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Tournament trail: Butcher dissects willows for Rayburn crown

Updated: September 6, 2005, 12:59 PM ET
By Robert Montgomery | BASSMASTER Magazine, September 2005

Right up until the final competitor weighed in on the final day, Oklahoma pro Terry Butcher was afraid to believe that he might have won the season's first CITGO Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Sure, he'd brought in limits during the first two days, and he had five bass in the livewell by 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

But the angler from Talala had slipped from fifth to eighth place on Friday, dropping more than 6 pounds behind the leader, Texan Neal Gilmore. And based on the ...

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