In the 9 o'clock hour of day number one of the KICKS/McDonald's Big Bass Splash, Robert Laird of Livingston brought in a bass that tip the scales at 10.74 pounds.

Over the course of the next 2 1/2 days, Laird would had to fish and fret as to whether his catch would hold up as the tops of the tournament.  Several anglers got close, but in the end, Robert Laird is the champion of the 27th annual Big Bass Splash.  

Robert Laird with winning fish

With the win, Robert gets a new Dodge truck, Legend bass boat, Stealth 4X4 ATV, as well as the money he won for winning the hourly payout.  All totaled, it's a prize package valued at over $100,000.

The top five of the tournament shaped out like this:

Robert Laird             Livingston, TX                  10.74

Joe Kirbow                Beaumont, TX                   10.36

Tommy Hammons  Jacksonville, TX                9.73

Bob Sims                     Orange, TX                           8.98

Shannon Gill              Deridder, La                        8.39

The KICKS/McDonald's Big Bass Splash on Toledo Bend is coming May 20th-22nd with $440,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes.

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