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Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo WIN With Giant Sack!
By Bill & Barbara Long
Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 2
Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 2 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX began this event on January 29th with 114 teamed anglers showing up Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo won the tournament. They managed to cull approximately 15 times to finish to fish for the $7685.00 purse. Any team entering all 5 of the 1st series of Rayburn Saturday with a whopping 30.24 lbs. Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top team in points will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of teams from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. This event was started after the playing of the National Anthem at 6:45 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape but 8.48 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 50-54 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 50 degrees with a warming to 70 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 34 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 205 bass at 559.80 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.73 lbs. The 2010 AOY Team of Rusty Clark from Sam Rayburn & Cory Rambo from Orange, TX ran Cory’s Ranger/Mercury bass rig to a mid main lake points to catch their bass throwing Carolina rigs & football headed jigs in 12-16 ft of water using their Castaway Rods & Shimano reels. They managed to cull approximately 15 times to finish with a whopping 30.24 lbs. One of their keeps was a fine 8.40 lber caught on a football head jig in 15 ft of water. This win made them $2250.00 for their day on the The team of Bobby Moody from Deer Park, TX & James Baker from Pasadena, TX ran their Legend/ water. Rusty & Cory also wanted to thank their sponsors Castaway & Golden Triangle Industries for their support. Mercury bass rig to the main lake points to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 21.05 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day.
Bobby Moody and James Baker finished in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 21.05 lbs.
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Black Bass 101
Todd Driscoll, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Depending on whom you are talking to, the “black bass” name might mean a couple of different things. Most often, I find that when anglers refer to black bass, they are specifically referring to largemouth bass. However, from a biology perspective, the phrase “black bass” is actually a group that includes eight closely related species classified by the scientific genus Micropterus. In other words, although a largemouth bass is a black bass, so are spotted bass, smallmouth bass, and four other similar species. Backing up the classification ladder a couple of steps, black basses are part of another group of fish referred to as the Perciformes. The Perciformes is actually a large, diverse group of fishes and includes freshwater species like walleye and sauger (perches), white bass and striped bass (temperate basses), and crappies and sunfish (centrarchids). Although black bass are distant relatives of all these species, they are close cousins to crappies and sunfish and are grouped with them in a classification called Centrarchidae. As I mentioned above, black basses include eight Micropterus species. Up until 2008, only seven species were recognized, but now the Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli) is classified as a distinct species (used to be a subspecies of the spotted bass). Most anglers are probably familiar with only 3 or 4 of them, as the others are not present in Texas. Obviously, the most common black bass is the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Although originally native to the central and southeastern U.S. and northern Mexico,
largemouth bass have been introduced into every state but Alaska and have been widely stocked in Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. There are two largemouth bass subspecies: northern largemouth bass (M. salmoides salmoides) and Florida largemouth bass (M. salmoides floridanus). The Florida subspecies is originally native to Florida and southern Georgia, but has been widely distributed throughout the current largemouth bass range, including Texas. Generally speaking, Florida largemouth bass attain a greater maximum size than northern largemouth bass. The state record is 18.18 pounds (1992), and the world record is 22.25 pounds, and is shared between a Georgia fish caught in 1932, and a more recent (2009) fish caught in Japan. The four other black bass species found in Texas include the spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus), Alabama bass, smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu), and the Guadalupe bass (Micropterus treculi). Spotted bass are native to the central and southern Mississippi River and Gulf Coast drainages, including Texas, but rarely exceed 3 pounds. The Alabama bass has been introduced in west Texas, and a new state record (5.62 pounds) was caught in 2011. The world record Alabama bass was caught in California and weighed 10.25 pounds (2001). The spotted bass and Alabama bass are very similar in appearance, and require genetic testing for differentiation. Smallmouth bass are native to the northcentral and northeastern
U.S. Although smallmouth bass have been widely stocked, they prefer rocky habitats and cooler water temperatures. There also are two subspecies of smallmouth bass: the common smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu dolomieu) and Ozark smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu velox). They have been successfully introduced into Texas, primarily in north to south-central rivers and reservoirs, and the state record is 7.93 pounds (1998). The world record was caught in Tennessee (1955) and weighed 11.94 pounds. The Guadalupe bass is only found in Texas and it is recognized as the official state fish. This species prefers flowing waters associated with riverine habitats. It is primarily found in the San Antonio, Guadalupe, and Colorado rivers and portions of the Brazos River drainage. Guadalupe bass are relatively small members of the black bass group, with the Texas and world record at 3.69 pounds (1983). The other less abundant black basses include the redeye or Coosa bass (Micropterus coosae), shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae), and Suwannee bass (Micropterus notius). All three species are native to streams in the southeastern U.S. The shoal bass world record is 8.75 pounds, whereas the redeye and Suwannee world records are only 3.13 and 3.88 pounds, respectively. Feel free to contact the local Inland Fisheries office with questions regarding this article or area fisheries by phone (409-384-9572) or email (email@example.com). Good luck and good fishing!
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2 of Us Southeast Region Tournament February 20th, 2011 Lake Toledo Bend
By Linda Wick
We had a total of 45 couples fished our tournament. It was a nice start of the day and we were welcomed by Lowes Creek Marina for our tournament. There were a total of 211 fish caught and a total of 585.22 lbs. Johnie & Crystal Fountain had first place with a total of 20.96 lbs, Mark & Theresa Franks had second place with a total of 19.66 lbs, John and Jennifer Anderson had third place total of 19.56lbs and James & Elisha Lowe had fourth place total of 19.35 lbs. Men’s big bass was caught by James Lowe with a weight of 8.98 lbs caught on a Rattle Trap, and Ladies big bass was caught by Theresa Franks with a weight of 7.49 lbs caught on a Rattle Trap as well. Congratulations to all our couples for a great day. Kenny & I would like to say, welcome to all the new and old members and will see you on March 27th on Lake Sam Rayburn going out of Mill Creek Park. The * signifies 25 points to be used toward championship qualification. Kenny & I would like to thank all our sponsors Big Al’s Texas Rub (won By Theresa Franks), BC Steel, Bass Buster Inn, Holiday Day Inn, Hemphill Bar-B-Q, Ritter Lumber, and our new sponsor Cadillac Cowgirls-Pineland, Texas, and many more. And always remember “Don’t forget to take a kid fishing.”
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LBS 1. JOHNIE & CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN 2. MARK & THERESA FRANKS 3. JOHN & JENNIFER ANDERSON 4. JAMES & CRYSTAL LOWE 5. KYLE GUILLORY & JESSICA MEDICIS 6. JONATHAN SIMON & KIMBERLY MULL 7. BLAINE & KARIE ADSHIRE 8. NEIL & BECKY HERLINE 9. SHAWN & CHRISTINA MALONE 10. CLINT WEST & NICOLE CLEMENTS 11. CLINT & ANGIE TAYLOR 12. YARRI & WENDY SCHREIBVOGEL 13. MARK & GAY NORTON 14. KEN & SUE DENNY 15. RODNEY & GINNY DOTSON 16. DAVID & TINA BOZARTH 17. MIKE & BRENDA ATCHLEY 18. GEORGE & DORIS MAHAFFEY 19. TIMOTHY & BRENDA ACHEE 20. DAVID & MOLLY ATWELL 21. RICK & DEBBIE BARNES 22. RICHARD & BARBARA MULLER 20.96 19.66 19.56 19.35 19.24 18.11 17.62 17.21 16.07 15.90 15.58 * 15.53 15.05 15.01 14.10 13.89 PTS. 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 89 88 87 86 84 83 23. JOHN & NINA MCDANIEL 24. MICHAEL & DONNELL GREER JR. 25. DOC & BETTY EDDLEMAN 26.DENNIS & MELANIE FIKES 27. DONNIE & JUANITA ROBINSON 28. CARL & CHARLENE BOATMAN 29. BOB & YOLI NARRON 30. JEFF & AMANDA MANOUS 31. STEVE & NITA LAROCK 32. RON & SHARON VANDESYSEN 33. JOHNNY & OPAL ELLENDER 34. LARRY & JOYCE COLEMAN 35. JOHNNY & JOLYNE GEORGE 36. MICHAEL & LINDA GREER SR. 38. KENNETH SCOTT & AMY HART 39. KENNETH PANKS & THERESA GUNN 40. W.R. & ROSE SMITH 41. THOMAS & ANDREA BERRY 42. GILBERT & DENISE JOHNSTON 44. CURTIS & KAREN SHEPPARD 45. CRAIG & STEPHANIE MARTINDALE 12.45 12.24 12.16 12.13 11.60 * 11.27 11.16 10.99 10.97 10.66 * 10.49 * 9.76 9.11 8.86 * 8.50 7.97 * 4.90 * 1.92 * 78 76 75 74 73 71 70 69 68 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 12.37 * 77
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WACKY WORMING....a beginning anglers dream pattern and a tournament angler’s friend.
by pro guide Joe Joslin
In my opinion, there is not a more productive technique for the beginning angler and and also the experienced angler than the wacky worm. How successful can this technique be? My records show that we catch hundreds of bass on wacky rigs each year and one year registered over 2,000 and many were caught by anglers just starting in bass fishing. I used the wacky worm method to introduce my wife to bass angling and she has become an avid angler. This is a light tackle technique but is not necessarily ultra light. My largest bass ever, a Toledo 11 pound 8 oz. beauty, came with a wacky worm on light tackle and this method will also produce a lot of action from all sizes of bass. It is not uncommon in the spring and fall to catch 30-40 bass a day with wacky rigs. UPDATE: I just got off the lake (March 15th) after just landing the 7th bass in my fishing career over 10 pounds which weighed in at 10.30 pounds or roughly 10 pounds 5 ozs. Guess what? It was caught on a 5 inch Senko fished “wacky” style. Four of the seven of these double digit bass were caught on a wacky rig so this is also a super pattern for trophy bass. There is no doubt I am sold on it especially in the spring and fall. As far as line with wacky worming, my favorite line for years has been 10 lb. Berkley Big Game and I still use it on occasion. However, that was before Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon came on the market. For the past 18 months I have used 8-10 lb test Berkley Fluorocarbon when wacky rigging with great success. This spring (2011) has been extremely successful. Berkley Fluorocarbon is basically transparent in the water which is a huge plus since I fish the southern portions of Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn most of the time. Other awesome characteristics of fluorocarbon are its sensitivity to detect light strikes, low stretch to help with hook-sets plus the line is very durable. The only negative is the cost which is about 3 times the cost of regular mono however my experience is that it will last 2 or 3 times as long as mono lines. One thing about using fluorocarbon is that once you do, it is difficult to go back to mono filament line. My recent 10.30 pound largemouth mentioned above was caught on 10 lb test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon spooled on an Abu Garcia Revo STX reel with 6.4 :1 ratio and a 6’ 10” medium heavy action Abu Garcia Veritas rod. For all anglers, a proper knot is vital!! For 95% of my fishing, I use a Palomar knot and use it 100% with wacky worming. The palomar is easy to tie and has the best knot strength of most, if not all, quality knots. If you do not know how to tie one, find an angler who does and get them to show you how! If you will send me a self addressed, STAMPED envelope, I will send you a Berkley knot card with an easy-to-follow diagram of how to tie a Palomar. An improper knot will lose some nice fish for you producing an “Ache-ee/Break-ee Heart” and, at times, causing you to expand your vocabulary. The way I rig a wacky is to take a 2/0 or 3/0 Daiichi Round Bend worm hook and tie a palomar knot. My favorite wacky plastics include Berkley Gulp! Sinking Minnow, 5 inch Senko, Berkley Wacky Crawler (5 and 7 inch) and a trick worm. I hook the worm near or in the egg sack (middle of the worm) and leave the hook completely exposed. Some anglers use a weadless hook with a thin wire but I do not like that approach, especially in clear water like I encounter most of the time on south Toledo and Rayburn. I use no weight in the Sinking Minnow or Senko but insert a 1 inch paneling nail into the nose of the other plastics. I have also started to use a clever, new weight for wacky and other weightless worms called a Hookangel. Check it out at Hookangel.com. Also, since fluorocarbon sinks, it helps the worm to sink and it makes a huge difference. As mentioned earlier, I use spinning tackle a lot of the time wacky rigging for a number of reasons. It gives my arms a break from using bait cast equipment and also throws the bait easier. However, since the smooth throwing Abu Garcia Revos have come on the scene, I now find myself using one for wacky fishing a lot more often. Now that we have our rigs fish ready, lets get it in the water. I like to fish a wacky around submerged grass which is how I use it 90% of the time. I cast my wacky rig usually in depths from 6-16’ and let it settle to the bottom. Note...it is very common for the bass to hit the bait ‘on the fall’ so be careful when you start to take up slack. To fish a wacky, you need to be a line watcher. If you feel a slight tap, lift the rod carefully and watch your line. A lot of the time you will see the line moving, while other times it will just feel tight with a slight movement. When working the worm, I lift my wacky rod just slightly trying to keep the worm close to the grass or other structure. Remember, the worm is light and if you work it too fast you keep it out of the fish zone. Also, you do not have to rush if you get a bite but slowly lower you rod, take up slack and set your hook with a “pull” instead of a hard jerk. Remember, you are using light line and if you set the hook like a weight-lifter, you will break off a lot of fish. Since your hook is exposed, the hook set is much easier than a Texas and Carolina rig. Get as much slack out of your line as possible before you set the hook. REMOVING HOOKS FROM BASS: At times when wacky worming, a bass will get the hook down deep in the throat. Take great care on not hurting the fish. I have developed a technique where I turn the bass over on its back in my left hand/arm and take the trigger finger on my right hand, find the bend of the hook and push in the hook firmly with trigger finger while at the same time use thumb to push in the bottom (tie area). Most of the time, it will pop out. I have had the personal satisfaction of saving lots of bass with hooks deep in the throat. Use a needle nose pliers ONLY as a last resort. I have followed many anglers down a bank finding several dead or dying bass on the surface. Also, when you unhook a bass, ease it back in the water instead of tossing it. We can all do a better job in taking care of our fishery. Like most fishing techniques, showing (hands on) is a lot easier than trying to put it in print. Hopefully, this will help to get your interest up if you have never tried Wacky. For a ‘hands on’ trip (with water) give me a shout. Until then, God Bless and spend lots of time with friends and family.....some of it on the water! FISHING TECHNIQUES THAT WORK AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
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Freeman and Rice take home ﬁrst place at the Bud Light Premier Team Tournament
By JODIE WARNER, Staff Writer
The windy conditions on February 27, 2011 presented the anglers participating in the Bud Light Premier Tour at Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, Texas with a challenge. Anglers participating in the event, were however thankful for the warm weather and shining sun. The tour sponsor, Bryan Davis, said, “Our goal was about 100 boats, but the weather forecast caused a lot of them to cancel.” He said that they were expecting a tournament of at least 80 teams on Sunday, however due to the excessively changing weather forecast all but 55 teams pulled themselves from the tournament. Davis said, “They have to fish four out of five of the tournaments to qualify for the state championship.” The top prize of $5,400.00 went to the team of Glen Freeman and Jeff Rice with five fish at 26.35lbs. The team said that they were using a new bait called an Ouzo Chunky Monkey and fished the south end of the lake in the edges of loft ledges. Freeman and Rice also commented that they had caught about 14-15 bass throughout the day and had their limit of five bass by 9:00 a.m. They are sponsored by: Seagur Line, Yum, Ouzo Baits, Nichols Marine, Ranger Boats, Yamaha Motors, Shirmano and Lawrence Electronic. Second prize and $3,000.00, with five fish at 25.95 lbs went to the team of Clint Goodeaux and Dicky Newberry, who could not be reached for comment. Bobby Lebert and Albert Collins won third place with
First Place Winners Freeman and Rice with their 26.35lb limit
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Third Place, Lebert and Collins
Second Place Team, Newberry and Goodeaux
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25.52 lbs; the team said that they struggled some with the wind, but still did well catching their last two fish only 30 minutes before coming to the weighin. They were fishing with E2 lizards in flat, shallow water varying between wooded areas and grassier areas. They took home a check for $2,000.00 The title of Big Bass went to Travis Patillo and Henry Parsons, ironically the first to weigh in for the day, with a 7.30 bass, which also helped land them in the fifth place spot with a net weight of 23.66 lbs. The next Rayburn Bud Light Premier Team Tournament will be on March 12, 2011 in Sam Rayburn, Texas at the Umphrey Pavilion.
