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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday Team # 3
N Dee Williams & Jeff Wise WIN!
By Bill & Barbara Long
February 23, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2013 Sam Rayburn Saturday
Team Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion at Sam Rayburn, TX
began this event with 122 teamed anglers showing up to fsh for
the $10,650.00 purse. Any team entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn
Saturday Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day
Rayburn Championship. The top team in points after the series
will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded
free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams
entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday series events will automatically
qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Saturday Series 2-day Championships.
Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to
enter the “Tournament of Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo
Bend.
This 3rd event of 2013 was started at 6:35 am. Sam Rayburn
water was in good shape and 2.07 feet below normal pool level
with water temps running 56-58 degrees. The weather at takeoff
was a calm 39 degrees with a warming to 80 degrees by weigh in
time. The fsh catching was good on Big Sam today as there were
44 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 242 bass at 654.36 lbs
making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.70
lbs.
The team of N Dee Williams from Cushing, TX & Jeff Wise from
Lufkin, TX ran N Dee’s Ranger/Evinrude bass rig to mid lake creek
areas over grass to catch their bass throwing Stanley ½ oz spinner
baits in 7-10 ft of water. They managed to cull numerous times to
fnish in 1st place with 25.24 lbs. N Dee also had just switched his
boat insurance over to Foremost with the Salamone Agency and
collected the $200.00 incentive bonus package. The team wanted
to give special Thanks to The Boat Center at Lake Palestine for the
awesome service in preparing their Ranger for this event. This win
made them $3200.00 for their day on the water.
The team of Matt Thrash from Lufkin, TX & Daniel Blanton
from Huntington, TX ran their bass rig to mid & north lake creek
areas to probe the ditches, drains & points with grass using their
rods & reels tipped with traps to bring 22.78 lbs to the scales. They
fnished in 2nd and collected $2000.00 for their day on the water.
The team of Danny Iles from Hemphill, TX & Matt Morrison
from Houston, TX fnished in 3rd with 20.00 lbs and collected
$1000.00. The team of Daniel Metreyeon from Beaumont, TX &
Michael LaFleur from Orangefeld, TX fnished in 4th with 19.90
lbs including the Big Bass of the event at 9.34 lbs and collected
$1000.00. The Owner of The Stump Bar & Grill team of Mike
Taylor & his partner Bob Brown fnished in 5th with 19.08 lbs and
collected $650.00.
There were 12 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
The Sam Rayburn Resort is now giving away to 1st place out of
the money a Stay & Play package valued at $200.00 for each of the
Rayburn team events.
The Foremost Insurance Group through The Salamone Agency
in Jasper & Kirbyville, TX has come on board with A/Q to offer a
great incentive bonus program for owning a Foremost policy…
check out the details on our site. N Dee Williams was the $200.00
bonus winner at this event.
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, The Foremost Group..ie The Salamone Agency,
The Sam Rayburn Resort, Bowden Marine, Power Pole “Captains
Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed Liners, Buster
McNutty’s Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please read
the qualifcations for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest
website.
On March 9th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle
on Lake Livingston for the 3rd of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday Team
Series events. Then on March 10th A/Q will be at Lake Houston
N Dee Williams & Jeff Wise topped the feld with „
their impressive bag that weighed 25.24 lbs. N
Dee also had just switched his boat insurance
over to Foremost with the Salamone Agency
and collected the $200.00 incentive bonus to
make their total payday equal to $3,200.
Matt Thrash & Daniel Blanton came in 2nd with „
their awesome bag of fsh that weighed 22.78 lbs.
Danny Iles & Matt Morrison fnished in „
3rd with 20.00 lbs. even!
Daniel Metreyeon & Michael LaFleur „
fnished in 4th with 19.90 lbs including
the Big Bass of the event at 9.34 lbs.
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Marina on Lake Houston for the 3rd of 8 Houston
Individual Series events. On March 16th Anglers
Quest will be back at Lake Houston Marina on
Lake Houston for the 3rd of 8 Houston Saturday
Series events. On March 17th Anglers Quest will
be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston
for the 3rd of 8 Lake Livingston Individual
Series events. Then A/Q will be at The Umphrey
Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on March 23rd &
24th for the 4th of 8 Sam Rayburn Saturday
& Individual Series events. Anglers Quest still
accepts Credit Cards. Pre enter any event and
you DO NOT have to report to the A/Q bus the
morning of the events. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara
Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or
entry. 2013 schedules & results for all Anglers
Quest series events are now available online at
www.anglers-quest.com.
Anglers Quest suggest the use of these
sponsors products & services: Automated Mailing
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By Philip Timothy
Old Club Adopts New Blood
Looking toward the future, the offcers and
directors of the Association of Louisiana Bass
Clubs have unanimously approved adding a
Junior Division to its ranks.
For the largest, non-professional bass fshing
group in Louisiana, the addition of this new
division will provide the 43-year-old organization
an infusion of new blood. Participants will
consist of young anglers 14-18 years of age and
they must be enrolled in high school to join.
“We are very excited about the addition of a
junior division,” ALBC president Dan Touchet
said. “It is a win-win situation for not only the
association but for all of the kids as well. We are
just starting to get the word out around the state
but all the feedback has been very, very positive.
It is full steam ahead with everybody.”
While the idea may still be in its infancy, it
has already picked up one very big supporter in
Republican
State Sen. Gerald Long (Winnfeld). Long is
noted to be a strong backer of the outdoors and
outdoor-related projects.
The sport, which is presently only offered as a
club sport in most state high schools, is presently
not sanctioned by the Louisiana High School
Athletic Association.
The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership
with FLW Outdoors, does offer a Student Angler
Federation, and numerous colleges now feature
fshing teams and scholarships to go along with
the competition, but only three states — Illinois,
Kentucky and South Carolina — offer fshing as
a sanctioned high school sport. It is a situation
Touchet said he hopes will soon change, and he
believes this frst step by the ALBC will help aid
efforts to make it a high school sport.
“He (Long) plans on introducing legislation
this year to make bass fshing a high school
sport,” said Touchet, “which would be a defnite
boost to our efforts to attract teams and younger
fshermen into the association.”
The ALBC already has had two high school
clubs that have joined with more than a two
dozen more looking at joining. There are
a number of schools, especially in Central
Louisiana, that feature high school bass clubs.
It is that group Touchet and the ALBC is
targeting.
“We have put together a specifc set of
guidelines in order for a team to join the ALBC,”
Touchet said.
The guidelines are as follows:
• High School teams are to be made up from
the local high school the team attends.
Teams are not to be made up of members
from different high schools.
• All high school team members must belong
to the Association of La Bass Clubs (ALBC).
There will be a $10 membership fee to join
the ALBC.
• All high school teams may set their own
rules and set their own dates for their club
tournaments.
• All high school teams must have a sponsor.
It can be a volunteer, teacher and/or a local
bass club.
• When the high school teams participate in
an ALBC sponsored tournament, the junior
members must be accompanied by an adult
and that adult must be the boat motor
operator, must show proof of insurance on
the boat being used. The junior members
should be the operator of the trolling motor
while fshing.
• Junior members may also help sell raffe
tickets and receive 1/3 refund of raffe
tickets sold to be used by their team or club.
• All junior members must abide by all State
and National laws.
As an enticement to the high school teams,
the ALBC will conduct a District Junior Division
tournament in the six districts of the ALBC.
Each high school junior division team in
each district will be eligible to participate. The
winning team from each district will be invited
to attend the ALBC Best Six Tournament [on
Toledo Bend during the frst weekend in May]
to participate in the Junior Division State Team
Tournament. This will be a one day tournament
event for the junior division.
Plaques and trophies will be awarded to
the winners and one high school team will be
crowned as the BEST in the state by the ALBC.
“So many kids in this age group already
spend a great deal of time fshing anyway,” said
Touchet, “especially around this central part of
the state.
I recently went to a high school tournament
in Jonesville, which featured 9 or 10 teams from
as far away as Vidalia and Ferriday. So, you see,
there are plenty of teams already formed and
competing.
“Our high school teams are growing in record
numbers,” Touchet said, “and the ALBC not
only wants to help and nurture that growth, but
also to give them a goal – a state high school
championship
– in which they can work towards.”
For more information about the new Junior
Division, call either Greg Lewis (318) 729-0713
or Touchet (337) 258-7961.
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When It All Comes Together....
Priceless!!!
By John Watts
All of us have read articles in bass magazines
about strategy for fnding fsh or winning in
tournaments. Most of us have tried to duplicate
the advice from the magazines but most of the
time it just doesn’t seem to go as printed. When
it all comes together you just can’t help thinking
how good you were when it works just the way
you pictured.
Don & Mona Manning have been fshing
C.A.S.T. for years. Their ability to catch fsh has
never kept them out of the winners circle. Don
& Mona have all the knowledge and experience
needed to win. Saturday, February 23rd on
Toledo Bend was the perfect opportunity to show
their skill as anglers. After catching an early
limit of bass, then culling several times, but only
by ounces on the balance beam; the Manning’s
decided to go for the win. Moving to deep water
points, throwing Carolina rigged fukes, Mona
hooked into the “kicker” fsh they needed!
Carrying the Big Bass to the scales weighing 6.88
pounds, plus their other four fsh, brought their
total to 19.16 pounds and provided 1st Place
plus Big Bass for both of them. Mona has caught
bigger fsh at Falcon but this time was special
as her and Don made the right decisions, at the
right times, while executing their skill as anglers
to perfection. It all came together... Priceless!!!
Tournament weather on Toledo Bend was
great on Saturday, with cool temperatures in
the morning warming to almost 70 degrees in
the afternoon and light wind, allowed C.A.S.T.
couples to fsh almost anywhere on the lake they
wished.
Larry & Joyce Coleman chose to fsh the fats
and islands at the mouth of Patroon Creek.
Their choice proved to be a good one. Bringing
fve fsh to weigh-in totaling 14.35 pounds.
Their fsh were all fat and looked like they were
ready to engage in some spawning activity.
Larry & Joyce are no strangers to winning, their
2nd Place plaque will become part of a huge
collection of mementos captured over the years.
Congratulations!!
Not wanting to be out done in the decision
department, Don & Sandy Jeane also
fshed close to the launch point at Holly Park
Marina in Patroon Creek. Sandy Jeane is an
accomplished angler and semi-pro tournament
angler. Her resume of co-angler successes help
her and Don to focus in on the best seasonal
patterns and water to place high in the standings
regularly. Working a variety of baits they caught
13.91 pounds to claim 3rd place, despite the
heavy boat traffc nearby! Great lob guys!
Making the right moves was not exclusive to
the top three couples for this tournament. Mark
& Eileen Leger fnished in 4th place with 13.77
pounds. Being consistent over the course of a
season defnitely means making the right moves.
Mark & Eileen moved themselves into a tie for
FIRST PLACE in the overall points standings and
one step closer to making the Southeast Region’s
TOP SIX Invitational Team. Good Deal!
Taking 5th Place and a nice check were new
C.A.S.T. members, Rick & Debbie Barns. Their
effort on Saturday, added to the points scored last
month on Toledo Bend, making them the other
couple tied for FIRST PLACE in the regional
standings. A fne bit of angling by anyone’s
standards!
Don & Mona Manning made all of the right decisions at the right time and executed „
well to win 1st place with a nice bag of fsh that weighed 19.16 lbs. Their sack
included the Big Bass of the tournament, a nice 6.88 pounder that Mona caught.
Larry & Joyce Coleman who are not strangers to winning, „
came in 2nd with their sack that weighed 14.35 lbs.
Don & Sandy Jeane worked a variety „
of baits to catch 13.91 pounds, this
bag earned them a 3rd place fnish.
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Come fsh the Crappie Rodeo
on Toledo Bend
The Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce
will be hosting our frst annual Crappie Rodeo.
This rodeo will be a tagged crappie tournament.
We will be tagging 1000 crappie in April and the
tournament will run for three months, from
May 1st to July 31st. Prizes will range from
$25000. to $25.00 and will include a boat and
possibly a truck.
We are asking for help, in the way of
sponsorships from our local businesses. A
business can opt to purchase insurance on a big
dollar fsh or pledge money on a block of fsh.
In the case of pledging money, you will only
pay if your fsh are caught. Fish pledges are in
blocks of 10 fsh.
Crappie fshing is an important part of
our economy on Toledo Bend. We are hoping
that this tournament will help build public
knowledge of the fantastic crappie fshing we
have and bring more tourists to the area.
Both the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission
and the Sabine River Authority are supporting
this project. For more information,
contact Gloria Thompson - 318-990-9191,
318-990-9191 or any Sabine Parish Chamber
Board Member.
16TH ANNUAL EAGLE ROCK CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT
BENEFITING:
CASA, Brookeland Youth Baseball
& Softball, Jasper Youth Shooting Sports
Association, and Vernon Parish TRIAD and Special Kids.
June 1, 2013
Umphrey Pavilion – Sam Rayburn
Beneft Donation $80/Team • Tournament OPEN to Public
Registration forms at local tackle shops, Hollis Tire, The Stump
and Jasper Outboard. Any questions call 409-698-9606
See weekly reports at
www.TheLakecaster.com
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Shannon & Cecelia Carroll win 2
Of Us Southeast Region Tournament
By Linda Wick
On February 24th we had a total of 22 couples
that fshed our tournament. It was a cool start
of a beautiful day and we were welcomed by
Lowe’s Creek Marina. There were a total of 85
fsh caught for a total of 204.87 lbs. Shannon
& Cecelia Carroll had frst place with a total of
19.71 lbs. Terance & Nicole Corley won second
place with a total of 14.23 lbs. and Robert & Jeri
Boley had third place with a total of 13.75 lbs.
Men’s big bass was caught by Chris Fontenot
with a weight of 6.58 lbs and Ladies big bass was
caught by Tammy Mong with a weight of 2.76
lbs. Kenny and I would like to congratulate all
our couples, and welcome all of our new & old
members, we hope ya’ll had a wonderful day on
the water.
Again Kenny & I would like to welcome all our
couples, and we will see you on Lake Sam Rayburn
on March 17th going out of Jackson Hill Marina.
Kenny & I would like to thank all our sponsors
Jackson Hill Marina, Lowe’s Creek Marina, BC
Steel, Kicker Baits, Hemphill Bar BQ, Ritter’s
Lumber and many more. And always remember
“Don’t forget to take a kid fshing.”
Shannon & Cecelia Carroll won 1st place, Terance & „
Nicole Corley won 2nd place, Robert & Jeri Boley won
3rd place, Chris Fontenot Men’s won Big Bass honors
and Tammy Mong won Women’s Big Bass honors.
1. Shannon & Cecelia Carroll 19.71lbs 100pts
2. Terance & Nicole Corley 14.23lbs 99pts
3. Robert & Jeri Boley 13.75lbs 98pts
4. Thomas & Paula Hilton 12.09lbs 97pts
5. Chris Fontenot & Sheryl Cranford 11.92lbs 96pts
6. David & Tina Bozarth 11.74lbs 95pts
7. Ty & Kim Hutchins 11.12lbs 94pts
8. Ernie Provasek & Tommie Domingue 10.67lbs 93pts
9. Rick & Debbie Barns 10.62lbs 92pts
10. Curtis & Karen Sheppard 10.53lbs 91pts
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More and more lunkers have been snagged in the past few
weeks on Toledo Bend Lake. So far, that makes 43 lunkers for the
2012-2013 Lunker Bass Program season.
Justin Davis of Hemphill, Texas caught an 11.77 pound bass on
January 23, 2013. He weighed it in at Toledo Town and Tackle. This
catch qualifes him for the “Top 100 List” for Toledo Bend Lake.
Congratulations Justin Davis!
Kerry Ardoin of Ville Platte, Louisiana caught a 10.68 pound
bass on February 4, 2013 and also weighed in at Toledo Town &
Tackle.
Jeremy Bowie of Port Neches, TX caught a 10.58 lb. fsh on
February 5th.
Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, TX caught this 12.60 lb. fsh
on February 11, 2013. It was a tagged fsh which was previously
caught by Stephen Johnston on January 5, 2012 and weighed 10.62
lbs. Congratulations on your catch. This is the frst tagged fsh
caught in 2013 and made Todd #39 on the “Top 100 List”.
The Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program runs from Sunday, May
20, 2012 to Sunday, May 19, 2013. Replicas are handed out on
Sunday of the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park in
Many, LA.
Two new weigh stations have been added to the list and it is as
follows:
Toledo Town and Tackle, Hwy 191 and LA 6 (318-256-5613)
Pirate’s Cove Marina, 1567 Carribean Drive, Florien
(318-565-4467 or 337-230-7273)
Huxley Bay Marina, FM 2694, Shelbyville, TX (936-368-2494)
Newell’s Fishing World, 140 Newell Loop, Milam, TX
(409-625-4928 or 936-332-4399)
Pleasure Bend General Store, Fairmont Community, South of
Six Mile (409-579-2203)
Paradise Point, 648 Paradise Drive, Hemphill, TX
(409-579-3075)
OR Weighed on Certifed Scales during a Fishing tournament
held on Toledo Bend Lake
Twenty three of these lunkers have been caught just since
March 1, 2013! Want to know more about the Toledo Bend Lunker
Program? Visit their Facebook page: Toledo Bend Lunker Bass
Program or call Dinah Medine, Coordinator for the program at
318-256-2726 or 318-471-7241.
Lunkers Lurking on ‘The Bend’
George Jeane • 13.25 „
Todd Castledine • 12.60 „
Kerry Ardoin • 10.68 „
Justin Davis • 11.77 „
Jeremy Bowie • 10.58 „
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2012 - 2013 ToLedo Bend Lunker BaSS Program
may 2012 - may 2013 --- hand ouT may 19, 2013
Weight of date
number name of angler Fish Caught
1 Nathan Vinson 12.11 05/31/2012
2 George Jeane, Jr 13.25 05/31/2013
3 Brandon Baker 10.37 06/14/2012
4 Brian Cox 11.71 06/23/2012
5 Terance Corley 10.33 06/30/2012
6 Michael Page 10.60 07/07/2012
7 Jayson Landreneau 10.28 07/29/2012
8 Chad Dyess 10.86 08/04/2012
9 Randy Pennington 10.20 08/18/2012
10 Aaron Wilson 10.12 06/28/2012
11 Warren Cason 10.50 09/21/2012
12 Shane Cormier 10.24 09/24/2012
13 Ray Zeringue 10.44 10/09/2012
14 Justin Davis 11.77 01/23/2013
15 Kerry Ardoin 10.68 02/04/2013
16 Jeremy Bowie 10.58 02/05/2013
17 Todd Castledine 12.60 02/11/2013
18 Tommy Rascoe 10.60 02/15/2013
19 Jeff Kitchens 11.03 02/23/2013
20 Roger Brodrick 10.46 02/23/2013
21 Brian Taylor 10.72 03/01/2013
22 Logan LeJeune 12.10 03/02/2013
23 Ricky Trahan 11.33 03/02/2013
24 Evelyn Houston 10.55 03/08/2013
25 Kim “Hoot” Gibson 10.10 03/08/2013
26 David Stelly 10.12 09/03/2013
27 William Sims 10.08 03/10/2013
28 John Ater 10.05 03/11/2013
29 John Wilkerson 10.92 03/11/2013
30 Timothy Achee 11.00 03/12/2013
31 Chuck Bardin 10.50 03/12/2013
32 Dale Hill 11.12 03/13/2013
33 Cooper Aucoin 11.48 03/13/2013
34 James Thompson 10.26 03/14/2013
35 Ripp Gamble 10.88 03/15/2013
36 W.T. Wright 10.40 03/15/2013
37 John Ducote 10.31 03/15/2013
38 David Pace 11.28 03/16/2012
39 Ronald Bland 12.07 03/12/2013
40 Butch Harper 11.95 03/16/2013
41 Terry Hotard 10.94 03/19/2013
42 Justin Ford 12.11 03/19/2013
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Sunday, June 23rd
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Register online at highschoolfishing.org
or call the San Augustine Chamber office at 936-275-3610 or
Jackson Hill Marina at 936-872-9266
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual # 3
Jason Burton Won!!
