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Maddox & Wise Win Sweet Sixteen Championship


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

John Maddox and Jeff Wise came into the Texscape Services Sweet Sixteen SundaySeries Championship presented by Tri Lakes Tackle with mixed emotions. One month ago they were consistently catching stringers over 16 pounds. Big Sam has turned ugly on them the past couple of weekends, resulting in the team coming into the championship with very little confidence. Their confidence was so low, they chose to not enter the optional side pot. By noon on Sunday, they realized their luck had changed and they would be getting a check, but they were not sure they had enough weight to take home first place.

When 4:00 rolled around on Sunday evening, the 21.91 pound stringer belonging to Maddox and Wise held up for the win. The duo took home $2,658 and the two trophy belt buckles.

The team of Steve Evans and Jason Burton second place stringer weighing 20.26 pounds earned them a check for $2,843 including first place in the side pot because of Maddox and Wise not entering it.

Third place was won by Robert Reddell and Kolby Strait with their solid stringer weighing 19.66 winning them $2,013. Clayton Boulware and Albert Collins collected $1,368 for their 18.14 pound stringer. The final team to weigh in over 16 pounds was Alan Fitts and Chris Chautin. They won fourth place in the side pot along with fifth place in the tournament and took home a check for $810.

The Tri Lakes big bass of the tournament was a 6.73 pound prespawn female caught by the team of David Driskell and Michael McCreight. They won a $250 check in addition to certificates for two Pride Rods valued at $600 along with $100 in V&M tackle. This did not top the leader for the Monster Mount. Tommy Hill still remains the leader to receive a free replica from Scottie's Reproductions with his 9.37 pound giant.

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