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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 2

Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo WIN

With Giant Sack!
By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 2 out of The Umphrey Pavilion
in Sam Rayburn, TX began this event on January 29th with 114 teamed anglers showing up  Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo won the tournament.
to fish for the $7685.00 purse. Any team entering all 5 of the 1st series of Rayburn Saturday They managed to cull approximately 15 times to finish
Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top with a whopping 30.24 lbs.
team in points will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded free entries
to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd
series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. The highest
Top 10 points group of teams from the 2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day
Rayburn Championship. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the
“Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine.
This event was started after the playing of the National Anthem at 6:45 am. Sam Rayburn water
was in good shape but 8.48 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 50-54 degrees.
The weather at takeoff was a calm 50 degrees with a warming to 70 degrees by weigh in time. The fish
catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 34 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 205
bass at 559.80 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.73 lbs.
The 2010 AOY Team of Rusty Clark from Sam Rayburn & Cory Rambo from Orange, TX ran Cory’s
Ranger/Mercury bass rig to a mid main lake points to catch their bass throwing Carolina rigs &
football headed jigs in 12-16 ft of water using their Castaway Rods & Shimano reels. They managed
to cull approximately 15 times to finish with a whopping 30.24 lbs. One of their keeps was a fine 8.40
lber caught on a football head jig in 15 ft of water. This win made them $2250.00 for their day on the
water. Rusty & Cory also wanted to thank their sponsors Castaway & Golden Triangle Industries for The team of Bobby Moody from Deer Park, TX & James Baker from Pasadena, TX ran their Legend/
their support. Mercury bass rig to the main lake points to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at
21.05 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day.
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Black Bass 101
Todd Driscoll, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Depending on whom you are talking to, the “black bass” name largemouth bass have been introduced into every state but Alaska U.S. Although smallmouth bass have been widely stocked, they prefer
might mean a couple of different things. Most often, I find that and have been widely stocked in Mexico, Central and South America, rocky habitats and cooler water temperatures. There also are two
when anglers refer to black bass, they are specifically referring to Europe, and Africa. There are two largemouth bass subspecies: subspecies of smallmouth bass: the common smallmouth bass (M.
largemouth bass. However, from a biology perspective, the phrase northern largemouth bass (M. salmoides salmoides) and Florida dolomieu dolomieu) and Ozark smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu
“black bass” is actually a group that includes eight closely related largemouth bass (M. salmoides floridanus). The Florida subspecies velox). They have been successfully introduced into Texas, primarily
species classified by the scientific genus Micropterus. In other words, is originally native to Florida and southern Georgia, but has been in north to south-central rivers and reservoirs, and the state record
although a largemouth bass is a black bass, so are spotted bass, widely distributed throughout the current largemouth bass range, is 7.93 pounds (1998). The world record was caught in Tennessee
smallmouth bass, and four other similar species. including Texas. Generally speaking, Florida largemouth bass attain (1955) and weighed 11.94 pounds.
Backing up the classification ladder a couple of steps, black basses a greater maximum size than northern largemouth bass. The state The Guadalupe bass is only found in Texas and it is recognized as
are part of another group of fish referred to as the Perciformes. record is 18.18 pounds (1992), and the world record is 22.25 pounds, the official state fish. This species prefers flowing waters associated
The Perciformes is actually a large, diverse group of fishes and and is shared between a Georgia fish caught in 1932, and a more with riverine habitats. It is primarily found in the San Antonio,
includes freshwater species like walleye and sauger (perches), white recent (2009) fish caught in Japan. Guadalupe, and Colorado rivers and portions of the Brazos River
bass and striped bass (temperate basses), and crappies and sunfish The four other black bass species found in Texas include the drainage. Guadalupe bass are relatively small members of the black
(centrarchids). Although black bass are distant relatives of all these spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus), Alabama bass, smallmouth bass group, with the Texas and world record at 3.69 pounds (1983).
species, they are close cousins to crappies and sunfish and are bass (Micropterus dolomieu), and the Guadalupe bass (Micropterus The other less abundant black basses include the redeye or Coosa
grouped with them in a classification called Centrarchidae. treculi). Spotted bass are native to the central and southern bass (Micropterus coosae), shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae), and
As I mentioned above, black basses include eight Micropterus Mississippi River and Gulf Coast drainages, including Texas, but Suwannee bass (Micropterus notius). All three species are native to
species. Up until 2008, only seven species were recognized, but now rarely exceed 3 pounds. The Alabama bass has been introduced streams in the southeastern U.S. The shoal bass world record is 8.75
the Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli) is classified as a distinct in west Texas, and a new state record (5.62 pounds) was caught pounds, whereas the redeye and Suwannee world records are only
species (used to be a subspecies of the spotted bass). Most anglers in 2011. The world record Alabama bass was caught in California 3.13 and 3.88 pounds, respectively.
are probably familiar with only 3 or 4 of them, as the others are and weighed 10.25 pounds (2001). The spotted bass and Alabama Feel free to contact the local Inland Fisheries office with questions
not present in Texas. Obviously, the most common black bass is bass are very similar in appearance, and require genetic testing for regarding this article or area fisheries by phone (409-384-9572) or
the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Although originally differentiation. email (
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By Linda Wick