By Bill & Barbara Long
February 24, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2013 Sam Rayburn
Individual # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn,
TX began this event with 38 anglers showing up to fsh for the
$2415.00 purse. This 3rd event of 2013 was started as a trailoring
event at 6:35 am. The weigh in time was conducted at 4:00
pm. Any Individual entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn Individual
Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn
Individual Championship. The top Individual in points after the
series will be declared the Angler of the Year and will be awarded
free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Individual Series events. The
Individuals entering all 8 Rayburn Individual series events will
automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Individual Series
2-day Championships. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q
Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of
Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo Bend.
Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 2.07 feet below
normal pool level with water temps running 56-58 degrees. The
weather at takeoff was a calm 45 degrees with a warming to 69
degrees by weigh in time. The fsh catching was good on Big Sam
today as there were 17 limits brought to the scales, for a total of
104 bass at 266.75 lbs making the average bass brought to the
scales today weigh 2.56 lbs.
Jason Burton from Lufkin, TX ran his bass rig to north lake
pockets over grass to catch his bass throwing traps in 2-7 ft of
water. Jason managed to catch 11 keepers to fnish in 1st place
with 17.88 lbs and made him $1100.00 for his day on the water.
The AOY, Clayton Boulware from Zavalla, TX fnished his day
in 2nd with 5 bass at 16.79 lbs and collected $550.00. Clarence
Denby from Etoille, TX fnished in 3rd with 5 bass at 16.03 lbs and
collected $250.00. Steve Evans fnished in 4th with 15.87 lbs and
collected $150.00. Ricky Guy fnished in 5th with 15.51 lbs and
also had the Big Bass of the event at 7.47 lbs and collected $175.00
for his day on the water. The 1st out of the money Martels Welding
Works Rhino Bed Liner gift certifcate was given to Kenneth
Conkle for his 5 bass catch of 15.31 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, The Foremost Group..ie The Salamone
Agency, The Sam Rayburn Resort, Bowden Marine, Power Pole
“Captains Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed Liners,
Buster McNutty’s Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please
read the qualifcations for these great incentives on our Anglers
Quest website.
On March 9th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle
on Lake Livingston for the 3rd of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday Team
Series events. Then on March 10th A/Q will be at Lake Houston
Marina on Lake Houston for the 3rd of 8 Houston Individual Series
events. On March 16th Anglers Quest will be back at Lake Houston
Marina on Lake Houston for the 3rd of 8 Houston Saturday
Series events. On March 17th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo
Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 3rd of 8 Lake Livingston
Individual Series events. Then A/Q will be at The Umphrey
Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on March 23rd & 24th for the 4th of
Jason Burton had the „
winning sack of fsh that
weighed 17.88 lbs.
Clayton Boulware came in 2nd place with „
his bag of fsh that weighed 16.79 lbs.
Clarence „
Denby
fnished in
3rd with 5
bass that
weighed
16.03 lbs
Ricky Guy fnished in 5th with 15.51 „
lbs. His bag included the Big Bass
of the event a nice 7.47 pounder.
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8 Sam Rayburn Saturday & Individual Series
events. Anglers Quest still accepts credit cards.
Pre enter any event and you DO NOT have to
report to the A/Q bus the morning of the events.
Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842
for any information or entry. 2013 schedules &
results for all Anglers Quest series events are now
available online at www.anglers-quest.com.
Anglers Quest suggest the use of these
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Imagine being 11 years old and reeling in a
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That’s a life-changing event for a child out
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This year, Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S. have
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As part of the agreement, B.A.S.S. members can
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presented by Sealy Outdoors. At each event, Sealy
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to the scales on an hourly basis. Now, with the
involvement of B.A.S.S., an extra prize of $100 will
be awarded to the B.A.S.S. member weighing in the
biggest fsh during the 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
to 11 a.m. hours each day. An additional $250 will
be awarded at the end of the event to the highest
fnishing B.A.S.S. member if they are in the top 5
for the overall event. The contingency is available
only to B.A.S.S. members. Non-members will be
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According to Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S., “This
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B.A.S.S. Cash will be featured at six events and
kicks off in 2013 with the Sealy tournament on
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Sealy’s Guntersville tournament features a
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“We are joining forces with B.A.S.S. in order to
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Fans will have an opportunity to visit the B.A.S.S.
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Participants can sign up for Big Bass Splash
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About Sealy Outdoors
Founded in 1984, Texas-based Sealy Outdoors
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For details on how to register and
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About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as
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B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more
than 500,000 members and remains focused
on issues related to conservation and water
access. The organization is headquartered in
Birmingham, Ala.
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Rayburn shows off at tournament – Mansfield
& Flowers win debut event with nearly 30 pounds
By Patty Lenderman • Photo’s from this tournament available at www.TheLakecaster.com
The Texas Team Trail debuted their 2013
season on Sam Rayburn March 2, 2013. Over
200 teams participated on this blustery cold
day. Fourteen teams brought in sacks exceeding
twenty pounds. Three of them were over the 25
pound mark. The winners almost hit 30 pounds
to win cash and prizes totaling over $28,000.
The morning started out at the freezing mark.
As the sun rose higher, so did the wind velocity.
The forecast stated it was to hit temperatures in
the 50’s, but with the strong north winds straight
off of an iceburg, it felt as though it only grew
colder throughout the day. Equipment as well
as each anglers’ tenacity was put to the test. 225
boats headed out and Rayburn made it worth
their while showing off big bass, big sacks, then
huge paybacks at the Umphrey Family Pavilion
where the weigh in was stationed.
Initially, as the frst few teams came to weigh
their catch, it appeared that the weather was too
daunting and had affected the catch ability of
the bass. A growing audience gathered to watch
the procession of anglers coming in.
Jake and Jeremy Wedel were the frst to break
the 20 lb barrier with a sack weighing 25.98 lbs.
They also initiated the Big Bass race with their
7.29 lb kicker.
Several more teams weighed in, then Grover
Mansfeld and Brandon Flowers came in with
their catch. First they weighed their biggest. It
tipped the scales to 11.46 lbs. Adding their other
four, their total weight was just shy of thirty
pounds, locking in at 29.99.
Although there were a dozen more sacks
brought in over the 20 lb mark, none of them
came close to Mansfeld & Flowers’ 30 pound
sack.
The winners focused their efforts on the
north end of the lake in a ditch that led into
a spawning pocket about 2’-4’ deep. “We used
swim jigs, and we were just dragging them across
the top of the grass all day. We found the fsh
in the barren area between the grass and the
shoreline.” Brandon caught their 11.46 lb kicker
at 8:30. “When he stuck the fsh, Brandon yelled
‘Hey man, I’ve got a good one!’ We thought at
frst it was probably a six or seven pounder,”
Grover recalled. “Then it came out of the water
and we saw it. It was the biggest bass we’d ever
seen!” With Brandon at the reel and Grover at
the net, they got the big sow safely in the boat.
“We had a limit by noon. Once we had our fve,
we decided to go to another ditch.” Their next
spot was 4 to 5 feet deep. “We lost a fve pounder
on our second cast there. On the fourth cast
we hung an eight pounder!” They exchanged
one just over a pound in their livewell for the
eight pounder, upgrading their fnal weight by
nearly seven pounds. “At that point we knew we
had a good sack! Everything just went right for
us. We caught ten keepers, culled twice. ” Their
kicker held up for Big Bass, earning a check for
$1,125. They also participated in the optional
Angler Advantage side pot and earned a check for
$2,010. As 1st place winners of the tournament,
they were also awarded a Triton 18XS powered by
a 150 Evinrude motor. Their total winnings for
the day in cash and prizes totaled $28,135.
Jake and Jeremy Wedel’s 25.98 lb sack held for
a 2nd place fnish. “We tried to start out in a spot
we checked out during practice. We just couldn’t
stay on it because of the wind.” They hit another
spot they had fshed before. It was a shallow
point 6’ to 8’ deep by a good spawning cove. “We
were still out in the open. It was rough.” By 7:45
they had a limit in the boat. They used Carolina
rigged green pumpkin Grande Bass Rattle Snakes
all day for their catch. They continued to cull
and upgrade their weight until 1pm. “There was
a time or two we almost packed it in. We kept at
it until the trolling motor went dead.” Their 2nd
place fnish paid off to the tune of $5,625.
There were 34 places paid in the ‘regular’
payout. Gene and Luke Eisenmann caught the
last check in the regular payout of $562.50 for
their limit weighing 16.87 lbs.
Anglers also had the option of participating
in the Anglers Advantage. Each team that
participated in this side pot paid an additional
$100. The top 20 teams in that 100% payback
portion received additional checks.
With Ranger, Triton, Stratos, Evinrude,
Top 10 Teams
1st 29.99 lbs $28,135.00 Grover Mansfeld & Brandon Flowers
2nd 25.98 lbs $ 5,625.00 Jake Wedel & Jeremy Wedel
3rd 25.37 lbs $ 4,840.00 Jared Dean & Jason Burton
4th 24.84 lbs $ 3,840.00 Phil Marks & Tim Reneau
5th 24.45 lbs $ 3,576.50 Danny Iles & Brian Shook
6th 23.28 lbs $ 1,237.50 Jim Pruitt & Bud Pruitt
7th 22.95 lbs $ 2,242.50 Clay Lippincott & Shawn Carnahan
8th 22.63 lbs $ 2,242.50 Tim Coyle & Mark Ladd
9th 22.54 lbs $ 2,108.50 Jack Bryant & Jim Bryant
10th 20.65 lbs $ 1,907.50 Steve Smith & Alan Smith
1st place was won by locals Grover Mansfeld and Brandon Flowers with an „
incredible 29.99 lb limit. They also won Big Bass honors with their 11.46 lb
kicker, taking home a fully rigged Triton Bass Boat as well as other cash prizes
Jeremy and Jake Wedel were the frst of 225 teams to weigh in a sack „
over 20 pounds. their 25.98 lb limit ultimately won 2nd place.
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contributing to this trail, the teams in the top 56
places could also garner more winnings through
contingency awards, if eligible.
“This has been a great and exciting start to
our 2013 season,” stated Tournament Director
Mike Hastings. “We would like to thank everyone
who made the trip to Sam Rayburn to fsh
with us.” Anglers from several states across the
country participated in this event. “We look
forward to seeing each and every one of you at
our remaining tournaments.”
April 6 – Ray Roberts
May 4 – Belton Lake
June 1 – Cedar Creek
October 12 & 13 – Championship – Falcon
Lake
For complete standings, rules, and more
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www.TexasTeamTrail.com
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weighing 25.37 lbs, winning $4,840 for their day.
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Rayburn Lake. The Bass Federation (TBF), who
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will be the organizer, promoter and manager
of the SAF Sam Rayburn National High School
Open. This event is part of the SAF Open Event
Series.
Chamber President Bill Simmons commented,
“San Augustine County is thrilled to be
hosting the 2013 Sam Rayburn High School
Open Bass Fishing Tournament. This gives
us a great opportunity to bring high school
anglers and their families from all over the
country to our beautiful area. We can’t wait
for them to experience our world class fshing
and hospitality!” The Executive Director of the
Chamber Royce Ann Wiggins added, that “as a
former teacher I am so impressed with how the
Bass Federation has created a workbook series
that teaches math and science through the art
of bass fshing. A program like this will give
all students a great opportunity to learn and
experience the outdoors. It is a family oriented
sport that combines high school enthusiasm with
all of the excitement that competitive fshing
has to offer”. Ms. Wiggins also announced Terry
Sympson, from Jackson Hill Marina’s Outdoor
Freedom Network, as head of the Chambers
Host Committee. Jackson Hill Marina will be the
Host Site for the tournament. The date for the
tournament is June 21st-23rd. Sunday, the 23rd,
is the offcial tournament day. The weigh-in
and day long tournament festivities will be held
at The Bill and Emily Shelton Pavilion located
three miles from Jackson Hill.
Mark Gintert, TBF National Youth Director,
believes that with the high interest anglers
have in fshing Big Sam Rayburn Lake, the
tournament may well attract a large number of
teams from across the Nation. “Sam Rayburn is
regarded as one of the premier bass fshing lakes
in America and a favorite among
the world’s top professionals. East Texas is
legendary in the world of competitive bass fshing
and there are a lot of young anglers down there
that have fshing in their blood”, Gintert added.
Event Details:
Angler Celebration: The festivities will kick
off with an angler celebration and “High School
Block Party” in historic downtown San Augustine
on Friday night June 21st. Anglers, visitors and
their families will be treated to a fun evening
downtown with music, food, fshing displays
and Pro Angler Seminars taking place at the Old
Museum Theatre in Downtown San Augustine.
Mandatory Check-in: Saturday morning will
allow all the anglers to pre-fsh until the start
of registration/check-in at 3:00pm followed by
a mandatory rules meeting starting at 5:30pm.
Registration will be held at Jackson Hill Marina.
Take Off and Weigh-in: Sunday June 23rd
will be the offcial tournament day with takeoff
being at frst safe light on Sunday morning at the
Cassels-Boykin Park in Zavalla. The weigh-in will
also be at the Park at the Bill and Emily Shelton
Pavilion at 2:00pm.
All registrations for this event will be on-
line at Highschoolfshing.org.
Click on the yellow box that says state
championships and scroll down to Texas where
you will see the Sam Rayburn Open listed.
Host Hotels: Please go to
www.sanaugustinetx.com and click on the
TBF logo or for more information you can
contact Terry Sympson at the Host Site Jackson
Hill Marina 936-872-9266 we will also maintain
updates and useful information on facebook
www.facebook.com/JacksonHillMarina or you
can contact Royce Ann Wiggins at the San
Augustine Chamber 936-275-3610.
About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned
by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of
fshing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized
grassroots fshing organization. TBF affliated
state federations and their member clubs
conduct more than 20,000 fshing, youth and
conservation events at the local level each year
and have provided a foundation for the entire
bass fshing industry for more than 40 years.
Visit Bassfederation.com.
About Outdoor Freedom Network
Outdoor Freedom Network is a program of
Jackson Hill Park and Marina and a growing
Network of Sponsors, Partners, Volunteers and
Organizations that work together to provide
greater understanding, appreciation and access
to the Natural Resources of Deep East Texas
and economic beneft to all the surrounding
communities of Sam Rayburn Lake. Outdoor
Freedom’s focus is outdoor recreation and to do
social good by raising funds and offering outdoor
recreational opportunities for worthy charitable
causes and people in need. To accomplish these
goals Outdoor Freedom Network continues to
develop, promote and host events that bring
people together in the great outdoors.
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By Patty Lenderman, Lakecaster • Photo’s from this tournament are available at www.TheLakecaster.com
Castledine wins Pro Division season opener for
Bassmaster Weekend Series on Rayburn
The Bassmaster Weekend Series kicked off their Division 10 on
Sam Rayburn March 9th at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. Ninety
two Boaters and seventy eight Co-anglers competed for checks,
points, and ultimately a chance for a berth in the Bassmaster
Classic.
The Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass
Anglers, offers stair step opportunities for its participants.
After four regular season tournaments, there will be a two day
Division championship. Top ranking anglers can then qualify
for the Regional then National championship. The winner of the
National championship earns the berth to compete in the world
championship, the Bassmaster Classic. Albert Collins earned that
berth right in 2012 and competed in the Classic February 2013.
Who will it be this year? The Southeast Texas Division anglers are
off to a good start.
One of the unique aspects of this tournament trail is that
‘boaters’ are allowed fve fsh limits, while ‘co-anglers’ are allowed
only three. Boaters are paired with co-anglers the day before the
tournament, each only competing against those in their category.
Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, TX was the frst and only
boater to breach the 20 pound mark with 23.22 pounds. His 8.57
lb kicker also held for Big Bass. It was a day, as he describes,
that he ‘just went fshin’. “The morning didn’t start out well for
me at all. I decided to just go site fshing, just to get a limit.”
Using a Kicker Fish swim bait proto type called Tail Slapper, he
managed a small limit. “Something happened around noon. All
of a sudden the bigger ones just started biting!” He was working
the inside grass line between the grass and the stick-ups. At 12:30
he hung his biggest fsh. “I probably caught around 15 keepers,
and culled all of my original limit. I had one last big one (7 or 8
pounds) try to eat my bait at the end of the day, but I didn’t get a
hook in her.” As it turns out he didn’t need that last cull possibility,
winning the tournament in the boater division by well over three
pounds. “I’d like to thank Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior frst and
foremost. I’d also like to thank Kicker Fish, Legend Boats, Mercury,
Hydrowave, Power Pole, Combat Lures and Canon LED Lights.”
2nd place in the boater division was Bronk McDaniel of Pitkin,
LA. He brought in a fve fsh limit weighing 19.85 lbs. “I went way
north for my fsh,” he began. “It was a rough ride!” Targeting
shallow, grassy coves in water 1’ to 3’ deep, he put a quick limit
together in about an hour. “I only had just over 13 pounds with
Todd Castledine won the season opener in the „
boater division by more than three pounds.
He also won Big Bass with his 8.57 lb kicker.
3rd place „
boater division
was won by
Darren Roberts
with 17.81 lbs.
Daniel Pierce won the co-angler division „
with his three fsh limit weighing 11.98 lbs.
High School „
angler Ben
South took
2nd place in
the co-angler
division with
11.17 lbs
Bronk McDaniel „
won 2nd place
in the boater
division with
19.85 lbs.
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that frst limit.” Using chatter baits, buzz baits and frogs, among
other lures, he began culling one by one, upgrading his total
weight. “A lot of the bass I caught were big and full of eggs. I
just couldn’t ditch that last small one I had.” His best cull was to
exchange a six pounder for a two pounder. “I’d like to thank my
wife Morgan. She gives me a lot of encouragement and supports
my efforts. It really means a lot.”
Darren Roberts, also of Nacogdoches, TX won 3rd place with
17.81 lbs. “I started catching pretty quick!” His frst fve fsh
weighed an estimated 10 pounds. At 8am, using a Texas rigged
lizard, he caught his biggest fsh of the day weighing 7.82 lbs. “I
culled three times, could have been four. I had one about three
pounds that jumped back out of the net. I may have gained about
a pound with it, so I still would not have caught 2nd.” Darren
would like to thank BassCat boats, Mercury, Bowden Marine and
Castaway rods.
