Livesay-Lake Fork

Lee Livesay, a pro fisherman from the Kilgore area, came back to his home lake for the annual four-day Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, at Lake Fork near Quitman last weekend. Livesay rallied from 50th place on day one, all the way up to a seventh-place overall finish.

Kilgore alumni Lee Livesay didn’t win the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest over the weekend, at Lake Fork in Quitman. But he gave one heck of an account for himself.

Livesay, coming off a Bassmaster Elite tournament win at Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee just a couple of weeks ago, was 50th at his home lake, Lake Fork, after day one of fishing last Thursday.

But after day two, he was in place 32, and on day three, made a big jump, all the way up to ninth.

Livesay finished in seventh place overall, a huge comeback after kind of a rough first day. He finished with a four-day total of 64 pounds, two ounces.

That first day, he had just nine pounds, one ounce. He had 14 pounds, seven ounces on day two, then 26 pounds, two ounces on day three – that was the most of any of the top 10 on day three, except eventual winner Patrick Walters, from Summerville, S.C., who had 29 pounds, six ounces on the third day.

Walters finished with a four-day total of 104 pounds, 12 ounces, beating everyone far and away – second place was Keith Combs, of Huntington, Texas, and he had a total of 75 pounds, two ounces.

According to the Bassmaster.com results and final wrap-up, Walters caught his fish on a trio of jerkbaits; a Rapala Shadow Rap, a Megabass Vision 110+1 and a Duo Realis bait.

Varying the selection and trying different colors was essential to bite generation.

The tournament benefitted the Texas Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

The tournament was hosted by the Sabine River Authority and Wood County Economic Development Commission.

For more on the tournament, including photos and video, check out bassmaster.com.

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