Big Bass winners Patillo and Parsons with their catches
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April 2011 • lAkecAster • 14
The Technology of Bass Fishing PrevenTive BoaT MainTenance
by Andrew Upshaw
Have you ever had something go wrong on your boat that you knew you could have prevented? I’m going to tell you all about 3 little things you can do to your boat to save you lots of headache. Trolling Motor First off, check your screws and bolts. As a fisherman on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn I tend to forget it myself, but this could save you lots of money. I have a checklist of what to tighten and it’s worked out well for me so far. Tighten your trolling motor screws and bolts. It’s fairly easy and you only need a few tools to complete this task, like a Philips head screwdriver and a wrench. Something to help keep your trolling motor down in extreme conditions is to add an additional strap to it or a tight bungee cord. This will help keep your trolling motor in place when in adverse conditions. Power Poles Next I check my bolts on my Power Poles. These tend to loosen from driving down the lake in rough conditions or just your normal wear and tear. You can normally tell if your Power Poles are loose by going up behind them and pushing the actual pole back to your boat. If you feel movement you need to tighten them. All you need are two wrenches, one to hold back up to one side of the bolt and the other to tighten the bolt. Make sure to not tighten them too much. One last thing, make sure to keep 2 bungee cords or small pieces of rope in your boat to tie up your Power Poles just in case a pump goes out or your fluid begins to leak. Power poles are the newest craze on the market. These are the big hydraulic “Sticks” sticking out on the back of quite a few fishermen’s boats. Motor Lastly I check my bolts on my motor. This is a part of your boat that you use the least but is probably one of the most important pieces on your boat. First I check to see if my bolts are tightened from my jackplate to my transom. These have a tendency to loosen when in extreme rough water or adverse boating conditions. The last thing you need is to be driving down the lake in an extremely important tournament and your motor break the bolts off. Don’t just look at the bolts and think they are tight. Put a wrench on the bolt and the nut to back them up. You will be surprised how loose they actually are. Next, check the bolts connected from the jackplate to the motor. These bolts are the ones most likely to give you the biggest problems. I have seen instances where I could go tighten someone’s bolts, which connect from the jackplate to the motor, just with my hands. This is the spot that is more likely to break the fastest in rough water conditions. One of the scariest feelings you will ever have is if you get stranded in the middle of the lake with 6 to 8 footers. To conclude Preventive Boat Maintenance, there are many things you can do other than what I listed. Please do some research or feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help you. My phone number is (936) 414-2365 or email me at email@example.com. Thanks for reading my article and until next time keep on catching them, but please practice catch and release!!
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Iles & Shook do it again at Bass N Bucks on Toledo Bend
By Patty Lenderman
It is finally feeling like spring in the south, and nearly 330 anglers enjoyed being out in it on Toledo Bend February 26, 2011 as Bass N Bucks kicked off the Toledo series. Fourteen sacks over 20 pounds were registered and Big Bass kept getting bigger as 7’s, 8’s and one over 9 was brought in. Danny Iles and Brian Shook won 1st place and $8,000 with 26.13 pounds. Toledo Bend is still more than 7 feet low, and everyone continues to pray for rain. Being the 5th largest man made lake in the south, it didn’t hamper the fishing. Nearly all participants weighed in, with a host of hefty sacks. With nearly a dozen sacks over 20 pounds already in the books by the time Shook & Iles came to the scales with their bag, nearly all eyes were on them when their weight locked in to take over the lead in an ongoing weigh in. Martin Elshout and Mark Price had been at the top of the leaderboard until that time with 23.34 lbs. Before the scales locked down, Rusty Hatcher and Chad Loupe made a good run for top spot ending up in 2nd with 24.44 lbs Locating fish and following their patterns is an acquired skill this team seems to have mastered. “The bass seem to be moving day to day,” Iles stated. “We decided to fish the south end, focusing on hydrilla in 2’-6’.” They were using a custom painted Red Eye Shad by 6th Sense Lures along with a white double willow bladed spinnerbait all day. “The bite was pretty slow, but steady all day. We had a limit in the boat by around 10:00, and only culled a couple of times.” A six pounder anchored their creel that totaled 26.13 lbs. Being among the youngest participating, even many of the more seasoned teams tipped their hats at yet another win for these young men. Bass N Bucks presented them with the guaranteed 1st place purse of $8,000. The team would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Power Tackle, Costa Del Mar, Needmore Tackle, 6th Sense Lures, Jordan’s Marine, Sebile and Falcon Lures. “We’d also like to point out that the Power Tackle composite crank bait rod is one of the best out there. The fish just don’t come off!” Danny also won the $2,500 from Ranger Cup and the $250 Cabela’s bonuses. Rusty Hatcher and Chad Loupe won 2nd place and $4,000 with their 24.44 lb sack. Hitting shallow stumps with a big Texas rigged worm, the early bite was good for them and they just kept catching all day long. “We had a limit in the boat by 9:30 and culled until noon. After that it got slow, and we had a long run to make getting back so we packed it in.” Martin Elshout & Mark Price had areas picked on the north and south ends of the lake. “We started on the south end, using Rat-L-Traps and football head jigs.” They caught a few, but said when the bite died they headed north. Going into a pocket filled with stumps, they threw Texas rigged lizards in shallow water. “We finished a limit and culled three times there. The fish were biting good all day.” Rusty Hatcher & Brian Loupe had a nice sack of nearly cookie cutters totaling 24.44 lbs to win 2nd place
Brian Shook and Danny Iles won the Bass N Bucks Toledo Series kick-off with over 26 pounds! The team won $3,000 for 3rd place and would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Kistler Rods and Ludwig Brothers Marine. James Blythe caught the Big Bass of the day, fishing with partner Brad Hughes. According to Brad, James “just got lucky”. All kidding aside, James was working a black & blue Texas rigged senko with a 1/8 oz weight in 10’ of water. “The fish were suspended about 3’ from the surface. I needed a slow falling bait. It was around 10:30 when she hit, but at first I thought it was a lot smaller.” Once she broke the water, they realized they had a sow. The bass weighed 9.20 lbs, adding $1,000 to the teams’ overall winnings. “We’d like to thank Matt Mathews who was also fishing the same area for giving us the elbow room to fish there.” The top sacks were incremental to say the least, some only separated by 1/100th of a pound. While Toledo Bend is still over 7 feet low, the fishing (and catching) is outstanding. Bass-N-Bucks continued on P. 18
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Bass-N-Bucks continued from P. 16 TOP TEAMS:
1st - $8,000+ - 26.13 lbs Danny Iles & Brian Shook 2nd - $4,000 - 24.44 lbs Rusty Hatcher & Chad Loupe 3rd - $3,000 - 23.34 lbs Martin Elshout & Mark Price 4th - $2,000 - 22.30 lbs Mike Murski & Terry Stevens 5th - $1,500 - 22.23 lbs Russ Carter & Scott Bailey
6th - $1,200 - 22.01 lbs Chad Dyess & Michael Crawford 7th - $1,000+ 21.97 lbs David Fox & Anthony Clemens 8th - $1,000 - 21.81 lbs - Bobby Logan & Kenny Cobb 9th - $1,000+ - 21.41 lbs Teddy Joe Cloide & Wes Dawson 10th $1,000 - 20.68 lbs - Ricky Potts & Bill Hudspeth
……and last in the money….. 24th - $500 - 18.37 lbs - Glen Freeman & Harold Allen Big Bass $1,000 9.20 lbs James Blythe & Brad Hughes
Sponsor Incentive Winners: Ranger Cup Bonus $2,500 Danny Iles Yamaha VMAX SHO Bonus $280 David Fox Dawson Bonus $200 Teddy Joe Cloide Cabela’s Bonus $250 Danny Iles Tournament Statistics: 605 fish weighed Total weight: 1837.42 lbs Average weight: 3.03 Bass N Bucks is giving anglers several opportunities to win top dollars this season in their Sam Rayburn Series, Toledo Bend Series and their Summer Series. March 5th will be the next event for the Sam Rayburn Series, then March 6th Bass N Bucks will be hosting the Rat-L-Trap big bass tournament at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. For more information, click to www.BassNBucks.com or call 409-727-8941. Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors: Ranger Boats - Cabela’s - Yamaha - Lowrance - Wulf Outdoors - Vicious Fishing - Rat-L-Trap - V&M/Cyclone Baits - Snag Proof - BassMedics - Jasper Chamber of Commerce - Pro Rule - Fishingworld James Blythe caught the biggest bass of the day weighing in at 9.20 lbs, fishing with partner Brad Hughes
Congratulations to the Toledo series kick off top teams: (1st) Danny Iles & Brian Shook; (2nd) Rusty Hatcher & Chad Loupe; (3rd) Martin Elshout & Mark Price; (Big Bass) James Blythe & Brad Hughes
In addition to his 1st place winnings, Danny Iles also won $2,500 from Ranger Cup and $250 from Cabela’s
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April 2011 • lAkecAster • 20
April Weekend Warriors
By Jim Binns
There are few things in life more complicated than fishing during a weekend. Your adrenalin has been running high all week at work as you anticipate the upcoming fishing trip and your thoughts are of big bass – and lots of them. But more often than not that beautiful weather you anticipated is overshadowed by a cold front, long lines at the launching ramp and fish that suddenly get a case of lockjaw. So what’s a weekend fisherman to do? First of all let’s establish the fact that most anglers fish when they can. When you head to the lake for a weekend outing, concentrate on the positives rather than the negatives. You may not be as skilled as the pro fisherman but there are things you can do to sway the odds over in your favor. An occasional trip to different lakes is fine.. However – if your goal is to improve your success ratio I suggest that you zero-in on one or two lakes and learn them well. Here are some tips to help you accomplish your goals. #1 Be Versatile Someone much wiser than me once said, “Insanity is doing things that don’t work over and over again but expecting different results.” For bass fishing this means that when the fishing is slow you need to keep an open mind and be ready to change your tactics. Don’t get caught up in the bad habit of using one fishing technique and then making up excuses if you don’t catch fish. Odds are that the bass are there and in many cases they will bite ... but it just takes the right presentation to make it happen. Most weekend anglers follow each other down a shoreline casting the same baits as the boat they are following and just hope to get lucky. If the hits are not coming from shallow water go deep and vice versa. If that favorite spinnerbait or topwater is not producing try a crankbait or soft plastic. The point is to not get into a rut with your fishing. #2 Bait Selection If you master a basic selection of baits you will definitely be more successful. Most of us have MANY tackleboxes crammed full of lures
(some of which never get used); however, learning to properly use a few baits correctly can certainly go a long way in building your confidence and putting more weight in your weigh-in bag. I know that in my early fishing days I wanted to master jig fishing and an ol’ pro told me to go fishing with nothing in the boat but jigs. It was good advice. Discipline yourself to use specific baits until you are comfortable and then expand to other baits and techniques. #3 What are you after Numbers or Size? Are you trying to catch lots of bass or trophy bass? The techniques to do one or the other can often vary greatly. The trophy hunter tends to use larger baits and may have to go long periods of time between bites, however, when the bite occurs it could be the fish of a lifetime. The angler that wants to just catch a bunch of bass may have to look for “schoolies” and downsize the baits he is using to better attract the smaller fish. #4 Where to Fish The first priority is to get a good topographical map of the lake you intend to fish and study it carefully. Look for those areas that have sharp drop-offs, long tapering points and creek channels that meander through wooded areas. Look for areas that offer fish easy access to both shallow and deep water. Look for abrupt changes in the topography. A good topographical map can help you find fish before you even launch your boat. It’s also a good idea to put together a game plan regarding what you want to do before you hit the water. The plan will obviously have to be “fine-tuned” once you launch your boat, but it will give you a starting point and keep you from wondering aimlessly around casting at random spots like many weekend anglers do. #5 Underwater Eyes – Invest in a good depth finder and learn how to use it. Spend some time understanding the unit and the various settings. Forget about fishing on your first couple of trips - this is the time for learning. You
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Roger and Justin Parks Top the Field with Family Effort
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28 Teams Battle at Jackson Hill’s Working Warriors Open
Roger and Justin Parks, a father & son team, won 1st place with 21.77 lbs and narrowly missed Big Bass honors
Cody Caldwell and Conner Nabours caught the biggest bass of the day on a fluke weighing 7.81 lbs The early spring weather was excellent for the fourth Working Warriors open on February 26th. 28 teams took advantage of the good weather to have some fishing fun and help raise money for Military Families. Father and Son Roger and Justin Parks got off to a great start by boating their five fish limit by 10:00 am and never looked back. Their final weight of 21.77 lbs. included a nice 7.33 lb kicker to put them in first place. Their strategy was to stick to Watermelon Candy Carolina rigged plastics in 7 – 14 ft. water. Cody Caldwell and Conner Nabours brought in the days Big Bass with a 7.81lb. big girl caught at midday with a Watermelon Fluke in 4 ft. of water, they also found fish hitting white spinner baits throughout the days fishing. 84% of teams weighing in had their five fish limits with four fish weighing in over seven pounds and five fish in the five to six pound range. The spring spawn is here and with the weather holding steady should produce some great fishing action for everyone. The next Working Warriors Open set for this weekend March 5th and is hosted by Media Bass. Anyone interested in having some fishing fun and helping to sponsor Jackson Hill’s Take a Soldier Fishing program is invited to call Terry Sympson at 936-872-9266. Take a Soldier Fishing is a program of operation once in a life time and is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit public charity. All donations are 100% Tax deductible as allowed by law and go directly to help soldiers and military families.