We had a total of 45 couples fished our tournament. It was a nice start of the day and we were wel-
comed by Lowes Creek Marina for our tournament. There were a total of 211 fish caught and a total of
585.22 lbs. Johnie & Crystal Fountain had first place with a total of 20.96 lbs, Mark & Theresa Franks  Ladies big bass was caught by Therasa Franks 7.49 lbs
had second place with a total of 19.66 lbs, John and Jennifer Anderson had third place total of 19.56lbs
and James & Elisha Lowe had fourth place total of 19.35 lbs. Men’s big bass was caught by James Lowe
with a weight of 8.98 lbs caught on a Rattle Trap, and Ladies big bass was caught by Theresa Franks
with a weight of 7.49 lbs caught on a Rattle Trap as well. Congratulations to all our couples for a great
Kenny & I would like to say, welcome to all the new and old members and will see you on March
27th on Lake Sam Rayburn going out of Mill Creek Park. The * signifies 25 points to be used toward
championship qualification. Kenny & I would like to thank all our sponsors Big Al’s Texas Rub (won
By Theresa Franks), BC Steel, Bass Buster Inn, Holiday Day Inn, Hemphill Bar-B-Q, Ritter Lumber, and
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2. MARK & THERESA FRANKS 19.66 99 25. DOC & BETTY EDDLEMAN 12.24 76
7. BLAINE & KARIE ADSHIRE 17.62 94 30. JEFF & AMANDA MANOUS 11.27 71
8. NEIL & BECKY HERLINE 17.21 93 31. STEVE & NITA LAROCK 11.16 70
11. CLINT & ANGIE TAYLOR 15.88 * 90 34. LARRY & JOYCE COLEMAN 10.96 * 67
13. MARK & GAY NORTON 15.53 88 36. MICHAEL & LINDA GREER SR. 10.49 * 65
14. KEN & SUE DENNY 15.05 87 37. ERNIE PROVASEK & TOMMIE DOMINGUE 10.45 * 64
17. MIKE & BRENDA ATCHLEY 14.10 84 40. W.R. & ROSE SMITH 8.86 * 61
 Men’s big bass was caught by James Lowe weighing
20. DAVID & MOLLY ATWELL 13.58 * 81 43. GEORGE THOMPSON & CAROL HOLMES 6.22 58 8.98 lbs.
21. RICK & DEBBIE BARNES 13.39 * 80 44. CURTIS & KAREN SHEPPARD 4.90 * 57

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WACKY WORMING....a beginning anglers dream

