Texas Fish & Game 2007 Article:
ALMANAC: Johnston Dominates Rayburn FLW Event!
By Matt Williams
Published February 2007
How do you turn 20 bass into a lucrative $69,500 payday?
1. Buy a 2004 or newer Ranger bass boat.
2. Ante up the $825 entry fee to compete on the pro side of an FLW Outdoors
Stren Series bass tournament.
3. Start reeling in the big ones.
Hemphill bass pro Stephen Johnston made winning look easy as he blew the
doors wide open in the 2007 Texas Division Stren Series season opener on Sam
Johnston, a 16-year veteran Toledo Bend fishing guide and tournament pro,
sacked up more than 70 pounds of bass over four days to claim the
championship crown with a cushion of nearly 12 pounds over second-place
finisher Shane Gibson of Kilgore.
“I had a great tournament,” Johnston said. “I was beginning to wonder if I
was ever going to win one of these deals or not. Everyone always told me it
would happen when it was my time. I’m glad my time finally rolled around.”
Johnston said he relied on a couple of patterns to seal the deal. He threw a
1/2-ounce Sebile Flat Shad lipless crankbait around inside grasslines during
the opening round, then switched to a watermelon/red Texas-rigged lizard
after falling water levels made the fish reluctant to chase.
Johnston’s first big league win earned him a major league payday. In
addition to the guaranteed $25,000 cash prize, he won a fully rigged Ranger
519VX and another $4500 cash because he met all the contingency guidelines.
Gibson’s 58-7 total won him $10,000. He was followed by Jim Guzman of
Coldspring with 53-0 and $9000; Randy Millenger of Teague, 52-11, $8000; and
Charles Haralson of Laredo, Texas 52-8, $7000.
Kerry Barnett of Waldon, Arkansas, won the co-angler division with 52-8 and
$5000. Barnett was followed in the standings by Bill Rogers of Jasper, 43-1,
$4000; Ray Peace of Arlington, 40-11, $3250; Alan Moore of Lufkin, 40-8,
$2500; and Bill Guillory of Jasper, 39-8, $2000.
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