The participants in the co-angler division were only allowed
to weigh three fsh each. Daniel Pierce of LaPorte, TX had the
heaviest limit in his division weighing 11.98 lbs to take the win.
“The day went extremely well. I fshed with a great boater, Bryan
McDonough. It was really windy, so we got up in drains and fshed
east banks.” Throwing a rattle trap, he had a limit in the boat
weighing about seven pounds by 9am. “I just kept working hard
at it. They were biting pretty slow, off the top of the grass. When
they nailed it, I had to get them up quick!” He culled three times
before the end of the day. His last cull was his biggest catch at 2:30,
reeling in a nice 5.75 lb kicker. “I’d like to thank my wife for being
so supportive and for putting up with me for 27 years!”
Ben South, Senior at Jasper High School won 2nd place in the
co-angler division with 11.17 lbs. “It was rough out there. We
took a long run to get to our spots.” Fishing with boater Bronk
McDaniel, they concentrated efforts on areas with structure,
stumps, grass and bushes. “My frst fsh was a 2 ½ pounder. It
was great. Then my spinnerbait broke in half on another solid
fsh, two or three pounds. I regained my efforts from there, and
by 11am had three in the boat.” Around noon he boated another
3 ½ pounder and after that he landed his biggest, 4.71 lbs. “We
went to three spots and caught a lot of fsh. I also saw an alligator
and some bald eagles. It was in interesting ride back. We nearly
got beat to death! I’d like to thank the Lord, my dad and all of my
fshin’ buds. I’d also like to thank Todd Faircloth. I have a lot of
respect for him.”
3rd place in the co-angler division was won by Charles Shofner
Jr with 10.44 lbs. “It was a good day – we caught fsh all day long.”
Fishing with boater Robert Newlan, they hit areas with shallow
grass and drains with lots of good hydrilla in 4’-7’ depths. Using
rattle traps, spinnerbaits and lizards, he had a very small three fsh
limit weighing about 5 pounds. “We hit three spots, two of them
produced well. I culled all of my initial limit.” One of his culls was
with the Big Bass in the co-angler division weighing in at 6.11 lbs.
“I had a really good time AND made a good friend!” Charles would
like to thank the Lord for being with him and his boater Robert
Newlan.
All Bassmaster Weekend Series tournaments are open to anyone
who would like to participate. The next tournament will be on
Toledo Bend at Fin & Feather Resort on March 27, then back to
Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey Pavilion May 1st and May 29.
For more information on the Bassmaster Weekend Series click
to www.abaproam.com
Rounding ouT The Top 10 in The
co-angleR division:
4th 10.25 lbs Lee Jeansonne, Alexandria LA
5th 10.23 lbs Cort Weston, Baytown TX
6th 9.59 lbs Sandy Jeane, Hardin TX
7th 9.39 lbs Brian Modisette, Broaddus TX
8th 9.35 lbs Jay Childs, Houston TX
9th 9.08 lbs Michael Greer Jr, Deridder, LA
10th 8.86 lbs Gregg Swindle, Katy TX
Rounding ouT The
Top 10 boaTeRs:
4th 17.63 lbs Bryan McDonough, Katy TX
5th 17.45 lbs Ronald Bickham, Brookeland TX
6th 16.31 lbs James “Bud” Pruitt, Houston TX
7th 15.99 lbs Dewey Day, Huntington TX
8th 15.87 lbs Hau Nguyen, Shreveport LA
9th 15.77 lbs Jason Robertson, Pineville LA
10th 15.65 lbs Jeff Vines, Port Arthur TX
Charles Shofner Jr won 3rd place overall as „
well as Big Bass for the co-anglers, weighing
in 10.44 lbs with his 6.11 lb kicker.
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Todd Driscoll (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Tournament Statistics at Sam Rayburn
Reservoir, 2008 to 2012
Management of the largemouth bass fshery
at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is a high priority
of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and
rightly so. Our angler surveys indicate that year
after year, 70 to 80% of Sam Rayburn anglers
target largemouth bass. Therefore, we frequently
monitor the largemouth bass population with
our traditional sampling methods (electrofshing
and angler creel surveys) to ensure our current
regulations and bass stockings are producing
the highest quality bass fshing possible. Over
nine years ago I started using tournament
results as a cost-effective way to increase the
amount of information to base management
decisions, especially information from larger
bass (> 4 pounds).
Tournament results are obtained from
organizations with data available via the
Internet. To prevent biased results from small
tournaments, I only include those with greater
than 50 individuals or teams. Summary
tournament variables include average bass
weight, average total weights of 1st to 3rd places,
percent of anglers with weights greater than
15 pounds, percent of anglers with limits, and
average big bass weight. Below, I report data
from 2008 to 2012 survey years, and include a
table for reference.
The numbers of both individual and team
tournaments with greater than 50 participants/
teams was relatively consistent over the last 5
years. The number of individual tournaments
ranged from 7 to 11 events, and team events
ranged from 22 to 29. The total number of
bass weighed in from these events is hard to
track, because some organizations only report
total weight caught and not the number of
fsh. However, to get an idea of how many total
tournament bass are caught, the intensive tagging
study we conducted in 2004 indicated that over
30,000 bass were weighed in by tournament
anglers in one year. No doubt, that is a lot of bass.
But, we also determined that the 30,000 bass only
comprised 5% of the entire bass population at Sam
Rayburn. So, even though tournament anglers
catch and weigh a high number of bass, only a
small percent of bass are affected.
This tournament-monitoring program
enables us to track the catch of large bass over
time, which is really important to TPWD but
hard to obtain with traditional fsh sampling
methods. Total catch of bass greater than 8
pounds/year (big bass tournaments excluded)
was very consistent over the last 5 years and
ranged from 31 to 44. Keep in mind this is not
the total number for all tournaments in one
year, but only what was caught by the larger
tournaments included in the monitoring
program. Also, numbers were actually higher
than reported each year, because not all fsh over
8 pounds are weighed individually and reported
in the results if much larger fsh are already
weighed for big bass.
As you would predict, during all fve surveys
years average total weights were higher for team
than individual tourneys. For team tourneys,
during all fve years it required 19.1 pounds or
more to place in the top three and on average it
took 22 to 25 pounds to win an event. Over all
survey years, overall catch rates of keeper bass
varied some. In 2008 and 2009, over half of the
teams caught a limit and 15 to 18% caught total
weights exceeding 15 pounds. In 2011, these
values increased to the highest observed over the
nine years of the monitoring program, as 21%
of teams had limits over 15 pounds, and 60% of
the feld caught limits. In 2012, these numbers
declined some, as teams weighing limits and over
15 pounds declined to 48% and 13%, respectively.
Average big bass weight was similar all fve years
and ranged from 8.1 to 8.9 pounds.
For individual tourneys, 2008 was the best
for average winning weight (23.2 pounds). For
both 2008 and 2009, it took over 19 pounds to
place in the top three, but weights declined to 16
to 17 pounds in 2011 and 2012. Although catch
of keeper bass in individual tournaments was
relatively high (31 to 54% of anglers weighed
in limits during the last 5 years), the percent of
anglers catching over 15 pounds declined to 3%
in 2012. Average big bass weight over the fve
years ranged from 7.3 to 9.5 pounds.
In summary, Sam Rayburn Reservoir receives
a signifcant amount of tournament-related
fshing effort. In fact, including tournaments of
all sizes, over 400 tournaments occur annually
at Sam Rayburn with over 25,000 participants.
Given the signifcant number of tournaments,
trends in these tournament statistics continue
to refect a high quality largemouth bass fshery
at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and indicate that
numbers of bass greater than 4 pounds are
relatively high. However, it is still very important
that tourney anglers do all they can to minimize
tournament-related mortality. Given how rare
big fsh are, and their increased vulnerability to
stress associated with tournaments, they need
extra special care while in livewells. Contact
us with questions regarding proper fsh care
procedures by phone (409-698-9114) or email
(todd.driscoll@tpwd.state.tx.us).
Good luck and good fshing!
Results from individual and team format bass
tournaments at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, 2008 to
2012. Only tournaments with 5-fsh bag limits
and greater than 50 participants or teams were
included. Weights are expressed in pounds.
% total weights
1st place
weight
2nd 3rd place
weight
> 15 lbs. % catching limit
Place Weight Big bass weight
Year N
IndIvIduaL
2008 10 23.2 20 19 11.5 51.2 9.5
2009 7 21.2 19.8 19.1 10.5 53.5 8.1
2010 11 18.9 17.4 16.1 5.6 31 8.5
2011 9 20.7 18.2 17 9.4 41.9 7.6
2012 8 20.4 16.7 16.1 3.4 45.9 7.3
Team
2008 24 24.3 22.3 20.9 14.8 54.4 8.7
2009 24 23.9 21.9 20.7 17.7 57.8 8.9
2010 22 22.3 20.2 19.1 10.5 48.3 8.9
2011 29 25 22.5 21.2 21.3 60.1 8.6
2012 24 23.6 21.5 19.2 12.9 47.5 8.1
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Hello Fellow Anglers. If there is one thing we should all agree on
it is that our personal created litter/trash should never fnd its way
to the roadway or in our lakes. Many of my fellow anglers have the
same strong feelings I do about litter/trash while others may not
think it is a big deal. Well, it is a big deal as it defaces the beauty
of the lakes as well as the boat ramp grounds where we all launch
our boats. The entire litter scene is a mega issue to say the least,
but for this column, I want to talk about how many of my fellow
anglers/boaters are contributing to the problem and how we can
prevent it.
Let’s frst talk about how a lot of our litter fnds its way to the
roads and lake. Most of it has to do with anglers being careless or
lazy and not being willing to take a few simple steps to prevent
trash from getting out of their possession and scattered all over the
lake and along our roadways. While there are a few of my fellow
outdoor sportsmen who will just throw trash directly in the lake
and on the ground, most will toss it in the back of their truck or
toss it in the bottom of their boat. All they are doing is delaying the
littering process until they ‘hammer down’ on the boat throttle or
get under way on the road headed home.
I came down the lake just a few days ago and in a mile stretch
I spotted three beverage cans foating in the water in the boat
run and they all were identical cans and in all likelihood, came
from the same boat. This is just one example of many that I can
give and those of you reading this can also add your similar
experiences seeing trash foating. I get a sick feeling in my
stomach when I see this and this does not need to happen as there
is no excuse for it happening.
It is simple to prevent. Do not throw trash in the back of your
truck or on the bottom of your boat. I have had guests in my boat
who would lay an empty can in the bottom of my boat without
me being aware and when I got my boat on plane the beverage
can would fy out. When that has happened on several occasions,
I immediately turn around and go pick it up. There is no way that
I would leave a can out there in the lake to trash the lake that my
fellow anglers/boaters use. 100% No way!!
ADOPT A 100% NO TRASH POLICY: For years now, I have
adopted a 100% no trash policy in my boat/truck and it is not hard
to do and teaches our kids/grandkids the importance of keeping
God’s creation clean. It is simple, put litter where it should be
and whatever trash you or your party generates to dispose of it
in its proper place. Also, I strongly encourage our public offcials
to enforce the laws on the books regarding those who trash our
outdoors. As mentioned, it is vital to train our kids to be good
keepers of our outdoors and encourage them to pick up trash and
not even think about throwing it down. They can easily be taught
the right thing about litter and when properly given examples they
actually enjoy keeping things trash free. If taught early, they will
become strong advocates of a cleaner environment.
PLEASE FOLKS, LETS DO BETTER! You may think you cannot
make a difference but you can. I’m here to tell you that you
can! Not only should we refrain from throwing trash down but I
encourage us to pick up trash where ever you see it and especially
at boat landings and parks. Also, I plan to contact our SRA (Sabine
River Authority) folks here on south Toledo and ask for additional
trash cans to be placed in more convenient places to make it easier
on those of us who use these facilities. Personally, I am going to
try harder to make a difference in this area and ask you to join
with me and others who have the same passion we have about this
issue. We can make a difference!
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
e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or website
www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
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By Patty Lenderman, Lakecaster • Photo’s from this event are available at www.TheLakecaster.com
Scott David & Harold Moore Win 1st place
at BLT on Sam Rayburn
Daylight on March 11 was reasonably calm, but every team
that trailered around Sam Rayburn to their chosen launch site
to fsh the BLT tournament was keenly aware that bad weather
was imminent. Through it all, four sacks over the 20 pound mark
crossed the scales, and Harold Moore & Scott David ultimately took
the win with nearly 25 pounds.
Anglers had until roughly 10am to fsh in reasonably calm
weather. Then a strong line of thunderstorms marched through
the area packing with it strong winds and cold temperatures. Some
got off the water, waiting for the storm to pass in their vehicles.
Others stayed out in it and endured the harsh weather trying to
take the opportunity to get ahead.
BLT anglers are allowed to trailer in all events, and when bad
weather hits like it did this day they are grateful for it. All lines
must be reeled in by 3pm and anglers have to be in the weigh in
line by 4pm.
As the procession of anglers with their bags of bass began to
register their catch at the scales, it didn’t take long for Scott David
and Harold Moore to seize the lead and ultimate win with their
24.80 lb limit. They started the Big Bass race with their 7.21 lb
kicker.
It’s been a while since this duo has hit the tournament scene,
but they showed back up swinging for a home run. “We have a
spot that doesn’t get a lot of pressure,” Scott explained. “We took
a look at it before the tournament, and it was holding some good
fsh.” The sky was getting dark. “We picked up a topwater bait and
a senko, and caught a limit of keepers. Then we headed to some
bedding bass.” Scott had a good one hit, but it broke his line. “I
re-tied, threw back in and caught her, giving us our frst cull. Then
we went to another spot.” Harold caught a 4 ½ lb’r on a senko,
and they culled another. “I decided to try for another big one on
a bed with a senko. I got a bad backlash, and it took a while to
pick it out.” While he was doing this, the bass had picked up his
bait. “I set the hook on her, got her in and we moved to another
spot.” They found another good size bass in the shallow water.
“We backed out, and just started fan casting the area. Didn’t catch
anything like that, so we moved a little closer. That’s when we
caught her and culled our last three pounder. We just loaded up
and came in after that.” They won 1st place with 24.80 pounds, but
others had bigger kickers in their creel for Big Bass. “Thank the
Good Lord for looking after us.”
2nd place was won by Phillip Crelia and TJ Goodwyn with a
22.86 lb limit. “We were fshing outside the grass line in 4’ to 8’
with rattle traps and square bill crank baits,” Crelia reported. “We
caught a fve pounder right off the bat, then two other keepers.”
Staying on the go, hitting an estimated 25 spots, slowly but surely
they got two more in the boat completing a limit. “The weather
actually helped. The bite got better after the storm.” In the last 30
minutes of fshing, they caught a 6 and 4 pounder to cull with.
Top team line up:
1st 24.80 lbs Harold Moore & Scott David
2nd 22.86 lbs Philip Crelia & TJ Goodwyn
3rd 21.41 lbs Todd Castledine & Billy Howell
4th 21.10 lbs Stan Burgay & Steve Burgay
5th 19.09 lbs Brig Luce & Randy Turner
6th 19.03 lbs Patrick Cascio & Lindy Hadley
7th 17.73 lbs Richard & Barbara Muller
8th 17.46 lbs Dustin & Kenneth Jerrett
9th 17.37 lbs Bubba Frazier & Tommy Hill
10th 16.91 lbs Dwain Burns & Stacey Mitchell
Big Bass: 10.27 lbs Jim Nix & John Packard
Congratulations to 1st place winners „
Harold Moore & Scott David.
Philip Crelia and TJ Goodwyn caught „
the 2nd place sack weighing 22.86 lbs.
3rd place was won by Todd Castledine „
and Billy Howell with 21.41 lbs.
Of all the big kickers seen at weigh in, Jim „
Nix caught the biggest of them all weighing
10.27 lbs, fshing with partner John Packard.
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“It was a good day. We didn’t lose any.” They
would like to thank Hometown Tackle in
Center, TX, Legend Boats, Mercury, Power
Pole and Roco Rescue.
Todd Castledine and Billy Howell came in
with a nice limit weighing in at 21.41 pounds
to win 3rd place overall. They started their
day catching a few, but the bite was tough.
“Before the storm hit, Billy caught our second
biggest fsh of the day.” At that point with
the storm nearly on top of them, they chose
to head to the truck to ride it out. Once the
storm cleared, they got back at it and fnished
up a small limit. They chose inside grass lines
with a prototype swim bait from Kicker Fish
called a Tail Slapper. Then Todd caught their
kicker weighing 8.56 lbs. “From that point on
we just continued to cull up.” Todd would like
to thank Kicker Fish, Legend Boats, Mercury,
Hydrowave, Power Pole, Combat Lures and
Canon LED Lights. Billy would like to also
thank Deep Sea Drilling Services and TFO
rods.
The Big Bass of the day went into double
digits -10.27 lbs. Jim Nix caught the big sow
fshing with partner John Packard. “It was
the only keeper I caught all day!” He caught
it on a swim jig in the grass, 5 or 6’ deep. “It
was 7:30, before the storm hit. She fought
hard. I just wore her down and she laid in
the net. I didn’t know she was that big until
she got close to the boat.!” Great timing to
achieve a personal best!
The John Salamone Insurance Agency
provides bonus money at every Sam Rayburn
event for the highest fnishing person with a
policy through his agency. Charles Ford won
that $200 bonus.
There are only two tournaments left to go
for the BLT Jasper Division Spring Series. Next
is April 28 back at the Umphrey Pavilion then
wrapping up at the fnal tournament June 2
at Twin Dikes.
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Foremost Insurance bonus.
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19-21 MCDONALD’S BiG BASS SPLASH uMPHREy PAViLiON
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27 PATRiOTS CHALLENGE JACKSON HiLL
28 BLT SPRiNG SERiES - JASPER DiViSiON uMPHREy PAViLiON
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4 DR. SHELTON’S FiSHiNG ADVENTuRE CASSEL-BOyKiN
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11 FiSHERS OF MEN JACKSON HiLL
11 BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERiES uMPHREy PAViLiON
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18 C.A.S.T. SOuTHEAST REGiON CASSEL-BOyKiN
17-19 COBuRN FiSH FEST uMPHREy PAViLiON
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SAM
RAYBURN
LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake level as of 3/28/13
(162.28)
Normal pool level
(164.40')
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 409-384-5716.
Fishing Forecast
Lynn Atkinson
cell 979-220-0251
Reel Um N Guide
Service,
www.rayburncountry.com
April 2013 has arrived. Hopefully the
fsh are on track and things are hopping.
Winter wasn’t too bad but it didn’t want
to give up and go away. We would get
a few warm days; things would start to
look good; then “Wham” a front would
come through. Dang, the water cooled
down again. We had a lot of days that
were gorgeous with lots of sunshine.
We are also blessed with some of the
best scenery in Texas to look at while
enjoying a day on the lake. Watching
eagles soar overhead and the wildlife
come out to feed is more than you expect
as you make your way along the miles of
shoreline We are looking for April to be
an awesome month here. Grab your gear
and come on down.
There should be a lot of fsh still up
shallow with some still moving in to
spawn.
