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Cassel Boykin hosts another Dr. Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure
By Jodie Warner, Staff Writer
Dr. Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure kicked off Saturday April 30 with 137 teams of anglers who normally are fighting for top positions on the weekend; however in this tournament it’s all about the cause. The tournament raises money for Memorial Health Systems in Lufkin to help cancer patients pay for transportation and medications, along with any other needs they may have. With the 137 teams paying a $200 entry fee each, the event earned at least $27,000 that will go toward patient care and expenses as envisioned and began by Dr. Bill Shelton 18 years ago. Shelton, a radiation oncologist at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center saw a need for some kind of event that would help raise money for the patients of the center when he found out that one of his patients would have to stop on the side of the road to collect cans to be recycled in order to pay for the cost of transportation to and from the center for treatments. Shelton then began this tournament out of compassion and understanding of his patients, and now the legacy lives on and continues to help those that need it. The day started off with some much needed rain for the area, which presented a nuisance to anglers trying to fish in the middle of the lake, the rain also brought high winds to add an extra obstacle that the teams would have to work around throughout the rest of the day. During the beginnings of the weigh in, the hopes of seeing big fish were squandering; however eventually they poured in with 30 minutes or less to spare. Allen Moore and Clint Teutsch eventually brought in a stringer at 20.88 lbs. taking the spot for first and a check for $3,249. Patrick and Shane Gammill missed the first place position by .01 ounces coming in with 20.87 lbs. and bringing home a check for $2,294.10. Ray Livingston and Bill Rogers, no strangers to team competition, came in third with a 19.91 lb stringer which earned them a check for $1,720 for their day on the water. A tie for fourth and fifth occurred with 18.57 lbs. The tie was settled by the weight of the largest bass. Eddy Gresham and Carlton Johns eventually took the fourth spot due to their 6.57 lb bass that Gresham weighed in, this earned them $1,274.50. The fifth spot and $1,019.60 was then given to Steven and David Morton who also had 18.57 lbs.
Shane and Patrick Gammill with their 5 fish limit that weighed 20.87 lbs.
The big bass competition remained close throughout the day with bass coming in one after the other only a few or less ounces apart. Ronny Mundy set the bar with a 6.56 lb bass during his weigh in, Eddy Gresham then came in with a bass that topped him by a small margin at 6.57 lbs. Before the crowd could settle, Glenn Harrington weighed in a bass at 6.59 lbs. Then, just in the nick of time
Michael Doggett won big bass honors with his 7.11 pounder.
Front row, from left: Alan Moore and Clint Teutsch (1st), Patrick Gammill and Shane Gammill (2nd), Ray Livingston and Bill Rogers (3rd), Eddy Gresham and Bill Rogers (4th), Steve Morton and David Morton (5th) Back Row, from left: John Hatton and Marc Shaw (6th), Eric Hunt and James Shaw (7th), James Slack and Jeff Buchanan (8th), Ronnie Mundy (9th), Kevin Biscamp and Kirt Hare (10th)
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Reservoir Stratification, Thermoclines, and Turnover
Todd Driscoll, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Most anglers have likely heard the words “thermocline” and “turnover” associated with local fishing reports and dock talk at the local tackle shop. Both result from thermal stratification, which is an annual occurrence at a majority of southern reservoirs. As part of the stratification process, reservoirs develop pronounced temperature barriers (thermoclines) and anoxic zones (water without oxygen) in the summer and “turnover” or mix during the fall. Many bait fish and sport fish relate to the thermocline during summer, as it contains the coldest water with adequate oxygen levels. Anglers can put more fish in the boat by better understanding the predictable process of stratification. Thermal stratification is a direct response to the unique relationship of water density and temperature. The maximum density of water occurs at 39OF. As water cools below this temperature, it becomes lighter. As a result, even though ice is the solid form of water, it floats because it is less dense. However, in this part of the country, water temperatures in our reservoirs seldom fall below 45OF, so to simplify, water becomes less dense as it warms. This is an important point relative to the rest of the discussion of thermal stratification. During the spring season, the first several feet of water begin to warm. Due to the density relationship described above, this warm water layer floats, as it is less dense than the cooler water below. However, at this
time this thin surface layer of warm water is subject to mixing from wind and wave action. As spring progresses into summer, the surface waters begin to warm faster and this warm water layer expands into deeper water. As this process continues to accelerate into June, the reservoir becomes stratified into three layers: 1) the upper layer of warm, less dense water of similar temperature, 2) the thermocline (small middle layer where the temperature cools dramatically between the upper and lower layers), and 3) the lower layer of colder, more dense water below the thermocline (usually has no oxygen). At Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend reservoirs, the thermocline will typically begin to form at a water depth of 25 feet and increase in depth to approximately 40 feet at mid-summer. Once thermal stratification develops, the top layer does not mix with the lower layer due to the strong water density/temperature barrier at the thermocline. Due to the lack of mixing, the lower layer becomes anoxic (has no oxygen) within three to four weeks after stratification. A positive indication of summer stratification is the smell of rotten eggs at the powerhouse of Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend during water releases. This odor is hydrogen sulfide, which primarily persists during anoxic conditions present in the lower layer. Usually, anglers can find the thermocline with their electronics, as the density of water abruptly increases at this layer. It may take manual increases of sonar sensitivity settings, but the thermocline will show up as a straight line of increased clutter, similar to a scattered school of baitfish. Although baitfish and gamefish can suspend in relation to the thermocline, oxygen levels in productive lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend often prevent this. During mid-summer when the thermocline may be in 40 feet of water, oxygen levels typically fall to stressful levels below depths of 25 feet. This reduction in oxygen is caused by the bacterial decay of nutrients and organic matter in the water. In this mid-summer situation, baitfish will typically suspend at the lowest depth of adequate oxygen instead of the thermocline (typically 20 - 30 feet at Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend). Sport fish, especially black bass and crappie, will relate to these bait fish throughout the summer. Finding structure and cover at 20 - 30 feet will maximize catch rates when fishing deep during summer. As the fall season approaches, water temperatures at the surface begin to cool and due to increasing density, the cooler water sinks. Wave action assists with distributing the cooler water throughout the upper layer. When the upper layer temperature is equal to or lower than that of the thermocline, the entire water column is subject to mixing. The mixing process, referred to as fall turnover, can be relatively sudden, with an entire reservoir turning over in less than a week during windy conditions. Typically, this occurs in October at Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Although rare, isolated fish kills can be observed during turnover, due to the welloxygenated water in the upper layer mixing with the poor water quality of the lower layer, which causes pockets of anoxic water. Fishing can also be tough for a few days during turnover due to the sudden change in water quality. If you have questions concerning the fisheries of our area lakes, stop by the Inland Fisheries office at the Jasper State Fish Hatchery or contact us by phone (409-384-9572) or email (email@example.com). Good luck and good fishing!
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Toledo comes on strong at Bass N Bucks with nearly a 30 pound winning sack!
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster
There were a lot of strong sacks brought to the scales at Bass N Bucks on Toledo Bend April 30, 2011. David Fox and Anthony Clemens topped the pack, leaving their competition in the dust with 29.37 lbs! The morning started out windy at Cypress Bend Marina, and showed little relief throughout the day. Aside from the wind, conditions were prime and the fish were biting. Several teams came up to the scales with sacks nudging the 20 pound mark. David Fox and Anthony Clemens hit it first, with nearly 30 pounds! Their 8.45 lb kicker only held top spot for Big Bass for a short time, challenged by other 8 pounders but beat when Johnny Watkins and Bart Blakelock brought their creel to be tallied that included a 9.68 lb kicker, the biggest bass of the tournament. For David Fox & Anthony Clemens, their morning started out at a dead run. “We targeted ditches with grass in 6’-8’ of water. Anthony was throwing a watermelon red Carolina rigged fluke, and on his second cast caught our big one.” By 7:30, they had a nice 18 lb limit in the boat. Throwing both the flukes and a ¾ oz shad pattern spinnerbait, they were able to cull three times, adding another 10 pounds to their total before 11:30. “We kept catching fish after that, but pretty much had our weight by then. At 2:30 the bite just quit and we packed up and came in.” Bass N Bucks presented them with the guaranteed $8,000 1st place check. They were also running in a qualified Ranger boat and received the $2,500 Ranger Cup bonus. Having a Yamaha SHO outboard on their Ranger boat, they also won the Yamaha SHO bonus giving them a free entry into any Bass N Bucks event, worth $280. They would like to thank Jasper Outboard, Jeans Tackle and Cepolk Corp for their support. The morning bite went very well for Johnny Watkins and Bart Blakelock too. Fishing the mid lake area at a shallow grass flat that varied from 2’ to 5’ deep, they used spooks and buzz baits for their catch. Johnny latched on to their 9.68 lb kicker on a spook. Just imagine that big bass hitting his topwater bait! “We caught a lot of fish today, and had 22 pounds in the boat by 9am. We were able to make one cull around 10:00, and that was it for us. We were done. It was a fun day, and fortunately we didn’t miss any. On our way in, we had some technical difficulties
David Fox and Anthony Clemens won Bass N Bucks on Toledo unchallenged with a 29.37 lb total that included a kicker over 8 pounds
and worked on trying to get the boat going for about 45 minutes. Some fellow anglers stopped to help, and went so far as to swap cranking batteries with us. If it weren’t for them, we may not have made it back in time.” The team won $4,000 for their 2nd place finish, and another $1,000 for Big Bass. Bart credits his partner saying “I really want to thank Johnny for landing our big one! We would both also like to thank the Lord for getting us back safe and looking over us.” They would also like to acknowledge their sponsors: Bass Kandi, Stanley, Nitro, Mer-
Martin Elshout fished by himself at this event, catching 21.84 lbs for a 3rd place finish
Johnny Watkins holds up the 9.68 lb Big Bass of the tournament that anchored a 2nd place overall finish for he and partner Bart Blakelock
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cury, MinnKota and Simon Outfitters. Martin Elshout had to go it alone this event, his partner Mark Price could not make it. “I went to my first spot, and was taking water over the front of the boat. The waves were bad. Hybrids had moved in there, and so I had to move.” Looking for high spots with grass in depths of around 6’ deep, he pitched a green Justice jig with various trailers. “They were biting very well in my second spot, and I stayed there all day.” His five fish limit weighed 21.84 lbs to win 3rd place overall for a $3,000 payday. “I’d like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Kistler Rods, and Ludwig Brothers Marine.” There are only two Toledo Bend Series tournaments left! May 14 & June 25, and all Bass N Bucks tournaments are open to anyone who would like to fish. The final Sam Rayburn Series tournament will be May 7 at the Umphrey Family Pavilion.
