Jordan Wood claimed top honors in the college division with 5 fish for 17.85 earning a check for $1,500 from Pipe and Steel Industrial and $500 in merchandise from Minn Kota.
Cody Miller and Jerry Finley would claim overall big bass with an 8.97, earning them $500 dollars in
merchandise from Tackle Addict. The overall payout on 160 teams was at 126%.The main objective of the Sam Rayburn Slam is to raise funds for Warriors Weekend, a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to support of veterans of The United States of America with an emphasis on those wounded in The Global War on Terrorism. Warriors Weekend gives our heroes a chance to enjoy fishing and the outdoors through an annual fishing tournament held in Port O’Conner, TX. In conjunction with the Sam Rayburn Slam, a silent auction and raffle were held to support the cause.
To date the event has raised over $16,000 to support Warriors weekend.This year’s event would have not been made possible without the support of the following sponsors: Tackle Addict, Strike King Lure Company, Biobor, Humminbird, Minn Kota, LakeMaster, Loving Toyota, Power Tackle, Inc. Seaguar Fluorocarbon, Shimano, Yamaha Outboards, Owner Hooks, Basscashbash, Pro Angler Hub, Sack Caddy Fishing, Pipe & Steel Industrial Fabricators, SETX High School Fishing Assn., BLV Enterprises, Pope’s Landing, KV Power.
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