One bait that comes to mind when
these fsh are up shallow is the Stanley
spinner bait. The colors I would start
with are white or chartreuse. The blades
are next. 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 color
and weather conditions change from
sunny to cloudy. The lipless crankbait
is another bait to use this time of year.
I have been using some Strike Pro lipless
crankbaits, running it over the grass to
really heat things up. Some of these fsh
just attack the bait. With these two baits
you can cover a lot of water and have a
TON 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 and wacky
worms catch more than their share of
fsh 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
slide over the grass. There are all kinds
of creature baits and lizards to use. E-2
Bait Company makes a Doodle Bug
that’s been working great! Sometimes it’s
something different that the bass haven’t
seen that will get them to bite.
Now for the Carolina rig and jig. If
the bass are up shallow why do I use
these? There are still a lot of fsh on the
edges of the grass and ledges around the
spawning areas. There are some coming
in to the beds and others going back out.
This is a good way to pick up a good fsh,
pull the Carolina rig off the grass edges
into deeper water. The Stanley ½ oz
Football jig is one of my favorites. To use
it, crawl it across the bottom or work it
around some kind of structure.
There should be a lot of good fsh
caught this month. The ones that have
spawned will move out and stop on
points and ledges before heading to the
summer hideouts.
The Crappie was slow moving into the
grass last month and setting up to spawn.
I bet a lot of them are still hanging in the
grass and we got a bunch of that this year.
We will have a lot moving up around the
bridges and setting up. Get out there and
catch a few of them. We put out a lot of
new brush piles for our clients so don’t
forget to get your trips booked early.
Just a few words about the new
locations of tackle stores in the area. Tri
Lakes is at 4106 S. Hwy 69. Bass Strike
Tackle is downtown Zavalla on Main
Street in a new building. Both of these
stores would be glad to help you in anyway
they can. I know they have supported my
fshing habit for sometime. I thank you
& I hope this helps everyone out!
April is a fun time for fshing on
Sam Rayburn, and a great time to catch
numbers of bass, and big bass too! Most
years April marks the time that the bass
spawn is about halfway over, meaning
that most of the fsh on the north ends of
the lake have already spawned and that
the south end fsh toward the dam are
in full swing. With that being said you
need to fsh the north end different than
the south end. The north end fsh will be
done spawning and while some will still
be guarding fry, others will be starting to
set up in a summer pattern. On the south
end of the lake you will still be able to
bed fsh for a least the frst couple weeks
of the month.
Let’s start off talking about the south
end fsh that will still be spawning. The
back of the pockets are a great place to
start off each day. Look for the inside
grass lines that will run from 2 to 5 ft of
water. These slick bottom areas are the
best places to look for spawning bass.
Carolina rigged V&M lizards, baby brush
hogs, french fry, and V&M Chop Sticks
are all great baits for targeting spawning
bass. Later in the month of April start
to look at the points at the fronts of the
small pockets, these will be the last places
the fsh will spawn.
Ok now let’s talk about fshing the
north end. You will be able to catch fsh
from 1 to 12 feet of water. The fooded hay
grass and pepper grass is a great place to
start off. In these fooded areas your best
baits will be a Strike King KVD Frog, V&M
Buzz Frog, and V&M Chop Stick. Look
for holes in the fooded grass and open
water around the pepper grass. In these
open holes you can work a Pop R, Spook,
Yellow Magic, or V&M buzz bait. There
will be matted hydrilla on the edges of
the shallow fats that you will fnd in
4 to 7 feet of water. In these areas, work
a Super Spook, Pop R, Texas rigged V&M
R-Ringer, or Texas rig a 10” worm. There
will also be fsh on the main lake points
that will be making their way back out of
the creeks and heading toward the main
lake. Good baits for these fsh will be a
Carolina rigged Fluke, Brush Hog, Mag
Fluke for soft plastics, or a Strike King 10
or 6 XD crankbait or V&M Ledge Roller
spinnerbait. Look for these deeper fsh
to be a big player towards the end of the
month and especially during the annual
Big Bass Splash!!!
Don’t forget to stop by Needmore
Tackle Store on the south end of the
lake for all your fshing tackle and live
bait, and you can also inquire about our
guide services for both Sam Rayburn
and Toledo Bend, or visit us on Facebook
(Johnston’s Guide Service), the web
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more info.
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On March 15th & 16th, Toledo Bend proudly
hosted the 23rd annual event for the Texas Oilmen
Bass Invitational. On those dates, thousands of
men and women come together to take part in a
very special bass tournament that benefts some
extra special kids.
Twenty three years ago, several men and women
who work in the oilfeld business got together and
decided to go fshing. Adding a little spice to their
trip, they decided to make it a competition to see
who could catch the most and the largest. Then
they decided to invite other people in the industry,
and it didn’t take long before they realized that
with as many potential participants, they could do
some real good for others utilizing the tournament
as a catalyst. Texas Children’s Hospital Renal
Program has been the biggest of the benefactor
from these men, women and associated companies.
But it does not stop there. The generosity of not
only the Texas Oilmen (TOBI) organization itself,
but the individuals who participate in every aspect
of the event is felt by the entire community in so
many ways.
The annual event kicks off each year with a
welcome ceremony where prominent members
of the community express their gratitude and
appreciation for TOBI choosing Toledo Bend
to make their small miracles happen. Among
them were several members of the Sabine River
Authority, Toledo Bend Lake Association, Many
Mayor Freeman’s offce, Sabine State Bank,
members of local press and more.
TOBI President Alan Stubblefeld stated “It is
a pleasure to be back to Toledo Bend each and
every year. For us it is a great celebration of this
fabulous fshery. It is a great tribute to the Sabine
River Authority, the Toledo Bend Lake Association
and the community for guarding this great
resource.” Donations to the Sabine River Authority
and Toledo Bend Lake Association were made for
their continued efforts to continually care for and
improve Toledo Bend as a whole.
As of this year’s $200,000 donation, TOBI has
donated over $1.8 million to Texas Children’s
Hospital. But what TOBI and its members give is
not limited to a simple check. “Every year we host
a Christmas party for these kids. We also take those
that are able to go out on a fshing trip, and have
a tournament for them at Willies Ranch. We host
a summer camp and World Transplant Games for
the kids.” The Army Bass Anglers were also onsite
with a booth of clothing and goods to raise money
for the Wounded Warriors organization. TOBI
gave $1,000 to them for the Wounded Warrior
program, but according to Major Cody Robison
the individuals associated with TOBI raised more
money for the organization than those at the
Bassmaster Classic! A true tribute to the generous
hearts of the men and women at TOBI.
Texas Children’s Hospital writes:
On behalf of the children served by the Texas
Children’s Hospital Renal Dialysis and Kidney
Transplant programs, we extend our sincere
appreciation to you for all that TOBI has donated
to Texas Children’s Hospital.
These funds are vital not only for fulflling our
mission to provide the best dialysis and transplant
patient care and to conduct the advanced research
in the world, but to provide support for patients
and families that impact their daily lives dealing
with chronic illness.
As always, TOBI funds help send patients
to camp and help with school supplies, and
they help in times of emergency, such as the
aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Data
from Texas Children’s Hospital studies using
equipment and technology funded by TOBI
are being used to improve the lives of children
throughout the country.
Once again, thank you for your continued
support of the Texas Children’s Hospital Renal
Program.
Skeeter boats also helps spice it up every year,
donating a brand new bass boat to be won by a
drawing. John Presley and Wes Dawson of Premier
Yamaha brought the prize boat as well as several
other boat models for display and demo rides to
experience the ride and handling of each.
Now for the fshing tournament! Over the years,
participation in this portion of this ceremony of
gathering, fun and community enrichment has
grown to monstrous sizes. It has been determined
that maximum participation is set at 600 teams.
These men and women in the upstream portion
of the oilfeld business showed their skills in
setting the hook over the course of the weekend,
with several big bass over 10 pounds brought to
the scales. New Tech Global put a $5,000 bounty
up for anyone who would break the TOBI record
for Big Bass, a 10.95 lb sow set in 2001. That
record was blown away by one full pound. Butch
and Joan Harper brought in an 11.95 lb bass on
day two of the tournament collecting the $5,000
bounty and they now hold the new TOBI Big Bass
record.
On day one of the tournament, Stanley Head
and Darvin Knapp took lead position bringing in
23.49 lbs. They were closely followed by Shannon
Thibodeaux and Darrell Reeves with 23.31, then
Randy Despino and Jeff Pate with 23.26 lbs.
Rounding out the top fve were Richard Helmer
and Randy Williford with 22.28 and Ripp Gamble
and Ronnie Krieg with 22.14.
On the fnal day, two teams brought in the
heaviest sacks of the tournament tying the weight
at 23.85 lbs. Howard Hartley & Jeff Lipari as well as
T.O. Napier & Kris Gillis achieved this weight.
When the two day total weights were added up,
Stanley Head and Darvin Knapp, day 1 leaders,
stayed on top to win the tournament by mere
ounces with their 43.88 lb total. Randy Despino
and Jeff Pate achieved a 2nd place fnish with
43.59 lbs. Rounding out the top fve were 3rd place
winners Richard Helmer and Randy Williford with
43.04, 4th place Clay Dardeau and James McGuire
with 38.92 and 5th place Shannon Thibodeaux
and Darrell Reeves with 38.86 lbs.
“We have our TOBI event every third
weekend in March,” stated TOBI President Alan
Stubblefeld. “We are looking forward to the
fellowship of our fellow oilfeld workers and the
Toledo Bend Community and continuing to help
all of the kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital
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By Patty Lenderman, Lakecaster • Photo’s from this event are available at www.TheLakecaster.com
Castledine & Howell bring in three fish that weigh
like five to win Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn
Bass Champs tournament trail has gone to
a three fsh limit per team at each event. The
weights seen on Sam Rayburn March 16 looked
like fve fsh totals! Well over half the feld
of 204 boats brought in limits all vying for a
portion of the 102% payback at this tournament,
totaling over $57,000 in cash and prizes. Todd
Castledine and Billy Howell left the pack in the
dust, winning the tournament with more than
23 pounds.
Anglers from all over Texas, Louisiana,
Arkansas and Mississippi converged on Sam
Rayburn, taking off from the Umphrey Pavilion
in fights at safe light. The morning hours were
calm for a smooth ride out to coveted areas of
the lake, but as the day wore on wind speeds
increased giving rise to big waves and rough
water.
Shane Hilton and CJ Nichols set the initial bar
to beat bringing in 18.38 lbs that included a nice
8.45 lb kicker. Before it was all said and done,
both their Big Bass and total weight were bested
three more times.
1st place ultimately went to Todd Castledine
and Billy Howell with their three fsh limit
weight of 23.57 lbs, more than four pounds
ahead of the rest of the teams. “Our day started
out horrible,” Todd recalled. “We didn’t have
three in the boat until nearly 11am. We started
catching them good after 10:30, but most of
them were ‘cruisers’.” Using a prototype bait
from Kicker Fish called a Tail Slapper, they
caught their limit and then some. “When it was
getting close to time to come in, we decided to hit
one last spot. It was a last minute decision, but
it paid off.” Todd caught their biggest fsh of the
day there weighing 9.01 lbs. They culled a four
pound bass with it, upgrading their total by fve
pounds. “We caught a lot of fsh today, probably
around 25 or so. It ended up being a really good
day for us!” Bass Champs presented them with
the guaranteed 1st place $15,000 check. “First
and foremost we always want to thank Jesus
Christ.” Todds other sponsors include: Kicker
Fish, Legend Boats, Mercury, Power Pole, Combat
Lures, TFO fords, Hydrowave and Cannan LED
Lights. Billy would additionally like to add DSDS,
Stoney Howell for sponsoring their entry, “and I
would like to dedicate this tournament in loving
memory of William Harrison Howell Sr.”
Of all of the big bass brought in, Allen Shelton
and Rick Scott had the biggest weighing in at
10.54 lbs. This big sow anchored the teams’
2nd place fnish with a total weight of 19.06
lbs. “When we got to our frst spot, the bite was
pretty slow.” Using a variety of baits including
spinnerbaits, jigs and others – they began to
entice a bite. “We fnally put a fve pounder in
the boat along with two swimmers for a limit.
Then, at 11:00 we caught the big one.” They
stayed in that same area all day, and estimate
catching 20 keepers, making four culls to their
fnal weight. “We just roamed around and
fshed shallow water.” Bass Champs presented
the team with a 2nd place check for $5,000.
They also won $1,000 for having the Big Bass
of the tournament. They also received the
UnderArmour bonus, Revo and Costa Del Mar
bonuses plus the Dodge Ram bonus giving them
free entries into any Bass Champs tournaments
for the next 12 months – a $7,500 valuew with
that bonus alone.They would like to thank Fun
N Sun for their support with Skeeter boats, and
Bass Champs for having this tournament trail
and all of the hard work they put into it. “A lot
goes into these tournaments and these guys do a
Rounding ouT The Top 10:
5th - $1,500 + 16.04 lbs
Jeff Vines & Daniel Brockman
6th - $1,000 + 15.67 lbs
Harold Moore & Scott David
7th - $1,000 + 15.26 lbs
Len & Reid Fairbanks
8th - $1,000 + 14.95 lbs
Clint & Clay West
9th - $1,000 + 14.50 lbs
Art Garza & Larry Lewis
10th - $1,000 + 14.40 lbs
Roy Anderson & Justin Sowell
Two twin kickers in the 9 pound range went a long way to cinch the win for „
Todd Castledine and Billy Howell. Their three fsh total weight was 23.57 pounds!
Allen Shelton and Rick Scott caught 2nd place with 19.06 lbs, „
and had the biggest bass of the tournament weighing in at 10.54
With three solid chunks, Brian Shook and Danny Iles „
won 3rd place. Their three fsh limit weighed 18.49 lbs
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so warm lately that we decided to site fsh,”
Danny explained. They made a long run to their
targeted fshing areas. “That didn’t work out for
us, so we just worked our way down banks the
rest of the day. We just weren’t real sure where
to look for bedding bass. We saw one every now
and then and threw Strike King plastics to them.”
Staying in the back of pockets, they caught three
or four ‘good ones’, and the rest were small they
said. Their best three were good enough for a 3rd
place fnish and a $3,000 payday. They would
like to thank Needmore Tackle, Power Tackle,
Costa Del Mar, Carlson’s Marine, 6th Sense Lures,
Ranger Boats, both Mercury and Yamaha, and
Jordan Marine.
CJ Nichols and Shane Hilton held on for a 4th
place fnish with their 18.38 lb sack, garnering
a $2,000 paycheck. Being the highest fnishing
team in a Skeeter boat, they doubled their
winnings to a $4,000 total.
Twenty seven teams took home paychecks
for their fshing success. The last $1,000 check
was given to Kevin Burks and Jason Gates with
11.91 lbs.
The points are tight in the Angler of the Year
race. With only two tournaments left for the East
Region teams, the top fve points leaders are:
592 pts Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith
588 pts Martin Elshout & Mark Price
586 pts Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
574 pts Jonathan Garrie & Wayne Triana Jr
539 pts Michael & Lance Lowery
The team who achieves the most points at
the conclusion of all fve tournaments in their
region will be crowned Anglers of the Year. The
entry fees for that team will be waived for that
region in 2014. Good luck!
The fnal East Region tournaments will
be held April 13 and June 15, both out of
the Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn. All
tournaments are open to anyone who would like
to fsh, so don’t miss your chance.
The Dodge Ram Mega Bass tournament is just
around the corner! It is the worlds richest one day
Big Bass tournament, where a Dodge Ram Truck
will be awarded to the angler with the biggest
bass every single hour! In addition to a brand
new truck, the person catching the biggest bass of
the day will also be awarded a brand new Skeeter
ZX190 bass boat! Entry fees are only $150, and the
top 15 places will be awarded every hour.
For more information on any Bass Champs
tournament, click to www.BassChamps.com or
call 817-439-3274
Congratulations to the top fve teams: (Front) 1st - Todd Castledine „
& Billy Howell; (Back, L-R) 2nd - Allen Shelton & Rick Scott; 3rd -
Danny Iles & Brian Shook; 4th - CJ Nichols & Shane Hilton
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Castledine & Howell bring in three fish that weigh
like five to win Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn
Bass Champs tournament trail has gone to
a three fsh limit per team at each event. The
weights seen on Sam Rayburn March 16 looked
like fve fsh totals! Well over half the feld
of 204 boats brought in limits all vying for a
portion of the 102% payback at this tournament,
totaling over $57,000 in cash and prizes. Todd
Castledine and Billy Howell left the pack in the
dust, winning the tournament with more than
23 pounds.
Anglers from all over Texas, Louisiana,
Arkansas and Mississippi converged on Sam
Rayburn, taking off from the Umphrey Pavilion
in fights at safe light. The morning hours were
calm for a smooth ride out to coveted areas of
the lake, but as the day wore on wind speeds
increased giving rise to big waves and rough
water.
Shane Hilton and CJ Nichols set the initial bar
to beat bringing in 18.38 lbs that included a nice
8.45 lb kicker. Before it was all said and done,
both their Big Bass and total weight were bested
three more times.
1st place ultimately went to Todd Castledine
and Billy Howell with their three fsh limit
weight of 23.57 lbs, more than four pounds
ahead of the rest of the teams. “Our day started
out horrible,” Todd recalled. “We didn’t have
three in the boat until nearly 11am. We started
catching them good after 10:30, but most of
them were ‘cruisers’.” Using a prototype bait
from Kicker Fish called a Tail Slapper, they
caught their limit and then some. “When it was
getting close to time to come in, we decided to hit
one last spot. It was a last minute decision, but
it paid off.” Todd caught their biggest fsh of the
day there weighing 9.01 lbs. They culled a four
pound bass with it, upgrading their total by fve
pounds. “We caught a lot of fsh today, probably
around 25 or so. It ended up being a really good
day for us!” Bass Champs presented them with
the guaranteed 1st place $15,000 check. “First
and foremost we always want to thank Jesus
Christ.” Todds other sponsors include: Kicker
Fish, Legend Boats, Mercury, Power Pole, Combat
Lures, TFO fords, Hydrowave and Cannan LED
Lights. Billy would additionally like to add DSDS,
Stoney Howell for sponsoring their entry, “and I
would like to dedicate this tournament in loving
memory of William Harrison Howell Sr.”
Of all of the big bass brought in, Allen Shelton
and Rick Scott had the biggest weighing in at
10.54 lbs. This big sow anchored the teams’
2nd place fnish with a total weight of 19.06
lbs. “When we got to our frst spot, the bite was
pretty slow.” Using a variety of baits including
spinnerbaits, jigs and others – they began to
entice a bite. “We fnally put a fve pounder in
the boat along with two swimmers for a limit.
Then, at 11:00 we caught the big one.” They
stayed in that same area all day, and estimate
catching 20 keepers, making four culls to their
fnal weight. “We just roamed around and
fshed shallow water.” Bass Champs presented
the team with a 2nd place check for $5,000.