Don’t worry, it’s not over yet! The Summer Series will start in June. There will be three events with a three fish limit per team per event. For more information click to www.BassNBucks.com or call 409-727-8941 Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors: Ranger Boats – Cabela’s – Yamaha – Lowrance – Wulf Outdoors – Vicious Fishing – Rat-L-Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Snag Proof – BassMedics – Jasper Chamber of Commerce – Pro Rule – Fishingworld
Lots of shuffling in the top points leaders for the Anglers of the Year race! Here are the current top 5: CHAD DYESS / MICHAEL CRAWFORD JAMES BLYTHE / BRAD HUGHES MIKE MURSKI / TERRY STEVENS DAVID FOX / ANTHONY CLEMENS SCOOTER CLARK / RYAN PINKSTON
Top 10 line up:` 7th $ 650 - 19.39 lbs 1st $8,000+ - 29.37 lbs Jack Adams & Brandon Baker David Fox & Anthony Clemens 8th $ 600 - 19.38 lbs 2nd $4,000+ - 24.06 lbs Chad Dyess & Michael Crawford Bart Blakelock & Johnny Watkins 9th $ 600 - 19.06 lbs 3rd $3,000 - 21.84 lbs Brad Hughes & James Blythe Mark Price & Martin Elshout 10th $ 600 - 18.97 lbs 4th $1,000 - 21.46 lbs Doyle Lasyone & Ronnie Smith David Truax & Randy Hicks ……and last in the money…… 5th $1,000 - 20.27 lbs 16th $ 500 - 17.34 lbs Jeremy Burge & Kraig Welborn Danny Iles & Brian Shook 6th $ 700 - 19.99 lbs Big Bass $1,000 - 9.68 lbs Jason Wells & Vic Cooper
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Allen and Freeman win with 14.09 lbs at V&M/Cyclone Baits
By Jodie Warner, Staff Writer
The V&M Cyclone Baits tournament was held on Sunday, May 1 at Cypress Bend Park in Many, Louisiana. The 41 active teams faced high humidity, heat and varying heavy winds in the afternoon, but made it through. The competition was getting fierce! Only ounces separated the first three places but Harold Allen and Glen Freeman took home the top prize with 14.09 lbs. Rusty Hatcher and Chance Moton came in second with 13.53 lbs. Selvin Cartwright and Tommy Land came in third and also took home the big bass title with a 13.29 lb stringer which included a beauty that weighed 5.39 lbs. Fourth place team was Bobby Feazel and Gary Glende with a 12.83 lb stringer. Jacob Harrison and Trace James rounded out the top five with a 9.67 lb total stringer weight. The next V&M Cyclone Baits Team Tournament will be held on May 15 at Twin Dikes Marina. At registration every participating team receives at least $50 in free baits, a chance to win the $1000 grand prize on tournament day, and with the use of their weigh slip they can receive money toward the purchase
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Sobczak and Garrie Win It All at Bass-N-Bucks Finale
By Jim Binns/ Lakecaster Correspondent
WOW! The hotter the weather gets – the hotter the fishing is on Sam Rayburn Lake. Bass-N-Bucks held its last tournament of the Rayburn Series on May 7th and except for some pesky winds the weather was starting to feel like summer. It was a beautiful morning as the anglers headed out of the launching area to search for a big sack of bass and one of the teams found the pot of gold. The Umphrey Pavilion was a beehive of activity as the first flight of anglers made their way to the weigh-in scales. The weather had turned windy and hot with bright skies, but Randy Turner and his partner Jerry McMullen weighed in a nice 16.73 pound bag of fish to start the fireworks. But that was soon beat by weights that gradually climbed up into the 20+ pound mark. At one point Big Bass of the Tournament was a tie between two 5.30 pounders, but this is Sam Rayburn, and you knew that with the caliber of anglers fishing this tournament, bigger bass were bound to hit the scales. Derek and Dave Mong knocked the 5-pounders out with an 8.08 pounder, and at this point you could almost hear the drum roll because the highlight of the event was getting ready to happen. Jonathan Garrie and Casey Sobczak struggled to place their big bag of bass on the scales and when the smoke cleared the scales read 30.09 pounds (they had a ½-pound penalty for a dead bass so that made the total 29.59 pounds). To make it even better, their “kicker” bass was a whopping 10.11 pound lunker. Think about it for a minute. For a five bass limit that would basically mean that you have four 5-pounders in the livewell and then add a kicker weighing over 10-pounds. Unbelievable! Garrie and Sobczak are class act young men and certainly no strangers to the winners circle. Sobczak is from the Spring area and Garrie resides in Nacogdoches. The team pocketed a cool $8000 for the win, $1000 for Big Bass of the Tournament and also won the coveted title of BassN-Bucks Anglers of the Year. The team had an all day bite and they fished a number of spots in the mid-lake to south area. They used a variety of baits, but stated that the majority of their bass were taken on shallow and deep diving 6th Sense crankbaits in a shad pattern. The duo fished the shallow baits in 1- to 3-feet of water and the deep divers at about a 15– to 20 foot
Jonathon Garrie and Casey Sobczak hold up two of the winning fish from their total weight of 29.59 lbs taking 1st place.
depth. Grass and structure were definitely a factor in their success. During the day they culled about three times. Second place and $4000 went to the team of Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier with five bass that went 22.65 pounds. They also had an all day bite and culled about six fish. This team
Team Marc Mitchell & Mike Dorcz with their 5 fish that weighed 22.30 lbs which earned them 3rd place.
Tommy Hill & Bubba Frazier being congratulated by tournament director, Dave Concienne, for their 22.65 lbs. which placed them in 2nd.
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fished south and didn’t need to carry a lot of fishing tackle since they only fished one bait in shallow water - a yellow Rat-L-Trap. Grass also was a factor on where they caught their fish. During the day one of their rod and reels got tangled up in the net, and when they tried to net a bass the rod and reel combo was sacrificed to the fish gods of Sam Rayburn. I tried to get a GPS of where it went into the water but the team was tight-lipped. Third place and $3000 went to the team of Marc Mitchell and Mike Dorcz with 22.30 pounds. They also had an all day bite and caught about fifty bass during the day. Notice I said 50 bass. They used white and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits and buzz baits for most of the action and fished the baits in from 1-to 3-feet of water. Here again, grass was a factor in the area they were fishing. At 2:30pm the batteries in their boat went dead and with a livewell full of bass things were looking pretty bleak. Fortunately they were able to get a helping hand from some other fishermen and make it to weigh-in on time. The team stated that there were some really anxious moments before that motor started. So what about the 10.11-pound Big Bass of the Tournament caught by the team of Garrie and Sobczak? Well that big ol’ bass was taken off a long point on one of the 6th Sense prototype deep diving crankbaits in a Texas Shad pattern. The fish jumped a number of times and I can only imagine how exciting that must have been because it was taken on 10-pound test line. My hands would still be shaking. $1000 for Big Bass of the Tournament went to the team of Garrie and Sobczak Show Time Certificate - Michael and Lance Lowery Other extra bonus winners thru Sponsor incentives included: Dawson Bonus ($200) – 26th Place with 14.40 pounds – John LeMaire Cabela’s ($250) – Derek Mong
Total Teams – 103 Total Fish Caught – 404 Total Weight – 1066.82 pounds Average Weight – 2.64 pounds per fish Number of Limits – 77 The next tournament will be the Toledo Series on April 14th at Cypress Bend Marina. When registering for the Toledo events, be sure and verify boat check points before take-off as trailering will be allowed. For more information on any Bass N Bucks event, click to www.BassNBucks.com or call 409-727-8941. Many thanks to all of the great 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors: Ranger Boats – Cabela’s – Yamaha – Lowrance – Wulf Outdoors – Vicious Fishing – Rat–L–Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Snag Proof – BassMedics – Jasper Chamber of Commerce – Pro Rule – Fishingworld
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1st $8,000 - 29.59 lbs Jonathan Garrie and Casey Sobczak (Kicker Bass – 10.11) 2nd $4,000 - 22.65 lbs Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier 3rd $3,000 - 22.30 - lbs Marc Mitchell and Mike Dorcz (Kicker Bass – 5.30) 4th $600 - 20.52 lbs Clarence Sanderson and Bobby Addison 5th $550 - 18.76 lbs Dicky and Ricky Newberry
6th $500 - 18.26 lbs Charles Shofner and Chris Delvalle 7th $500 - 17.69 lbs Derek and Dave Mong (Kicker Bass – 8.08) 8th $ 500 - 17.27 lbs Eric Hunt and Bradley Stringer 9th $ 500 - 16.99 lbs Phil Marks and Richard Draper 10th $500 - 16.84 lbs Troy Reed and Albert Collins
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The boys in the boat are Audie Lucas & Rickey Lucas, then L-R in front of the boat are Kristen Boone, Sheridan Lucas, Memaw Maezelle Bird, PawPaw Glenn Bird, Brandon Boone, and Emily Boon Making goals and then working to achieve them is important for everyone, including – and maybe especially – for kids. When it is made into a family fun filled event, it just keeps getting better. “Back in December our grandson Brandon was fishing with me below the Lake Livingston dam and caught a catfish. After checking the Texas river water body records I realized that it qualified as a junior water body record, so we recorded it. When the certificate came in the mail it caught the eyes of the other grandkids (being that 7 year old Brandon was prancing around showing it off in front of them and bragging of what a great fisherman that he was). Now the other 5 grandkids wanted to know when I could take each one of them to catch their own record fish. Well, that presented a real challenge for PawPaw, and not being a one sided person, sat back and wondered how I am going to get each one of the grandkids to catch a water body recordable fish. But the best part is that all of our grandkids want to go fishing with me, and man, this is great. I have had a lot of pleasure spending quality time with each one of them on the water in the boat, and going from place to place fishing for different types of fish. We have grandkids from 4 thru 15 years of age and I do realize that by some people’s standards, some of the fish they caught are not enormous in size, but when you watch a small child fight with all they have to get (the fish) to the net, it was a big fish to them. As we got going on this adventure, and had several kids with records, it came to me that it just might really be possible to get all of our grandkids to catch a junior water body record recorded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. Well, the certificate for the last one came in the mail, and we now can say that each and every one of our 6 grandchildren has caught and recorded a record fish with PawPaw and Memaw. I just really don’t know how fishing could get any better than this, and that we are living a blessed life.” - Proud PawPaw Glenn Bird