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual 1st Series # 3
Ricky Guy WINS AGAIN!!
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Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Individual 1st Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn, began this event on March 13th with 18 anglers showing up to fish for the $1720.00 purse. This 3rd event of 2011 was started after the playing of the National Anthem at 7:05 am. The weigh in time was conducted at 3:15 pm. Any Individual entering 4 of the 1st series of Rayburn Individual Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top Individual in points will be declared the Angler of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Individual Series events. The Individuals entering 7 Rayburn Individual 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series Individual 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of Individuals from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape but is still about 7.66 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 61-63 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 60 degrees with a warming to 74 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching continues to be very good on Big Sam as there were 9 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 56 bass at 122.10 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.18 lbs. Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his Bowden Marine prepared BassCat/Evinrude bass rig to north lake areas over grass to catch his bass with his American Rodsmiths rods & Shimano reels tipped with Bill Lewis Rattle Traps in 2-5 ft of water. Ricky had the Big Bass of the event, a fine 5.34 lber caught on a trap. Ricky managed to cull several times during his day to finish in 1st place with 16.29 lbs this made him $1030.00 for his day on the water. Jonathan Simon from Orange, TX ran his Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig to mid lake points over grass to catch his bass throwing small cranks in 5-7 ft of water. He managed to catch 8 keepers to finish in 2nd place with his best 5 at 15.85 lbs and made him $400.00 for his day on the water. Rick Barns from Broaddus, TX finished his day in 3rd with 5 bass at 12.60 lbs. Randy Quin
Ricky Guy finished in 1st place with 16.29 lbs this made him $1030.00 for his day on the water.
from Huffman, TX finished with 5 bass at 12.04 finished lbs. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at www. anglers-quest.com A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament Trail, Bowden Marine, T/A Lure Xtractor, LockN-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston on March 19th & 20th for the 3rd event of the 1st series of the Saturday & Individual Series events. Then on March 26th & 27th A/Q will be at home on Lake Houston for the 3rd event of the 1st Saturday & Individual series. >>FLASH>>On April 2nd & 3rd A/Q will be back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn for the 4th of the 5 1st series Team Saturday & Sunday Individual events. The Saturday Team event will be a Trailering event due to being on the same date as BassNBucks…if you enter both
Jonathan Simon, owner of Simon Outfitters in Kirbyville, TX placed 2nd with his bag of fish that weighed 15.85 lbs.
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Left to right - Jonathan Simon of Simon Outfitters in Kirbyville, TX placed 2nd with his bag of fish that weighed 15.85 lbs, Rick Barns finished his day in 3rd with 5 bass at 12.60 lbs.`
events…you must comply with BNB & A/Q rules and you must take off with BNB and last cast at 3:00 PM and be in the A/Q weigh in line by 4:00 PM. The Individual event on Sunday will NOT be a trailering event. On April 9th Anglers Quest will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe for the 4th of the 1st series of 5 Conroe Saturday Series events. Anglers Quest is now accepting Credit Cards. Call Mr Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2010 schedules & results for all Anglers Quest series events are now available online at www.anglersquest.com. Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: American Rodsmiths, Antex Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Custom Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks, Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, MSD Building Corporation, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Sign Designs Now, Superior Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……
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Media Bass Team Trail Sam Rayburn March 6, 2011 Tournament Results
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster
Jeff Wise & Cody Wise won the tournament and $2,000 for their 5 fish limit that weighed 21.37 lbs! Place Angler 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Jeff Wise Jason Wells Frank Polley Philip Crelia David Burn`s Greg McDonald Johnny McKee Jimmy Brooks Ben Ballard David Ozio Mack Whiteman Randy Turner Jared Dean Tommy Land Perry Hooks Albert Weaver Stan Burgay Mark Crouch Jesse Moody Steve Evans Angler 2 Cody Wise Vic Cooper William Flournoy Jack Wallace Joey Martin Gary McDonald Charles Maclin Chad Randolph Phil Hennigan Kevin Whiteman Chad York Brian Seymore Selvin Cartwright Billy Sirles Deitra Weaver Lance Hughes Shane Howell Brandon Moody Jay Bennett # Fish 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Pounds 21.37 21.05 20.97 19.82 19.72 19.29 17.67 15.82 15.64 15.48 15.40 15.31 15.07 14.92 14.84 14.78 14.55 14.29 14.00 13.63 Winnings $2,000.00 $1,000.00 $600.00 $500.00 $400.00 $300.00 $250.00 $200.00 Jason Wells & Vic Cooper with their 5 fish that weighed a total of 21.05 lbs. This sack earned them $1,000.00 for their day on the water! Statistics Paid Entries Total Limits Total Blanks Total Fish Total Released Total Lbs. Avg. Fish In Boat Avg. Lbs. In Boat Avg. Fish Size Total Payout Top 3 places for Media Bass March 6th tournament 44 32 7 175 175 512 4 12 3 $5,690.00 Frank Polley & William Flournoy placed 3rd with their 5 fish that weighed 20.97 lbs.
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Merrill and Loftin win Working Warriors Open
By Terry Sympson
Congratulations to the winners - James Merrill and Elmer Loftin
Newlyweds Rusty and Rebecca Stevens spent their first day as husband and wife fishing the tournament. Congratulations to the happy couple.
Jackson Hill Marina’s Working Warriors Open hosted 18 teams March 5 to help raise money for their Take a Soldier Fishing Program. James Merrill and Elmer Loftin took top honors with a five fish limit of 16.38 lbs that included a 6.18 lb kicker that also received big bass honors. Jody Herrington and Robert Haak took second place with 16.32 lbs and Mark Richards and David Maher rounded out the top three paid places with 16.20 lbs. The WWO has raised almost $700 dollars for Take a Soldier Fishing and is beginning to build a strong following. There are eight more tournaments scheduled for 2011 and a November Championship Junior angler Jimmy Lynch caught 1st place with 4 fish weighing 10.39 lbs
that will run in conjunction with The All Military Tournament “Battle of the Branches”. To Qualify for the WWO Championship Anglers only need to accumulate $50 worth of donations this can be done by fishing 5 WWO events or by donating $50 to Jackson Hill’s “Take a Soldier Fishing” before the final September 10th tournament. Jackson Hill also hosted a great group of young anglers from Katy Bassmasters getting ready for the March 27th Junior Bassmasters Tournament that will be held at Jackson Hill. The Katy Bassmasters graciously provided the boaters and fought hard
to put these kids on some fish. We would like thank them for their dedication to the sport we love and for all they do to promote bass fishing to young anglers. The top fish catcher was Jimmy Lynch with 4 fish weighing 10.39 lbs, second place went to Nate McDowet with 4 fish weighing 8.85 lbs and third place went young Riley Harris with 4 fish weighing in at 6.53 lbs. In all 12 boys and one hard fishing young lady participated in the event. If you would like additional information about Working Warriors or Battle of the Branches you can call Terry Sympson at Jackson Hill Marina 936-872-9266
Second place for the Juniors went to Nate McDowet with 4 fish weighing 8.85 lbs
Young Riley Harris was awarded 3rd place in the Junior division with 4 fish weighing in at 6.53 lbs
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Rat-L-Trap holds 1st Annual specialty tournament on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster
It all started nearly half a century ago when Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend were still in their infancy. A man named Bill Lewis loved to fish, and loved to tinker too. In his garage, he created many different lures trying to emulate bait fish and sink and swim the way he thought they needed to. As in any creative process, some were good and some never made it out of the garage. Some of his friends would stop by to see what the latest things he had created looked like. Among the creations lying around was one he had stuck some lead shot in. His friend picked one up and headed out to Toledo Bend. Later, Bill also went out to do some fishing. He noticed about 80 boats bunched up together, and one out all by itself. Curious, he got closer to see what was going on. They were watching as the angler in the distance caught bass after bass. Even more curious, he approached the lone boater only to see it was his friend. “John – what are you using?” His friend told him “Bill, it’s that ugly rattling bait on your bench – do you have any more?” Bill said no to keep the other boaters from overtaking him. He did indeed have a few on him but had never thrown them himself, so got off to another area and tried one. He started catching fish right away, and was amazed at how loud the bait sounded coming through the water as he fished from his aluminum boat. As he was driving home in his station wagon, a rather noisy car he lovingly named the Rattle Trap, he tried to figure out what he would call this new lure. “The sound of that bait sure reminds me of my car,” he thought. At that moment, the Rat-L-Trap was born. Now, nearly 50 years and hundreds of lures and colors later, Bill Lewis Lures hosted the 1st Annual Rat-L-Trap big bass tournament on Sam Rayburn March 5, 2011. While anglers in these parts are quite familiar with big bass tournaments, this one had a little twist to it. “We wanted to see who could show the most skill using Rat-
Dicky Newberry was the big winner in the 1st Annual Rat-L-Trap tournament, having 26.44 lbs in a 5 bass limit to win over $11,000
L-Traps, while also awarding any lucky anglers too,” stated Wes Higgins, President of Bill Lewis Lures. “We awarded the top 10 individual big bass every hour from 7am until 2pm. Then, between 2pm-3pm the biggest stringer got the guaranteed 1st place overall paycheck of $10,000.” The scales officially opened at 7am. Mike Fullerton topped the hour with his 7.80 lb catch winning a $500 check. In tournaments such as this, it is integral to keep a line of communication between the weigh in site and the anglers. KICKS 105 was on hand keeping everyone informed as to what had weighed
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Paul Proctor weighed in the biggest bass of the day during the 8-9:00 hour for a $500 check. This fish helped anchor his 2nd place overall five fish stringer for an additional $2,500. He used a chrome Rat-L-Trap for his catch.