They also won $1,000 for having the Big Bass
of the tournament. They also received the
UnderArmour bonus, Revo and Costa Del Mar
bonuses plus the Dodge Ram bonus giving them
free entries into any Bass Champs tournaments
for the next 12 months – a $7,500 valuew with
that bonus alone.They would like to thank Fun
N Sun for their support with Skeeter boats, and
Bass Champs for having this tournament trail
and all of the hard work they put into it. “A lot
goes into these tournaments and these guys do a
Rounding ouT The Top 10:
5th - $1,500 + 16.04 lbs
Jeff Vines & Daniel Brockman
6th - $1,000 + 15.67 lbs
Harold Moore & Scott David
7th - $1,000 + 15.26 lbs
Len & Reid Fairbanks
8th - $1,000 + 14.95 lbs
Clint & Clay West
9th - $1,000 + 14.50 lbs
Art Garza & Larry Lewis
10th - $1,000 + 14.40 lbs
Roy Anderson & Justin Sowell
Two twin kickers in the 9 pound range went a long way to cinch the win for „
Todd Castledine and Billy Howell. Their three fsh total weight was 23.57 pounds!
Allen Shelton and Rick Scott caught 2nd place with 19.06 lbs, „
and had the biggest bass of the tournament weighing in at 10.54
With three solid chunks, Brian Shook and Danny Iles „
won 3rd place. Their three fsh limit weighed 18.49 lbs
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3rd place was won by Brian Shook and Danny
Iles with a total weight of 18.49 lbs. “It’s been
so warm lately that we decided to site fsh,”
Danny explained. They made a long run to their
targeted fshing areas. “That didn’t work out for
us, so we just worked our way down banks the
rest of the day. We just weren’t real sure where
to look for bedding bass. We saw one every now
and then and threw Strike King plastics to them.”
Staying in the back of pockets, they caught three
or four ‘good ones’, and the rest were small they
said. Their best three were good enough for a 3rd
place fnish and a $3,000 payday. They would
like to thank Needmore Tackle, Power Tackle,
Costa Del Mar, Carlson’s Marine, 6th Sense Lures,
Ranger Boats, both Mercury and Yamaha, and
Jordan Marine.
CJ Nichols and Shane Hilton held on for a 4th
place fnish with their 18.38 lb sack, garnering
a $2,000 paycheck. Being the highest fnishing
team in a Skeeter boat, they doubled their
winnings to a $4,000 total.
Twenty seven teams took home paychecks
for their fshing success. The last $1,000 check
was given to Kevin Burks and Jason Gates with
11.91 lbs.
The points are tight in the Angler of the Year
race. With only two tournaments left for the East
Region teams, the top fve points leaders are:
592 pts Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith
588 pts Martin Elshout & Mark Price
586 pts Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
574 pts Jonathan Garrie & Wayne Triana Jr
539 pts Michael & Lance Lowery
The team who achieves the most points at
the conclusion of all fve tournaments in their
region will be crowned Anglers of the Year. The
entry fees for that team will be waived for that
region in 2014. Good luck!
The fnal East Region tournaments will
be held April 13 and June 15, both out of
the Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn. All
tournaments are open to anyone who would like
to fsh, so don’t miss your chance.
The Dodge Ram Mega Bass tournament is just
around the corner! It is the worlds richest one day
Big Bass tournament, where a Dodge Ram Truck
will be awarded to the angler with the biggest
bass every single hour! In addition to a brand
new truck, the person catching the biggest bass of
the day will also be awarded a brand new Skeeter
ZX190 bass boat! Entry fees are only $150, and the
top 15 places will be awarded every hour.
For more information on any Bass Champs
tournament, click to www.BassChamps.com or
call 817-439-3274
Congratulations to the top fve teams: (Front) 1st - Todd Castledine „
& Billy Howell; (Back, L-R) 2nd - Allen Shelton & Rick Scott; 3rd -
Danny Iles & Brian Shook; 4th - CJ Nichols & Shane Hilton
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outdoor tAles
Nathan Laughlin weighed in this 7 plus
pound sow that he caught near
Charlie and Erik Ratcliffe from Lumberton weighing
in a beautiful 9.82 pound beauty!!
Anthony Sharp with his giant 10.82 lber.
Ashton Sharp with her personal best
catch, a nice 5.13 pounder
10 pound bass caught on Toledo Bend by Larry
Simmons. Bait used was a frecracker spinnerbait
Here is another great fsh caught by Matt Kevil, weighed at
Powell Park Marina on Sam Rayburn. It weighed in at 8.84 lbs
AGuide Donnie Nixon with customer, Bob
Schussler with his awesome 12.07 lb bass that
he caught on Toledo Bend near Holly Park Marina
Ron at Tri Lakes Tackle in Lufkin congratulates Chris Williams for
catching this 10-6 double digit sow on Sam Rayburn with a wacky
rigged Senko!
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black gold, Texas Tea…
noT like You’d expecT iT To be
By Margie Saulsbury
Retired librarian Margie Saulsbury was in the frst group
of Master Gardeners taught by Hugh Pickle. She now teaches
composting for new classes and has taken the Landscape Design
series offered at Texas A&M University.
In the Beverly Hillbillies theme song, Jed Clampett became rich
by discovering oil. Gardeners feel rich when they make their own
black gold -- compost -- and see their gardens thrive.
Composting is a form of recycling. Waste from the home and
yard can be turned into a natural fertilizer for gardens and
fowerbeds. Composting is the process that occurs when materials
such as leaves, straw, lawn clippings, coffee grounds, eggshells and
vegetable trimmings are placed with other natural materials in a
prepared pile and broken down by a microbial process.
My compost pile is divided into 3 bins, 3’ X 3’ X 30” tall. I fll
the frst bin with alternating layers of green and brown materials.
Green is wet materials like lawn clippings or vegetable and fruit
scraps. Brown is dried elements like pine straw, leaves and even
shredded newspaper.
When it is full, I move it into the second bin and start flling
the empty bin with new layers. In about a month, the second bin
moves to the third and fnal bin. After another month or so of
fnishing, it looks like fne black soil and smells fresh and earthy.
The process can occur quickly or slowly, depending on the
amount of time you spend and the skill you have in working your
compost pile. The three elements needed are aeration, moisture
and the right combination of carbon and nitrogen.
Aeration keeps your compost pile working rapidly, so turn your
pile with a shovel or pitch fork once or twice a month. A pile that
is not turned will decompose slowly. A well-mixed pile decomposes
quickly and reaches a higher temperature, 120 – 160 degrees
destroys grass seeds and pathogens (agent causing disease). 90
degrees – 140 degrees results in slower decomposition.
Adequate moisture is essential to allow materials in the pile to
decompose effectively. As material is added to the compost pile,
watch that it is kept moist. Add water if the pile seems dry when
turned, but too much water slows decomposition. Keep the pile
moist but not wet and never allow it to dry out completely.
Microbes require nitrogen for metabolism and growth. Materials
such as sawdust and straw, which are high in carbon, decompose
slowly. If you add organic material high in nitrogen, such as grass
clippings, chicken litter or manure, it speeds up the process.
Commercial fertilizers with high nitrogen content can also be
added to speed the process. The air temperature and the surface
area of the pile affect the process too.
There are things that should not be added to the mixture.
Adding pet droppings causes a health hazard and should never be
done. Do not add meat, bones, grease, dairy products or cooked
foods because they attract rodents and fies and cause a bad odor.
It’s fne to use compost that still has a few recognizable bits of
leaves or twigs, which will fnish rotting in the soil. If you plan to
use compost in seed-starting mixes, it may be better to use highly
fnished compost.
If ants invade your pile, add water; they will go looking for dryer
ground. If it is a persistent problem, use an over-the-counter ant
control product with Spinosad as the active ingredient. (Spinosad
is a biological pesticide based on a naturally-occurring soil
bacterium.) Use it around the perimeter of the compost bin.
Master Gardeners consider compost “black gold” for their lawn
and gardens. It is so rich in nutrients that it improves the fertility
of your soil, making plants healthier. Use it as mulch and make
sure there is a good 2-3 inches on whatever the surface. Use it as a
soil amendment; just dig it in or till it in with rest of the soil.
Compost tea refers to the liquid matter released by the compost.
Steep a shovel full of compost in a 5 gallon bucket for a few days.
When it is ready to use, simply pour around the plants you wish to
use it on. If you want to keep the compost separate from the liquid,
put the compost in a burlap sack and dunk it into the water. Just
like making a cup of tea!!
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Story courtesy of B.A.S.S. • Photos by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster
Sabine Dream: Todd Faircloth Takes His
Second Home-State Bassmaster Elite Series Win
March 17, 2013
ORANGE, Texas — “Everything’s bigger and
better in Texas.”
That’s what Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas,
said Sunday as he won the Sabine River
Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues
out of Orange, Texas, trumping Dean Rojas of
Lake Havasu City, Ariz., by 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
“It means a lot to me to win here,” Faircloth
said. “I won one in Texas in Amistad, but that’s
not real close to my home. Winning here in
front of my home crowd is special. I’ve got a lot
of family and friends here, and a lot of people I
grew up fshing with and against.”
Faircloth’s win — his fourth Bassmaster Elite
Series title and second in Texas — was a victory
in a four-day tug-of-war with Rojas. Rojas led the
frst day, then Faircloth took the lead away from
him on Day 2. The third day, Rojas got it back
and led Faircloth by 3-9, a considerable defcit
on the stingy and tough Sabine River system. But
Faircloth pulled away on Day 4 by weighing a
14-9 limit, easily getting the best of Rojas, who
had a single fsh Sunday that weighed 4-6.
Faircloth’s fnal weight in the season opener
of the Bassmaster Elite Series was 49 pounds, 6
ounces. His prize was $100,000 and an instant
entry in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Faircloth
also took the lead in the season-long points
race to win the sport’s coveted 2013 Toyota
Bassmaster Angler of the Year award.
“I’ve got the Classic made now, so I’m not
worried about points to qualify,” he said. “I can
kind of roll the dice if needed — maybe gamble.
I’ve never been in this position in my career.”
Rojas stumbled, and the reason was simple.
“I just couldn’t get them to bite today,” he
said. “I lost one keeper, but I don’t think it would
have been enough. I did the best I could; I fshed
a great week, but it just didn’t happen.”
Rojas fnished with 42-12, ahead of Terry
Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., second with 41-1;
Ish Monroe, fourth with 40 pounds; and Bill
Lowen of Brookville, Ind., ffth with 38-3.
With 3-9 to make up and overtake Rojas on
Sunday, Faircloth made an important correction:
He slowed down “and focused on the areas that
seemed to hold the better fsh,” he said.
One advantage Faircloth had was that Rojas
was sharing water with two other anglers, while
he had an area to himself.
“When you’re splitting the fsh in one area
like that, it’ll catch up with you sooner or later,”
Faircloth said.
Faircloth targeted fsh in an area he described
as a “bayou off a bayou” off the Taylor River. It
was a fat, baylike area 3/4-mile long and 400
to 500 yards wide. He worked that same area
back and forth for four days. Most of the fsh
were probably on spawning beds, but he couldn’t
actually see the beds.
“It’s a vast, wide-open area, and the fsh were
scattered throughout it,” he said. “I marked
my trails on my GPS, and if I didn’t get bit, I
Texas pro Todd Faircloth wins the Bassmaster Elite „
Series Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK
Cultural Venues in Orange, Texas.
In second place is „
Arizona’s Dean Rojas.
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wouldn’t work that trail again.”
He said he caught most of his fsh on a 5-inch
Strike King Swim’n Caffeine Shad soft jerkbait.
He alternated between pearl-blue/glimmer-back
and watermelon-red color patterns. He used a
1/16-ounce weight to Texas rig the bait. But if
he missed a hookup on a hit, he grabbed a rod
rigged with a 5-inch Strike King Ocho stickworm
in the double header color, also Texas rigged, but
with a 1/8-ounce weight. He was able to keep the
Ocho in the strike zone longer to get the missed
fsh, he said.
Bonuses earned by anglers at the Sabine
River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural
Venues included:
• Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament, worth
$1,000, plus another $750 if the angler was
wearing Carhartt apparel: Terry Scroggins
of San Mateo, Fla., for his 6-1 on Day 2
• Berkley Heavyweight Award of $500 for the
best fve-fsh limit: Faircloth’s 16-8 on Day 2
• Power-Pole Captain’s Cash of $1,000 if the
winner has Power-Poles installed on his
boat: Faircloth
• Toyota $1,000 bonus to the leader in the
Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points
race: Faircloth
• Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for
leading on the second day: Todd Faircloth
with 26-15 over two days
The Bassmaster Elite Series moves on to
Zapata, Texas, this week for the March 21-24 Rigid
Industries Falcon Slam, the second of eight regular
season events. Check Bassmaster.com for details.
The Sabine River event’s title
sponsor was STARK Cultural Venues,
www.starkculturalvenues.org. The local sponsor
was Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce,
www.orangetexaschamber.org.
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Offcial Sponsors:
Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams
Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota,
Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting
Sponsors: Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance,
Luck “E” Strike, Power-Pole, Ramada, Shimano
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Proud Partner:
Mustang Survival
About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as
the authority on bass fshing. The organization
advances the sport through advocacy, outreach
and an expansive tournament structure
while connecting directly with the passionate
community of bass anglers through its
Bassmaster media vehicles.
The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia
platforms are guided by a mission to serve
all fshing fans. Through its industry-leading
publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S.
Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com
and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television
programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-
edge content true to the lifestyle.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes
the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops
Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster
College Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events and the
ultimate celebration of competitive fshing, the
Bassmaster Classic.
B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more
than 500,000 members and remains focused
on issues related to conservation and water
access. The organization is headquartered in
Birmingham, Ala.
2013 SaBIne rIver ChaLLenge 3/14-3/17
SaBIne rIver SySTem, orange TX.
(ProFeSSIonaL) STandIngS day 4
angLer homeToWn no./LBS-oz PTS ToTaL $$$
1. Todd Faircloth Jasper, Tx 19 49-06 100 $103,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 10-07 Day 2: 5 • 16-08 Day 3: 4 07-14 Day 4: 5 14-09
2. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 16 42-12 99 $25,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 15-10 Day 2: 5 • 10-14 Day 3: 5 11-14 Day 4: 1 04-06
3. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 14 41-01 98 $21,750.00
  Day 1: 3 • 09-11 Day 2: 5 • 14-10 Day 3: 3 07-01 Day 4: 3 09-11
4. ish Monroe Hughson, CA 20 40-00 97 $15,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 11-03 Day 2: 5 • 10-09 Day 3: 5 09-15 Day 4: 5 08-05
5. Bill Lowen Brookville, iN 20 38-03 96 $14,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 09-00 Day 2: 5 • 09-04 Day 3: 5 09-01 Day 4: 5 10-14
6. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 19 35-03 95 $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5 • 09-15 Day 2: 4 • 07-00 Day 3: 5 09-13 Day 4: 5 08-07
7. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 17 35-00 94 $13,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 10-13 Day 2: 5 • 10-09 Day 3: 5 09-00 Day 4: 2 04-10
8. Alton Jones Lorena, Tx 17 32-09 93 $12,500.00
  Day 1: 5 • 07-10 Day 2: 5 • 10-00 Day 3: 5 11-09 Day 4: 2 03-06
9. Mark Davis Mount ida, AR 15 32-06 92 $12,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 13-13 Day 2: 4 • 08-06 Day 3: 5 08-00 Day 4: 1 02-03
10. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 16 31-10 91 $11,500.00
  Day 1: 5 • 08-06 Day 2: 5 • 09-01 Day 3: 5 09-10 Day 4: 1 04-09
11. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 15 31-08 90 $11,000.00
  Day 1: 5 • 09-06 Day 2: 4 • 08-14 Day 3: 4 09-11 Day 4: 2 03-09
12. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 13 31-05 89 $10,500.00
  Day 1: 1 • 02-14 Day 2: 5 • 13-05 Day 3: 5 11-08 Day 4: 2 03-10
CarharTT BIg BaSS
Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 06-01 $1,000.00
BerkLey heavyWeIghT
Todd Faircloth Jasper, Tx 16-08 $500.00
Carhartt Big Bass Winner - Terry Scroggins $1,000 6-1
Carhartt Big Bass Bonus - Terry Scroggins $750
Berkley Big Bag of Tournament - Todd Faircloth $500 16-8 • Power Pole - Todd Faircloth $1,000
Toyota Tundra AOy Leader - Todd Faircloth $1,000
Livingston Lures Leader - Todd Faircloth $500
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TOLEDO
BEND
LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake Level – as of 3/28/13
(169.15)
Normal pool level
(172.00')
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 318-256-4114.
Take
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FIShIng!
Toledo Bend North End Forecast
Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages
www.toledobendguide.com • gregcrafts@yahoo.com • 936.368.7151
The lake is in great
shape going into April
running approximately
three feet below high
pool. It seemed like the
wind blew every day in
March with numerous
cold fronts passing through. Hopefully the weather
will settle down in April.
April is usually a transition month with a lot of fsh
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 will be moving
back out to deeper water. Moving off the beds they will
try to fnd a comfortable environment 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,
fnesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and
jigs depending on the area you target your fsh.
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 fll 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 fnd them shallow, follow the
points and bends in the creeks as they head back out
to deep water.
The White bass are fnishing up their spawn in the
river proper and are heading back into the main lake.
Some of the best fshing can be had this time of year
as they bunch up on the north end sand-bars. Slab
spoons, tail spinners and Rat-L-Traps are the lures of
choice.
March has been
exciting with lots of
solid fsh making it into
our boat with a couple
of really big bass. April
will also be a super
month for catching fsh
on my favorite fshing hole. Water levels are great and
we have an abundance of submerged grass, mostly
hydrilla, but pepper grass is also making its way to
the surface and bass are using it as well. Top water
baits will be a main menu item in my boat with Bill
Norman’s Pro Pop and Stanley’s Ribbit frog as some
of my favorite topwater offerings. I also like to use
weightless soft plastics in April and suggest Berkley
Gulp! Sinking Minnow, Senkos and Bass Kandi’s
Kandi Stiks.
In addition, top early April producers include
Stanley’s Vibrashaft double willow spinnerbaits as well
as Bill Norman’s Triple Wing buzzbait. In addition,
shallow-to-mid diving crankbaits which include
Norman’s Deep Little N (DLN), Big N and Baby N. I
like blue/chartreuse and sexy shad patterns. The last
part of April on south Toledo we will begin to work for
post-spawn bass targeting points and slightly deeper
structure and will work the outside edges of grass
more of the time. I will also increase the use of a Texas
rig to pin-point deeper scattered grass areas. Speaking
of deeper grass, I have greatly benefted from a new
bow/ram-mounted Humminbird 1158c DI (Down
Imaging) unit which is so helpful when seeking out
deeper structure and edges of the deep, scattered grass
which is where I fsh a lot in the post span.
In late April we will also begin to use deeper
crankbaits including DD14s and 22s as well as Sebile’s
new D&S Crank 70. I use 10 and 12 lb test Berkley
Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon on all of my crankbaits
with a 7’ Abu Garcia Veritas medium action rod with
Revo’s Winch baitcast which is made for deep crankin’.
I will also bring out my drop shot rigs the last of the
month using a Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper Jr (4.75
inch) in shady watermelon candy and watermelon. I
always highlight the tail of all of my soft plastics with
a Spike-It chartreuse/garlic marker.