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Fox and Clemens Take 1st Place at Bass-N-Bucks on Toledo Bend
By Jim Binns
Even though the lake is eight feet low and the weather was VERY windy, Toledo Bend once again showed why she is one of the premier bass lakes in the country. A number of bags of fish weighing 18-plus pounds were brought to the Cypress Bend Park weigh-in site as Bass-N-Bucks completed its next to last event in the Toledo Series. Toledo Bend has 186,000 acres of water and many fishing patterns can be effective, but on this day David Fox and his partner Anthony Clemens used a shallow water strategy to best the field with a 24.26 pound bag of “chunks”. It seems like the wind has been blowing for months and this weekend was certainly no exception. A stiff breeze in the 12+ mph range greeted anglers at starting time and then got progressively worse throughout the day. I was on the water and I can assure you that the wind sure made it tough if you wanted to make a run out on the open water. At weigh-in time it looked like it was going to be another Toledo Bend shoot-out. Hefty sacks of bass started showing up and despite the windy conditions the bass were on a good feed. Martin Elshout and his partner Mark Price were the first team to break the 20-pound mark with a limit of bass that weighed 20.10 pounds. This was followed by a number of 18 and 19+ pound sacks but the crowd knew that someone would bring an exceptional bag of fish to the scales. The team of David Fox and Anthony Clemens claimed that honor by weighing 24.26 pounds to take the win and the guaranteed $8,000 1st place check. This always consistent team was also fishing in a qualified Ranger boat so they took the $2500 Ranger Cup bonus. It gets better – the team also had a Yamaha SHO outboard on their Ranger boat so they received the Yamaha VMAX SHO Bonus Free Entry worth $280, and also the Cabela’s bonus for $250. WOW! Tournament morning for the Fox and Clemens team started off with an early bite that included a fine 6.61 pounder. There was a lull in fishing during mid-morning and then the fish turned on again for the anglers about 12:30pm. “We were throwing topwater Spooks and Stanley Ribbits for the majority of our fish,” stated Fox. “Grass was definitely a factor and we worked the baits in from 1-to 8 feet of water in mid-lake locations.” Clemens added, “We really made the trolling motor work today because the wind was definitely an issue in the areas we fished.” The team is sponsored by Ranger, Jasper Outboard, Berkley, Cepolk Corporation and Jeane Tackle. (The names Fox and Clemens may sound familiar to you since they also won the April Bass-N-Bucks event on TB with a sack of bass that weighed 29.37 pounds with an 8.45 pound kicker. In that event
1st Place Team David Fox & Anthony Clemens with 24.26 pounds
Bass-N-Bucks presented them with the $8,000 1st place check, the $2,500 Ranger Cup bonus and the Yamaha SHO bonus. What a couple of great months these two anglers have had!) Scooter Clark and Ryan Pinkston took 2nd place and won $4000 with a fine sack of fish that weighed 21.47 pounds. “We caught a 9-pounder in practice but with the windy conditions we were never able to fish that spot,” offered Clark. “Today we had about 18 pounds in the livewell by 8am so we were feeling pretty Third Place team of Martin Elshout and Mark Price
Scooter Clark and partner (np) Ryan Pinkston with help of Dave Concienne won 2nd with their bag of fish that weighed 21.47 pounds.
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David Fox with $2500 Ranger Cup check
(From right to left) 1st Place Team David Fox & Anthony Clemens, 2nd Place Team of Scooter Clark and Ryan Pinkston, 3rd Place Team of Martin Elshout and Mark Price and Big Bass Winners Ricky Hill and Boogie Edgerley.
good. Most all of our fish were taken on Texas rigged plastic worms (redbug color) fished near 10 to 12 foot drops. We were fishing fairly light sinkers on the worms”. Clark and Pinkston also caught a few fish on ½-ounce Jewel jig with the jig and trailer being a black/amber color. Grass was not a factor in catching fish and their bite was best in early morning and mid-afternoon. The team would like to thank their sponsor Home Town Marine located in Center, Texas. Third place and $3000 went to the team of Martin Elshout and Mark Price with a bag of bass that weighed 20.10 pounds. The team had pre-fished a couple of days and caught lots of bass in practice. They had an all-day bite and targeted mid-lake areas that had grass and stumps. “We caught our fish on a variety of baits”, stated Elshout. “We used a Kevin VanDam - KVD 1.5 square bill crankbait along the edges of the grassline and then alternated between pitching a Justice jig and a Sweet Beaver when working the shallow grass. The jig was green with a green Speed Craw trailer and the Sweet Beaver was a green pumpkin color”. The team would like to thank their sponsors Mercury, Kistler Rods, Ranger and Ludwig Brothers Marine in Farmerville, Louisiana. Ricky Hill and partner Boogie Edgerly weighed in an 8.31 pound lunker to take big bass of the event and $1000. The team fished mid-
lake areas and it was a tough day for the duo. They had caught some “dinks” but at noon their livewell was empty. Things can change fast when fishing Toledo Bend as they soon found out. A watermelon red “wacky” worm fished in about eight feet of water yielded the big bass and you can bet that their day went from being pretty dismal to really good as soon as that big ol’ bass was safely in the livewell. Big Bass of the Tournament (8.31 lbs) and $1000 - Ricky Hill and Boogie Edgerly Yamaha VMAX SHO Bonus $280 Free Entry – David Fox and Anthony Clemens Other extra bonus winners thru Sponsor incentives included: Cabela’s ($250) – Anthony Clemens Tournament Statistics: Total Teams – 103 Total Fish Caught – 282 Total Weight – 776.47 pounds Average Weight – 2.75 pounds per fish Number of Limits – 54
The final tournament of the Toledo Series will be held on June 25th at Cypress Bend Park. When registering for the Toledo Bend event, be sure and verify boat check points before take-off since trailering will be allowed due to the low water conditions. The Bass-N-Bucks three tournament Summer Series will begin June 11th at Sam Rayburn, continue July 9th on Toledo Bend, and will then return to Sam Rayburn for the final event on August 6th. During this series there will be a three fish limit per team. The Top 20 teams by points will advance to the 2011 Sam Rayburn Championship for a chance at winning a Ranger Z120 boat powered by a Yamaha 225hp VMAX HPDI. For more information go to the www.bassnbucks.com website or call 409-727-8941. Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors: Ranger Boats – Cabela’s – Yamaha – Lowrance – Wulf Outdoors – Vicious Fishing – Rat–L–Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Snag Proof – BassMedics – Jasper Chamber of Commerce – Pro Rule – Fishingworld
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1st $8,000 - 24.26 lbs David Fox and Anthony Clemens 2nd $4,000 - 21.47 lbs Scooter Clark and Ryan Pinkston 3rd $3,000 - 20.10 lbs Martin Elshout and Mark Price 4th $600 - 19.95 lbs Kenny Cobb and Bobby Logan 5th $550 - 19.20 lbs Miles McDaniel and Justin Davis
6th $500 - 18.78 lbs Russ Carter and Scott Bailey 7th $500 - 18.27 lbs James Campise and Phillip Jardell 8th $500 - 17.77 lbs Garland Powell and Jerry Broadway 9th $500 - 17.69 lbs Butch Carmack and David Curtis 10th $500 - 17.48 lbs Glen Freeman and Harold Allen
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Top 5 Current Points Standings: David Fox & Anthony Clemens Chad Dyess & Michael Crawford Scooter Clark & Ryan Pinkston Russ Carter & Scott Bailey Martin Elshout & Mark Price
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By Andrew Upshaw, Tri Lakes Tackle
I actually had an experience the other day on Toledo Bend on a boat lane that I always run. I ran into the area on the lane, and never let off the gas until I got into the spot. On the way out I idled because I had a phone call, and I hit 9 stumps on the way out of this little area, most of them were right under the water. I was extremely fortunate to not tear up any of my equipment or to hit any of the stumps while running. This is just an example of an actual boat lane with a lot of stumps in it. With water levels being extremely low even some of the more experienced guys still forget basic steps. No one is perfect at boating, but if you pay attention and idle in areas before you run them you may save yourself a lot of headache and heartache. Nothing like trying to run out of your favorite fishing hole with 20 pounds of bass in your live well and hit a stump and wreck your day. There are signs to look for in the water especially if you see stumps in the water already. Something I recommend is find one of your local pros and ask them if there is anywhere specific for you to be cautious of. These guys know the lake better than me and would tell you what lanes are accessible for you to run and the ones to steer clear of. Of course your electronics show you areas where stumps and flats are abundant so just be cautious when you maneuver through them. These 2 lakes right now can be very dangerous to run so just be careful, pay attention to the surroundings, and talk to locals that are on the lakes 24/7 and this might prevent you having an accident. If you have any further questions that I might be able to help you with please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (936) 637-7119 which is Tri Lakes Tackle and ask for either Ron or Larry and they should be able to help you as well. Good Luck, but most of all please be safe. *NOTE: Any of the fishing guides on the fishing reports pages would be happy to talk to you about up to date lake information.