Wes Higgins, President of Rat-L-Trap congratulates the winners: (1st) Dicky Newberry; (2nd) Paul Proctor; (3rd) Ted O’Dell, flanked by Rat-L-Trap Sales Director Buddy Howell
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in during each hour so anglers could decide if they would keep fishing or come in and weigh. A new big bass leader was established the second hour. Paul Proctor caught an 8.83 lb sow, winning $500 and putting a nice piece to his five fish stringer. A lot of money was left on the table this hour, as only 4 fish were brought to the scales. 2nd 3rd 4th 4.30 lbs 4.24 lbs 3.25 lbs $400 $300 $200 Steve Floyd David Wolcott Rodney Dotson
Wes Higgins would like to thank the help and support of the area tackle shops: Ann’s Tackle, Needmore Tackle and The Tackle Monkey. Displays of several new colors for this season was set up and made available to anxious anglers. Weights stacked up tight for the 11-12:00 hour. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 3.92 lbs 3.69 lbs 3.52 lbs 3.36 lbs 3.30 lbs 3.15 lbs 3.10 lbs 2.91 lbs 2.78 lbs 2.75 lbs $500 $400 $300 $200 $180 $160 $140 $120 $110 $100 Ricky Guy Chad Houghton Eric Wilson Eric VanHorn Larry Cotton Jason Barton Chris King Howard Wilson Kevin Johnson Jeff Crooks
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It was a gorgeous day and just kept getting better as the morning rolled on – quite different from the day before with horrendous winds, rain, and wind chill temps in the 30’s. During the 9-10:00 hour, no money was left behind. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 7.11 lbs 6.38 lbs 5.46 lbs 5.13 lbs 4.98 lbs 4.85 lbs 3.84 lbs 3.71 lbs 3.37 lbs 3.29 lbs $500 $400 $300 $200 $180 $160 $140 $120 $110 $100 Larry Peacher Larry Pope Tommy Hill Kevin Chapman Andrew Upshaw James Thompson Michael Dischler Jeremy Belschner Zack Lucas Lance Duff
Temperatures continued to rise, as did the overall weights. 12:00-1:00 hour results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 6.84 lbs 5.95 lbs 5.53 lbs 4.81 lbs 4.73 lbs 4.59 lbs 4.18 lbs 3.93 lbs 3.88 lbs 3.86 lbs $500 $400 $300 $200 $180 $160 $140 $120 $110 $100 Dicky Newberry Ted Odell Greg Mehaffey Zack Lucas Chris McCall Rodney Dotson Mike Windsor Bill Rogers Alvin Ellis Larry Miller
With only 3 hours left to weigh in individual bass, the 10-11:00 hour filled up. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 5.12 lbs 5.04 lbs 4.63 lbs 4.42 lbs 3.75 lbs 3.39 lbs 3.16 lbs 3.09 lbs 2.47 lbs 2.45 lbs $500 $400 $300 $200 $180 $160 $140 $120 $110 $100 Robbie Lashoshe Steve Woodie Eddie Gresham William Stark Justin Royal Riki Pike Bruce Perdue Ricky Guy Doug Odom Wesley Brossett
Each fish the contestants weigh until 2:00 counts toward the 5 fish total they are allowed. 1:00-2:00 hour results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6.00 lbs 5.78 lbs 4.06 lbs 4.00 lbs 3.86 lbs $500 $400 $300 $200 $180 Zack Lucas Dicky Newberry Brandon Brossett Bryan Chambers Kent Christian
No more single bass to be weighed. Each contestant who had already weighed any during the day could only bring in the remainder of a five fish limit to add to their established weights. Any who had not already weighed could bring in an entire limit to try to get their chance to win one of top three overall stringer checks, including the $10,000 check for 1st place! Dicky Newberry had weighed in two fish in the hours before, a 6.84 and 5.78 and had stated the last time he was at the scales that he had plenty more. Bringing in three more to weigh at 13.82 lbs, his five fish total went to 26.44 lbs ultimately winning the event. “I used a copper bleeding craw color today,” he divulged. His winnings totaled $11,150 which also included a $250 bonus for wearing Rat-L-Trap attire during the bonus hour with the biggest fish of that hour. Paul Proctor had won the 8-9:00 hour with his 8.83 lb sow, and additionally came in 2nd place with his 19.49 lb stringer. Ted O’Dell won 3rd place with 18.37 lbs, anchored by a 5.95 lb bass that also won 2nd in the 12-1:00 hour. “We’d like to thank all of you for coming out and fishing with us,” announced Wes Higgins. “When we were first putting the groundwork for this tournament together and trying to decide where to have it, it was obvious immediately. Sam Rayburn is one of the best Rat-L-Trap lakes in the country.” Plans are already being made to make this an annual event, growing bigger each year. For more information click to www.Rat-L-Trap.com
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Mitchell & Bonds take home check at V & M/Cyclone Tournament
By Jodie Warner/Staff Writer
Saturday March 12 presented anglers with a much better weather forecast and warmer day. The only drawback per the anglers was the continuous wind. This particular weekend hosted several tournaments in the same areas, making a busy weekend for anglers. The V&M Cyclone Baits Tournament was held at the Umphrey Pavilion gazebo with twelve teams competing for the $1000 grand prize. In the end James Mitchell and Jason Bonds took home the check and 1st place honors for their 14.88 lb bag of five fish. The team said that they had a very long and drawn out day. “We started with the same pattern that we did last weekend with jigs, but had to change to crankbaits about noon.” The team also said they were fishing creek channels. Coming in second with what the anglers called a loss of, “two drops of water,” was Brandon Crouch (his partner was not available during or after weigh in) with 14.86 lbs and the title of Big Bass with a 4.47 lb fish. Crouch’s Big Bass beat out first place’s by only .10 lb. Crouch said that his day was also slow and was fishing with three different baits: Carolina Rig, swim bait, and rattle traps in shallow areas. Third place went to Ty Hudgins and Roger Bacon with a weigh in of 13.77 lbs. Bacon commented on the day saying, “We started out good with the first cast catching a 4 pounder.” He said that their luck slowed after lunch and that they were fishing in “scattered grass from three to six feet.” Hudgins and Bacon were fishing with watermelon red Big Bite Red Cane Thumpers and traps.
1ST 2ND 3RD BIG BASS $1,000 $500 $300 $120 14.88 LBS 14.86 LBS 13.77LBS 4.47 LBS JAMES MITCHELL & JASON BONDS BRANDON CROUCH ROGER BACON & TY HUDGINS BRANDON CROUCH
James Mitchell and Jason Bonds won 1st place with their bag of fish that weighed 14.88 lbs.
Brandon Crouch came in 2nd with his limit of fish that weighed 14.86 lbs., which included the Big Bass of the tournament, a nice 4.47 pounder.
Roger Bacon and Ty Hudgins came in 3rd with their weight of 13.77 lbs.
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Ricky Guy & Larry Cotton take the WIN!
By Bill & Barbara Long
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Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX began this event on March 12th with 106 teamed anglers showing up to fish for the $7145.00 purse. Any team entering all 5 of the 1st series of Rayburn Saturday Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top team in points will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of teams from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. This event was started after the playing of the National Anthem at 6:05 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape but 7.66 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 61-63 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 50 degrees with a warming to 74 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 35 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 179 bass at 498.90 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.78 lbs. The team of Ricky Guy from Humble, TX & Larry Cotten from Huffman, TX ran Larry’s Skeeter/ Evinrude bass rig to mid main lake grass covered flats to catch their bass throwing rattle traps in 2-4 ft of water using their American Rodsmiths & H&H Rods & Shimano reels spooled with Seguar flurocarbon line. They managed to cull approximately 15 times to finish with a nice bag at 23.72 lbs. This win made them $2080.00 for their day on the water. The team of Charles Bebber from Willis, TX & Keith Caka from Magnolia, TX ran their Ranger/Yamaha bass rig to the main lake secondary points with grass to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 23.36 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day. Charles & Keith had a nice 6.01 lb kicker in their bag. Their day on the lake paid back $1075.00 for their efforts. The team of Phillip Crelia & Greg McDonald from Center, TX finished in 3rd with 22.58 lbs and took home a check for $1050.00. Phillip & Greg had the Big Bass of the event at 7.72 lbs. The team of Charles Bebber & Keith Caka came in 2nd place with their nice bag of fish that weighed 23.36 lbs.
Ricky Guy & Larry Cotten won the tournament with their awesome sack of fish that weighed 23.72 lbs. This earned them $2080.00 for their day on the water.
Phillip Crelia & Greg McDonald came in 3rd with their sack of fish that weighed 22.58 lbs.
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Brian Branum & Keith White finished in 4th with 18.65 lbs and took home $700.00. Jared Fyock & Josh Guy finished in 5th with 17.54 lbs and took $500.00 home. There were 10 places paid in this event. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at www.anglers-quest.com A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament Trail, Bowden Marine, T/A Lure Xtractor, Lock-N-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston on March 19th & 20th for the 3rd event of the 1st series of the Saturday & Individual Series events. Then on March 26th & 27th A/Q will be at home on Lake Houston for the 3rd event of the 1st Saturday & Individual series. >>FLASH>>On April 2nd & 3rd A/Q will be back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn for the 4th of the 5 1st series Team Saturday & Sunday Individual events. The Saturday Team event will be a TRAILERING event due to being on the same date as Bass N Bucks…if you enter both events…you Top 10 places at the Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 3 must comply with BNB & A/Q rules and you must take off with BNB and last cast at 3:00 PM and be in the A/Q weigh in line by 4:00 PM. The Individual event on Sunday will NOT be a trailering event. On April 9th Anglers Quest will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Jasper Economic Development District for the 4th of the 1st series of 5 Conroe Saturday Series events. Anglers Quest is now accepting credit # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, MSD Building Corporation, Power cards. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2010 schedules & Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Sign Designs Now, Superior results for all Anglers Quest series events are now available online at www.anglers-quest.com. Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co. and Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: American Rodsmiths, Antex Vincent Turf Farms. Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster God Bless & Good Fishing to All…… McNuttys, Custom Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks, Executive
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Don & Sandy Jeane WIN C.A.S. . at Toledo Bend!!!
By John & Grace Watts
Don & Sandy Jeane weighed the best bag of the day at 16.56 lbs. to claim 1st place.
After being absent from the schedule since 2009 C.A.S.T. Southeast’s region return to Toledo Bend was a welcome one! The weather was perfect for catching bass on the stump laden reservoir. Toledo Bend’s dam had been under repair for sometime resulting in extremely low lake levels. Some anglers didn’t know there were that many stumps on the lake! The boat lane markers were almost unnecessary as the lane edges were clearly outlined by the trees stumps sticking up almost 3 feet from the water’s surface. With low lake levels, this brings smaller fishing areas. Many local tournaments were on the lake Saturday, March 12th, including quite a few FLW Touring Pros practicing for their upcoming event. The real story was in how well the fish were biting. Many C.A.S.T. couples caught fish but the huge bags did not materialize. With the top three positions all within .08 of a pound the story is Toledo’s big bass have not “moved up” yet! Don & Sandy Jeane weighed the best bag of the day at 16.56 lbs. to claim 1st place. The bite was fast and furious for Don & Sandy; they had a limit in less than 30 minutes into the tournament. Sandy caught the first good fish of their day on a crankbait. Don netted it for her and in the process tangled “his” crankbait in the net! So like any good partner, Sandy put two more fish in the boat before he could get it Johnie & Crystal Fountain came in 3rd place with their weight of 16.48 lbs.
untangled! You go Girl!!! Don & Sandy’s stringer was typical for the day it just needed one good kicker. Patience is one of the greatest qualities an angler can possess. Craig & Elizabeth March are truly patient as proved by their 2nd place finish. Their weight of 16.51 lbs. left them only .05 lb. from a win! Working a small creek mouth area for the entire day, Craig & Elizabeth managed five solid keepers; while many other boats ran around impatiently looking for a bite. Johnie & Crystal Fountain came in 3rd place. Their weight of 16.48 lbs. was anchored by the tournament’s Big Bass. Crystal has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to catching big bass and today was no exception. Johnie & Crystal found just the fish they
Craig & Elizabeth March are truly patient as proved by their weight of 16.51 lbs which earned them 2nd place. needed with only a few minutes before time to leave for weigh-in. Crystal caught a really nice 7.02 lb bass! The next largest bass for the day weighed almost two pounds less than their big bass. Sweet! With the weather and water warming, the next Southeast Region tournament on Lake Conroe, Saturday, April 2nd from Stow-A-Way Marina; should see some huge stringers brought to the scales by C.A.S.T. couples! We’ll see you at 5 am tournament morning for registration. Until Later... God Bless and Good Fishin’! John & Grace Crystal Fountain has a flair for catching “the big” fish. Today was no different! At the end of their day, she caught this nice 7.02 pounder that won the Big Bass honors.
