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May 28, 2014

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It was surprising to see a long line of boats waiting to launch as the first wisps of daylight began to brighten the eastern sky as the turnout was much better than anyone expected.

In spite of the less-than-favorable conditions and periods of rain, the team of Frank Brown and Doug Pence swept the event with a tournament imposed limit of eight fish, sporting a combined weight of 13.83 pounds. A largemouth bass tipping the digital scales at 2.76 pounds also gave them the tourney's “big bass” award. Ken Waisner and Brad Parsons took second place with five fish dropping the scales at 7.70 pounds. The father-and-son team of Dave and Joel Edwards slipped into third place with five fish totalling 7.68 pounds.

“We want to thank Adams Auto Group for again sponsoring this tournament,” Alexander said after the weigh-in. “It is people like Brian Adams who believe in doing their part in helping children of this community."

• Lake Tippecanoe was the latest stop made by a large group of anglers participating in this year's Bullseye Team Tournament Trail. It was the husband-and-wife team of Darla and Steve Kelly who came away winners with five largemouth bass totaling 9.41 pounds. Josh Weidner and Bob Hyatt grabbed second place with five fish weighing 8.89 pounds. Third place went to Dave and Joel Edwards with 8.67 pounds. The biggest fish of the tourney, a 3.67 pound largemouth, was taken by the team of Brad parsons and Ken Waisner.

• The Kokomo Bass Anglers held a tournament on Lake Chapman. Seasoned club veteran Dave Pross won the event with four largemouth bass totaling 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He also had the biggest fish with a bass topping out at 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

• Steve and Darla Kelly won last Monday evening's Kokomo Reservoir open team bass tourney sponsored by Cardwell Built Construction. The husband and wife collected five bass weighing 8.22 pounds. Matt Cottrell took second with four fish topping out at 6.85 pounds. The weekly event's biggest fish at 3.88 pounds was taken by the team of B.J. Butcher and Chad Babcock.

• Keith Milburn and Ed Lyke won last week's Delphi/Delco team bass tourney with three bass weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces. They also had the best bass with their largest weighing 2 pounds, 13 ounces. Second was Larrell Norris with two fish tipping the scales at 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

John Martino is the Tribune's outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at jmartinooutdoors@att.net.

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