pattern and a tournament angler’s friend.
by pro guide Joe Joslin

In my opinion, there is not a more productive technique for the diagram of how to tie a Palomar. on not hurting the fish. I have developed a technique where I turn
beginning angler and and also the experienced angler than the An improper knot will lose some nice fish for you produc- the bass over on its back in my left hand/arm and take the trigger
wacky worm. How successful can this technique be? My records ing an “Ache-ee/Break-ee Heart” and, at times, causing you to finger on my right hand, find the bend of the hook and push in
show that we catch hundreds of bass on wacky rigs each year and expand your vocabulary. The way I rig a wacky is to take a 2/0 or the hook firmly with trigger finger while at the same time use
one year registered over 2,000 and many were caught by anglers 3/0 Daiichi Round Bend worm hook and tie a palomar knot. My thumb to push in the bottom (tie area). Most of the time, it will
just starting in bass fishing. favorite wacky plastics include Berkley Gulp! Sinking Minnow, pop out. I have had the personal satisfaction of saving lots of bass
I used the wacky worm method to introduce my wife to bass 5 inch Senko, Berkley Wacky Crawler (5 and 7 inch) and a trick with hooks deep in the throat.
angling and she has become an avid angler. This is a light tackle worm. Use a needle nose pliers ONLY as a last resort. I have followed
technique but is not necessarily ultra light. My largest bass ever, a I hook the worm near or in the egg sack (middle of the worm) many anglers down a bank finding several dead or dying bass on
Toledo 11 pound 8 oz. beauty, came with a wacky worm on light and leave the hook completely exposed. Some anglers use a the surface. Also, when you unhook a bass, ease it back in the wa-
tackle and this method will also produce a lot of action from all weadless hook with a thin wire but I do not like that approach, es- ter instead of tossing it. We can all do a better job in taking care of
sizes of bass. It is not uncommon in the spring and fall to catch pecially in clear water like I encounter most of the time on south our fishery. Like most fishing techniques, showing (hands on) is a
30-40 bass a day with wacky rigs. Toledo and Rayburn. I use no weight in the Sinking Minnow or lot easier than trying to put it in print. Hopefully, this will help to
UPDATE: I just got off the lake (March 15th) after just landing Senko but insert a 1 inch paneling nail into the nose of the other get your interest up if you have never tried Wacky. For a ‘hands on’
the 7th bass in my fishing career over 10 pounds which weighed plastics. I have also started to use a clever, new weight for wacky trip (with water) give me a shout. Until then, God Bless and spend
in at 10.30 pounds or roughly 10 pounds 5 ozs. Guess what? It was and other weightless worms called a Hookangel. Check it out at lots of time with friends and family.....some of it on the water!
caught on a 5 inch Senko fished “wacky” style. Four of the seven Also, since fluorocarbon sinks, it helps the worm FISHING TECHNIQUES THAT WORK
of these double digit bass were caught on a wacky rig so this is to sink and it makes a huge difference. AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist,
also a super pattern for trophy bass. There is no doubt I am sold As mentioned earlier, I use spinning tackle a lot of the time tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn.
on it especially in the spring and fall. wacky rigging for a number of reasons. It gives my arms a break Contact him at 337-463-3848 or
As far as line with wacky worming, my favorite line for years from using bait cast equipment and also throws the bait easier. and WEBSITE
has been 10 lb. Berkley Big Game and I still use it on occasion. However, since the smooth throwing Abu Garcia Revos have come
However, that was before Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon came on the on the scene, I now find myself using one for wacky fishing a lot
market. For the past 18 months I have used 8-10 lb test Berkley more often.
Fluorocarbon when wacky rigging with great success. This spring Now that we have our rigs fish ready, lets get it in the water. I
(2011) has been extremely successful. Berkley Fluorocarbon is like to fish a wacky around submerged grass which is how I use it
basically transparent in the water which is a huge plus since I fish 90% of the time. I cast my wacky rig usually in depths from 6-16’
the southern portions of Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn most of and let it settle to the bottom. is very common for the bass
the time. Other awesome characteristics of fluorocarbon are its to hit the bait ‘on the fall’ so be careful when you start to take up
sensitivity to detect light strikes, low stretch to help with hook-sets slack. To fish a wacky, you need to be a line watcher. If you feel a
plus the line is very durable. The only negative is the cost which slight tap, lift the rod carefully and watch your line. A lot of the
is about 3 times the cost of regular mono however my experience time you will see the line moving, while other times it will just feel
is that it will last 2 or 3 times as long as mono lines. One thing tight with a slight movement.
about using fluorocarbon is that once you do, it is difficult to go When working the worm, I lift my wacky rod just slightly trying
back to mono filament line. to keep the worm close to the grass or other structure. Remember,
My recent 10.30 pound largemouth mentioned above was the worm is light and if you work it too fast you keep it out of the
caught on 10 lb test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon spooled on an fish zone. Also, you do not have to rush if you get a bite but slowly
Abu Garcia Revo STX reel with 6.4 :1 ratio and a 6’ 10” medium lower you rod, take up slack and set your hook with a “pull”
heavy action Abu Garcia Veritas rod. For all anglers, a proper knot instead of a hard jerk. Remember, you are using light line and
is vital!! For 95% of my fishing, I use a Palomar knot and use it if you set the hook like a weight-lifter, you will break off a lot of
100% with wacky worming. The palomar is easy to tie and has fish. Since your hook is exposed, the hook set is much easier than
the best knot strength of most, if not all, quality knots. If you do a Texas and Carolina rig. Get as much slack out of your line as
not know how to tie one, find an angler who does and get them to possible before you set the hook.
show you how! If you will send me a self addressed, STAMPED en- REMOVING HOOKS FROM BASS: At times when wacky worming,
velope, I will send you a Berkley knot card with an easy-to-follow a bass will get the hook down deep in the throat. Take great care
Freeman and Rice take home first place
at the Bud Light Premier Team Tournament
By JODIE WARNER, Staff Writer