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Many tournament anglers have at least once in there lives run in off the lake using their electronics i.e. their GPS/ Depthfinder. I, like many others, have done it on numerous occasions. Even the people with a lot of experience in doing this have a tendency to forget little key features in running there old trails on there GPS. First off I want to talk about trails that were made when the lake was high. Normally, circumstances would allow you to run these trails without fear of colliding with stumps or sand bars, but that’s not the case right now. People are continually hitting stumps and sand bars because their old trails were made when the lake was 6 foot higher. I sure wish I would have informed
people sooner about this, especially visitors from out of town, because of the danger in tearing up equipment. Many people, even the ones experienced on Rayburn and Toledo, need to remember that some trails are not good for running when the 2 lakes are as low as they are. You not only put yourself at risk but also your passenger, and other times, fisherman in your general location. If you have a Navionics chip, the best thing I can advise you to do is not to run in the dark blue, and sometimes even the light blue areas on your map, as these locations are either out of the water or only have inches to a foot of water on them. This only helps you for sand bars, but not necessarily stumps.
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Sam Rayburn Tournament Top 10 Results Place Angler 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 David Ozio James Dykes Clayton Boulware Jason Wells Mack Whiteman Tommy Land Frank Polley Phil Addison Ronald Reid Chuck Pinson Angler 2 Phil Hennigan Dustin Massey Kevin Marshall Vic Cooper Kevin Whiteman Selvin Cartwright William Flournoy Bobby Smith Paul Reid Chris Sparks Fish 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Pounds 21.8 20.57 20.18 18.57 18.41 17.46 17.09 16.40 14.15 14.07 Winnings Points 1 2 James Dykes Phil Addison $2,000.00 171.88 $1,000.00 169.57 $578.00 $500.00 $382.00 $300.00 $250.00 $230.00 $220.00 168.18 165.57 164.41 162.46 161.09 159.40 156.15 155.07 Paid Entries Total Limits Total Blanks Total Fish Total Released Points 492.89 482.01 478.73 472.10 468.52 455.93 Total Lbs. Avg. Fish In Boat Avg. Lbs. In Boat Avg. Fish Size Total Payout 45 31 10 168 163 450 4 10 3 $5,910.00 Big Bass Dustin Massey Bobby Smith 7.44 7.28 $315.00 $135.00
Air Temps Water Temp Weather Best Lure Best Depth Best Cover 54 - 74 74 Sunny / Windy Crankbaits 10 ft. Grass
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What’s happening in the world of wildlife?
By Robert Baker, TPWD
TPWD is presenting a free wildlife workshop on 18 June 2011 at the dining hall at Martin Dies Jr. State Park. The workshop will start at 10am and run until 3pm. The program has experts from many fields that are going to talk about a wide variety of topics relating to wildlife management. Wildlife diseases commonly seen by hunters will be covered by a qualified speaker that has not confirmed yet. Hatchery Manger Reese Sparrow will be providing an update of what is happening with the new Jasper fish hatchery. Gary Calkins, Wildlife District 6 leader for
Things are constantly changing in the world of wildlife and wildlife management. The only way to stay on top of things is to constantly learn and ask questions. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has assembled a group of experts that will provide an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about this subject.
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TPWD, will provide information based on white-tailed deer breeding studies. Sean Willis, wildlife biologist with TPWD, will be presenting information on predator hunting and control. A talk on mountain lions in Texas will be given by Bill Adams (Pineywoods Ecosystem Project leader with TPWD). Last but definitely not least will be Jason Hardin (turkey program director for TPWD) providing information on prescribed fire cooperatives and a new burn trailer available for use by the public. Lunch, hamburgers and all of the fixings, will be served at no charge to all those that register before the day of the workshop, and for those that show up at the site the day of will be served as supplies last. People with herbicide applicators licenses should pay close attention as 1.5 CEUs will be offered. This could make all the difference if a person is a little behind for keeping up their certification. The program is open to any one that wants to attend and learn about wildlife management. Call the Texas Parks and Wildlife
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Sabine River Authority Sponsors 5th Annual Crappie for Cash Tournament
With beautiful sunny skies and mild temperatures the 5th Annual Crappie for Cash tournament kicked off at Cypress Bend Park on Saturday, May 14th . Randy Bostian with the KWLV – KWLA radio station was on hand to cover the exciting event. Fifty eight teams dropped their lines in the water Saturday morning competing for over $6300.00 in prize money. The crowd began to grow as the clock approached the 1:00 P.M. hour and all contestants had to be weighed-in. Brandon Guidry and Brian Simon took top honors with 10.97 pounds and $1500.00 for 1st place. But that is not all they also won 2nd place in big fish with a 1.92 pound crappie giving them an additional $350.00. The final standings were as follows:
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Jones and Bonds win with minutes to spare at V&M/Cyclone Baits
By Jodie Warner/Staff Writer
Bubba Frazier and Tommy Hill won second place
James Mitchell and Jason Bonds won first place with their 17.12 lb stringer.
Sunday, May 15, brought cooler morning weather that persisted throughout the day as well as tumultuous winds giving anglers an added obstacle to overcome; however they did and brought in large weights from the beginning. The second team to weigh in for the day consisted of Chad and Mike Trahan setting the bar high with a 15.62 lb stringer that ultimately landed them in fourth place. Large stringers persisted throughout the weigh-in as teams hauled up their catch, with only 15 minutes to spare James Mitchell and Jason Bonds brought in the stringer that stole the show with 17.12 lbs. Mitchell and Bonds said that they were, “fishing mid-lake main lake points [with] crank bait, some worms and watermelon lizards in six to eight feet of water.” As for the weather they said, “the wind was pretty bad coming in.” They also said they, “fished all day and had two limits of fish [to cull from.]” Second place went to Bubba Frazier and Tommy Hill for their 16.61 lb bag. The team said they fished, “south [areas]…with spinners and red pork shad.” Mark Thompson won third place with 16.35 lbs and also the big bass of the day with a 7.21 pounder. Mark Thompson, third place winner and big bass winner
Thompson said he fished, “scattered grass at about five feet with Hawk fishing lures.” He also said that he, “caught the big fish at about 11 am…[and] culled throughout the day.” Thompson also admits that he stayed in one area throughout the whole day. The next V&M Cyclone Baits tournament will be held May 21 at Umphrey Pavilion on Lake Sam Rayburn for the Rayburn series and May 28 at Huxley Bay for the Toledo Bend series.
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June 2011 has arrived and the lake has been low since last summer. The top water bite should have kicked off and should be a lot of fun for everyone. Early morning and late afternoon throw baits like the Stanley Ribbit frogs over the grass and lily pads then wait for a great big bass to blow up and try to take Lynn Atkinson it. It takes some skill to let the fish have cell 979-220-0251 the bait ‘till you feel some weight on the Reel Um N Guide line before you set the hook. It will sure Service, www.rayburncountry.com bump up the old ticker when you get into a mess of them. Some other baits that can help kick-start the bites are the buzz bait, Zara Spook and the Pop-R. When the morning bite slows down it’s time to move out and start working the deeper edges of the grass and structure. Baits that come to mind are the Carolina rig, Texas rig and a jig and they are great! As the grass grows and starts to matt over, the grass jig comes into play. Punching a heavy Stanley grass jig thru it can be a lot of work but when you get a bite it is usually a pretty good fish. There are not going to be a lot of bites doing this so don’t miss any of them. This is what to look for as the summer heats up. The crappie fishing will start to stabilize into the summer time patterns over structures. These little critters are some of the best eating that I can think of. Grabbing a group of friends and getting out on the water can be so much fun for everyone. For the ones that don’t have a boat, we can help you out. We’ve got a 20 foot Pontoon boat that can handle up to 8 anglers and put you on some fine crappie. Those that need some shade “we’ve got ya’ covered”. There is also a changing room with a potty. It’s a great way to get away from the stress and have some fun. Take mom and pop or the kids fishing today. I’ll try my best to spoil you and let you really enjoy yourself. Bass Strike Tackle has been adding onto the store and have added Authorized Mercury Marine Dealership and Weldcraft boats to the business. This is still in the works but something we needed in the area. I want to thank my sponsors and many friends that have helped make this a great year. Stanley Jigs, American Rodsmiths, E2 Bait Company and BassCat. Terry and Connie at Jackson Hill Park and Marina, Jerry and Glenda at Bass Strike Tackle, Knupps Corner Store and Larry at Tri lake Tackle.
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Well, every month this year has come in like a lion with the wind blowing the leaves off the trees and taking the very much needed rain north of where we need it. I’ve been here a long time and I have never seen the wind blow Bill Fondren, Tejas Guide Service/ like this! I want to caution everyone 3-S Texas Outdoors to be extremely careful when on the email@example.com, lake. The water is dangerously low cell (409) 381-1397 and there are things out there that will break your stuff. As far as the fishing Professional Guide goes, the fish are here all you have to — Licensed and do, is go try. There are not a lot of big Insured fish being caught but there are a large number of fish being caught. If you come out here and look around you’ll see some changes. The new country club is really taking shape and the new golf course is doing great. It’s my understanding that soon they will start to build some spec homes and this place will come alive with folks. Things are going strong at the Tiger Creek Lodge you all come out and see us. We have some big plans for the Umphrey Pavilion as soon as all the permits and paper work falls into place. Now Let’s Fish !! It’s getting to be Ribbit time or what ever frog you prefer, cranks baits, swim jigs, swim baits, all of these are all doing well. What’s hard to believe, is the bass are very shallow, it’s hard to understand why. The water temperature is moving up so it won’t be long until they will go deep to their summer pattern. The crappie are on the brush and doing pretty well. Minnows, Stanley Wedge Tails, Big Bite jigs are what I use. Blue, white and chartreuse and pink are all good colors. It won’t be long until the bream will be somewhere and biting. It’s hard to say where they will be in this low water. Please everyone be careful on the water, enjoy the fishing and stop by and see our merchants around the lake and remember if we can help just call.
