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Bassers catch load of lunkers in Lake Spokane charity event

Justin Cox and Ben Schilling won the 2015 Long Lake Classic bass tournament with a two-day total fish total 39.16 pounds on May 2-3. Their first day bag weighed an amazing 29.05lbs!  (Spokane Bass Club)
Justin Cox and Ben Schilling won the 2015 Long Lake Classic bass tournament with a two-day total fish total 39.16 pounds on May 2-3. Their first day bag weighed an amazing 29.05lbs! (Spokane Bass Club)

FISHING -- Anyone with doubts about the lunker bass fishing potential of Lake Spokane (a.k.a. Long Lake) should note the eye-opening stats from the May 2-3 tournament organized by the Spokane Bass Club.

Justin Cox and Ben Schilling weighed in a first-day, five-fish total of 29.05 pounds in the third annual Long Lake Classic presented by Spokane Valley Marine.  That remarkable one-day take included a 7.68-pound largemouth that won the big-fish award .

Cox and Schilling went on to win the tournament with a two-day total of 39.16 pounds. They took home $1,584 plus $360 for the Big Bass prize.

The top eight angling teams weighed-in two-day totals of more than 30 pounds with the top four exceeding 35 pounds.

The tournament had no restrictions on the number of largemouth each team could bring to the scales. Judges credited teams with their five heaviest fish after weigh-in. Three first-day bags weighed more than 20 pounds with multiple weights in the high teens.

The contest raises funds for a different charity each year. This year it raised $540 for Baskets for Babies.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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