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April has arrived. I think I heard April showers bring May flowers. Right now, to heck with flowers! We need the rains to take us thru the summer months. Sam Rayburn has been low since last summer. This means the fish have not had the cover of the buck brush to hide in and spawn. With this cover out of Lynn Atkinson the water the fishing can be awesome. cell 979-220-0251 However this also has some drawbacks. Reel Um N Guide The lack of cover hurts the spawn when Service, www.rayburncountry.com the fish are not released to get back and guard their fry. So think about it when you’re out there fishing. This is the time that the fish are restocking the lake for our future fishing trips. There should be a lot of fish still up shallow with some still moving in to spawn. One bait that comes to mind when these fish are up shallow is the Stanley Spinner Bait. The colors I would start with are white or chartreuse. The blades are the next thing to look at, sometimes they like big willow blades and other times they want smaller blades with less thump. This is just something to play with as water colors and weather conditions change from sunny to cloudy. The Lipless crankbaits are another good bait to use this time of year. I have been using some Strike Pro Lipless crankbaits and running it over the grass to really heat things up. Some of these fish just attack the bait. With these two baits you can cover a lot of water and have a lot of fun. If you’re not into all that chunk and wind, and want to slow down, soft plastics are the way to go. The senko’s and wacky worms catch more than their share of fish all year long and can be a lot of fun. Try Watermelon Red and Green Pumpkin as a starting point for your colors. Now let’s get to the Texas Rig. I like to keep mine on the light side if the wind will let me do so, that way the bait will just slide over the grass. There are all kinds of Creature baits and Lizards to use. E-2 Bait Company makes a doodle bug that has been working great on the bass. Sometimes it’s something different that the bass haven’t seen that will get them to bite. Now the Carolina Rig and Jig. If the bass are up shallow, what do I use these for? There are still a lot of fish on the edges of the grass and ledges around the spawning areas, some going and some coming. This is a good way to pick up a good fish by pulling the Carolina rig off the grass edges into deeper water. The Stanley ½ oz Football jig is one of my favorites. One way to use it is to crawl it across the bottom, the other is to work it around some kind of structure. There should be a lot of good fish caught this month. The ones that have spawned will move out and stop on points and ledges before heading to the summer hideouts. Just a few words about tackle stores in the area that have new locations. Tri Lakes has moved a little farther south to 4106 S. Hwy 69. Bass Strike Tackle has moved to downtown Zavalla on Main Street in their new building. Both of these stores would be glad to help you in any way they can. I know they have supported my fishing habit for sometime. I thank you. Well I hope this helps you out some. Good Luck. God Bless
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APRIL!!!! Spring is here, finally warm weather, trees bud out, grass turns green, Bass on beds, and Crappie on the grass. What more could an East Texan ask for? Only thing I can think of is a little water. I sure hope everyone will remember that low water means danger. Folks there are things out there in the Lake that most of us have never seen. Please be careful. We want everyone to come and enjoy the lake, just please be careful. The fishing has been great to say the least. If you don’t have 25lbs. at least don’t plan on winning a bass tournament. It’s the dadburnest thing I have ever seen and as far as I have heard these fish are not all on the beds either. The crappie are really early on the north end of the Lake. Some are already on the grass. I guess you all know what happens
around here in April. It’s time for the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash. We know the Sealy’s will put on a great show as usual! $580,000.00. That’s a lot. Good luck to all who fish. Remember to be safe. NOW LET’S FISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Bass are shallow now, but won’t be long until they will be in post spawn mode. The Wacky Worm will be a good bait to use. Then my favorite - Frog time! I would rather see a big ol’ bass hit a top water bait than anything. Use any of the good plastic worms, Big Bite,V&M, Zoom all make great worms. Don’t put your Rat-L-Traps away yet they will still bet bit. Use a good ole Stanley Swim Jig or Spinner bait which will also work. The Crappie are moving shallow now on the grass. Don’t be fooled by the low water. The Crappie are there.
We caught ‘em good for the last few days of March up on the north end of the lake on Road Runner heads with the New Stanley Wedge Tail Minnows. Their minnows come in seven colors. Just go to fishstanley.com to order or call me and I will tell you where to get them. Won’t be long until the Catfish will get hot. I see a lot of noodles floating around already. Hey, if you put them out pick them up. They are everywhere. That’s about it for now, remember visit our merchants around the Lake. They work hard for all of us. If anyone still needs a room for the McDonald’s Tournament give us a call at Tiger Creek Lodge (409.698.3491) we have 1 or 2 left, and remember if we can help just call.
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34.97 pounds wins Bass N Bucks on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster
Bass N Bucks teams have never been known to let the wrath of Mother Nature stop them from doing what they do best, and March 5, 2011 was no different. Casey A 34.97 pound stringer is phenomenal any day, but to Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie put the giddy up in their go, taking care of business catch them all in the first hour during the FIRST HOUR of the tournament. The team won with a 34.97 lb stringer is incredible! Congratulations for an $8,000 payday. Break that down to an hourly rate! to tournament winners Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie After a few days of perfect Spring weather, an old familiar adage howled us all a reminder. “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Temps in the mid 70’s had preceded tournament day, but come Saturday temps dropped over 20 degrees and the wind rose, gusting over 30 mph. For safety reasons, trailering was allowed. A good many of the anglers thought it would be another beautiful day, and showed up at check in wearing shorts. Before days end they were hammered with high winds and cold rain. Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie didn’t waste a moment putting their limit together and getting off the water. They hit the right spot with the right baits to bag 34.97 lbs in the first hour of fishing. “We caught a limit of small bass pretty quick,” the team reported. Changing tactics to procure bigger bass, they headed to shallow water using 6th Sense Lures square bill crank baits in the grass. That was just the trick, loading up on a limit of fish with an average weight of 7 pounds each. “The weather just kept getting worse, so we decided to come in early and weigh our fish.” Their weight held by a margin of five pounds to take the win for an $8,000 payday. The team would like to thank their sponsors for their support: 6th Sense Lures, Hales Tackle, Custom Angle Rods and Costa Del Mar. Bringing in another hefty sack at 29.94 lbs, brothers Clint & Clay West won 2nd place. “We went to sions or drains. Sometimes we would have to cast four or five times in those spots, but good bass were five the North end of the lake and caught fish all day.” They were using swim baits in 4’-6’ of water. “We caught a lot of fish, but the best action was between 9am-11am. At one point we had double hook-ups, holding in them.” Fighting the wind all day, they wore their trolling motor batteries completely out. “We made our last cull at 2:30, then headed in.” The team won $3,000 for 3rd place. They would like both of us were reeling in six pounders.” Their biggest bass weighed 7.44 lbs and they were culling to thank Dawson Marine and Ranger Boats, “but most of all I’d like to thank my wife for her love and four pounders! Bass N Bucks presented them with a $4,000 check and they would like to thank Show support.” – John Lemaire Time Signs, Dawson Marine, West Ltd and M & M Industrial for their support. The biggest bass of the day was caught by Butch Hollis, fishing with partner Marc Woolems weighJohn Lemaire & Jude Bodin also had a great day. “We got a late start once we found out we could ing in at 8.05 lbs winning $1,000. This catch anchored their 19.43 lb stringer putting them in 20th trailer.” They got busy right away and put a small limit in the boat. “Our initial limit only weighed place overall. Being the first out of the money in overall standings, the team also received a Show around eight pounds. Then we caught a four pounder, and it was all uphill after that.” They also Time Signs gift certificate valued at $500. Butch reports catching his bass on a 5’ flat at 9am using a fished the North end of the lake, using spinnerbaits and jigs. “We started out fishing grass with Smokey Joe Rat-L-Trap. stumps, then transitioned to hard sandy bottom areas with stumps. The trick was to find little depres Having a nice limit of 24.79 lbs, John Lemaire and Jude Bodin won 3rd place overall
29.94 pounds won 2nd place on this weather challenged day by brothers Clint & Clay West
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Marc Woolems shows the biggest bass of the day, 8.05 lbs, caught by his partner Butch Hollis
Congratulations to the top teams: (1st) Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie; (2nd) Clay & Clint West; (3rd) John Lemaire & Jude Bodin; (Big Bass) Butch Hollis
Out of 134 participating teams, 109 of them brought fish to the scales. Out of those, 107 had limits! A total of 542 fish were weighed totaling 1,692.50 lbs. That gives an average weight per fish of 3.12 lbs! At each event, thousands more dollars are potentially available through the sponsor incentive bonuses. How to win these bonuses are explained in detail on each tournament entry brochure and on their website, www.BassNBucks.com. Congratulations to John Lemaire for winning the $250 Cabela’s bonus as well as the $200 Dawson Marine Bonus. The Dawson Marine Bonus pays a range to qualified winners, up to $2,500! There are only two Rayburn Series events left. All tournaments are open for anyone to fish, and the team with the most points at the conclusion of the fifth tournament will be crowned Anglers of the Year for that series. The reward for this prestigious title is free entries into the next
season for that series. Here are how the points leaders are stacking up: 790.36 pts Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie 761.74 pts Daniel Blanton & Jeff Wise 761.46 pts Travis Moore & James Coleman 760.13 pts Bill Rogers & John Walker 752.85 pts Stan Burgay & Chandler Burgay The next tournament for the Rayburn Series will be April 2nd at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. In the mean time, Toledo Bend Series event #2 will be March 26th at Cypress Bend Marina. Sign up now for your chance to win thousands of dollars! 409-727-8941 Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors: Ranger Boats – Cabela’s – Yamaha – Lowrance – Wulf Outdoors – Vicious Fishing – Rat-L-Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Snag Proof – BassMedics – Jasper Chamber of Commerce – Pro Rule - Fishingworld
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1st - $8,000 - 34.97 lbs Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie 2nd - $4,000 - 29.94 lbs Clint & Clay West 3rd - $3,000 - 24.79 lbs John Lemaire & Jude Bodin 4th - $1,300 - 24.58 lbs Charles Bebber & Keith Caka 5th - $1,000 - 24.39 lbs Roy Sanford & Gene Colvin
6th - $1,000 - 23.77 lbs Jason Bonds & James Mitchell 7th - $1,000 - 23.30 lbs Robert Glende & Ted Odell 8th - $1,000 - 22.01 lbs Jerrel Pringle & Keith Keele 9th - $ 900 - 21.89 lbs Archie Hayley & Mark Mitchell 10th - $ 800 - 21.51 lbs Jeff Wise & Daniel Blanton
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….and last in the money…. 19th - $500 - 19.53 lbs Dan Pierce & Bobby Ramsey
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Area Club Updates
Sabine Bass Club
The Sabine Bass Club held its February tournament on the 19th and the 26th. Most members chose to fish on the 19th. Wayne Moran won this month’s tournament with 5 fish weighing 17.87 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Keith Jenschke with 5 fish weighing 16.49 lbs. John Girourd finished 3rd with 5 fish weighing 15.93 lbs. BJ Shoemaker won this month’s big bass honors with a 5.28 pounder. Wayne Moran and Ronnie Chamberlain won the team total with a sack that weighed 17.87 lbs.
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Besides the stiff wind, I think we all enjoyed the weather on Toledo Bend last week! It being cool in the mornings and a little warmer in the afternoons made it a whole lot easier to sit back and enjoy your self on the water last week. From the day that Chester Sams and Stephen Ensign had on Wednesday, though, it sounds as if they were doing more “kneeling and netting” than “sitting back and sunning”. Chester wrapped up the day with a limit of fish weighing 15.35#, including big bass of the tournament at 5.04#. Stephen captured 2nd big bass honors with his 4.84# bass that contributed to his limit and 12.26# total. These guys reported good bites on traps (of course) and soft plastics, fishing a little deeper than most people do this time of year. Their combined sack of 18.19# netted them 1st place honors! Rusty Lejeune and Kenny Shepperd weighed in a five fish limit of 12.73# to get 2nd place. Troy and Leslie Woodall put together a stringer weighing 11.40# for 3rd place. Dylan Griffin and John Bowman trailed in at 11.34# for “first place out of the money” prizes. Most every team that fished had a good day on the water, with 9 of 14 teams weighing in a limit. The only team that officially zeroed still had some fish in the boat, but had to leave early and did not make weigh-in. 77 bass were brought to the weigh-in and released by 26 members. We had a brand new father and son team to fish on Saturday, Brian Morrow and 14-yr-old Blane Morrow. Blane currently holds the “All Ages Rod and Reel” and “Junior Angler Rod and Reel” water body record on Sam Rayburn for warmouth, so look out Top Six, we have a new “stick” coming up! Speaking of the Top Six, we had a big shake-up, as is common this early in the year. Unfortunately for Chester and Stephen, they’re each going to be fishing against the other end of the boat next tournament to keep their #1 and #2 slots! Leslie Woodall, our defending Angler of the Year 2010, comes in at #3, Mike Goodman #4, Paul Guidry #5, and Chuck Greene #6. We’ll see you April 6th and 9th at Mill Creek on Rayburn for the April tournament!
The TOP SIX standings
Tim Braud Wayne Moran Keith Jenschke 38.05 36.75 25.16 Randy Pennington Layne Lacaze Dave Laborde 22.38 20.65 19.47
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Wayne Moran came in 2nd with his limit that weighed 17.41 lbs.
1- Chester Sams 2- Stephen Ensign 3- Leslie Woodall 4- Mike Goodman 5- Paul Guidry
BJ Shoemaker proudly shows his 5.28 pounder that won him big bass honors.
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Stephen Ensign and Chester Sams with their winning limit of fish that weighed 15.35 lbs.
Keith Jenschke came in second with 5 fish that weighed 16.49 lbs.