CRAPPIE: The crappie can be caught this month
by strolling the outside of the grass-line in 10 to 20
feet using a Blakemore Crappie jig or Road Runner in
1/16 oz versions. They also will start to migrate back
to deep brush, especially the later part of the month,
where than be caught with live shiners and jigs fshed
vertically.
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 e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or
website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
South Toledo Fishing
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend
Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com • 337-463-3838 • 409-565-1288
Darrell Lyons• DW’s Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo
409-787-3664 • dwlguide@yahoo.com • www.toledo-bend.net/guide
Bass ~ Good in
3-10 ft. of water using
a watermelon red Wave
Tiki Stick and smoking
green trick worms
fshed wacky style on
12 lb. fuoro carbon
on a 7’3” medium TFO rod paired with your favorite
reel. Also early morning and evening on a Strike Pro
Hunch Back in Tennessee shad color.
Bream ~ Excellent in 1-6 ft. of water. Look for
sandy bottoms as bream are bedding. Best on crickets
and night crawlers under a cork.
Catfsh ~ Good. Blues and channels are moving
back into deeper water 15-25 ft. around brush piles
using Catfsh Charlie and cut liver. Flatheads are
starting to spawn. Best action is with live bream on
stump lines.
Crappie ~ Good over grass in 12-18 ft. of water
on black chartreuse and red chartreuse road runners.
You will also fnd a good bite over brush piles with
minnows.
Get those kids outdoors and remember, “When it
tugs on the line... SET THE HOOK!!!”
Mid Lake and South End
Toledo Bend Tournament Schedule
apRil
3 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB Six MiLE
5-6 LA OiLMEN’S BASS iNViTATiONAL CLASSiC CyPRESS BEND
6 BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERiES FiN & FEATHER RESORT
6 FORT POLK COMMuNiTy BASSMASTERS TBA
6 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
13 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB iNDiAN MOuNDS
13 BASS N BuCKS CyPRESS BEND
26-27 TOLEDO BEND OiLMEN’S CLASSiC CyPRESS BEND
27-28 TExAS STATE BASS FiN & FEATHER RESORT
maY
4-5 ALBC BEST Six TOuRNAMENT CyPRESS BEND
5 2 OF uS COuPLES LOWES CREEK
11 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
11 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB Six MiLE
11 BFL - COWBOy DiViSiON SAN MiGuEL
11 MEDiA BASS TBA
11 CRAPPiE FOR CASH CyPRESS BEND
17-19 MCDONALD’S BiG BASS SPLASH CyPRESS BEND
25 & 29 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB FiN & FEATHER
June
1 BASS N BuCKS BiG BASS MARiNA
1 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
2 2 OF uS COuPLES LOWES CREEK
15 SOuTHERN OuTDOOR PRODuCTiONS TOuRNAMENT FiN & FEATHER
22 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB (NiGHT TOuRNAMENT) PENDLETON
22 FiSHERS OF MEN FiN & FEATHER
29 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
29 JR SOuTHWEST BASSMASTERS PiRATES COVE
JulY
6 SOuTHERN OuTDOOR PRODuCTiONS TOuRNAMENT FiN & FEATHER
20 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB (NiGHT TOuRNAMENT) iNDiAN MOuNDS
20 & 24 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB SRA
27 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Sam Rayburn & Toledo Tournaments
STARTING IN JUNE!
$120 PER TEAM
337-884-1183
SOUTHERN OUTDOOR
PRODUCTIONS
SouthernOutdoorProductions.net
southernoutdoorproductions@yahoo.com
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain
Toledo Bend Guide Service
Crappie, Bass, Bream, & Catfsh - Bait & Tackle Provided
Lee Wright, Owner
adcoreel@yahoo.com
Rt 1 Box 1740 Hwy 21 E
Hemphill, TX 75948
ADCO REEL REPAIR
Rods - Reels - Tackle - Parts - Service
409.625.4409 or 318.508.0220
(TX Hwy 21, 1½ miles West of Pendleton Bridge)
6500 Hwy 21 E. • 0 4 9-625-3747
sabinelakeinn@gmail.com • www.SabineLakeInn.com
Sabine Lake Inn
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Texas side of Pendleton bridge
• Lake View Rooms
• Internet Service
• Satellite TV
• Boat Charger and Hook-up
If there’s 2 of
YOU, come fsh
Kenny & Linda Wick
Owners & Directors
Sam Rayburn
& Toledo Bend
(512) 636-2471
www.The2ofUsCouplesTournaments.com
Absolutely Beautiful Home & Waterfront
with its own personal boat launch. Built
in 1999, this 3B/2-1/2B, two story brick
home has approx. 2,000 sq. ft. of CA/CH
living area with oversize two car garage.
Living/Dining Room with open concept
and freplace. Nice big kitchen with built in
appliances, breakfast areaover lookinglake.
Outside you will fnd a well house and storage building, partially covered patio, detached
two car carport cover and no Subdivision fees and restrictions. This home is located
at the end of the point and surround by well kept beautiful homes and good neighbors.
Call for Appointment.
Magnifcent waterfront property!
Dock with exceptional boat house,
boat & wave runner house/lifts,
fshing area & stairs. Fantastic
swim area with sandy bottom. This
custom built home has 2,740 sq. ft.
and sits on approx. 1 acre. 3B/2B,
large Utility room, Open-Concept
Living/Dining/Kitchen area with cathedral ceilings, massive windows
& ceramic tile. Master Bedroom has a private door leading out onto
a large covered porch facing the water. Landscaped, fruit trees,
12x16 storage. Call for details, more viewable pictures, and appointment.
Too many amenities to list.
Offc. (409) 787-4536
Res. (409) 787-2690
Fax. (409) 787-4409
Cell (936) 465-8043
A
/ Real Estate Connection
Margie Sanford, ABR, CRS, SRES, e-PRO
Connect With Us
www.east-texasconnection.com
P.O. Box 1431
Hwy. 87 & Milam St.
Hemphill, TX 75948
E-mail: mesanford@east-texasconnection.com
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
AND ALL OF OUR LISTINGS!
Sheilah Martin, Sales agent
Motivated Seller! Best Value on Toledo Bend
Waterfront! Fantastic tranquility & Private! 600 feet
of waterfront with a spectacular view of the lake and
Sabine Nat’l Forest- No stairs to the boat dock! No
bulkheads! 1.74 acres + leaseback with very level
land. Brick home w/metal roof; 2,350 sq. ft., single
story, 3B/21/2 B, Large master bath with Jacuzzi,
large walk in pantry, Chicago brick inside, CA/CH, oversized 2 car garage, storm shelter room, covered
patio w/2 ceiling fans, DSL & HD service. Bonus room upstairs that has been framed in. Separate Cottage
- 1,000 sq. ft., 1B/1B, kitchen, HVAC, satellite, TV, separate phone line. RV hook up outside.
Metal shop building-1,500 sq. ft. w/concrete foor and 2-10” can doors. Boat Dock w/lifts for 2-20 Ft.
boats-plus a foating jet-ski cradle. Call for details, too many amenities to list. By Appointment only.
661 Cedar Crest Circle, Laguna Shores Sec. #6
Priced at $579,900
Riverbend Subdivision-105 Cove Rd.
Just reduced to $399,900
2293 Gilley’s Point
Priced at $279,000
Owner/Broker
477 Oak Hill Rd-Six Mile
Just reduced to $127,900
In the heart of Six miles! Beautiful Park
like setting with this just remodeled
3B/2B, on concrete slab with
composition roof. All new effciency
windows, foor coverings, new paint,
recently remodeled, and 3
rd
downstairs
bedroom is 75% completed. Custom ash kitchen cabinets, appliances, pantry,
Two car detached garage with workshop area and storage, Large detached
carport for RV or boat, cozy back porch, nicely landscaped yard with fruit
trees. Unrestricted and private. Plus you can launch your boat from the
grounds right into Toledo Bend Lake. Better Hurry on this one.
246 Sabine St. - Hemphill, TX
409-787-2990
www.toledobendexpress.com
service@toledobendexpress.com
TOLEDO BEND
EXPRESS REALTY
Ge t On Boa r d Wi t h Us !
We have lots more listings to show
you, these are just a few: There are
multiple pictures of each listing with
extensive descriptions of them on
our website! We would be more than
happy to show them to you.
Just give us a call!
What Are You Waiting For? - $83,600.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4004
Desirable Lakefront Acreage! - $250,000.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4018
Magnifcent In Eagle Estates - $900,000.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4008
Lucky On The Lake! - $249,900.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4007
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Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake Level – as of 3/28/13
(169.15)
Normal pool level
(172.00')
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 318-256-4114.
Take
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Toledo Bend North End Forecast
Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages
www.toledobendguide.com • gregcrafts@yahoo.com • 936.368.7151
The lake is in great
shape going into April
running approximately
three feet below high
pool. It seemed like the
wind blew every day in
March with numerous
cold fronts passing through. Hopefully the weather
will settle down in April.
April is usually a transition month with a lot of fsh
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 will be moving
back out to deeper water. Moving off the beds they will
try to fnd a comfortable environment 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,
fnesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and
jigs depending on the area you target your fsh.
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 fll 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 fnd them shallow, follow the
points and bends in the creeks as they head back out
to deep water.
The White bass are fnishing up their spawn in the
river proper and are heading back into the main lake.
Some of the best fshing can be had this time of year
as they bunch up on the north end sand-bars. Slab
spoons, tail spinners and Rat-L-Traps are the lures of
choice.
March has been
exciting with lots of
solid fsh making it into
our boat with a couple
of really big bass. April
will also be a super
month for catching fsh
on my favorite fshing hole. Water levels are great and
we have an abundance of submerged grass, mostly
hydrilla, but pepper grass is also making its way to
the surface and bass are using it as well. Top water
baits will be a main menu item in my boat with Bill
Norman’s Pro Pop and Stanley’s Ribbit frog as some
of my favorite topwater offerings. I also like to use
weightless soft plastics in April and suggest Berkley
Gulp! Sinking Minnow, Senkos and Bass Kandi’s
Kandi Stiks.
In addition, top early April producers include
Stanley’s Vibrashaft double willow spinnerbaits as well
as Bill Norman’s Triple Wing buzzbait. In addition,
shallow-to-mid diving crankbaits which include
Norman’s Deep Little N (DLN), Big N and Baby N. I
like blue/chartreuse and sexy shad patterns. The last
part of April on south Toledo we will begin to work for
post-spawn bass targeting points and slightly deeper
structure and will work the outside edges of grass
more of the time. I will also increase the use of a Texas
rig to pin-point deeper scattered grass areas. Speaking
of deeper grass, I have greatly benefted from a new
bow/ram-mounted Humminbird 1158c DI (Down
Imaging) unit which is so helpful when seeking out
deeper structure and edges of the deep, scattered grass
which is where I fsh a lot in the post span.
In late April we will also begin to use deeper
crankbaits including DD14s and 22s as well as Sebile’s
new D&S Crank 70. I use 10 and 12 lb test Berkley
Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon on all of my crankbaits
with a 7’ Abu Garcia Veritas medium action rod with
Revo’s Winch baitcast which is made for deep crankin’.
I will also bring out my drop shot rigs the last of the
month using a Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper Jr (4.75
inch) in shady watermelon candy and watermelon. I
always highlight the tail of all of my soft plastics with
a Spike-It chartreuse/garlic marker.
CRAPPIE: The crappie can be caught this month
by strolling the outside of the grass-line in 10 to 20
feet using a Blakemore Crappie jig or Road Runner in
1/16 oz versions. They also will start to migrate back
to deep brush, especially the later part of the month,
where than be caught with live shiners and jigs fshed
vertically.
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 e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or
website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
South Toledo Fishing
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend
Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com • 337-463-3838 • 409-565-1288
Darrell Lyons• DW’s Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo
409-787-3664 • dwlguide@yahoo.com • www.toledo-bend.net/guide
Bass ~ Good in
3-10 ft. of water using
a watermelon red Wave
Tiki Stick and smoking
green trick worms
fshed wacky style on
12 lb. fuoro carbon
on a 7’3” medium TFO rod paired with your favorite
reel. Also early morning and evening on a Strike Pro
Hunch Back in Tennessee shad color.
Bream ~ Excellent in 1-6 ft. of water. Look for
sandy bottoms as bream are bedding. Best on crickets
and night crawlers under a cork.
Catfsh ~ Good. Blues and channels are moving
back into deeper water 15-25 ft. around brush piles
using Catfsh Charlie and cut liver. Flatheads are
starting to spawn. Best action is with live bream on
stump lines.
Crappie ~ Good over grass in 12-18 ft. of water
on black chartreuse and red chartreuse road runners.
You will also fnd a good bite over brush piles with
minnows.
Get those kids outdoors and remember, “When it
tugs on the line... SET THE HOOK!!!”
Mid Lake and South End
Toledo Bend Tournament Schedule
apRil
3 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB Six MiLE
5-6 LA OiLMEN’S BASS iNViTATiONAL CLASSiC CyPRESS BEND
6 BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERiES FiN & FEATHER RESORT
6 FORT POLK COMMuNiTy BASSMASTERS TBA
6 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
13 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB iNDiAN MOuNDS
13 BASS N BuCKS CyPRESS BEND
26-27 TOLEDO BEND OiLMEN’S CLASSiC CyPRESS BEND
27-28 TExAS STATE BASS FiN & FEATHER RESORT
maY
4-5 ALBC BEST Six TOuRNAMENT CyPRESS BEND
5 2 OF uS COuPLES LOWES CREEK
11 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
11 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB Six MiLE
11 BFL - COWBOy DiViSiON SAN MiGuEL
11 MEDiA BASS TBA
11 CRAPPiE FOR CASH CyPRESS BEND
17-19 MCDONALD’S BiG BASS SPLASH CyPRESS BEND
25 & 29 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB FiN & FEATHER
June
1 BASS N BuCKS BiG BASS MARiNA
1 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
2 2 OF uS COuPLES LOWES CREEK
15 SOuTHERN OuTDOOR PRODuCTiONS TOuRNAMENT FiN & FEATHER
22 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB (NiGHT TOuRNAMENT) PENDLETON
22 FiSHERS OF MEN FiN & FEATHER
29 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
29 JR SOuTHWEST BASSMASTERS PiRATES COVE
JulY
6 SOuTHERN OuTDOOR PRODuCTiONS TOuRNAMENT FiN & FEATHER
20 HEMPHiLL BASS CLuB (NiGHT TOuRNAMENT) iNDiAN MOuNDS
20 & 24 PORT ARTHuR CHEMiCAL BASS CLuB SRA
27 SPORTMAN’S BASS CLuB TBA
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Sam Rayburn & Toledo Tournaments
STARTING IN JUNE!
$120 PER TEAM
337-884-1183
SOUTHERN OUTDOOR
PRODUCTIONS
SouthernOutdoorProductions.net
southernoutdoorproductions@yahoo.com
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain
Toledo Bend Guide Service
Crappie, Bass, Bream, & Catfsh - Bait & Tackle Provided
Lee Wright, Owner
adcoreel@yahoo.com
Rt 1 Box 1740 Hwy 21 E
Hemphill, TX 75948
ADCO REEL REPAIR
Rods - Reels - Tackle - Parts - Service
409.625.4409 or 318.508.0220
(TX Hwy 21, 1½ miles West of Pendleton Bridge)
6500 Hwy 21 E. • 0 4 9-625-3747
sabinelakeinn@gmail.com • www.SabineLakeInn.com
Sabine Lake Inn
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Texas side of Pendleton bridge
• Lake View Rooms
• Internet Service
• Satellite TV
• Boat Charger and Hook-up
If there’s 2 of
YOU, come fsh
Kenny & Linda Wick
Owners & Directors
Sam Rayburn
& Toledo Bend
(512) 636-2471
www.The2ofUsCouplesTournaments.com
Absolutely Beautiful Home & Waterfront
with its own personal boat launch. Built
in 1999, this 3B/2-1/2B, two story brick
home has approx. 2,000 sq. ft. of CA/CH
living area with oversize two car garage.
Living/Dining Room with open concept
and freplace. Nice big kitchen with built in
appliances, breakfast areaover lookinglake.
Outside you will fnd a well house and storage building, partially covered patio, detached
two car carport cover and no Subdivision fees and restrictions. This home is located
at the end of the point and surround by well kept beautiful homes and good neighbors.
Call for Appointment.
Magnifcent waterfront property!
Dock with exceptional boat house,
boat & wave runner house/lifts,
fshing area & stairs. Fantastic
swim area with sandy bottom. This
custom built home has 2,740 sq. ft.
and sits on approx. 1 acre. 3B/2B,
large Utility room, Open-Concept
Living/Dining/Kitchen area with cathedral ceilings, massive windows
& ceramic tile. Master Bedroom has a private door leading out onto
a large covered porch facing the water. Landscaped, fruit trees,
12x16 storage. Call for details, more viewable pictures, and appointment.
Too many amenities to list.
Offc. (409) 787-4536
Res. (409) 787-2690
Fax. (409) 787-4409
Cell (936) 465-8043
A
/ Real Estate Connection
Margie Sanford, ABR, CRS, SRES, e-PRO
Connect With Us
www.east-texasconnection.com
P.O. Box 1431
Hwy. 87 & Milam St.
Hemphill, TX 75948
E-mail: mesanford@east-texasconnection.com
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
AND ALL OF OUR LISTINGS!
Sheilah Martin, Sales agent
Motivated Seller! Best Value on Toledo Bend
Waterfront! Fantastic tranquility & Private! 600 feet
of waterfront with a spectacular view of the lake and
Sabine Nat’l Forest- No stairs to the boat dock! No
bulkheads! 1.74 acres + leaseback with very level
land. Brick home w/metal roof; 2,350 sq. ft., single
story, 3B/21/2 B, Large master bath with Jacuzzi,
large walk in pantry, Chicago brick inside, CA/CH, oversized 2 car garage, storm shelter room, covered
patio w/2 ceiling fans, DSL & HD service. Bonus room upstairs that has been framed in. Separate Cottage
- 1,000 sq. ft., 1B/1B, kitchen, HVAC, satellite, TV, separate phone line. RV hook up outside.
Metal shop building-1,500 sq. ft. w/concrete foor and 2-10” can doors. Boat Dock w/lifts for 2-20 Ft.
boats-plus a foating jet-ski cradle. Call for details, too many amenities to list. By Appointment only.
661 Cedar Crest Circle, Laguna Shores Sec. #6
Priced at $579,900
Riverbend Subdivision-105 Cove Rd.
Just reduced to $399,900
2293 Gilley’s Point
Priced at $279,000
Owner/Broker
477 Oak Hill Rd-Six Mile
Just reduced to $127,900
In the heart of Six miles! Beautiful Park
like setting with this just remodeled
3B/2B, on concrete slab with
composition roof. All new effciency
windows, foor coverings, new paint,
recently remodeled, and 3
rd
downstairs
bedroom is 75% completed. Custom ash kitchen cabinets, appliances, pantry,
Two car detached garage with workshop area and storage, Large detached
carport for RV or boat, cozy back porch, nicely landscaped yard with fruit
trees. Unrestricted and private. Plus you can launch your boat from the
grounds right into Toledo Bend Lake. Better Hurry on this one.
