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Dave Triplett: The 2013 Big Bass Bash Champion

Christopher Vinn, Townsquare Media

Here is last year’s story from KNUE.com on Dave Triplett, who won the first-ever Big Bass Bash last year at Lake Palestine Resort:

It’s official: The 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!

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