It's official: The 101.5 KNUE Big Bass Bash presented by Fairway Auto Center is complete, and in baseball terms, it came down to a full count in the bottom of the ninth inning as we crowned our first-ever Big Bass Bash Champion.

Dave Triplett, of Chandler, came up to the dock at Lake Palestine Resort with less than 40 minutes left in the final hour of weighing. When he pulled out his bass at the tent, the crowd immediately knew something even bigger was happening.

Bob Sealy of Sealy Outdoors kept the crowd waiting at the scale and then he announced it: Mr. Triplett's bass weighed 8.62 pounds, barely edging the 8.52-pounder caught by Flint's Billy Limerick just a few hours earlier.

When he saw the weight on the scale, Triplett said he "nearly passed out."

Triplett then took the stage as the first-ever Big Bass Bash champion and showed off his check for $10,000.

We want to extend our many congratulations to Mr. Triplett, our top five winners and all of our hourly winners. We can't wait to do it again -- and we're already set for April 12 and 13, 2014, back at Lake Palestine Resort.

And thank you all for attending as anglers, fans or anything else. We appreciate it!

The Final 5

  • 1. Dave Triplett, Chandler -- 8.62 pounds ($10,000)
  • 2. Billy Limerick, Flint -- 8.52 pounds ($2,000)
  • 3. Joe Moss, Palestine -- 7.50 pounds ($1,500)
  • 4. John Poole, Nederland -- 7.05 pounds ($1,250)
  • 5. Tim England, Chandler -- 6.76 pounds ($1,000)

Here are the hourly weigh-in winners for the weekend:

  • 7 a.m. Sunday

    1. Ryan McCoy, Jacksonville -- 5.63 pounds

    2. Andy Ginn, Tyler -- 3.96 pounds

    3. Blake Conner, Bullard -- 3.59 pounds

    4. Joel Howell, Palestine -- 2.84 pounds

    5. Robby Stone, Tyler -- 2.54 pounds

  • 8 a.m. Sunday

    1. Greg McDowell, Troup -- 4.61 pounds

    2. James Williams, Chandler -- 3.50 pounds

    3. Mark Driskell, Athens -- 3.26 pounds

    4. Trey Durham, McKinney -- 3.26 pounds

    5. David Wood, Frankston -- 2.91 pounds

  • 9 a.m. Sunday

    1. Billy Limerick, Flint -- 8.52 pounds

    2. David Poole, Tyler -- 5.76 pounds

    3. Brad Burkett, Flint -- 5.49 pounds

    4. Jeremy Locke, Flint -- 4.38 pounds

    5. Nick Dudley, Jacksonville -- 4.08 pounds

  • 10 a.m. Sunday

    1. Bobby Curnutt, Kilgore -- 4.94 pounds

    2. Jeremy Locke, Flint -- 4.82 pounds

    3. Jason Holman, Tyler -- 4.48 pounds

    4. Melton Miller, Tyler -- 4.45 pounds

    5. Joe Embry, Tyler -- 3.65 pounds

  • 11 a.m. Sunday

    1. Michael Black, Tennessee Colony -- 4.70 pounds

    2. William Miller, Tatum -- 4.66 pounds

    3. Joe Embry, Tyler -- 4.62 pounds

    4. Kenneth "Red" Owens, Chandler -- 3.98 pounds

    5. Jeffrey Harmon, Flint -- 3.85 pounds

  • 12 p.m. Sunday

    1. Tim England, Chandler -- 6.76 pounds

    2. Leslie Williams, Chandler -- 6.19 pounds

    3. Amanda Burkham, LaRue -- 5.28 pounds

    4. Randy Burkham, Tyler -- 5.07 pounds

    5. David Wood, Frankston -- 4.62 pounds

  • 1 p.m. Sunday

    1. Mickey Cawthron, Tyler -- 5.93 pounds

    2. Donny Walters, Palestine -- 5.83 pounds

    3. Michael Mays, Palestine -- 5.73 pounds

    4. Andy Ginn, Tyler -- 5.05 pounds

    5. Hubert Sumrol, Winona -- 4.25 pounds

  • 2 p.m. Sunday

    1. Dave Triplett, Chandler -- 8.62 pounds

    2. Robby Leach, Tyler -- 6.33 pounds

    3. Andy Ginn, Tyler -- 5.64 pounds

    4. Franky Burkett, Flint -- 5.51 pounds

    5. Joel Howell, Palestine -- 3.96 pounds

  • 7 a.m. Saturday

    1. Joe Moss, Palestine -- 7.50 pounds

    2. Steven Boggs, Frankston -- 4.47 pounds

    3. Roy Spencer, Flint -- 3.80 pounds

    4. Joel Howell, Palestine -- 1.65 pounds

  • 8 a.m. Saturday

    1. Daniel Cox, Tyler -- 3.60 pounds

    2. Claude Dowdy, Palestine -- 3.26 pounds

    3. Josh Alonzo, Flint -- 2.75 pounds

    4. Taylor Simmons, Tyler -- 2.43 pounds

    5. Dewayne Reynolds, Flint -- 2.04 pounds

  • 9 a.m. Saturday

    1. Mitchell Stuteville, Elkhart -- 5.09 pounds

    2. Klint Nichols, Bullard -- 4.94 pounds

    3. Patrick Fuller, Tyler -- 3.76 pounds

    4. Robby Leach, Tyler -- 3.67 pounds

    5. Gary Heath Sr., Chandler -- 3.56 pounds

  • 10 a.m. Saturday

    1. Joe Moss, Palestine -- 6.63 pounds

    2. Patrick Fuller, Tyler -- 5.14 pounds

    3. Eric Thompson, Flint -- 3.56 pounds

    4. Roy Patterson, Palestine -- 2.26 pounds

    5. Jody Kea, Tyler -- 1.87 pounds

  • 11 a.m. Saturday

    1. Brad Rumbo, Chandler -- 3.84 pounds

    2. Patrick Fuller, Tyler -- 3.52 pounds

    3. Eric Thompson, Flint -- 3.41 pounds

    4. Mark Fletcher, Tyler -- 3.41 pounds

    5. Landen Dean, Mixon -- 2.18 pounds

  • 12 p.m. Saturday

    1. John Poole, Nederland -- 7.05 pounds

    2. Mike Watson, Whitehouse -- 5.39 pounds

    3. Scott Jenkins, Tyler -- 4.02 pounds

    4. John Maxfield, Van -- 3.66 pounds

    5. Eric Thompson, Flint -- 3.41 pounds

  • 1 p.m. Saturday

    1. Michael Mays, Palestine -- 6.03 pounds

    2. Joe Moss, Palestine -- 4.69 pounds

    3. Joe Embry, Tyler -- 4.40 pounds

    4. Danny Burkham, LaRue -- 4.10 pounds

    5. Rick Clark, Terrell -- 3.90 pounds

  • 2 p.m. Saturday

    1. Andy Ginn, Tyler -- 4.90 pounds

    2. Edward Wood, Lindale -- 4.58 pounds

    3. Rafe Dean, Tyler -- 4.23 pounds

    4. Bobby Reeves, Whitehouse -- 4.21 pounds

    5. Patrick Fuller, Tyler -- 4.15 pounds