Alex Finch crowned champion at Big Bass Splash on Sam Rayburn

4th Place: 8.70 |  Benjamin Craven |  Colmesneil, Texas

2013 Dodge Ram Truck, PLUS $1,500 cash. “Friday we got beat up in Five Fingers with the wind. Saturday we got to our spot and it didn’t take long before the magic started to happen. It was a day that every fisherman dreams of, where all the fish that bite were drag strippers. I thank God for this opportunity!” Craven caught his fish on 10XD crank bait.

5th Place |  8.56 |  Mike Price |  Mansfield, La.

$10,000 cash. “We had been throwing crank baits, but then a bunch of schoolies came up. I threw in a floating worm with a split shot and caught my fish!”

The Big Bass Splash, which is always a family affair, offers a Little Anglers division of their own. Sponsored by Academy Outdoors, any angler 12 or under can sign up to fish and cross the weigh-in stage with their catch showing it off to the public and many proud parents. There are 3 places awarded in each category for bass, perch, crappie and catfish. Academy Sports & Outdoors provides prizes and gift certificates to the lucky winners in each age group. As this generation is the future of fishing, it is wonderful that Academy Sports & Outdoors and Sealy Outdoors include them in the event each year.

The 2014 Sam Rayburn Big Bass Splash will be a celebration of 30 years for the event. We have a lot of big things planned already – great surprises and big entertainment. It just keeps getting bigger and better at Sealy Outdoors, and you ain't seen nothin' yet!

The next stop for the Big Bass Splash Presented by Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S. will be on Toledo Bend, May 17-18-19 at Cypress Bend Park, Many, LA. Visit www.SealyOutdoors.com or call 888-698-2591 for more information on any Big Bass Splash tournaments.

A special thank you to The Jasper Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce for all of their support and assistance in making this year's tournament event a success. We would also like to thank our corporate sponsors: Triton Boats, Legend Boats, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports & Outdoors, MinnKota, Lowrance, Okuma, Tournament Saver Pro, Power Pole, Navionics, Healthy Battery, River2Sea, Texas Fish & Game, HydroWave, TH Marine, K2 Cooler, Vicious Fishing, Amphbia, The Original Rod Sox, Tour Star Products, Rayburn Country Resort, and FishingWorld.com.

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