246 Sabine St. - Hemphill, TX
409-787-2990
www.toledobendexpress.com
service@toledobendexpress.com
TOLEDO BEND
EXPRESS REALTY
Ge t On Boa r d Wi t h Us !
We have lots more listings to show
you, these are just a few: There are
multiple pictures of each listing with
extensive descriptions of them on
our website! We would be more than
happy to show them to you.
Just give us a call!
What Are You Waiting For? - $83,600.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4004
Desirable Lakefront Acreage! - $250,000.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4018
Magnifcent In Eagle Estates - $900,000.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4008
Lucky On The Lake! - $249,900.00
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
1-800-632-9915 ID# 4007
lowescreek@windstream.net
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Union
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Hickory
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Data for boat launches provided by SRA state of LA and SRAof TX
Base map layers from various sources
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San Augustine
Center
Hemphill
Burkeville
Pineland
Converse
Zwolle
Many
Toro Bay Prop Shop LLC
Complete Propeller Repair
New & Used Propellers in stock
We Straighten Prop Shafts
Aluminum & Stainless
Welding & Fabrication
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4 Miles West of Many
Alpine
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Hemphill, TX
Toledo Bend Lake
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Located in Hemphill off Hwy 3121 on FM 242 @ End of the Road
Easy access to great fshing ground & Cypress Bend
PH (409) 625-3518
email: alpinemarina@windstream.net
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2nd 22.23 lbs Russell Traylor & Bryan Stevens
3rd 19.94 lbs Clint West & Clay West
4th 18.46 lbs Sean Hoernke & Curt McCauley
5th 16.16 lbs David Wisdom & L.B. Ebert
6th 13.94 lbs Greg Green
7th 13.86 lbs Alan Bond & Tommy Fredregill
8th 13.03 lbs Rusty & Chris Harvey
9th 12.62 lbs Keith Cole & Chuck Cole
10th 12.46 lbs Clint Lipham & Jeff Stimits
Big Bass 7.90 lbs Russell Traylor & Bryan Stevens
Total Teams: 24
Limits: 18
Total Fish: 92
Total Pounds: 247.98
Average weight per fsh: 2.70 lbs
Weather: 61 – 78 degrees
Water temp: 60’s
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Robert Baker’s (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Techniques for
brush management
Landowners and managers often want to
know how to get rid of brush (or a certain
species) and open up a piece of land. This is a
very easy answer to give, which is it depends.
It depends on many things such as the type of
brush, amount of brush, surrounding vegetation,
cost, time of year, etc… There are many tools
and techniques available to accomplish this
task. This article will look at some of the broad
categories.
Pest species can be physically removed from
the area. This involves a person physically
removing something from the area. This can
be accomplished by things such as pulling the
plant out of the ground or using a chain saw
to cut down trees. This method is slow and very
labor intensive, but can be done cheaply. This
method is best employed on small plots with a
low percentage of pest plant coverage.
Mechanical means can be used to control
brush species on a certain area. This method
involves using machines to do all of the work.
Examples of this include mowing, disking, bull
dozing, mulching, etc… Mechanically treating
brush is faster than physically removing it.
This method is very common due to the ease of
fnding a contractor or doing the work yourself.
There are also some drawbacks including the
expense of buying or renting the machine and
operation of it (maintenance and or operator).
Erosion from ground disturbance caused by the
equipment can become a big problem.
Prescribed fre is another good way to
remove undesirable plant species from an
area. Prescribed fre is burning the area
under a prescribed set of weather conditions
(including humidity, wind direction, wind speed,
temperature, and fuel moisture to name a
few). The conditions and timing of the fre can
target certain aspects of the environment such
as a growing season burn (Spring/Summer) to
target hardwood removal (such as sweetgum
or mimosa). This method is cheaper than
mechanical methods, cycles nutrients, and is a
natural process. The drawbacks are that it has
the potential to be misused, can cause damage
if done wrong, and a person should have some
training before attempting to burn.
The use of herbicides is widely practice.
Herbicides are chemicals used to kill targeted
plants. This method is often more expensive
than others due to the cost of the chemical.
When using this method make sure to apply
only enough to get the job done and use the
proper method of application for control of
the targeted species. This is important as many
herbicides can kill or hurt non-target plant
species that a person does not want impacted.
Another drawback is that some chemicals require
that any person purchasing it have a private
applicators license issued by The Department
of Agriculture. Always follow all instructions
on the label of the herbicide container when
mixing, applying, cleaning, and disposing of the
herbicide.
Biological control is the use of another
organism to remove the problem plant. A good
example of this is the salvinia weevils used to
remove giant salvinia from area lakes. Another
example is the timely and wise use of livestock
to graze areas. This method is good, but care
needs to be taken to ensure that the cure for
one problem is not the cause of another. Before
releasing anything other than livestock onto
the area contact local authorities for permits,
authorization, or problems with the organism.
Under many scenarios multiple methods
are needed for control of a certain species. For
instance an area may need to have herbicide
applied to get initial control and prescribed
fre on a rotational basis to provide continued
control. No one technique is the best or cure all
for every type of situation. Sometimes it takes
every tool in the box.
Brush management is not always easily
accomplished. It takes the wise use of physical,
mechanical, prescribed fre, biological, or a
combination of methods to accomplish the
goal. The other thing to keep in mind is that a
good manager is ever vigilant for a return of the
problem plant. For more information on control
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please contact your local biologist or consult the
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Big ones on ‘The Bend’ – Latta & Lowrance
win Bass N Bucks with nearly 30 pounds!
By Patty Lenderman, Lakecaster • Photo’s from this tournament are available at www.TheLakecaster.com
Toledo Bend is pumpin’ out the big ones and Bass N Bucks anglers
are latching on to them. The top six teams March 23rd weighed in
over twenty pound limits, and the winners had nearly 30.
The day started out with a thick haze that continued to linger
throughout the day. Anglers trying to look for bedding bass had
their work cut out for them, hoping for sunshine to make it easier
to spot them, but got no windows of sunshine on this day. The
lake remained relatively calm with only a hint of wind making
traveling on the water fairly smooth. Temperatures remained in
the lower 60’s and the lake level is good only just over three feet
low.
Seventy two teams trailered to various launches around the lake
and had until 4:30 to get into the weigh in line. Jeremy Burge and
Kraig Welborn were the frst to break the 20 lb mark with their 23.52
lb limit, and also started the Big Bass race with their 8.37 lb kicker.
Shortly after they came in, Brian Lowrance and Jaret Latta brought
in the winning sack of 28.18 lbs.
“We fshed on the south end of the lake and just went site
fshing. We caught all new bass from those we found in practice.”
They headed to shallow back-ends of pockets and fipped creature
baits, brush hogs and the like. “The bite was real slow until around
10am, then the wind switched directions. That really helped us.”
After 10:00 the bass bit fairly consistently the rest of the day. “We
found one bedding bass that would have weighed around 8 or
10 pounds. We spent two hours trying to catch her, but she just
wouldn’t bite.” They managed nine keepers throughout the day,
and their best fve weighed 28.18 lbs, anchored by a 6.39 lb kicker,
winning 1st place in the tournament. Bass N Bucks awarded them
$5,100 for their win and they would like to thank Rogue Rods for
their support.
Kraig Welborn and Jeremy Burge held on for a 2nd place win
with 23.53 lbs. “We had a good day,” Kraig recalled. “We had three
spots picked out in one little area. The frst one didn’t pan out for
us.” They went to their second spot and that’s where Kraig caught
their biggest fsh of the day weighing 8.37 lbs. They were targeting
grassy secondary points with ½ oz Talon Jigs. “The color of the jig
trailer seemed to make a big difference whether they would bite
it or not. When we left our starting area we had fve keepers in
the boat. After that we ran around all day.” Before the end of the
day they boated eight keepers, and won 2nd place overall and 2nd
place Big Bass with their largest catch. They would like to thank
Allstate Insurance of Leesville/Many, Welborn Tree Service, Andy
Sanders of Talon Lures “And the Good Lord above.”
Jeff Davis fshed by himself in this tournament and caught a
3rd place limit weighing 23.46 lbs. Among the bass in his creel was
the Big Bass of the tournament weighing in at 9.60 lbs. “I fshed
shallow fats, 2’ to 4’ with timber and only used a camo ½ oz Rock
Crawler football jig all day long.” He had a great start to his day. “I
caught my frst fsh on my second pitch.” His second fsh was the
big one at 7:15am. “I lost three bigger than that one. I could have
won this tournament!” It was all over by 9:30, having all the fsh
he would weigh in at that point.
There are still two tournaments remaining in the Toledo Series
this year. The next event will be April 13 then wrapping up June 1.
There are also two remaining tournaments for the Rayburn series,
April 6 and 27, and the Lake Fork series will wrap up their fnal
events May 5 and June 9.
2013 Bass N Bucks Toledo Bend Anglers of the Year points
leaders after three events:
70.78 Jeremy Burge & Kraig Welborn
63.22 Shannon Carroll & Larry Ford
62.18 Andy & Malcolm Williams
55.91 Cole Stewart & Andrew Golden
52.45 Brandon Davidson & Ben Matsubu
Hints of more exciting news to come from Bass N Bucks / USA
Bass Trails. For more information on any of their tournaments
click to www.BassNBucks.com
Top Ten Teams:
1st 28.18 lbs Jaret Latta & Brian Lowrance
2nd 23.53 lbs Jeremy Burge & Kraig Welborn
3rd 23.46 lbs Jeff Davis
4th 22.14 lbs Ryan Robichaux & Howard Hartley
5th 21.34 lbs Jerry Love & Garret Love
6th 20.08 lbs Joe Rials & Bucky Crowson
7th 18.93 lbs Mike Cortelloni & Wendell Wright
7th 18.93 lbs Graham Porter & Gene Pritchard
9th 18.88 lbs Dustin Boyt & Wayde Smith
10th 18.18 lbs Brandon Davidson & Ben Matsubu
Big Bass 9.60 lbs Jeff Davis
Jaret Latta and Brian Lowrance won 1st place „
by a huge margin weighing in a 28.18 lb sack.
Jeremy Burge and Kraig Welborn hit 2nd „
place overall and 2nd place Big Bass with their
23.53 lb sack anchored by their 8.37 lb kicker.
Lone „
angler Jeff
Davis got
into some
hefty bass.
He won
3rd place
overall with
23.46 lbs,
and won
Big Bass
honors with
his 9.60 lb
kicker.
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Bass, Yellow 0.98 5-12-12 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel
Bowfn 8.75 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taber Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel
Carp, Common 24.40 3-13-12 Dylan Lyons Bow & Arrow
Catfsh, Blue 20.00 11-7-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Channel 3.03 4-23-11 Jacob Bowman Rod & Reel
Crappie, Black 2.54 2-19-11 Forrest Gothia Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 2.75 3-18-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.54 5-05-12 Hunter Woodward Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.88 7-4-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redear 0.80 4-12-11 Carson Downey Rod & Reel
Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel
ceRTIfIeD ScALe
LocATIonS
SAm RAyBuRn
Jackson Hill Park Marina 936-872-9266
American Angler 936-872-3451
Powell Park 409-584-2624
Shirley Creek 936-854-2233
Sam Rayburn Marina 409-698-2696
Piney Point Store 409-698-2309
TX Parks & Wildlife 409-698-9121
Brookeland/
Sam Rayburn KOA 409-698-3422
ToLeDo BenD
Lowe’s Creek Park 409-787-2600
Mid Lake Kampground 409-625-4611
Holly Park 409-625-4424
Pendleton Harbor Marina 409-625-4912
Pleasure Bend Store 409-579-2203
Toledo Tackle 318-256-5613
Fin & Feather Resort 409-579-2056
Bass Haven Resort 337-286-9239
Pirates Cove Marina 318-565-4467
Huxley Bay Marina 936-368-2494
Newell’s Fishing World 409-625-4928
Newell’s (night) 936-332-4399
ALL-TAckLe RecoRDS foR SAm RAyBuRn
SPECiES WT DATE ANGLER METHOD
Bass, Largemouth 16.80 5-31-97 Tommy Shelton Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 11.58 4-06-05 John Olive Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 5.50 2-14-87 Curt E. Smith Rod & Reel
Bass, White 4.75 7-17-10 Marc Shaw Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 1.24 4-19-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.75 4-28-08 Robert Biskamp Sr Pole & Line
Bowfn 10.13 10-23-95 Lewis Byers Rod & Reel
Buffalo, Bigmouth 65.00 8-02-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.00 8-17-05 Kevin LaForge Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Black 1.46 2-17-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Bullhead, Yellow 2.51 5-27-97 Willis Francis Jr Trotline
Carp, Common 27.00 4-18-04 Jim Welborn Rod & Reel
Carp, Grass 84.00 5-08-08 Scott Henslee Bow & Arrow
Catfsh, Blue 83.50 1-15-01 Michael Crochet Trotline
Catfsh, Channel 12.32 6-13-05 Gary Ritnour Trotline
Catfsh, Flathead 84.06 3-17-03 Donald Latham Trotline
Crappie, Black 2.15 5-01-07 Ricky Ethridge Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 2.94 3-28-95 Paul Burleson Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 6.20 3-24-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Gar, Alligator 244.50 8-04-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
Gar, Longnose 41.00 6-01-02 Robbie Woods Bow & Arrow
Pickerel, Redfn 0.55 4-06-09 Douglas Wright Rod & Reel
Shad, Gizzard 0.24 6-02-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Shiner, Blacktail 0.04 5-07-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Shiner, Golden 0.07 5-07-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.30 6-04-02 Kenneth Thyssen Fly Rod
Sunfsh, Orangespotted 0.01 6-05-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Other Hybrid 0.34 6-17-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.57 4-10-05 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redear 0.60 3-05-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Spotted 0.06 6-09-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Warmouth 0.40 3-28-08 Blane Morrow Rod & Reel
ALL-TAckLe RecoRDS foR ToLeDo BenD
SPECiES WT DATE ANGLER METHOD
Bass, Largemouth 15.32 7-03-00 Eric Weems Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 15.81 5-25-87 Johnny Pritchett Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 3.40 2-07-09 Larry Upshaw Rod & Reel
Bass, Striped 33.22 2-08-80 James Kent Jr Rod & Reel
Bass, White 4.40 6-19-10 Lisle Brook Rod & Reel
Bass, White x Yellow 1.48 10-21-11 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 1.66 6-24-09 Carl Gantt Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.86 4-30-07 Robert Kinberger Rod & Reel
Bowfn 19.00 1-03-75 George E. Lord Trotline
Buffalo, Bigmouth 81.50 7-04-11 Martin McIntyre Bow & Arrow
Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.76 9-09-06 Miles McDaniel Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel
Carp, Common 32.00 3-04-11 Justin Hunt Bow & Arrow
Carp, Grass 53.50 8-02-06 Tontie Pennock Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Blue 84.00 4-13-07 Thomas Allcorn Trotline
Catfsh, Flathead 97.50 5-24-91 Otis L. Pleasant Trotline
Catfsh, Channel 7.94 4-25-09 Clint Walker Rod & Reel
Crappie, Black 4.00 12-05-02 Hazel Bolton Cane Pole
Crappie, White 3.44 2-21-11 Claude Gilcrease, Jr Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 31.50 3-03-95 Freddie Keel Rod & Reel
Gar, Alligator 181.00 7-27-09 Michael Hughes Bow & Arrow
Gar, Spotted 8.78 3-11-12 Dylan Lyons Bow & Arrow
Pickerel, Redfn 0.66 2-10-09 Bill Ritzell Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.54 5-05-12 Hunter Woodward Rod & Reel
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409 BASS CLUB
GULF
STATES
BASS
BUSTERS
HEMPHILL BASS CLUB
The 409 Bass Club held their second event of the 2013 season on February 27th and March 2nd. The tournament
was held on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile. Forty teams consisting of 73 anglers fshed for the all cash purse. The anglers
that fshed Wednesday faced warm and breezy conditions while anglers that fshed on Saturday were greeted with
morning lows in the low 30’s with northwest winds gusting over 25 mph. The fsh catching on Big Bend was good for
some and not good for most of the anglers. A variety of techniques, including spinnerbaits, Carolina rigs, traps, jigs
and fnesse soft plastics were used to trick the lethargic fsh into biting. Brandon Bearden and Max Lebouef took frst
place for the second tournament in a row with 16.63 lbs. Second place went to Brian Carpenter and Justin Holmes
with 16.33lbs. Jim McDonald and Stan Verrett took third place with 14.35lbs, and 13.30 lbs was enough to give Allie
and Doug Smith a
fourth place fnish.
The top big bass
honors went to John
Bowman with his
6.62 lb sow that was
caught on a rattle
trap. Congratulations
to our winners.
Our next
tournament will be
held on Toledo Bend
on Wednesday April
10th and Saturday
April 13th and the
tournament will start at 6:30am. The 409 Bass Club
would like to thank Bass Kandi and Simon Outftters
for their continuing support.
There were 16 members
that participated in our
February tournament. Ben
Read won 1st place with his
bag that weighed 13.30 lbs.
Jimmy Johnson came in 2nd
with 12.76 lbs, Joe Moss
placed third with 11.34 lbs
and Cody Brown came in 4th
with 8.94 lbs.
On March 9th we had our
third tournament on Sam
Rayburn with 20 anglers
participating. Jimmy Johnson
won the event with 13.30
lbs. Adam Brown came in
2nd place with 11.45 lbs and
Ben Read placed 3rd with
his bag of fsh that weighed
10.80 lbs.
Hemphill Bass Club held their third tournament of the year on March 9th. There were 16
anglers that came out to fsh. The tournament started out with overcast skies with a light wind
early then it picked up later in the day. Sean Page
came out on top with his large sack of three fsh
weighing in at 15.63 lbs. Sean also had Big Bass
honors of the tournament with a nice 9.66 pounder.
Ricky (Pappy) Washington came in second with 3
fsh that weighed 9.05 lbs. Jim Moroski came in 3rd
with his bag that weighed 8.63 lbs.
Hemphill Bass Club would like to welcome anyone
who wants to join our club. Just visit our website
at hemphillbassclub.com for more information. We
would like to thank all of our sponsors Rat-L-Trap,
Seaguar fshing line, Mustad, Bass Assassin Lures,
Scum Frog, and Talon Lures for all their support. Also
a thanks to Fin and Feather Resort for letting us use
their location for our weigh in.
MANY BASS CLUB
MARCH 2013 TOURNAMENT
Richard Pesson wins 1st place in the Many Bass Club’s March 2013
tournament. Pesson wins the Many Bass Club’s March tournament with
a 5 fsh 18.20 pound stringer. Pesson caught his fsh in the north end of
Toledo Bend with a senco in less than two feet of water. Mike Smith is the
second place winner with a 5 fsh stringer weighing 17.82 pounds and Jeff
Davis is the third place winner with another 5 fsh stringer weighing 16.93
pounds. William Sims is the Big Bass winner with a 10.13 pound lunker
and Dusty Anders caught the second place Big Bass with another lunker
weighing 5.90 pounds.
A total of 92 fsh were caught weighing 230 lbs for an average fsh
weight of 2.5 lbs.