The 409 Bass club held their 2nd tournament of the year on March 9th and 12th on Lake Sam Rayburn out of Mill Creek State park. 48 anglers brought 110 fish to the scales with a total weight of 218lbs yielding a 1.98lb average per fish. On Wednesday anglers faced strong North West winds gusting over 20mph with clear sunny skies and the anglers Saturday faced winds out of the South East gusting over 20mph with partly cloudy skies. The fish catching on Lake Sam Rayburn was tough and most anglers could not stay on their favorite fishing hole due to the strong March winds. Most anglers that had success reported catching their fish on rattle traps and Carolina rigs in
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depths ranging from 2 to 8 feet of water. The father and son team, George and Hunter Aucoin brought in 5 nice fish to take first place with 16.92lbs. Richard Stephenson and Eric Harbert weighed in 14.90lbs to take 2nd place and also took home big bass honors with a 6.25lb beauty. 3rd place went to Bubba Courts and Billy Desormeaux with 11.73lbs and 10.66lbs was enough to give Cody Comeaux and Ray Westman a 4th place finish. Congratulations to our winners. The next tournament will be on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile public ramp on April 6th and 9th. The 409 Bass club would like to thank Simon Outfitters, R1 Bass, and Filter Resources for their continuing support.
Father & son George & Hunter Aucoin teamed up to win the event with 16.92 lbs
2nd place was won by Richard Stephenson and Eric Harbert with 14.90 lbs. They also won Big Bass with their 6.25 lb kicker
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The Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest Louisiana held their 2nd tournament of the year on March 19 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Tournament winners are pictured left to right: 3rd place - Brian Phelps 19.30 pounds, 2nd place - J.D. Milstead 20.71 pounds, 1st place - Thelton Brown 21.37 pounds. Thelton Brown and Brian Phelps teamed together for the first place team stringer of 5 bass weighing in at 26.04 pounds. J.D. Milstead caught the big bass of the tournament weighing in at 10.35 pounds. The bass club will hold their next tournament on April 9 at Toledo Bend. If you are interested in joining the Sportsman’s Bass Club, visit their website at www.sportsman-bassclub.com to find out how.
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Tournament Statistics Teams Fished: 33 Hours Fished: Total Fish Weighed: 120 Average Weight / Fish: 2.91 Total Fish Released: 120 (100%) Average #Fish / Team: 3.64 Total Fish Weight: 349.55 Average Weight / Team: 10.28
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where they can recuperate from the spawn and gradually move into their summer haunts. The bass will migrate along the creeks, ditches and secondary points; so concentrate in these areas, especially areas that have some type of structure or cover. A variety of baits will be productive from top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, jerk & swim baits, shallow to mid diving crank baits, finesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and jigs depending on the area you target your fish. Usually in the latter part of April the Bream will start moving into shallow water for their spawn. An ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and a bucket of crickets or worms will surely fill up a chest of big ole’ bream. Look for “honey-cone” circles in the shallows to locate the beds. Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and pockets. If you don’t find them shallow, follow the points and bends in the creeks as they head back out to deep water. Some White Bass will still be holding in the river proper while the ones that have spawned will be migrating back to the main lake. Live crawfish, slab spoons, tail spinners, road runners, shallow diving cranks and Rat-L-Traps can all be productive. If you are working the main lake, concentrate along on the river channel sandbars and main lake points.
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Lake level information updated daily at www.lakecaster.com Lake Bend – as of 03/22/11 (164.29) Normal pool level (172.00') For lake level updates and generation schedules, call 318-256-4114.
At the time of this writing, the lake is still over seven feet below high pool. Unless we get a substantial amount of rain we can assume the level will remain low. Subsequently, caution should be used in running areas of the lake you are not sure that are safe to run. April is usually a transition month with a lot of fish already spawned and moving back into deeper water. Some bass will still be on the beds and in shallow water while others will have spawned and be moving back out to deeper water. Moving off the beds they will try to find a comfortable environment
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in blue/chrome orange belly - lots of fish on beds. These baits are being fished on TFO rods and FINS braid. Remember to spray all your baits with Kick N Bass. BREAM ~ Good. On crickets and Berkley Power Maggots around edge of creeks. CRAPPIE ~ Good. Around brush in 3’ to 8’ of water on shiners and 1/16 oz. fire tiger colored road runner. STRIPERS ~ Good. Use electronics to locate bait fish along flats in 14’ to 30’ of water. Then use crank baits or live carp in these areas. CATFISH ~ Good. In 6’ to 12’ of water on Catfish Charlie and liver around shallow flats towards the backs of creeks. WHITE BASS ~ Good. Up the river on road runners and of course live crawfish working best in back waters off the river or main lake flats.
BASS ~ Excellent. Start with a 1/8 oz Texas rigged Yamamoto Creature Bait in watermelon/ red color or a baby brush hog in chartreuse pumpkin color in 5’ to 8’ of water. As the day warms, move up to 1 -3 ft and throw a Senko in 925 color or a Rogue
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FISHING REPORTS/ BASS: When this report was being written the lake was about the same depth as it has been for the past 6-8 months (164 and change) but the fishing has been awesome and April looks like it will continue and some additional fun patterns come into play as well. We have been catching so many beautiful bass on various baits and have been targeting depths of 2 to 12 feet. For the 2 to 8 feet depths we are using Stanley ‘s Vibrashaft and new VibraWedge double willowleaf spinnerbaits in white, chartreuse or shad patterns. We are using the 3/8 oz. most of the time and will go to a 1/2 oz. when bass are sluggish and down in the cover/grass. The original trap (Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap) is also catching its share
in shallow to mid-depths with top colors being Toledo Gold and chrome/blue. We are also doing well on weightless soft plastics rigged both Texas as well as wacky style. In addition, a Texas rig with light weight continues to produce for us as it has for the past 4-5 months. For weightless soft plastics wacky style we like Berkley Sinking Minnows, Yamamoto Senkos (5 inch) and Kandi Stixs and for Texas weightless we like Berkley Hollow Belly Swimbaits, 5 and 7 inch Senkos and Flukes. The post spawn is coming into play late this month so we will target main points and ridges in 15 to 25 feet and will hit these with deep diving crankbaits (DD22s and DD14s) Carolina rigs and drop shot. Top water patterns are strong this month with Bill Norman’s Pro Pop, Chug Bug and Yellow Magic all excellent choices. CRAPPIE: There’s lots of crappie in shallow
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Texas Oilmen Bass Invitational donates $200,000 to Texas Childrens Hospital
The Texas Oilman’s Bass Invitational celebrated its 20th year March 18-19, 2011 on Toledo Bend at Cypress Bend Marina. (TOBI) brought over 1,200 anglers in about 630 boats to compete for top prizes; however, unlike most tournaments TOBI isn’t about all about the best fishermen, the tournament is a fundraiser for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. The tournament was founded in 1990 and is held every year on the third weekend in March at Cypress Bend Park in Many, Louisiana. TOBI’s philanthropy is the Texas Children’s Hospital Renal Unit, where the money they donate goes to patient care and research in pediatric kidney and urinary tract diseases and disorders. They also hold an annual event where fishermen take patients, who are able to go, fishing and spend the day with them. This year, TOBI was able to donate more than ever, $200,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital. The director said that is more than ever, and says it is due to the outstanding amount of participation this year from anglers. Anglers in this tournament are all members of the oil field industry in Texas and Louisiana. Day one of the tournament brought out over 600 angler teams
weighing in stringers, the winning stringer of the day totaled over 26 pounds and big bass was over 9 pounds. Overall the first day brought in over 6,000 lbs of fish weighed in. On day two 630 boats fished, but only 355 teams made it to the weigh in with 1,629 fish, totaling 4,037 pounds of bass and 874 teams all together for both days. Also, between the two days the director reported that 10,120 lbs of bass were weighed in. The results from the tournament will be posted online at thelakecaster.com and also on our facebook.
Toledo Bend shined as over 10,000 pounds of bass were weighed in at the annual Texas Oilmen’s event. The tournament and all of the people associated with it have become heroes to the kids at Texas Children’s Hospital.
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Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Hunter Muncrief Logan O’Dell Susan Muncrief Tyler Hutchison No Record No Record No Record Hunter Muncrief Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief Blane Morrow No Record
Golden Shiner Orangespotted Sunfish
11.48 lbs -----2.24 lbs 0.82 lbs ----0.85 lbs 49.84 lbs 23.87 lbs 20.0 lbs 2.44 lbs 2.54 lbs 2.02 lbs ------------0.88 lbs ----0.75 lbs
Dylan Lyons No Record Dylan Lyons Dylan Lyons No Record Kevin Johnson Heather Taber Ben Rumery Caleb Anderson Gage Shepherd Forrest Gothia Nicholas Hirsch No Record No Record No Record Gage Shepherd No Record Gage Shepherd
March 6, 2007 ----May 12, 2008 November 25, 2007 ----April 10, 2006 July 14, 2009 March 21, 2008 November 7, 2010 July 1, 2010 February 19, 2011 August 18, 2007 ------------July 5, 2010 ----July 4, 2010
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Texas Master Naturalists are coming to East Texas
By Robert Baker, TPWD
is a cost involved with the course (materials, book (very thick), fees, and speakers) of $150 for individuals and $200 for couples who share a book. This is only for the first year to cover basic first training. Those that can show proof of a clean background check (a background check is needed because TMN frequently deal children) can also knock some money off of the price. This can look like a daunting task (and it is), but it is a very rewarding pursuit. The classes are going to be held at night to allow those that work to attend. Field trips will be held on Saturdays once a month. People can miss some of the classes or field trips and still meet the requirements as currently 48 hours field have been scheduled and additional classes and a field trip are field being considered. Time can also be made up with neighboring chapters in Livingston or Lumberton if the need arises. “There are some people who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. …Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher `standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free find pasque-flower speech.” Aldo Leopold-A Sand County Almanac For those that want to follow in the footsteps of Aldo Leopold (often called the father of wildlife science) come out and join the Longleaf Ridge Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program. For more information consult the Texas Master Naturalist website (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/programs/txmasnat), and to enroll in this initial training program contact Sharon Kerr with Agrilife Extension at (409) 384-3721. What is the Texas Master Naturalist program some may ask? This is a program set up by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Forest Service, and Texas Agrilife Extension Program to educate volunteers and then have them share their knowledge with the public. The education part of this experience will be obtained through at least 40 hours of basic training during the first year. This basic training covers a broad range of topics including Icthyology (fish), Mammology (mammals), Forestry (trees), Weather, and Geology (rocks) to name a few. Training is received in the form of class room lectures and field trips. Classes for this new chapter begin in mid April and run through late June. All naturalists will then be asked to accomplish 40 additional hours of service in a year. Service can take the form of many things and can be tailored for each person based on their skills and abilities. For instance, a person that is capable of strenuous labor could build a hiking trail, or a retired school teacher could present a lecture on wetland animals to school children. Outreach projects can also be group projects such as establishing a wetland viewing area. The intention is to accomplish projects that contribute to the public good, and that are interesting to the people accomplishing the work. In subsequent years to recertify a person would only need to accomplish the 40 hours of service and 8 hours of advanced training. Advanced training can be things like attending field days, trainings, and seminars to name a few. This training is necessary to ensure that naturalists continue to learn about subjects that interest them and stay abreast of changing times. For those interested there
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Texas Fish Records Program Sets Its Own Records
For many people, second only to the thrill of landing a trophy fish is seeing one’s name go into the record book for the catch. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Joedy Gray is the person in charge of making that happen, and with the cooperation and enthusiasm of Texas anglers, he was very busy in 2010. “My number one goal when I took over the Angler Recognition Program in 2002 was to increase angler participation, especially among youth, and it looks as if that is being accomplished,” Gray said. Gray cites the following facts to support his claim. In calendar year 2010, • 1,223 catches of fish were submitted for awards, the most ever, beating the previous high of 913 in 2009; • 1,731 awards were issued for these catches, beating the previous high of 1,383 in 2009; • 64 Outstanding Angler awards were presented, topping the previous high of 51 in 2003 and 2004. • 36 Junior Angler water body catch-and-release awards beat the 2009 high of 15; • 16 Junior Angler state catch and release records beat the 2008 high of 10; • 93 water body catch-and-release records topped 2009’s 57; and 394 Big Fish awards for the year was just shy of the high of 400 set in 1994 and the second most ever. Gray is especially proud of the fact that the 356 First Fish awards was extremely high. The previous record was 73 in 2003. First Fish awards go to anglers who report catching their first fish ever, and more than a few go to adults. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognizes not just catches of big fish but also fishing excellence through its Angler Recognition Program. The program maintains state record lists for public and private waters and water body records for all public lakes, rivers, and bays. The program also issues certificates for other types of angler achievements such as first fish, big fish, elite angler and outstanding angler. Information on awards categories and current records can be found on the TPWD web site at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/. For state and water body records, junior anglers (under 17 years of age) compete in a separate division. If a junior angler’s catch beats an all-ages record, the young angler receives recognition in both divisions. The catch-and-release division is relatively new and is one of Gray’s innovations. “It’s often difficult or impossible to find a certified scale to get a weight on a fish, and sometimes fish die while the angler is looking for a place to weigh it,” Gray said. “That’s why we started awarding catch-and-release records, which require only a photo of the fish with a measuring device.” Catch-and-release allows anglers to take an active part in conserving fish by releasing them immediately after catching and photographing them. Gray is also working to increase awareness of the program among youth, especially those who fish in salt water. “If anglers have their own certified scale, each bay system in the state has a number of youth records available,” Gray points out. And a catch does not have to be Texas-sized to qualify in a category with no existing record. “There is a minimum weight requirement of two ounces or 0.125 pounds for youth and an eight-ounce or 0.5-pound minimum for adults,” Gray said. In all, 14,179 catches have been awarded 21,095 awards. Gray would love to make your name the next to go into the record book.
