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Louthian/Muse Win H&W Classic on Lake Dardanelle
Robert Louthian (center) and Tammie Muse (right) took home the victory and the Triton Boat with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33.71 pounds - Also pictured: Amanda Bryant (left) of H&W Marine
Robert Louthian and Tammie Muse won the H&W Marine Classic this weekend on Lake Dardanelle with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33.71 pounds. For their victory, the duo won a fully rigged Triton boat valued at $14,000.00. The H&W Marine Classic is the culmination of the H&W Tuesday night tournament series that takes place in Little Rock. The series will move to Thursday night in 2007. Here's a look at the top 5 finishing teams:
1st - Robert Louthian and Tammie Muse - 10 bass - 33.71 pounds
Tammie and Robert stayed close to home to take the victory. "We probably didn't burn 10 gallons of gas during the tournament" said Muse. They concentrated their efforts on weed edges and threw spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and Horny Toads to catch their fish. For their victory, they took home a fully rigged Triton Boat valued at $14,000.
Robert Louthian and Tammie Muse
2nd - Steve and Jason Powell - 10 bass - 28.33 pounds
Steve and Jason had to weed through alot of small fish to catch their keepers, but managed to land at least 5 solid fish on each of the two days of the tournament. "We probably caught 130 - 140 fish during the tournament" said Powell. The father/son duo also concentrated on submerged vegetation, and threw Arkansas Hawg Caller Buzzbaits and War Eagle Screaming Eagle spinnerbaits to land their fish.
Billy and Joey concentrated their efforts around coontail vegetation and threw horny toads, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and jigs to catch their fish. On Day 2, they had to pull off some last minute heroics to upgrade their sack, as they caught a 3 and a 5 pounder late in the day.
Joey Hurley and Billy Matthews
4th - Johnny Lewis/Jay Lewis - 10 Bass - 26.20 pounds
On day 1, the Lewis duo stayed close to the state park and threw 1/2 oz. War Eagle Screaming Eagle spinnerbaits around wind blown banks. On day 2 they ran way up river (near Ozark dam) and threw the spinnerbait and Norman Middle N crankbaits (lavender shad) around jetties. They said that the current on the second day really helped their bite.
Stevie and Jacob fished a flat in the back of a creek that had a few stumps in areas. They concentrated on windy banks and threw spinnerbaits and buzzbaits to land their fish. They commented that dropping water may have hurt their bite.