Kilgore’s own Lee Livesay (above) finished 19th in the DEWALT Bassmaster tournament at Lake Eufaula in Alabama over the weekend. Livesay and the Bassmaster tour competitors will fish the Arkansas River this weekend.

All those hours Lee Livesay spent fishing while he was growing up continue to pay off.

Livesay, a 2004 Kilgore High School graduate and standout on the football field, is now a professional fisherman, among the best in the world fishing on the Bassmasters tour.

We’ve chronicled some of Lee’s highlights the last couple of years here in the News Herald, and he proved again over the weekend at Alabama’s Lake Eufaula that he’s one of the best, finishing 19{sup}th{/sup} overall in the DEWALT Bassmaster Elite tournament. Livesay finished 19{sup}th{/sup} overall – he topped out as high as seventh, after the first day of competition.

At least a portion of every day of the tournament aired on ESPN2.

With that 19{sup}th{/sup}-place finish, Livesay’s assigned purse for the tournament was $10,000 in earnings. He caught 52 pounds, six ounces of bass over those four days, and in his short two-year career as a pro in 23 tournaments, he has four top-10 finishes, 10 top-20 finishes, and 12 top-30 finishes.

Livesay has caught 737 pounds and six ounces of bass during that time, and has $158,442 in career winnings.

Livesay’s best finish was an eighth-place mark earlier this year in the Academy Sports and Outdoors Bassmaster Classic (he also caught 52 pounds in that tournament, as well).

Buddy Gross, a fisherman from Chickamauga, Ga., won the DEWALT event at Lake Eufaula, with a total of 84 pounds, eight ounces, and collected $100,000 for his time. Gross used a ¾ ounce Nichols Lures prototype jig, with a bullet-shaped head, and added a 3.5-inch Zoom Super Chunk for a trailer.

The DEWALT tournament was the first tournament for Bassmaster since mid-March, due to the coronavirus caution. Livesay and the boys will be back in action this weekend at the 2020 Bassmaster Central Open, on the Arkansas River, at Muskogee, Okla.


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