The windy conditions on February 27, 2011 presented

the anglers participating in the Bud Light Premier Tour  First Place Winners Freeman and Rice with their 26.35lb limit
at Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, Texas with a chal-
lenge. Anglers participating in the event, were however
thankful for the warm weather and shining sun. The tour
sponsor, Bryan Davis, said, “Our goal was about 100 boats,
but the weather forecast caused a lot of them to cancel.”
He said that they were expecting a tournament of at
least 80 teams on Sunday, however due to the excessively
changing weather forecast all but 55 teams pulled them-
selves from the tournament. Davis said, “They have to fish
four out of five of the tournaments to qualify for the state
The top prize of $5,400.00 went to the team of Glen
Freeman and Jeff Rice with five fish at 26.35lbs. The
team said that they were using a new bait called an Ouzo
Chunky Monkey and fished the south end of the lake in
the edges of loft ledges. Freeman and Rice also commented
that they had caught about 14-15 bass throughout the day
and had their limit of five bass by 9:00 a.m. They are spon-
sored by: Seagur Line, Yum, Ouzo Baits, Nichols Marine,
Ranger Boats, Yamaha Motors, Shirmano and Lawrence
Second prize and $3,000.00, with five fish at 25.95 lbs
went to the team of Clint Goodeaux and Dicky Newberry,
who could not be reached for comment.
Bobby Lebert and Albert Collins won third place with
BLT continued on P. 12

 Third Place, Lebert and Collins

 Second Place Team,

Newberry and
BLT continued from P. 11
25.52 lbs; the team said that they strug-
gled some with the wind, but still did
well catching their last two fish only 30
minutes before coming to the weigh-
in. They were fishing with E2 lizards
in flat, shallow water varying between
wooded areas and grassier areas. They
took home a check for $2,000.00
The title of Big Bass went to Travis
Patillo and Henry Parsons, ironically
the first to weigh in for the day, with a
7.30 bass, which also helped land them
in the fifth place spot with a net weight
of 23.66 lbs.
The next Rayburn Bud Light Premier
Team Tournament will be on March
12, 2011 in Sam Rayburn, Texas at the
Umphrey Pavilion.

 Big Bass winners Patillo and

Parsons with their catches

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bass tech
The Technology of Bass Fishing
PrevenTive BoaT MainTenance
by Andrew Upshaw

Have you ever had something go wrong on your boat that you Power Poles just in case a pump goes out or your fluid begins to Motor
knew you could have prevented? I’m going to tell you all about 3 leak. Power poles are the newest craze on the market. These are Lastly I check my bolts on my motor. This is a part of your boat
little things you can do to your boat to save you lots of headache. the big hydraulic “Sticks” sticking out on the back of quite a few that you use the least but is probably one of the most important
Trolling Motor fishermen’s boats. pieces on your boat. First I check to see if my bolts are tightened from
First off, check your screws and bolts. As a fisherman on my jackplate to my transom. These have a tendency to loosen when
Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn I tend to forget it myself, but in extreme rough water or adverse boating conditions. The last thing
this could save you lots of money. I have a checklist of what you need is to be driving down the lake in an extremely important
to tighten and it’s worked out well for me so far. Tighten your tournament and your motor break the bolts off. Don’t just look at
trolling motor screws and bolts. It’s fairly easy and you only need the bolts and think they are tight. Put a wrench on the bolt and the
a few tools to complete this task, like a Philips head screwdriver nut to back them up. You will be surprised how loose they actually
and a wrench. Something to help keep your trolling motor down are. Next, check the bolts connected from the jackplate to the motor.
in extreme conditions is to add an additional strap to it or a tight These bolts are the ones most likely to give you the biggest problems.
bungee cord. This will help keep your trolling motor in place I have seen instances where I could go tighten someone’s bolts,
when in adverse conditions. which connect from the jackplate to the motor, just with my hands.
Power Poles This is the spot that is more likely to break the fastest in rough water
Next I check my bolts on my Power Poles. These tend to loosen conditions. One of the scariest feelings you will ever have is if you get
from driving down the lake in rough conditions or just your stranded in the middle of the lake with 6 to 8 footers.
normal wear and tear. You can normally tell if your Power Poles To conclude Preventive Boat Maintenance, there are many
are loose by going up behind them and pushing the actual pole things you can do other than what I listed. Please do some
back to your boat. If you feel movement you need to tighten research or feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy
them. All you need are two wrenches, one to hold back up to one to help you. My phone number is (936) 414-2365 or email me at
side of the bolt and the other to tighten the bolt. Make sure to Thanks for reading my article and
not tighten them too much. One last thing, make sure to keep 2 until next time keep on catching them, but please practice catch
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Bass N Bucks on Toledo Bend
By Patty Lenderman