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New Brushpiles in Sam Rayburn provided by TP&W
Need a new fishing spot? Texas Parks and Wildlife is working hard for you. Maybe you don’t know where to fish Sam Rayburn – maybe you do and a new spot would be great to add to your arsenal. TP&W has begun an ongoing project to create and provide areas with brush piles to attract fish and increase angler success. “We placed the fish attractors to increase angler catch (primarily crappie). We have folks that call and want to fish Rayburn, but have no idea where to go. Now we can direct them to these publically available locations/ GPS coordinates. To maximize use of the fish attractors, we place them in areas that will be out of the wind most of the time” – Todd Driscoll, TP&W Inland Fisheries Biologist. So far three brush pile fish attractors have been put out, but more will be added and the locations will be made public for everyone to enjoy. They are all comprised of Virginia Pine Christmas trees. If you have a GPS, you can easily find the brush piles using these coordinates:
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 5
Patrick Cascio & Ray Lassiegne WINS!!
By Bill & Barbara Long
Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 5 was held May 21st out of the Umphrey Pavilion on lake Sam Rayburn. This event had 66 teamed anglers showing up to fish for the $4450.00 purse. Any team that entered all 5 of the 1st series of Rayburn Saturday Series events automatically qualified for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top team in points Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo were declared the team “Anglers of the Year” and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of teams from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. This event was started as a trailoring event at 5:50 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 8.46 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 73-76 degrees. The weather at takeoff was very stormy with thunder and lightening, 62 degrees with a clearing and warming to 84 degrees by weigh in time. Most teams used good judgment in not getting on the water till nearly 8:00 am. The fish catching was decent on Big Sam today as there were 13 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 80 bass at 217.46 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.71 lbs. The team of Patrick Cascio & Ray Lassiegne from Brookeland, TX ran their bass rig to the main lake creeks to catch their bass with their rods & reels tipped with frogs & spinner baits to finish in 1st with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 21.92 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day. Their day on the lake paid back $1700.00 for their efforts. The one man team of Brian Branum from Sam Rayburn, TX ran his Skeeter bass rig to the Easley Flats to catch his bass throwing a Santone buzzbait over grass & lily pads to finish in 2nd with his best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 20.32 lbs. Brian had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day. Brian had a nice 8.53 lb kicker in his bag for Big Bass of the event. His day on the lake paid back $1000.00 for his efforts. The team of Kurt Rhodes & Blaine Rhodes from Kirbyville, TX finished in 3rd with 17.53 lbs and took home a check for $685.00. The team of Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo ended up winning their challenge for “Anglers of the Year” by finishing in 4th with 16.22 lbs and took home $400.00. Alan Moore & Robert
Patrick Cascio & Ray Lassiegne finished in 1st with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 21.92 lbs.
Davis finished in 5th with 16.11 lbs and they took home $300.00 for their efforts. Ricky Guy & Larry Cotten finished in 6th with 15.72 lbs and took home $200.00. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at www.anglers-quest.com A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament Trail, Bowden Marine, T/A Lure Xtractor, Lock-N-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website.
Kurt Rhodes & Blaine Rhodes finished in 3rd with 17.53 lbs.
Brian Branum by himself placed 2nd with his bag of fish that weighed 20.32 lbs.
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Anglers Quest will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston on May 24th for the 9th of 23 Tuesday night events. Anglers Quest will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston on May 28th & 29th for the 5th events of the 1st series of the Saturday & Individual Series events. On May 31st A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 10th of 23 Tuesday night events. Then on June 4th & 5th A/Q will be back at The Pavilion on Sam Rayburn for the 1st events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. On June 7th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 11th of 23 Tuesday night events. Then on June 11th A/Q will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe for the 1st of the 3 2nd Series Saturday Team events. Anglers Quest is now accepting credit cards. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: American Rodsmiths, Antex Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Custom Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, TX-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks, Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lake Palestine Area Chamber/Tourism, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Lone Star Buffet, MSD Building Corporation, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Sign Designs Now, Super 8 Motels, Superior Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……
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Area Club Updates
Port Arthur Refinery Bass Club
team of Cliff Callender and David Burke pulled together a second place stringer weighing 14.30 lbs. with a perfect 4.00 pounder of that being David’s 2nd Big Bass of the tournament fish. We need to keep an eye on ole’ Burke, by the way... if I’m crunching the numbers right, David has a 12.10 lb. weight-per-tournament-fished average right now, higher than anyone else in the club! He’s moved steadily up the ranks to where he’s about a quarter pound out of the #1 “Angler of the Year” spot; there better be some strong showings next tournament to keep him out of it! Good job! Continuing on, third place is held with 11.39 lbs. by Garry Osborn and Bryan Lohr. They each had a solid 3 lb. fish in their sack. The husband and wife team of Huey and Barbara Martin made their usual strong showing to capture fourth place with 10.85 lbs. Here are our current Top Six standings: Stephen Ensign 36.57 James Carlton 34.49 David Burke 36.30 Huey Martin 32.81 Chester Sams 35.73 Leslie Woodall 31.29
Get Reel Bass Club
We had 6 people that fished with us on a very windy day. Lamar Johns won first place with his bag that weighed 9.70 lbs. Sam Lofton won big bass honors with his 3.43 pounder. We hope to see everyone next month at our June 18th tournament at the Sam Rayburn Public boat ramp on hwy 255. Everyone is welcome to come join us, any questions please call Bernie Shiflet at 936-897-9061.
Many Bass Club
Bobby Munlin won the Many Bass Club’s May 2011 tournament with a five fish limit weighing 16.06 lbs. Fishing out of Alpine Marina in the Palo Gaucho area of Toledo Bend Reservoir, Munlin caught his fish on a shallow running crank bait in 6 to 8 feet of water. Jim Campbell finished in second place with a five fish limit weighing 12.02 lbs and Tim Oxley was the third place winner with a five fish limit weighing 11.89 lbs. Big Bass honors went to Mike Price with a 4.97 lb. lunker.
James Carlton won Big Bass honors with this nice 7.08 pounder.
We had 11 teams composed of 21 members and 1 guest to fish the May tournament. Of the 22 teams, 4 teams weighed in double-digit sacks, and everybody weighed in fish! That’s a pretty good day... 63 bass weighed in with a total weight of 126.47 lbs. which was a 2 pound average. James Carlton and Ron Coats teamed up to bring in first prize honors, with 15.20 lbs. James contributed to almost half that weight with one fish alone, a lunker that weighed 7.08 lbs. and netted him the 1st Big Bass payout spot! The
Many Bass Clubs Top Ten 2011 Standings
Harvey Coward Bob Self Bobby Munlinç Boyd Sanders Jimmy Campbell Tim Oxley Frank Davis Mike Smith Mike Price Clay Ivey 66.69 57.06 52.81 52.65 52.04 49.71 48.75 48.19 46.12 44.92
Bobby Munlin won 1st place with his sack of fish that weighed 16.06 lbs.
Shelby County Bass Anglers
The Shelby County Bass Anglers held their 3rd tournament of the year on Sam Rayburn out of Powell Park on April 23-24. Again the club members are bringing in strong bags of fish this month with two bags over the 20 pound mark. 40 teams fished and reported some of the top patterns included shallow crankbaits, rattle traps, topwaters, and frogs. Taking 1st place was the team of Larry Matthews and Kevin Oswalt with a limit of 22.59 lbs. and the 1st place big bass that weighed 8.59 lbs. James and Philip Crelia won 2nd place with a bag of fish that weighed 20.76 lbs. Third place went to the team of Gary McDonald and Clay Warren with a limit of 5 fish that weighed 19.78 lbs. This team also had the 2nd place big bass of 6.72 lbs. 4th place went to another father and son team, Vic and Cole Cooper, with a limit that weighed 18.63 lbs. Rounding out the 3rd place big bass was the team of David Horton and James Bolton with a bass that weighed 6.54 lbs. The next tournament will be out of Huxley Bay on May 28-29. The next SCBA meeting will be Tuesday the 24th of May at the Shelby County Court House. Anyone interested in joining the Shelby County Bass Anglers are encouraged to attend the meeting or call 598-5547 for more information.
Sportsman’s Bass Club
The Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest Louisiana held their first night tournament of the year on May 14 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Winners are pictured left to right: 1st place Danny Sanut - 19.18 pounds, 2nd place Scot Smith - 17.41 pounds, 3rd place Chris Benoit - 15.88 pounds. Danny Sanut caught the big bass of the tournament weighing in at 6.87 pounds. The next tournament will be held on June 11 at Toledo Bend. If you are interested in joining the Sportsman’s Bass Club, visit their website at www.sportsman-bassclub.com for more information.
There were 63 fish caught weighing a total of 142 lbs for an average fish weight of 2.30 lbs. “Lake Advisory due to excessive wind” has been a common occurrence this year. While some will arguably agree that wind improves bass fishing nobody will question the increased dangers wind offers the angler fishing Toledo Bend Reservoir. Please be safe, do not challenge your boating skills or the limits of your boat. High waves combined with a low lake level can only spell danger.
Jim Campbell finished in second place with a five fish limit weighing 12.02 lbs.
Big Bass Winner Danny Sanut with his nice 6.87 pounder
1st Danny Sanut, 2nd Scott Smith, 3rd, Chris Benoit
Big Bass honors went to Mike Price with a 4.97 lb. lunker.
Tim Oxley was the third place winner with a five fish limit weighing 11.89 lbs.
