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The White River Bass Masters (WRBM) kicked off the 2013 regular season at Patoka Lake near French Lick, IN, on Sunday, March 17, 2013. WRBM was not alone at Patoka as the Hoosier Open Team Tournament series had their season opening event there as well that brought over 100 more boats competing on the water on Sunday. This particular tournament day was one for the ages. A nasty winter storm moved in overnight the night before the tournament and the anglers were faced with freezing temperatures, a lot of snow, sleet and ultimately very cold rain later in the day. The weather was so nasty that more than half the field packed up and headed home before the end of the tournament hours. Dock talk heading into Sunday was the fishing was tough in practice. However word did creep out that one angler had found a pile of fish in practice. That angler was Trey Green and the rumor was confirmed when Trey bested the weather to win the season opening event. Trey boated the only limit of the tournament to weigh in 13.11 lbs. of Patoka Lake largemouth. Trey caught his bass during the snow storm and early. Todd Irwin ended up muscling through the miserable conditions to boat 3 bass for 10.54 lbs. and second place. Todd’s bag came in the afternoon and included the big bass of the tournament, a 4.83 lb. largemouth. Todd also had one of the 4 smallmouth weighed in during the tournament. Two of the other smallmouth were brought to scales by new club member Josh McDermott. Josh’s creel of 6.67 lbs. of Patoka smallmouth were good for third place. This was Josh’s first WRBM tournament but he’s a well-known tournament angler around Indiana making it no surprise that he finished in the money. Rounding out the top 5 were Cory Drake with 1 largemouth bass weighing 2.46 lbs. and Jason Pope with 1 smallmouth bass that went 2.45 lbs. WRBM will be at it again on Sunday, April 21st, at Geist Reservoir in Fishers, IN.