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Danny & Michael Bennett beat out 640 anglers at Bass Champs


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Danny & Michael Bennett topped out as the winners at the Sam Rayburn Bass Champs Tournament.

Kevin Wolford and Michael “Shane” Dorsey set the standard for the tournament with an early weigh-in of 33.57 pounds.  

Justin Morton and Randy Turner surpassed Wolford's and Dorsey's weight with 33.64 total. They caught their limit on Stanley Jigs in 4-6 feet of water.

Kenneth Cates and Delia Degnan set the tournament weigh-in crowd cheering with a 9.70 beauty that ultimately won Big Bass category. their total weight of 31.38 pounds put them in fourth place.

Danny & Michael Bennett's catch totaled 35.23 pounds, winning the tournament by nearly a two pound margin. The Bennetts used crank baits, jigs and Carolina rigs

The team took home $20,000. Adding in their sponsor bonuses, they finished with close to $26,000.

Three out of four of the tournaments for the East Region are now in the books. Boulware and Collins were the points leaders coming into this event, and are leading the Angler of the Year race.

The final regular season East Region tournament will be held on Toledo Bend at Cypress Bend Marina on May 12.

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