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Toledo Bend North End Forecast
Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages www.toledobendguide.com • email@example.com • 936.368.7151 Wow, how low can it go? Of course, I’m talking about the lake level. Looks like it’s going to continue to fall unless we get a substantial amount of rain and that’s not usually the case during the summer. Most tournaments are allowing boaters to trailer because of the low lake conditions. The low water level makes for some great fishing; just make sure you know the areas you can run, if not, just slow down. Check with the locals and most will be happy to share their knowledge of the area; where you can run and where you can’t. Summer has arrived. The days are getting longer, the water temperature is rising and the bass have moved into their typical summer patterns. We’ll be throwing almost everything in our tackle box and working numerous areas and depths from main and secondary points, humps and ridges, creek and river channel ledges, and areas that have vegetation. Early in the morning and late in the evening we’ll start off throwing top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, spinner baits, jerk baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits, and a full array of plastics in grass flats close to deep water. When the sun gets over-head and the shallow bite slows, concentrate fishing deeper water along the points and bends in the creek and river channel ledges that have the most cover and structure (tops, lay-downs, etc) with deep diving crank baits and Carolina or Texas rigged soft plastics. Keep a top water bait and a shallow running crank bait like a rattle trap handy for the schooling bass. The White bass will be all over the lake following the shad. Work the river channel sandbars with a slab spoon or tail spinner. Watch for schooling activity along the river channel, boat roads, flats, main lake points and at the mouth of the coves. Traps and shallow diving crank baits work great. Also keep an eye open for the gulls feeding on bait fish. Usually the Whites have pushed the baitfish to the surface and the gulls can be a good key to locating the Whites and Blacks. The Crappie will be holding around brush tops in 15 to 25 foot of water. Concentrate at the mouth of the creeks close to the river channel. Use your electronics to locate the brush tops and bait- fish and you should locate the Crappie.
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rigged Sweet Beaver in watermelon/green pumpkin or a XD6 in sexy shad color,also look for schooling fish and throw a clear Zara Spook or a gold Humdinger. For best results remember to use your Kick-n-Bass BREAM: Excellent! Fish along banks in 2’- 6’ of water on crickets and Berkley Power Maggots. CRAPPIE: Good. Fish are being caught in 18’- 28’ of water over brush on Tutti Fruity tubes rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head and black/chartreuse tubes rigged on 1/32 oz jig
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FISHING REPORTS/ BASS: Hello, Anglers! A frequent question...”What bait/ pattern to use to catch a “money fish”? While numerous baits have the potential of getting “Big Bertha” to bite, here are four easy to use suggestions for the average fisherman. The first is a spinnerbait and my choice for current conditions is a 3/8 oz. Stanley Vibrashaft with double willow leaf blades with a white or shad colored skirt. In June I love to throw this at first light on a windy point. Another is a Texas or Carolina rigged 10 inch Berkley Power Worm in green pumpkin, watermelon candy and on bright/sunny days use plum and redbug. My methods for the 10 inch Power Worm are to fish them Texas/weightless over shallow grass (2 8’) or to rig them Texas or Carolina rigs in depths of 8 to 25 feet with my best action coming from 15 to 22’. The third is a plastic frog with my favorite being
Stanley ‘s Ribbit with #1 color.....pumpkin pearl. These are really catching bass right now. I fish the Ribbit on 50 lb. test Spider Braided line over visible grass on humps, ridges and points. I also like Stanley ‘s Double-Take frog hooks in 4/0 and 5/0 sizes. For the huge Bull Ribbit, I use the 6/0 size. I always dye the feet of Ribbits with a chartreuse soft plastic dye pen made by Zoom. The fourth and final bait is Bill Norman’s deep-diving crank bait, the DD22. I work these on the outside edge of grass humps and ridges as well as points with grass. Experiment with retrieves using both fast and slow/with pauses until you see what they want. I run the DD22 on 10 and 12 lb. test Berkley 100% clear Fluorocarbon or Big Game clear or low-vis green. For deep cranking I use Abu Garcia’s Revo Toro Winch reel which takes so much work out of cranking these big lures with it’s 4:6 to 1 gear ratio. I have The Revo Winch mounted on an 8’ All Star medium action cranking rod. With 12 lb. Fluorocarbon and this rod/ reel I can throw the DD22 a country mile which is very
important to getting the lure down to where the fish are holding. CRAPPIE AND BREAM: Crappie are mostly being caught in brush and under bridges near creeks and channels from 15 to 30 feet with 28-22 feet the target depths. Live shiners are the gold standard but some are being caught on Road Runners (Blakemore Lures) and tube jigs. Bream are winding up the spawn and remaining beds are found in 2 to 4 feet on steeper banks due to low water levels. They are starting to move deeper on bends of creeks and the river from 10 to 20 feet. Live crickets and worms are excellent as are Berkley ‘s Power Maggots. 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 email@example.com. and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
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RICKY GUY takes “Angler of the Year” Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual 1st Series # 5
Tommy Dickerson WINS!!
By Bill & Barbara Long
Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Individual 1st Series # 5 was held May 22nd out of The Umphrey Pavilion on lake Sam Rayburn. The event began with 12 anglers showing up to fish for the $1150.00 purse. This 5th event of 2011 was started as a trailoring event because of very high winds predicted for the day. The anglers were allowed to travel to a PUBLIC ramp of their choice and leave at 5:50 am. Last cast of the day was at 3:15 pm. and they had to be at the weigh in by 4:00 pm. Any Individuals entering 4 of the 1st series of Rayburn Individual Series events automatically qualified for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The Top Individual in points was Ricky Guy and he was declared the “2012 Angler of the Year” and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Individual Series events. The Individuals entering 7 Rayburn Individual 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lake Series Individual 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of Individuals from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape but is about 8.46 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 73-76 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a windy 76 degrees with a warming to 86 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching continues to be very good on Big Sam as there were 11 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 55 bass at 132.24 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.40 lbs. Tommy Dickerson from Orange, TX ran his bass rig to the south lake Easley Flats areas over grass & lily pads to catch his bass with his rods & reels tipped with frogs & buzz baits in 1-4 ft of water. Tommy managed to cull several times during his day to finish in 1st place with 18.00 lbs. Tommy caught the Big Bass of the event at 3:00 pm, a fine 6.00 pounder to give him the win and made him $790.00 for his day on the water. Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his Bowden Marine prepared BassCat/Evinrude bass rig to the south lake Easley Flats area and fished over grass & lily pads to catch his bass using his American Rodsmiths rods & Shimano reels tipped with frogs & buzzbaits in 1-4 ft of water. Ricky managed to cull several keepers to finish in 2nd place with his best 5 at 16.50 lbs and made him $300.00 for his day on the water. Ricky also overtook Keith Worthy for the “Angler of the Year” title. Danny Cross from Lufkin, TX ran his bass rig to areas on the north end of the lake and finished his day in 3rd with 5 bass at 16.19 lbs. Tommy Hill from Kountze, TX finished in 4th with 5 bass at 14.60 lbs. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at www.anglers-quest.com
Tommy Dickerson topped everyone and won 1st place with his nice catch of 18.00 lbs.
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Ricky Guy finished 2nd with his 16.50 lbs. This bag of fished earned him the title, Angler of the Year.
Danny Cross finished 3rd with his bag of fish that weighed 16.69 lbs.
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Tommy Hill placed 4th with his sack that weighed 14.60 lbs.
Pictured left to right - Ricky Guy won the Angler of The Year title with his 2nd place win today, Tommy Dickerson won the tournament with his bag of fish that weighed 18 lbs.