It is finally feeling like spring in the south, and nearly 330 anglers enjoyed being out in it on
Toledo Bend February 26, 2011 as Bass N Bucks kicked off the Toledo series. Fourteen sacks over 20
pounds were registered and Big Bass kept getting bigger as 7’s, 8’s and one over 9 was brought in.
Danny Iles and Brian Shook won 1st place and $8,000 with 26.13 pounds.
Toledo Bend is still more than 7 feet low, and everyone continues to pray for rain. Being the 5th
largest man made lake in the south, it didn’t hamper the fishing. Nearly all participants weighed in,
with a host of hefty sacks.
With nearly a dozen sacks over 20 pounds already in the books by the time Shook & Iles came to
the scales with their bag, nearly all eyes were on them when their weight locked in to take over the
lead in an ongoing weigh in. Martin Elshout and Mark Price had been at the top of the leaderboard
until that time with 23.34 lbs. Before the scales locked down, Rusty Hatcher and Chad Loupe made a
good run for top spot ending up in 2nd with 24.44 lbs
Locating fish and following their patterns is an acquired skill this team seems to have mastered.
“The bass seem to be moving day to day,” Iles stated. “We decided to fish the south end, focusing on
hydrilla in 2’-6’.” They were using a custom painted Red Eye Shad by 6th Sense Lures along with a
white double willow bladed spinnerbait all day. “The bite was pretty slow, but steady all day. We had
a limit in the boat by around 10:00, and only culled a couple of times.” A six pounder anchored their
creel that totaled 26.13 lbs. Being among the youngest participating, even many of the more seasoned  Brian Shook and Danny Iles won the Bass N Bucks Toledo Series kick-off with over 26 pounds!
teams tipped their hats at yet another win for these young men. Bass N Bucks presented them with the
guaranteed 1st place purse of $8,000. The team would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Power Tackle, The team won $3,000 for 3rd place and would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Kistler Rods and Ludwig
Costa Del Mar, Needmore Tackle, 6th Sense Lures, Jordan’s Marine, Sebile and Falcon Lures. “We’d also Brothers Marine.
like to point out that the Power Tackle composite crank bait rod is one of the best out there. The fish James Blythe caught the Big Bass of the day, fishing with partner Brad Hughes. According to Brad,
just don’t come off!” James “just got lucky”. All kidding aside, James was working a black & blue Texas rigged senko with
Danny also won the $2,500 from Ranger Cup and the $250 Cabela’s bonuses. a 1/8 oz weight in 10’ of water. “The fish were suspended about 3’ from the surface. I needed a slow
Rusty Hatcher and Chad Loupe won 2nd place and $4,000 with their 24.44 lb sack. Hitting shallow falling bait. It was around 10:30 when she hit, but at first I thought it was a lot smaller.” Once she
stumps with a big Texas rigged worm, the early bite was good for them and they just kept catching all broke the water, they realized they had a sow. The bass weighed 9.20 lbs, adding $1,000 to the teams’
day long. “We had a limit in the boat by 9:30 and culled until noon. After that it got slow, and we had overall winnings. “We’d like to thank Matt Mathews who was also fishing the same area for giving us
a long run to make getting back so we packed it in.” the elbow room to fish there.”
Martin Elshout & Mark Price had areas picked on the north and south ends of the lake. “We started The top sacks were incremental to say the least, some only separated by 1/100th of a pound. While
on the south end, using Rat-L-Traps and football head jigs.” They caught a few, but said when the Toledo Bend is still over 7 feet low, the fishing (and catching) is outstanding.
bite died they headed north. Going into a pocket filled with stumps, they threw Texas rigged lizards Bass-N-Bucks continued on P. 18
in shallow water. “We finished a limit and culled three times there. The fish were biting good all day.”