William Sims caught a 10.13 lb lunker during this tournament and, as
with most avid bass
fsherman, a fsh of a
lifetime. Even though the
fsh had been caught
in the early morning
hours, this fsh was
healthy and lively. It was
taken to Toledo Tackle
for verifcation and was
released back into the
lake. Thanks Clay/William
for keeping your live
well equipment in great
working order and your
respect for a fsh who
may be caught again.
Many Bass Clubs Top
Ten YTD 2013 Year End
Standings:
1. Jeff Davis 52.54
2. Mike Smith 47.69
3. Bob Self 42.73
4. Harvey Coward 42.66
5. Derek Mong 40.21
6. Mike Price 39.91
7. Richard Pesson 37.13
8. Dusty Anders 37.12
9. George Herr 33.70
10. Skip Carlisle 32.73
Max Lebouef hefts up his
nice fsh that he added to
Brandon Bearden’s bag for a
total of 16.63 lbs that earned
them 1st place.
Winner of the March
tournament was Richard
Pesson catching 18.20 lbs
Sean Page won the tournament with
his impressive 3 fsh limit that weighed
15.63 lbs. His bag included the Big Bass
honors of the tournament which was a
nice 9.66 lb. Toledo Bend sow.
William Simms caught the biggest
bass of the day in the double digits
weighing in at 10.13 lbs
Mike Smith won 2nd place
weighing in 17.82 lbs
3rd place was won by Jeff
Davis with 16.93 lbs
John Bowman won the Big
Bass honors with his nice
6.62 lb big bass.
Brandon Bearden proudly
displaying part of his bag of
fsh that earned him and Max
Lebouef a 1st place fnish – a
nice 16.63 lb. bag.
Shooting Sport Super Store
430 S. Magnolia, Woodville, TX 75979
Full time Gunsmith on site, Optics,
Ammunition, Buy, Sell or Trade Firearms
Fishing Supplies
Tackle
Lures
Reel Service
409-283-7155 / 409-283-7157
ShootingSportSuperStore@yahoo.com • www.ShootingSportSuperStore.com
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Castledine Wins 1st place in Boater Division
Pardo wins Co-Angler
courtesy of fLWoutdoors.com
JASPER, Texas (March 25, 2013) – Todd
Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a fve-
bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday
to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy
Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For
his victory, Castledine earned $5,127.
“I was doing a combination of two things,”
said Castledine. “I started off sight-fshing for a
few bedding fsh that I had located earlier. After
I caught those fsh, I would cast around in those
same areas for fsh that were not on beds. This
is my third weekend in a row where I have won
a tournament down here, and I have been doing
pretty much the same thing every time.
“I have been mostly throwing a Kicker Fish
swimbait,” Castledine continued. “It’s a 5-inch
prototype swimbait called the Tail Slapper and I
have been using it for over a month now. I throw
that around and can usually pop one or two
really big ones a day. I was also using a Kicker
Fish Kicker Kraw to catch the bedding fsh.
“I had no idea that I was going to win,”
Castledine went on to say. “I just didn’t catch
a ton of fsh throughout the day. I had been
weighing in some pretty good sacks and I didn’t
have anywhere near what I thought I would
need. I was totally surprised. I really need to
credit Jesus Christ and my sponsors for the win.”
Doron Pardo of Monroe, La., weighed in four
bass totaling 15 pounds even Saturday to win
$2,064 in the co-angler division.
The next BFL Cowboy Division tournament is
scheduled for May 11 on Toledo Bend Reservoir
in Many, La. After the last divisional tournament
is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-
anglers based on point standings will qualify
for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on
Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas. Boaters will
compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a
200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard
and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fsh
for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower
Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted
to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments
throughout the season, fve in each division. The
top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division
qualify for a regional tournament and compete
to fnish in the top six, which then qualifes them
for one of the longest-running championships
in all of competitive bass fshing – the Walmart
BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2013
BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on
the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top
winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart
Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
ABOUT FLW
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-
fshing organization, providing anglers of
all skill levels the opportunity to compete for
millions in prize money nationwide in 2013
over the course of 220 tournaments across
fve tournament circuits, four of which provide
an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most
coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood
Cup. FLW tournament fshing can be seen on
the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show
and is broadcast to more than 564 million
households worldwide, making it the most widely
distributed weekly outdoors-sports television
show in the world. FLW is committed to providing
a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing,
On and Off the Water.” For more information
about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for
FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest
and YouTube.
Rounding ouT The Top 10 co-angleRs weRe:
2nd: David Kayda, Huffman, Texas, fve bass, 14-8, $1,032
3rd: Mark Hensiek, Humnoke, Ark., fve bass, 13-9, $688
4th: Chad Estep, Prairieville, La., four bass, 12-7, $482
5th: Jay Bennett, Lufkin, Texas, fve bass, 12-1, $413
6th: Brandon Booth, Bryan, Texas, fve bass, 11-15, $378
7th: Robert Derr, Hawkins, Texas, fve bass, 11-13, $344
8th: Steven Rose, Deridder, La., fve bass, 11-5, $310
9th: Andy Vote, Kingwood, Texas, fve bass, 11-4, $275
10th: Ryan Morott, Princeton, Texas, fve bass, 11-3, $241
Rounding ouT The Top 10 pRos weRe:
2nd: Mark Allen, Vivian, La., fve bass, 17-12 $2,064
3rd: Teddy Cloide, Vidor, Texas, fve bass, 17-5 $1,377
4th: Michael Brewton, Nacogdoches, Texas, fve bass, 15-12 $963
5th: Brett Sellers, Denham Springs, La., fve bass, 15-3, $825
6th: Jeremy Guidry, Opelousas, La., fve bass, 14-13 $757 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
7th: Tommy Mackey, Bryan, Texas, fve bass, 14-12 $688
8th: Bill Cook, Houston, Texas, fve bass, 14-7 $619
9th: Eric Bennett, Simpson, La., fve bass, 13-13 $550
10th: Ronnie Bickham, Brookeland, Texas, fve bass, 13-12 $482
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, „
won the March 23 Cowboy Division
event on Sam Rayburn with 20 pounds,
1 ounce. For his efforts, Castledine was
awarded over $5,100 in tournament
winnings. (Photo by Kyle Wood)
Co-angler Doron Pardo of Monroe, La., „
won the March 23 Cowboy Division event
on Sam Rayburn with only four bass that
weighed 15 pounds. Pardo walked away
with over $2,000 for his victory. (Photo
by Kyle Wood)
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday Team # 4
Rodney Dotson Won!!
By Bill & Barbara Long
March 23, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2013 Sam Rayburn Saturday
Team Series # 4 out of The Umphrey Pavilion at Sam Rayburn, TX
began this event with 124 teamed anglers showing up to fsh for
the $10,700.00 purse. Any team entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn
Saturday Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day
Rayburn Championship. The top team in points after the series
will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded
free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams
entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday series events will automatically
qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Saturday Series 2-day Championships.
Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to
enter the “Tournament of Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo
Bend.
This 4th event of 2013 was started at 6:50 am. Sam Rayburn
water was in good shape and 1.77 feet below normal pool level
with water temps running 67-72 degrees. The weather at takeoff
was a calm 59 degrees with a warming to 76 degrees by weigh in
time. The fsh catching was good on Big Sam today as there were
42 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 216 bass at 582.38 lbs
making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.69
lbs.
The one man team of Rodney Dotson from Brookeland, TX ran
his bass rig to south lake creek areas with bedding bass to catch
his bass throwing Texas rigged fukes in 0-3 ft of water. Rodney
managed to cull numerous times to fnish in 1st place with 23.14
lbs. This win made Rodney $3000.00 for his day on the water.
The team of N Dee Williams from Cushing, TX & Jeff Wise from
Lufkin, TX ran N Dee’s Ranger/Evinrude bass rig to mid lake
creek areas over grass to catch their bass throwing Stanley ½ oz
spinner baits in 3-7 ft of water. They managed to cull several times
to fnish in 2nd place with 21.18 lbs. N Dee also had switched his
boat insurance over to Foremost with the Salamone Agency and
collected the $200.00 incentive bonus package for the 2nd event
in a row. The team wanted to give special thanks to The Boat
Center at Lake Palestine for the awesome service in preparing their
Ranger for this event. This win made them $2200.00 for their day
on the water.
The team of Randy Quinn from Huffman, TX & Mark Rouse
from League City, TX ran their bass rig to mid & north lake creek
areas to probe the bedding areas holding bass to bring 20.95 lbs
to the scales. Their largest fnd of the day was a fne 9.18 pounder
that they received the $200.00 Big Bass award with. They fnished
in 3rd and collected $1200.00 for their day on the water.
The one man team of Clayton Boulware from Zavalla, TX
fnished in 4th with 19.82 lbs and collected $850.00. The team of
Justin Burns & Richie Wagnon fnished in 5th with 19.59 lbs and
collected $700.00. The team of Ricky Guy & his partner Eric Hunt
fnished in 6th with 18.69 lbs and collected $550.00.
There were 12 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
The Sam Rayburn Resort is now giving away to 1st place out of
the money a Stay & Play package valued at $200.00 for each of the
Rayburn team events. The Foremost Insurance Group through The
Salamone Agency in Jasper & Kirbyville, TX has come on board
with A/Q to offer a great incentive bonus program for owning a
Foremost policy…check out the details on our site. N Dee Williams
was the $200.00 bonus winner at this event for 2nd event in a row.
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, The Foremost Group..ie The Salamone Agency,
The Sam Rayburn Resort, Bowden Marine, Power Pole “Captains
Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed Liners, Buster
McNutty’s Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please read the
Rodney Dotson with help from Weighmaster, Chris „
DiBerardino display his 1st place limit of fsh that
totaled 23.14 lbs.
Dee Williams & Jeff Wise came in 2nd with 21.18 „
lbs. N Dee also won the Foremost $200 incentive
bonus for having his boat insurance thru Foremost
with the Salamone Agency.
Randy Quinn & Mark Rouse came in 3rd „
with their bag that weighed 20.95 lbs.
Clayton Boulware fnished „
in 4th place with 19.82 lbs.
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On April 13th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle
on Lake Livingston for the 4th of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday Team
Series events. Then on April 14th A/Q will be at Lake Houston
Marina on Lake Houston for the 4th of 8 Houston Individual Series
events. On April 20th Anglers Quest will be back at Lake Houston
Marina on Lake Houston for the 4th of 8 Houston Saturday
Series events. On April 21st Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo
Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 4th of 8 Lake Livingston
Individual Series events. Then A/Q will be back at The Umphrey
Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on May 4th & 5th for the 5th of 8 Sam
Rayburn Saturday & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest still
accepts credit cards. Pre enter any event and you DO NOT have to
report to the A/Q bus the morning of the events. Call Mr. Bill or
Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2013
schedules & results for all Anglers Quest series events are now
available online at www.anglers-quest.com.
Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products &
services: Automated Mailing Solutions, Bowden Marine Sales &
Service, Buster McNuttys, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, TX-Chamber,
City of Onalaska, Custom Built Awards, Executive Security
Integrators, FishingWorld.com, Foremost Insurance Group, Foster
Fence Ltd, Freeway Truck Sales, Jasper Economic Development
District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone
Star Buffet, Martel’s Welding Works, Need More Tackle, Power
Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Sabine
County Tourism, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Superior Paint Works Inc.,
The Stump Bar & Grill, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent
Turf Farms.
God Bless & Good Fishing to All…
Top 13 places at the Anglers Quest „
Rayburn Saturday Team # 4 tournament.
Randy Quinn & Mark Rouse won Big Bass honors with „
their largest fnd of the day, a fne 9.18 pounder.
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual # 4
Philip Crelia Won!!
By Bill & Barbara Long
March 24, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2013 Sam Rayburn Individual
# 4 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX began
this event with 33 anglers showing up to fsh for the $2150.00
purse. This 4th event of 2013 was started as a trailoring event
at 6:50 am. The weigh in time was conducted at 4:00 pm.
Any Individual entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn Individual
Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn
Individual Championship. The top Individual in points after the
series will be declared the Angler of the Year and will be awarded
free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Individual Series events. The
Individuals entering all 8 Rayburn Individual series events will
automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Individual Series
2-day Championships. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q
Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of
Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo Bend.
Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 1.77 feet below
normal pool level with water temps running 67-72 degrees. The
weather at takeoff was a very windy 42 degrees with a warming
to only 61 degrees by weigh in time. The fsh catching was good
on Big Sam today as there were 7 limits brought to the scales, for
a total of 55 bass at 141.97 lbs making the average bass brought
to the scales today weigh 2.58 lbs.
Philip Crelia from Center, TX ran his bass rig to north lake
pockets to catch his bass throwing Texas rigged plastics to
bedding bass in 0-4 ft of water. Philip also had the Big Bass of
the event, a fne 6.98 lber. Philip managed to catch many keepers
to fnish in 1st place with 20.45 lbs and made himself $1100.00
for his day on the water.
Clarence Denby from Etoille, TX fnished his day in 2nd with
5 bass at 18.34 lbs and collected $500.00. Tommy Hill from
Kountze, TX fnished in 3rd with 5 bass at 17.90 lbs and collected
$250.00. John Frazier from Beaumont, TX fnished in 4th with
13.43 lbs and collected $150.00. Elton Thomae from Hemphill,
TX fnished in 5th with 12.42 lbs and collected $100.00 for his
day on the water. The 1st out of the money Martels Welding
Works Rhino Bed Liner gift certifcate was given to Ricky Guy
for his 5 bass catch of 11.76 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, The Foremost Group..ie The Salamone
Agency, The Sam Rayburn Resort, Bowden Marine, Power Pole
“Captains Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed
Liners, Buster McNutty’s Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus.
Please read the qualifcations for these great incentives on our
Anglers Quest website.
On April 13th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle
on Lake Livingston for the 4th of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday
Team Series events. Then on April 14th A/Q will be at Lake
Houston Marina on Lake Houston for the 4th of 8 Houston
Individual Series events. On April 20th Anglers Quest will be
back at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston for the 4th of
8 Houston Saturday Series events. On April 21st Anglers Quest
will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the
4th of 8 Lake Livingston Individual Series events. Then A/Q
will be back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on May
4th & 5th for the 5th of 8 Sam Rayburn Saturday & Individual
Series events. Anglers Quest still accepts credit cards. Pre enter
any event and you DO NOT have to report to the A/Q bus the
Philip Crelia won tournament with a bag of fsh that „
weighed an impressive 20.45 lbs. His bag also included
the Big Bass of the tournament a nice 6.98 pounder.
Clarence Denby with help from weighmaster, „
Chris DiBerardino, proudly showing his 2nd
place bag fsh that weighed 18.34 lbs.
Tommy Hill „
fnished in 3rd
with 5 bass
that weighed
17.90 lbs.
Top 6 places in the tournament – Philip Crelia „
1st place, Clarence Denby 2nd, Tommy Hill 3rd,
John Frazier 4th, Elton Thomae 5th and Ricky
Guy 6th place.
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Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or
entry. 2013 schedules & results for all Anglers
Quest series events are now available online at
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Jimmy & Sherry Harris WIN
on Sam Rayburn!!!
By John Watts
One of the best times to be on Sam Rayburn is
when the lake is up and the fsh are up as well.
On Saturday, March 23rd the men and women
of C.A.S.T.’s Southeast Region hit the lake at the
right time with the lake less than two feet low
and the bass in the shallows. As in all fshing
tournaments the fnal commitment belonged to
the fsh. Several couples managed to fnd a big
fsh but not more than one good fsh per angler
creel. Getting two big bites in this tournament
was tough.
One of the couples who put together a stringer
complete with one big bass was Jimmy & Sherry
Harris. Their 1st Place winning weight of 17.70
was anchored by the Big Bass of the day, a nice
6.86 pound lunker! Jimmy & Sherry were visibly
excited to win this C.A.S.T. event. They have been
in the top of the standings for several seasons
but not able to get the right bites at the right
time, this day it all came together for the Harris
family!!! Awesome job!
C.A.S.T. is proud to have a new couple fshing
with us this year, Yarri & Wendy Schreibvogel.
These two folks are tremendously experienced
bass anglers and tournament competitors.
They had a game plan going into this event
and were confdent they had the fsh to win the
tournament. Yarri potentially had a second big
fsh break his 30# braid line because the 6.60
pound fsh they brought in was a really fat fsh!
Fishing against other teams is part of the thrill
in tournaments but the bottom line is the fsh
are going to do their part to keep you from
winning! Yarri & Wendy will come out on top
soon. We look forward to seeing how they do next
time. Congratulations on a great fnish!!
One of C.A.S.T.’s best couples over the past
decade are Larry & Carol McMinimy. Fishing
C.A.S.T. has been a joy for the McMinimy’s. Even
when they moved to Tennessee for a time they
actually drove back to Texas once a month to
fsh the Southeast Region’s tournaments. We
weren’t surprised to see them bring a nice bag of
bass to the scales weighing 13.82 pounds. Larry
& Carol live in Lufkin and Sam Rayburn is their
playground. They know the lake so well they
have names for places on the lake most people
have never even heard of or will hear of; (secret
places)! Congratulations to Larry & Carol! We
expect they will be on fsh again next month!
Ronnie & Courtney Mundy came in with a
limit of bass to claim 4th Place with a weight
of 13.09 pounds. Last month Ronnie fshed the
Toledo Bend tournament by himself without
Courtney and let’s just say Ronnie didn’t bring
fsh to weigh, so let’s just say this time their fve
fsh stringer might be attributed to Courtney
being at least in the boat! A great job by the 2007
C.A.S.T. Classic Champions! They are always
contenders!
Nest month on Saturday, April 13th, the
couples of C.A.S.T. Southeast will take on a lake
never on the schedule before, Lake Nacogdoches.
This little lake will challenge not only the
patience of the couples but the ability to fgure
out how to catch keeper fsh. Like Lake Fork,
Lake Nacogdoches has a slot limit of 16” to 24”,
meaning catching “unders” will be par for the
course but trying to catch an “over” will be on
everyones wish list! This tournament will give
those in the lower part of the standings a chance
to move up and those in the top a chance to
prove they are really the cream of the crop this
season! Let the games begin!!!
C.A.S.T. Southeast enjoys sponsorship
from fantastic sponsors like Skeeter Boats,
Yamaha Outboards, Kistler Custom Fishing
Rods, Biobor Fuel Additives, Strike King Lures,
Surelife Laboratories, and others. Without the
generous support of these fne companies and
businesses C.A.S.T. would not be the best couples
tournament organization it is! Thank you and
we are glad to be part of these teams!
Until Later... God Bless and
Good Fishing’
Jimmy & Sherry Harris won 1st „
Place with a weight of 17.70 lbs.,
which was anchored by the Big Bass
of the day, a nice 6.86 pound lunker!
Yarri & Wendy „
Schreibvogel placed
2nd with their nice
creel of 15.85 lbs.
Larry & Carol „
McMinimy came in 3rd
with their 13.82 lb bag
of fsh that they caught
in their “secret areas”.
Ronnie & Courtney Mundy claimed 4th „
Place with a weight of 13.09 pounds.
Thankfully Courtney was with Ronnie this
tournament!
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