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Teaming Up To Win
By Jim Binns
I listened as the two anglers who were paired for the tournament claimed to be “on fish”. One angler’s pattern was to fish crankbaits by the dam while the other angler was flipping brush “way up lake.” Issues like this are usually decided by flipping a coin and the winner get to fish his water. But that usually leaves one angler in the boat as a “grumpy” partner instead of a cooperative partner. This scenario is played out many times during the year and it all boils down to the “your fish or mine” issue. But savvy anglers know that it’s best to work a strategy rather than to have a showdown. I can assure you that winning one of these bass tournaments is built around teamwork, not rivalry within the boat. In my opinion flipping a coin to decide where to fish should be the absolute last resort. Smart anglers should sit down together before the tournament and discuss a plan that can maximize the strategy and skills of both fishermen. Key items that should be discussed are: • Where, how many and what size bass are being caught • How well have you done in practice (or past tournaments) with this pattern • How deep are the fish • How will weather changes affect the pattern • What time of day does the pattern work best • Is the area getting lots of fishing pressure from other tournament anglers? • And perhaps most important – Is there a backup plan in case the pattern fails As you discuss the strategy, both anglers need to be completely honest with each other and don’t exaggerate. There is nothing to win by telling your partner that all of your bass were tournament “keepers” if they were really “dinks”. Once all of this is discussed it is commitment time. If it is a two day tournament you have a few more options, but for a one day event all of your eggs will be in one basket so be sure your plan is satisfactory to both anglers. Never let your ego play a big part in the decision making process because big egos can often contribute to an empty weigh-in bag. A really good situation can exist if both anglers have been fishing the same general area because now it’s just a matter of incorporating both fishing techniques during the day. So what happens if problems arise and the two anglers just can’t agree on a strategy? Well now it’s time to find out how good you are at “negotiating”. Give your partner valid reasons why you think your pattern is better than his. If you still can’t convince him and no middle ground can be met - then my advice would be to just go along with his suggestion to avoid further argument. If you get all “huffy” then your fishing will suffer and your day on the lake will be
full of tension and bad vibes. That is something neither of you need. Let’s assume that you have agreed to a win/win solution. Now it’s time to be sure that other items are ready for tournament day. Sharpen those hooks, re-spool new line, fix that reel that seems to malfunction at the wrong time, and be sure the batteries in the boat are charged and ready to go. Nothing is more disheartening than to lose valuable fishing time because of simple problems that could have easily been avoided. (And also make sure you know who is bringing the drinks and eats) On tournament morning all differences should be put aside and both anglers should function as a team. Remember, you are out there to catch bass for a team weight, not to beat your partner. While on the water you need to work together, share information and function as the best team on the lake. And while all of this is going on you need to keep in mind that even though money may be on the line the real emphasis should be on having fun. Good Fishing - JB
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McCall and Boulware take home the bacon at the BL on Sam Rayburn
By Jodie Warner / Staff Writer
Sunday, May 22 the Bud Light Sam Rayburn Premier Team tournament trail held its fourth of five 2011 events at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. McCall & Boulware stole the show winning 1st place, also landing the Big Bass of the event. The day started out with warm weather and plenty of humidity which stayed consistent throughout the day. Deric Shoffitt and Bob Utterback weighed in the first big stringer earlier in the game with 17.74 lbs. Not trailing too far behind them were Todd Driscoll and John Lynch to steal the lead with 18.59 lbs; but, just before the end of the weigh in Chris McCall and Clayton Boulware brought in a 20.40 lbs sack to win the whole tournament, including a 6.22 lb big bass. Shoffitt and Utterback said they fished, “grass beds with worms and jigs and culled throughout the day.” In the end Shoffitt and Utterback landed in third place. Todd Driscoll and John Lynch hauled their bag in not too long after Shoffitt and Utterback to take the lead with 18.59 lbs and a 5.87 lb big bass. Driscoll and Lynch say, “we were fishing shallow grassy drains…moved around to several different areas throughout the day.” They also say they fished with, “Skinny Dipper (by Reaction Innovations), swim bait and culled throughout the day…we caught at least 15-20 keepers so it was a really fun day of fishing.” Driscoll and Lynch are sponsored by Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, niceboats.com, Reaction Innovation, St. Croix Rods, Wave Away, Izor Line, and Falcon Lures. Driscoll and Lynch held the lead for both the overall title and big bass title for most of the day until Chris McCall and Clayton Boulware weighed in with a whopping 20.40 lbs and a 6.22 lb big
bass, which stole the entire show. McCall says, “we were First place Chris McCall and Clayton Boulware fishing wooded areas, grassy with 20.40 lbs and Big Bass with 6.22 lbs areas, and lily pads with Santone swim jigs (Toledo perch and white shadow colors) with a Gambler easy swimmer on the back.” He also said, “we culled throughout the day and caught the big one and another one pretty early.” Once again the wind was throwing some pretty strong gusts, which the tournament directors say may have deterred anglers over the past few weekends that would normally fish their tournaments every weekend. At the same time, the annual McDonald’s Big Bass Splash was going on at Toledo Bend. 16 teams competed in the tournament on Sunday. The next event will be the Sam Rayburn Big Bass Tournament 1. 20.40 on June 4-5 at Cassels Boykin and the next and last tourna2. 18.59 ment in the series will be June 26th at the Umphrey Family 3. 17.74 Pavilion on Lake Sam Rayburn. For more information click to Big Bass www.BudLightTrail.com or call 469-955-7808
Final Results: Chris McCall and Clayton Bouleware Todd Driscoll and John Lynch Deric Shoffitt and Bob Utterback 6.22 Chris McCall and Clayton Boulware
Third Place Derek Shoffitt and Bob Utterback with 17.74 lbs
Todd Driscoll and John Lynch with 18.59 lbs that landed them in second place overall
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KEEPING ANGLERS INFORMED
by Pro Guide, Joe Joslin
ShRINKING FIShING hOLeS and FAST BASS ACTION
Hello, Anglers. With Toledo ‘s lake level at press-time 163.7’ and summer on the horizon things have been interesting and are getting “very interesting”. By the time this is published, the level more than likely will be close to 163.3’ given the rate of fall the past two weeks. Outside of a tropical storm, and we surely don’t need that, I really cannot see any relief from our waterstarved lakes until November/December which is 6-7 months away. Obviously, I spend a lot of time on the water and have been on the lake many days with these low levels. Let me throw some stats out there......In 2006 I fished regularly all the way down to the “Bottom” which was 162.088’ which is basically only a foot and a half less than where we are now. The “Bottom” was reached in September 2006. Now hold onto your water bottle: In June 2006, Toledo’s level was 167.21’ while today (June 2011) it is 3.9’ lower than in 2006 when the lake recorded the lowest level ever (as far as my research can verify). If the lake continues to fall at the rate it has the past 2 weeks (.35’ every 2 weeks) we could be near 162’ by July 4th weekend. If nothing changes by Labor Day...... Whoa! Well, let’s just say that everyone will be able to do dock and pier repair and boat launches will be extended again all over the lake. The frequent question I get is “why is the lake so low?” I think the main reason is obviously the drought conditions all over this area which seems to be in no hurry to change patterns. The other natural factor is the evaporation factor which many people do not take into consideration and it is significant. This factor is greatly increased in the summer months and is 3-5 inches a month depending on conditions and when you figure 3-4 summer months of daytime temps in the 90s you have a foot of water loss just to evaporation. The other factor is generating which for the past several weeks has been one unit running approximately 6 to 8 hrs a week normally a couple of hours Mon/Wed/Fri afternoons. Why generate at all with the lake level so low? The Sabine River Authority says that they are required to release a minimal amount of water in river below dam to maintain the integrity of the river as well as for industry usage down stream. Another question I have been receiving has to do with the oil/gas boom on the northern end of the lake where drill rigs are running pipes from the lake for use in their drill operations. I do not have any information as to the amount of water being used but I do know permits are required for such usage and would assume those are in place. Property owners must get a permit to water lawns/gardens from the lake. According to reports, there are several pipes (some estimated 10 inches) that are pulling water from the lake. In normal times there would be noone concerned with such but with the circumstances like they are, property owners, anglers and boaters are looking carefully at why their lake is so low. If we get more information on the water usage we will update next issue. If I could describe the fishing so far this year in one word, it would be... “OUTSTANDING”. Currently, post spawn patterns are in place and fish are moving into summer patterns. Check out our South Toledo Report in this issue for much more detail and patterns and methods. With the lake down to almost record levels it goes without saying to use extreme caution. I have found when the lake goes below 164 it is a game changer. Be safe...God Bless and good fishing. 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 email@example.com. and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
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GiGi Barker of Village Mills took first place for grades 10—12 in the Texas division of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest with her drawing of a bluegill. Officials at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center have announced the winners of the Texas division of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. The annual contest is open to all Texas students in public, private and home schools and is judged in three grade-level divisions: 4 - 6, 7 - 9 and 10 - 12. First-place winners in each grade-level division advance to the national competition. National winners will be announced at the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest Expo to be held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center June 24 - 25, 2011. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic funds cash prizes for Texas winners: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place in the 10 - 12 division. Prizes in the 4 - 6 and 7 - 9 grade levels are $100 for first; $75 for second; $50 for third. First-place winners also receive a travel allowance for themselves and their family to attend the contest expo. Texas winners in the 4 - 6 grade-level division are: First Place, Samuel Beltran, Pasadena; Second Place, Candace Ma, Sugar Land; Third Place, Maggie Maddison, Duncanville. Texas winners in the 7 - 9 grade-level division are: First Place, Brady King, Livingston; Second Place, Sun Yiming, Katy; Third Place, Lillian Chen, Sugar Land. Texas winners in the 10 - 12 grade-level division are: First Place, GiGi Barker, Village Mills; Second Place, Bonnie Leung, The Woodlands; Third Place, Lorenzo Leya, Del Rio. Honorable Mentions were awarded by the Texas judges to the following students. Grades 4 - 6: Mitchell Glover, Lake Jackson; Evett Makenzie, Corsicana; Emmy Emmons, Paige; Allison Killgore, Bremond; Jessica Schroeder, LaVernia; Seanna McCarty, Katy; and Riley Dean Merritt, Copperas Cove. Grades 7 - 9: Ghenica-Rose Delfin, Del Rio; Nasa Xu, Katy; Karli Boyd, Athens; Rachel Reed, Sugar Land; Lauren Millard, Sugar Land; Jonathan Criner, Mertzon; and McKenzie Flowers, Hardon. Grades 10 - 12: Madison Johnson, Dallas; Caroline Zurmely, Dallas; Peyton McCown, Willow Park; Elissa Weaver, Richwood; Judit Aguilera, Liberty; Fabian Galvan, Liberty; and Jennifer Lipscomb, Liberty Hill. Students from across the nation will join the Texas winners at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for the national awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011, as part of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest Expo and Art’s Better Outside event. Practicing artists are invited to demonstrate, show and sell their work and interact with the students. Booth space for the event can be reserved by contacting James Booker at (903) 670-2266 or email@example.com. Artists in all media are invited. The public portion of the State-Fish Art Expo will be held June 25, 2011, and will feature fishing, instructional seminars and demonstrations and a display of all the state and national contest winners. Plans are being made for a day-long schedule of events with food booths and outdoor activities and displays that the public can enjoy in addition to viewing the artwork and voting for the People’s Choice Award. The public can also vote for the People’s Choice Award online at www.wildlifeforever.org. One outstanding piece of artwork each year is selected for the Art of Conservation Award, and a commemorative stamp featuring the artwork is produced for sale. Proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to fund conservation projects. The 2011 winner will be unveiled at the expo. Also to be unveiled at the expo is the winner of the Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award. In 2008, Spradlin won the Best of Show Award and the Art of Conservation Stamp Award. In late August 2010, during his second summer earning funds for college as a seasonal employee for the National Park Sßervice in Alaska, Seth and his brother Neal lost their lives in a bush plane accident in remote Katmai National Park. “Seth’s artwork inspired
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Brady King of Livingston Texas won the 7-9th grade division us all. I remember feeling a sense of wetness from the splash in his painting. That element of engagement and his untimely loss challenge us to remember and recognize his talent. I am pleased to rename our top award after him to inspire future young conservationists to excel and achieve in the outdoor world,” said Wildlife Forever CEO Doug Grann. Public admission to the expo and related activities will be included with paid admission to TFFC.