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Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Black Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Longnose Pickerel, Redfin Shad, Gizzard Shiner, Blacktail Shiner, Golden Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Orangespotted Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Warmouth Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, White x Yellow Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Spotted Pickerel, Redfin Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Warmouth Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Catfish, Channel Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Redbreast Warmouth
All-tackle records for Sam Rayburn
Wt. 16.80 11.58 5.50 4.75 1.24 0.75 10.13 65.00 84.00 1.46 2.51 27.00 84.00 83.50 12.32 84.06 2.15 2.94 6.20 244.50 41.00 0.55 0.24 0.04 0.07 0.30 .01 0.34 0.57 0.60 0.06 0.40
Current Lake Records
Date 5-31-97 4-06-05 2-14-87 7-17-10 4-19-07 4-28-08 10-23-95 8-02-05 8-17-05 2-17-07 5-27-97 4-18-04 5-08-08 1-15-01 6-13-05 3-17-03 5-01-07 3-28-95 3-24-07 8-04-05 6-01-02 4-06-09 6-02-06 5-07-06 5-07-06 6-04-02 6-05-06 6-17-06 4-10-05 3-05-06 6-09-07 3-28-08 Angler Tommy Shelton John Olive Curt E. Smith Marc Shaw Randall Bradfield Robert Biskamp Sr. Lewis Byers Keith Riehn Kevin LaForge Randall Bradfield Willis Francis Jr. Jim Welborn Scott Henslee Michael Crochet Gary Ritnour Donald Latham Ricky Ethridge Paul Burleson Randall Bradfield Keith Riehn Robbie Woods Douglas Wright Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Kenneth Thyssen Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Blane Morrow Angler Eric Weems Johnny Pritchett Larry Upshaw James Kent Jr. Lisle Brook Billy Autery Carl Gantt Robert Kinberger George E. Lord Joe Walker Miles McDaniel Steven Sallee Tontie Pennock Thomas Allcorn Clint Walker Otis L. Pleasant Hazel Bolton Geneva Daniels Freddie Keel Michael Hughes Larry McDowell Jr. Bill Ritzell Kenneth Thyssen Gage Shepherd Gage Shepherd Robert Prejean William Tawney Angler Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Tanner Moreno Hunter Muncrief Logan O’Dell Tyler Hutchison Hunter Muncrief Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief Blane Morrow Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Pole & Line Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Trotline Trotline Trotline Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel\ Rod & Reel Trotline Trotline Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Trotline Cane Pole Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Float Line Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel
All-Tackle Records for Toledo Bend
Wt. 15.32 15.81 3.40 33.22 4.40 0.22 1.66 0.86 19.00 75.00 84.76 26.81 53.50 84.00 7.94 97.50 4.00 2.88 31.50 181.00 8.00 0.66 0.33 0.75 0.88 0.80 1.09
Junior Angler Records for Sam Rayburn
Wt. 11.57 2.95 4.10 2.18 0.71 0.71 1.63 2.12 1.58 0.89 192.00 0.10 0.45 0.40 Date 4-23-05 6-21-07 9-18-10 4-20-08 7-09-10 6-14-07 8-08-07 5-30-09 4-10-10 7-18-09 4-21-07 7-02-03 6-14-08 3-28-08
Date 7-03-00 5-25-87 2-07-09 2-08-80 6-19-10 5-17-01 6-24-09 4-30-07 1-03-75 8-07-85 9-09-06 7-26-09 8-02-06 4-13-07 4-25-09 5-24-91 12-05-02 3-13-98 3-03-95 7-27-09 4-11-04 2-10-09 6-05-02 7-05-10 7-04-10 9-05-08 4-14-95
Certified Scale Locations
Junior Angler Records for Toledo Bend
Species Wt. Date Angler Method Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow Catfish, Blue 20.0 11-07-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel Catfish, Channel 2.44 7-01-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Crappie, Black 1.94 2-28-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Crappie, White 2.02 8-18-07 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel Records are kept and provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife in a newly formed cooperative relationship with Louisiana Parks & Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication.
Local Hemphill angler Nita LaRock landed and released an 11.00 lbs big mouth bass on Tuesday, February 22 along Lowes Creek on Toledo Bend. The fish measured 26 inches long and had a 21 inch girth. LaRock caught the lunker using a 5 inch Senko on 8 lb test line in six feet of water. Guests at Jackson Hill Marina on Sam Rayburn are showing some big ones! Darrell Brown caught this 8.3 lb bass
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Josh Sharp caught this nice 6 lb’r near Jackson Hill Marina
Powell Park Marina would like to congratulate their guest Londyn for catching her very first bass on Sam Rayburn. Weighed on Jackson Hill’s certified scales, Tyler Ford shows his 9.66 lb catch
WHOA what a crappie! Trenton came to Sam Rayburn, stayed at Powell Park and caught this nice crappie. YUMMY!
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APRIL 2011 • LAKECASTER • 62
Garrie & Morris win with over 29 lbs
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster
Rayburn pumps out the big ones at Bass Champs
It was an exciting race to the finish as Bass Champs East Texas division fished Sam Rayburn March 19, 2011. Ten sacks over 20 pounds were seen, but Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris dominated the event with over 29 pounds to win the guaranteed $20,000 1st place check. It’s that time of year when first sunburns are dominant in anglers. The fishing was hot too, with scads of heavy sacks and several seven and eight pound bass being brought in. When Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris heaved their five fish limit to the scales, 25 pounds was already in the lead. Their five fish limit soared past the 25 pound mark to a 29.41 lb total to win the tournament. “We fished deep channels, targeting pre-spawn bass” the team explained. Using custom painted crank baits from 6th Sense lures with Custom Angle Rods, they were fishing in 20’ of water. “We went to several old haunts, and it really panned out for us.” The team caught over four limits to cull from, their biggest being around 7 pounds. “We did lose another good one, but thankfully it didn’t hurt us.” Bass Champs presented them the guaranteed 1st place purse of $20,000. Harold Allen and Albert Collins won 2nd place with 25.47 lbs. “We were using lures from E2 Baits, both Texas and Carolina rigged on our new I-Rods today.” Fishing both shallow and deep
water, they targeted main lake points leading to flats. “The morning bite was slow. We caught one good one early, then a few short ones.” As the day warmed, the bite kept getting better. “We caught fish fairly steady all day long, but our bigger ones came in the afternoon.” Bass Champs presented them with $5,000 for their 2nd place win. Being the highest team in a qualified Skeeter boat, they doubled their winnings to $10,000. “We would like to thank Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Humminbird, 6th Sense Lures, MinnKota, Ardent Reels, Strike King, Vicious line, Navionics, and The Lakecaster for coming out to cover these events.” Crankbaits were also working for the 3rd place winners Ricky Newman and Shannon Hale. “We had a great day! The bite was slow in the morning, but we just kept cranking, and it just kept getting better.” They were targeting both pre and post spawn fish. “We weren’t looking for beds, instead we hunted those in transition. Some were heading to spawn, some had finished and were heading out.” Their bait of choice was a square billed Bandit crank bait, thrown in 4’-6’ depths. Their spots were close to deep water with grass. “One broke off on us around mid-day, but we culled five times before we were through.” The team was awarded $3,000 and would like to thank Hale Tackle for their support.
Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris dominated the event with 29.94 lbs winning $20,000
Lots of big bass crossed the scales, but the biggest of the day was caught by Ryan Pinkston and Scooter Clark. The bass weighed 8.61 lbs, and the team was awarded $1,000 for that single catch. The Dodge Ram bonus was awarded to Brandon Tingey and Lance Duff. As winners of this bonus, their entry fees into any Bass Champs event are waived for the next 12 months!
Tournament statistics: Total Entries: 214 Teams Total Collected: $55,640 Total Payback (C & P): $61,750 Payback Percentage: 111% Total fish: 746 Total weight: 2092.97 lbs Average weight: 2.81 lbs Number of limits: 140
Scooter Clark shows the Big Bass of the tournament that won $1,000 for he and partner Ryan Pinkston
Congratulations to the top teams! (1st) Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris; (2nd) Harold Allen & Albert Collins; (3rd) Ricky Newman and Shannon Hale
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There is no way to guess who will win 2011 Anglers of the Year for the East Texas division. With only two events left in the season, here are the points leaders: 652 pts Brian Shook & Cody Goodman 649 pts Bob Vote & Andy Vote 632 pts Ricky Newman & Shannon Hale 623 pts Bill Rogers & Ray Livingston 615 pts Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris At the conclusion of all five events, the team with the most points will be crowned Anglers of the Year. This prestigious title gives the team a free pass into the next season in their division, all entry fees waived. For more details, go to www.BassChamps.com or call 817-439-3274.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
$20,000 $5,000 + $3,000 $2,000 $1,200 $1,090
29.41 lbs 25.47 lbs 25.02 lbs 22.94 lbs 22.79 lbs 21.00 lbs
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APRIL 2011 • LAKECASTER • 64
LBAA Launches on Sam Rayburn with Inaugural Event
Kim Bain-Moore wins with nearly 35 pounds
“I took my watermelon with red and black flake Senko and drenched it with Smelly Jelly and was able to get my limit and culled too,” Bain-Moore concluded. She took home $7,000 for the win plus the big bass award for the pro angler side. “This feels really wonderful. It is a tremendous honor to win this LBAA event and I love coming and seeing all the ladies and hanging out with them again,” she added. Reaction Innovations, Oakley Sunglasses, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Pfleuger Reels, Legend Boats, Evinrude E-Tec, High Seas, Navionics, and Gillna Rain Gear all sponsor Bain-Moore. Behind Bain-Moore was Juanita Robinson in second with 30.57, Cheryl Bowden in third with 28.86, Patti Campbell in fourth with 28.69, and Pam Ridgle in fifth with 25.65. Rounding out the top ten on the pro side were Pam Martin-Wells in sixth with 22.87, seventh was Kay Pennington with 22.18, eighth was Diane Phillips with 20.98, Keri Schieber in ninth with 18.07, and tenth was Emily Shaffer with 17.48. Over on the co-angler side of the LBAA Texas ProAm Diana
By Larry Morris
29 year old Kim Bain-Moore keeps adding to her list of “firsts” as today she won the first ever-regular season Lady Bass Anglers Association tournament on Texas’ Sam Rayburn. BainMoore added 14 pounds even to her day one total of 20 pounds 94 ounces to give her 34.94 and the win. “I felt like I could catch a limit and yesterday I sat my goal around 12-15 pounds and I figured that would keep me in it,” Bain-Moore stated. “I caught my five yesterday fairly quickly and the big ones all bit in about a 30-minute window.” “Based on the good fishing I had there yesterday, which was on a Revenge green pumpkin vibrator which is a chatterbait style of lure with a Reactions Innovations Dirty Sanchez Skinny Dipper as a trailer. Today I went back to the same spot intending to do the same thing and get my fish early before the wind blew.” “I only caught one keeper and was beginning to get slightly worried,” Moore went on to say. “I then watched my co-angler catch three pretty nice fish on a Senko as she pitched it up to the bank and retrieved it back. I then saw a recreational angler catch one up shallow too and finally the light bulb came on.”
LBAA Rayburn Pro Angler Champ Kim Bain-Moore (right) with Lady Bass Anglers Association Cofounder Secret York (left)
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Uebelhack just like Bain-Moore, took the day one lead and never looked back heading on to claim the title of 2011 LBAA Texas ProAm Co-Angler Champion. “This couldn’t have been any better,” an emotional Uebelhack proclaimed after the event. “I’ve never won something like this so people cannot even have a clue as to how excited I am. I have to thank everybody that is around me -- my family, my daughter Erica, my husband – they all have been so supportive of this and of me.” Following Uebelhack in second in the co-angler
division was Pam Rodden with 17.77, Teri Neal in third with 15.06, Barbara Harris in fourth with 12.56, Traci Tullos in fifth with 12.52, Kim Giddens in sixth with 11.95, Gail Wood in seventh with 11.45, Denice Johnston in eighth with 10.97, Renee Key-Johnston with 10.69, and Tommie Domingue in tenth with 10.14. LBAA “Big Bass” honors for Rayburn were BainMoore on the pro side with a 6.17-pound bass and Diana Uebelhack on the co-angler side with a 7.17pound bass and both lunkers were caught on day one. Sponsors of the 2011 Lady Bass Anglers Associa-
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LBAA Rayburn Co-Angler Champ Diana Uebelhack
LBAA Rayburn Pro Angler Champ Kim Bain-Moore holding up one of her bass (Friday)
LBAA Rayburn Pro Angler Champ Kim Bain-Mooore casting into Rayburn’s waters.
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Crochet and Domingue Capture LBAA Rainbow Room Charity Tournament
By Larry Morris
Father and son team of Matt (L) and Rees (R) Durand with their fish
LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Charity Tournament winners Sue Crochet (L) and Tommie Domingue (R) with fish.