Samuel Beltran of Pasadena Texas took 1st place in the 4th-6th grade division The State-Fish Art Contest is a project of Wildlife Forever. Located in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever is a non-profit multi-species conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on-the-ground” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research and management of fish and
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Delbert Courtney shows off a 55lb Flathead caught while staying at Jackson Hill Marina on Sam Rayburn
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Wade Gerald of Kilgore Texas caught this huge 41.2 lb catfish on Toledo Bend. The fish was caught and weighed out of Six Mile Marina.
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Cord Michael Copley is a six-year-old boy who loves to fish. In the recent Sam Rayburn McDonald’s tournament he not only caught the largest catfish in his division, but his 3.16 lb channel cat is the new Sam Rayburn lake record for Jr. Anglers. Now, before you go thinking that Cord is a fluke deal and was just lucky, understand that he has been seriously after those catfish ever since he was three years old. The pictures show him running trot lines at three years old and also with a very nice cat he caught on rod and reel with his dad when he was only four. The other picture of him and his grandfather was taken of him when he was five. He caught all eight of these catfish with rod and reel on his own. By the way he puts the bait on and does all his own casting. On the morning of the McDonald’s tournament Cord was fishing standing on the bank behind his grandfathers house on Sam Rayburn lake. At first the fishing was a little slow as Cord caught some small catfish and a couple of turtles. Then Cord got the big bite and he set the hook. The fight was on as Cord and the big catfish struggled against each other. The big catfish wanted to head to deeper water but Cord was not going to let him have any of that. Finally Cord got the catfish coming towards the bank and his uncle netted him. High fives were for everyone as Cord said he wanted to go weigh the fish in the tournament.
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Species Wt. Date Angler Method Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Spotted 1.50 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel Bowfin 8.75 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow Catfish, Blue 20.00 11-07-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel Catfish, 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 Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redear 0.80 4-12-11 Carson Downey Rod & Reel Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel Records are kept and provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife in a newly formed cooperative relationship with Louisiana Parks & Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication.
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11.60 lbs wins the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash on Toledo Bend
By Patty Lenderman
It’s official! The 25th Anniversary for the Toledo Bend McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is now H-I-S-T-O-R-Y as CEO Bob Sealy would say. This three day tournament is for amateur anglers only, giving them a chance to win big money just like the pro’s. One bite – one hookset – one bass is all it takes to win an event like this, and it is a game where size definitely matters. In the end, the last 30 minutes that the scales were open it was an 11.60 lb catch that won the tournament. Over the years, thanks to all of the participants, donations to the Ronald McDonald house, benefactor of the event, has received several hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We are so honored to hear from people who have been able to utilize the Ronald McDonald House when they have a loved one in the hospital, and their heartfelt stories of gratitude just makes it all worth it” – Bob Sealy. This tournament yielded another $10,360 for the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Charities. The tournament started Friday, May 20th with the ceremonies happening at Cypress Bend Park. Each day in addition to the hourly prizes, two $5,000 checks are up for grabs to the first 3.00 and 4.00 lb exact weight bass brought in. The second fish to hit the scales Friday morning locked in at 4.00 to get the day rolling. Top weights continued to climb hour after hour until Nacogdoches, TX angler Lynn Allen registered the biggest catch of his life during the 10-11:00 hour weighing 9.72 lbs establishing the bar to beat by Sunday afternoon. He caught this brute on a chug bug. Well before dawn on Saturday morning, a strong frontal system moved into the area, and brought with it gale force winds, dangerous lightening and flooding rain. For those of us in its path it was good practice for hurricane season. It was during the worst of it when Wayne Ebarb of Many, Louisiana caught his double digit sow. “When the weather is really bad like this, that’s when the big ones bite” Ebarb said. He came in with his fish just after 8am, and it tipped the scales at 11.33 lbs. He not only won that hour but took over tournament lead going into the final day. The top five leader board took on three new members before day’s end, every one of them being over 9 lbs. Sunday was the final day, and Ebarb’s fish looked like it was going to hold as the biggest bass of the tournament. That is, until the very last minutes. Clay Shipp of Columbia, LA rushed to the scales with a humungous bass that locked in at 11.60 lbs to win the tournament. That is just over four ounces of
Clay Shipp heaves the champion’s trophy for the crowd to see while the remaining top 5 congratulate the winner. (R-L) 2nd Wayne Ebarb, 3rd Lynn Allen, 4th Steve Rhea, 5th Dallas Cole - Flanked by Tournament Pro Gerald Swindle Ebarb’s bass. “I was fishing shallow,” Shipp stated. “It came on a Spro frog with braided line in about 4’ of water.” Shipp was fishing an area just north of Six Mile. Minutes later the scales closed and he was declared the champion of the 25th annual Toledo Bend McDonald’s Big Bass Splash. 1st Place 11.60 lbs Clay Ship, Columbia LA caught his fish on a Spro frog and won the Sportsman’s Package: 2011 Dodge Truck plus a Triton Bass Boat powered by Mercury, equipped with MinnKota, Lowrance, Navionics and Power Pole
Clay Shipp of Columbia, LA caught this incredible 11.60 lb bass just in time to win the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash. Along with his hourly cash winnings, he also won a new Dodge truck & Triton boat!
Wayne Ebarb took hold of tournament lead the morning of day 2 and nearly won with his 11.33 lb catch.
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The Little Anglers also received awards for winners in their division in gift certificates from Acadamy Outdoors
2nd Place 11.33 lbs Wayne Ebarb, Many LA used a ¾ oz Santone jig w/Strike King trailer to win a Legend Bass Boat powered by Mercury, equipped with MinnKota and Lowrance 3rd Place 9.72 lbs Lynn Allen of Nacogdoches, TX caught his on a Chug Bug and received a Dodge Truck from Weaver Motors of Kirbyville, Texas 4th Place 9.69 lbs Steve Rhea of DeRidder, LA caught his on a Jewell Football Jig and was awarded a Stealth ATV from Stealth Manufacturing 5th Place 9.13 lbs Dallas Cole of Leesville, LA used a 10” worm in deep water for his success, also winning a Stealth ATV from Stealth Manufacturing Exact weight $5,000 winners 3.00 lbs Robert Robinson of Scott, LA 4.00 lbs Ricky Benitez of Mandeville, LA 3.00 lbs Mike LaBure of Port Arthur, TX 4.00 lbs Layne Lacaze of Robeline, LA 3.00 lbs Kevin Cooley of Singer, LA 4.00 lbs Cole Brewer of Leesville, LA
There is also a Little Anglers division where any kid 12 years or younger can fish. There are prizes for three age categories for crappie, catfish and bass. The winners in each category were awarded Academy Outdoors gift cards. 32 replicas were presented by Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) for all of the bass caught and turned in to the Toledo Lunker Bass program weighing in excess of 10 pounds over this past season. The program is open to any Toledo Bend Angler, with the fish being brought in to any of four weigh stations including: Newell’s Fishing World, Pirate’s Cove, Huxley Bay Marina and Toledo Town & Tackle. Scottie’s Taxidermy did the beautiful replicas that were presented to these accomplished anglers. Five of the fish turned in this year was previously caught and turned in to the program. The fact that they are caught and released yet again shows the success of the program. The anglers are not charged to participate or charged for their replicas. This is a year round program. For more information visit their website, www.toledo –bend.com/tbla. Tournament Pro Gerald Swindle was weigh master throughout the weekend, providing many smiles and a lot of laughs to everyone within earshot. Casey Ashley, winner of his second Bassmaster Elite tournament, was also on hand and performed a few of his songs from his latest album to the crowd on Sunday. A total of 2,072 people entered this years’ event, and Linda Curtis Sparks from the Sabine Parish Tourism thanked the Sealy family and all that have participated in the tournament over the years on behalf of the entire community. The next Big Bass Splash will be in September on Lake Fork. For more information click to www.SealyOutdoors.com or call 888-698-2591
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Thirty two bass over 10 pounds were registered in the Toledo Lunker Program since the 2010 McDonald’s tournament. Seven of them entered into the top 100 rankings of the biggest bass ever caught on Toledo Bend.
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11.57 lbs 2.95 lbs 2.18 lbs 0.98 lbs 4.10 lbs 0.71 lbs --------------------3.16 lbs 52.00 lbs 2.12 lbs 1.58 lbs 0.89 lbs 192.00 lbs ----0.10 lbs 0.45 lbs ----0.40 lbs Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Hunter Muncrief Hunter Boren Tanner Moreno Tyler Hutchison No Record No Record No Record No Record No Record Cord Copley Blake Terry Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery No Record Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief No Record Blane Morrow April 23, 2005 June 21, 2007 April 20, 2008 March 13, 2011 Sept. 18, 2010 June 14, 2007 --------------------April 17, 2011 March 25, 2011 May 30, 2009 April 10, 2010 July 18, 2009 April 21, 2007 ----July 2, 2003 June 14, 2008 ----March 28, 2008 11.48 lbs -----2.24 lbs 0.82 lbs 1.50 lbs 0.85 lbs 8.75 lbs 49.84 lbs 1.25 lbs 23.87 lbs 20.0 lbs 3.03 lbs ----2.54 lbs 2.75 lbs --------0.75 lbs ----0.88 lbs 0.80 lbs 0.68 lbs Dylan Lyons No Record Dylan Lyons Dylan Lyons
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Gage Shepherd Kevin Johnson Gage Shepherd Heather Taber Mark Balderas Ben Rumery Caleb Anderson Jacob Bowman No Record Forrest Gothia Gage Shepherd No Record No Record Gage Shepherd No Record Gage Shepherd Carson Downey Holly Berry
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