The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Tournament is now in the books. Two LBAA anglers – Sue Crochet and Tommie Domingue pulled a five bass limit from Rayburn’s waters that weighed 14.62 pounds to take home the guaranteed first place check of $1,000.
fished fish “From the tournament we fished yesterday (LBAA Sam Rayburn ProAm) we learned that the fish had moved up a little bit,” stated Crochet. “So we started throwing shallow not long after we got there this morning and we started picking up fish. They were in mostly zero to five feet of water and a lot of grass.”
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Every bass that Crochet and Domingue caught were lured out of Rayburn’s waters on a Zoom Super Fluke in either green pumpkin or green pumpkin with red flake. Crochet and Domingue also picked up the $200 cash award given for the highest finishing team with a female member aboard, and the largest bass of the day award for a bass, which weighed 5.67 pounds. That bass netted these two anglers another $100. Finishing second behind Crochet and Domingue were Frank and Jennifer Stelly in second with 14.05, third went to Ricky and Patti Campbell with 11.70, fourth was Donnie and Juanita Robinson with 10.92, and fifth was Don Day and Angie Everitt with 8.99. Sixth place went to Kenneth Venable and Jennifer Unruh with 8.74, Judith Hart and Lisa Craig took seventh with 8.45, eighth went to Key Puckett and Charlotte Frazier with 8.03, ninth was John Dickson and Laura Moore with 7.88, Matt and Rees Durand took tenth with 6.23, and Judy Skibinksy and Dawn March took eleventh with 1.36 pounds. The highest finishing team in today’s LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Tournament with a youngster under 12 on it picked up a cash award of $200. The father and son team of Matt and Rees Durand picked up the cash award for the today’s tournament. The Durand’s brought four bass to the scales,
three of which were alive, that weighed 6.23 pounds. The highlight of the LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Tournament was the awarding of $1,615 to the Rainbow Rooms of Jasper and Lufkin. “We are so thankful for this, stated Rainbow Rooms spokesperson Melody Weeks-Koch. “We are amazed at how far you all travel, and even more amazed at how big your hearts are.” For more information on the Rainbow Rooms of Jasper and Lufkin, go to the World Wide Web at http://www.gtcp.org/rainbowroom.asp The 2011 LBAA Tournament Trail continues with stop number two at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. From there the LBAA season moves to Alabama’s Lake Guntersville July 7-9. The fourth and final regular season stop will be northeast of Music City on Tennessee’s Old Hickory Lake August 25-27. October 6-8, 2011 will be the dates for the LBAA 2011 Tour Championship and LBAA officials will announce the location of the 2011 Tour Championship August 26 at the event at Old Hickory Lake. For more information on the LBAA contact cofounder Cheryl Bowden @ 1-214-738-7518, co-founder Secret York @ 1-270-748-9041, or media specialist Larry Morris @ 1-540-239-7902. The LBAA has a presence on the World Wide Web on Facebook and at http://www.ladybassanglers.com/
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After leading the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Toledo Bend for two straight day, Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, entered the final day of competition boasting a lead of nearly 6 ½ pounds. Although thoughts of a tournament title danced in his head, his dream scenario of cruising to an easy victory was shattered before the sun had even risen over the horizon. “I was about seven minutes from the marina when my boat broke down,” said Castledine. “My first thought was, ‘Really? Today? You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So I started to think about what to do. Then (top-10 finalist) Russell Cecil came along.” Cecil, who was also competing for a tournament title, immediately stopped and helped bring Castledine back to the marina. However, Castledine still didn’t have a working boat. With time ticking away, another fellow EverStart competitor – Andy Gaia – came to the rescue and lent Castledine his own boat. “I can’t thank Andy enough,” he said. “He just happened to still be here, and he told me that I could use his boat. And that saved me.” With a new boat, Castledine hit the water again only to discover that his new ride didn’t have enough gas. “It wasn’t Andy’s fault,” said Castledine. “He had no idea he was going to have to loan his boat out for the finals. So by the time I got back out there fishing, I had already had a two-hour delay.” While that type of incident would have derailed many pros’ title chances, Castledine persevered. “When I got back on the water, I just started praying,” he said. “And then I suddenly felt calm and said, ‘You know, everything is going to be all right.’ But I definitely have to thank Jesus for this one.” With his new boat, Castledine went to work, targeting bedding bass with a Reactions Innovations Sweet Beaver. Before long, Castledine had amassed an 18-pound, 9-ounce stringer and headed back to weigh-in.
“I was really nervous though,” he said. “It was just a strange day, and I had this weird feeling that somebody might catch me. I really thought the final weigh-in was going to be a lot closer than it was.” In the end, Castledine’s nightmarish beginning turned into a storybook ending as the Texas native walked away with the tournament title with a total three-day catch of 65 pounds, 2 ounces. For his efforts, Castledine won a first-place prize of $27,800. And he couldn’t have been happier. “This is just awesome. I guess this is the best win of my career,” said Castledine. “My co-angler (Rick Parker) won today as well. I really think if today had gone smoothly, it wouldn’t have been nearly as fun.” Martin’s spirited comeback falls short Although Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, returned to the scales with by far the biggest stringer of the day, a 22-pound, 4-ounce sack, it wasn’t quite good enough to catch Castledine. As a result, Martin had to settle for second place and a check for $9,500. “You know what, it was a fun day today,” said Martin, who ultimately finished with a three-day total of 62 pounds, 7 ounces. “This is just an awesome lake. And when I saw that we’re going to have a full moon and that the water was warming up, I knew I had a chance to really go out there and catch ‘em.” In the end, however, Martin wasn’t able to make up the 6 ½-pound deficit he was faced with entering the finals. “Today I fished hard,” he said. “I basically left the 2-pounders alone. But when I found the right fish, I’d just sit down and fish it hard. These fish are really aggressive. If you found the right place to fish on a bed, they’d really bite it. There are still plenty of big fish out there. And they’re coming up every day.” Martin said he used a combination of Brush Hogs and Yamamoto
Pro Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the EverStart Series event on the Toledo Bend Resevoir.
double-tail grubs as well as 17-pound-test line to land the majority of his sight-fish. After final weigh-in had concluded, Martin said he had few regrets.
Pro Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, leapfrogged from ninth place to third in the finals on the strength of a three-day catch of 54 pounds. Photo’s by Gary Mortenson Pro Lendell Martin Jr., of Nacogdoches, Texas, returned to the scales in the finals with by far the biggest stringer of the day – a 22-pound, 4-ounce sack. Ultimately it was only good enough for a second-place finish.
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“I used to think that Sam Rayburn was a better fishery, but now I think Toledo Bend might be a bit better,” he said. “I’ve had the pleasure of being able to fish for a long time, and I can tell you that it was a lot of fun this week.” Bird skyrockets up the leaderboard After barely squeaking into the finals on Toledo Bend in ninth place, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, knew that he’d have his work cut out for him if he was to have any chance at a tournament title. While he didn’t find the ultimate prize he was looking for, Bird sailed up the standings with a total catch of 54 pounds, claiming third place overall as well as nearly $8,000 in winnings. “It was a fun week, and I really enjoyed the weather,” said Bird. “I love to sight-fish, and that’s what I did all week. I didn’t finish in first, but it was nice to move up as much as I did.” Bird said he targeted the majority of his quarry fishing a Kicker Fish Bait Company finesse worm. “The bass couldn’t leave that bait alone,” he said. “I didn’t try to catch a lot of keepers this week – and maybe that was my mistake – I just tried to look around for the big bites. But overall, it was a good week.” Reneau nets fourth place Tim Reneau of Del Rio, Texas, finished the Toledo Bend event in fourth place with a total catch of 52 pounds, 12 ounces. “Unlike the other guys, I wasn’t sight-fishing today. I can’t see that good,” Reneau joked. “I was fishing sharper breaks and trying to catch fish as they were coming and going (to the beds).” Reneau said he targeted fish using Texas-rigged Strike King Game Hogs. “I had a good week,” he said. “I can’t complain.” For his efforts, Reneau took home a check for more than $7,000. Wilkerson lands top-five finish Chris Wilkerson of Conroe, Texas, netted a total catch of 50 pounds, 8 ounces to finish the event in fifth place. “I’m pretty excited,” he said. “You can’t win them all. But any time you make the top-10, you’re doing something right.” Like many of the top pros, Wilkerson caught most of his larger bass sight-fishing. Wilkerson said he targeted fish with a Carolina rig in the morning to catch a small limit and then attempted to upgrade by sight-fishing throughout the day. “I just didn’t find any big fish to put in the boat today,” he said. For his efforts, Wilkerson took home nearly $6,400 in winnings. Best of the rest On the strength of a three-day catch of 48 pounds, 15 ounces, Joe Elkouri of Lawton, Okla., finished the event in sixth place. “I had a great week,” he said. “This is my first top-10 and the second check I’ve made in back-to-back tournaments, so I’m happy.” Elkouri, who won over $5,500, used a Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty to land the majority of his catch. Rounding out the top 10 pro qualifiers for the Toledo Bend event: 7th: James Caldemeyer of Gilmer, Texas, 48-15 8th: Eric Wright of Scurry, Texas, 47-13 9th: Robert Brown of Round Rock, Texas, 47-0 10th: Russell Cecil of Willis, Texas, 36-9
In the Co-Angler division: Parker parlays day-two lead into Co-angler Division title Over the course of his career, Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, had come close to winning a tournament on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him, he had always fallen short when it counted most – that was, until today. Bolstered by a three-day catch of 50 pounds, 4 ounces, Parker final got what he’d been searching for for years – a tournament title. And he couldn’t have been happier. “I had never won one of these tournaments before,” said Parker. “I’ve come close, but I was never able to seal the deal. Now, I really don’t know what to say. I know I’ve worked awfully hard to get this. It just feels really good right now. This is the biggest moment of my career.” After the first day of competition, Parker found himself in second place. By day two, he had claimed the top spot on the leaderboard. And from there, he never looked back. “This has just been an awesome week,” he said. “I really enjoyed myself. I had a lot of great partners and they really helped me out as well.” Parker said that he caught the majority of his catch fishing a Zoom fluke, pitching it around shallow spawning areas. But in the end, he said without his partner’s help, the title might have eluded him yet again. “But I have to say that I fished with Todd (Castledine) today and I really owe a lot of this to him,” said Parker. “He helped me out tremendously today. He’s just a great fisherman.” For his efforts, Parker took home $5,000 in prize money as well as a fully rigged Ranger boat. Hope springs eternal After a string of disappointing tournaments, Steve Hope of Ovilla, Texas, just wanted to get a bit of redemption at the EverStart Series event on the Toledo Bend Reservoir. In the end, he did much more than that. Not only did he end his final-day tournament drought, he did so emphatically – finishing in second place overall. “I was so happy just to catch fish this week,” he said. “I’ve been fishing so badly this year. I really needed a good week, so it feels really good to finish in second. I had some bad tournaments heading into this one and it’s nice to get that monkey off of your back. A finish like this really helps your confidence.” Hope ultimately parlayed a 47-pound, 4-ounce catch into $3,700 in winnings. “I really had a lot of fun this week,” he said. ‘I targeted standing timber and most of my fish came on a Zoom Baby Brush Hog and a Senko. As far as depth, anything within 7 feet worked out well for me.” Honeycutt finishes finals in third Day-one co-angler leader Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, ultimately finished the Toledo Bend event in third place with a total catch of 43 pounds, 15 ounces. “I had a good day, but it seemed like it was tougher today than it was all week,” he said. “It’s been a really great tournament though. And I’ve had some really great partners as well.” Honeycutt credited pro partner, Lendell Martin, Jr., for at least part of his nice finish during the finals. “We were driving around and Lendell pointed out a fish at the
Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, proudly displays his firstplace trophy after winning the Co-angler Division title on the Toledo Bend Reservoir. end of the day and he let me catch it,” he said. “I didn’t think it was that big until I hooked into it. Then I yelled out, ‘Old man, get the net!’ Lendell was a great partner to have and I have to give him credit. He’s a great sight-fisherman as well – as good as they come.” For his efforts, Honeycutt took home a check for nearly $3,500. Broussard nets fourth place On the strength of a total catch of 42 pounds, 12 ounces, Brent Broussard of Nacogdoches, Texas, finished the Toledo Bend event in fourth place – walking away with nearly $3,000 in winnings in the process. “I had a great week,” said Broussard. “I drew some great anglers and we’re able to catch some pretty good fish.” Broussard said that he threw a combination of Strike Pro crankbaits, targeting bass on grass-laden banks for the majority of his catch. Best of the rest Co-angler Eric Richey of Paradise, Texas, parlayed a two-day catch of 42 pounds, 8-ounces into a fifth-place finish. Richey took home more than $2,500 in winnings. The remaining top-10 co-angler finalists included: 6th: Robert Moffett of Silsbee, Texas, 38-0 7th: Randy Coyle of Nederland, Texas, 34-11 8th: Rich Dalbey of Greenville, Texas, 33-9 9th: Kevin Carter of Spring, Texas, 32-10 10th: Stephen Francis of Brookeland, Texas, 30-10 EverStart Series Texas Division action resumes May 12-14 at Lake Texoma in Denison, Texas.
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