 Rusty Hatcher & Brian Loupe had a nice sack of nearly cookie
cutters totaling 24.44 lbs to win 2nd place

 Holding the lead for a short while, Mark Price & Martin Elshout
ultimately won 3rd place with their 23.34 lb limit
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Bass-N-Bucks continued from P. 16

1st - $8,000+ - 26.13 lbs 6th - $1,200 - 22.01 lbs
Danny Iles & Brian Shook Chad Dyess & Michael Crawford
2nd - $4,000 - 24.44 lbs 7th - $1,000+ 21.97 lbs
Rusty Hatcher & Chad Loupe David Fox & Anthony Clemens
3rd - $3,000 - 23.34 lbs 8th - $1,000 - 21.81 lbs
Martin Elshout & Mark Price - Bobby Logan & Kenny Cobb
4th - $2,000 - 22.30 lbs 9th - $1,000+ - 21.41 lbs
Mike Murski & Terry Stevens Teddy Joe Cloide & Wes Dawson
5th - $1,500 - 22.23 lbs 10th $1,000 - 20.68 lbs
Russ Carter & Scott Bailey - Ricky Potts & Bill Hudspeth
……and last in the money…..
24th - $500 - 18.37 lbs
- Glen Freeman & Harold Allen
Big Bass $1,000 9.20 lbs
James Blythe & Brad Hughes

Sponsor Incentive Winners: Sam Rayburn Series, Toledo Bend Series and
Ranger Cup Bonus $2,500 Danny Iles their Summer Series.  James Blythe caught the biggest bass of the day
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605 fish weighed Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors:
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 Congratulations to the Toledo series kick off top teams: (1st) Danny Iles & Brian Shook;
(2nd) Rusty Hatcher & Chad Loupe; (3rd) Martin Elshout & Mark Price; (Big Bass) James
Blythe & Brad Hughes

 In addition
to his
1st place
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also won winner of the Yamaha VMAX
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April Weekend Warriors

By Jim Binns

There are few things in life more complicated than fishing during (some of which never get used); however, learning to properly use a few might even find a couple of great looking fishing spots that are not
a weekend. Your adrenalin has been running high all week at work as baits correctly can certainly go a long way in building your confidence even on your lake map. I have to admit that when I got my first graph I
you anticipate the upcoming fishing trip and your thoughts are of big and putting more weight in your weigh-in bag. I know that in my early ran into a couple of trees because I concentrated so much on studying
bass – and lots of them. But more often than not that beautiful weather fishing days I wanted to master jig fishing and an ol’ pro told me to go what was on my screen that I lost track of where I was going. Good
you anticipated is overshadowed by a cold front, long lines at the fishing with nothing in the boat but jigs. It was good advice. Discipline electronics is only as good as your ability to understand what you are
launching ramp and fish that suddenly get a case of lockjaw. So what’s yourself to use specific baits until you are comfortable and then expand seeing so sharpen your skills.
a weekend fisherman to do? to other baits and techniques. #6 Ignore Other Fishermen -
First of all let’s establish the fact that most anglers fish when they #3 What are you after Numbers or Size? - I have fished with a number of anglers that would actually get
can. When you head to the lake for a weekend outing, concentrate on Are you trying to catch lots of bass or trophy bass? The techniques depressed and lose their focus for fishing if another angler was fishing
the positives rather than the negatives. You may not be as skilled as the to do one or the other can often vary greatly. The trophy hunter tends “their area.” Forget the other anglers and just fish the plan you put
pro fisherman but there are things you can do to sway the odds over to use larger baits and may have to go long periods of time between together. If someone is fishing your spot simply adjust your fishing by
in your favor. An occasional trip to different lakes is fine.. However – if bites, however, when the bite occurs it could be the fish of a lifetime. working different baits, techniques and depths.. or leave and fish the
your goal is to improve your success ratio I suggest that you zero-in on The angler that wants to just catch a bunch of bass may have to look area later.
one or two lakes and learn them well. Here are some tips to help you for “schoolies” and downsize the baits he is using to better attract the Here is something for you to think about. There are various stages
accomplish your goals. smaller fish. in the life of a bass fisherman that all of us go through. Usually a new
#1 Be Versatile - #4 Where to Fish - angler just wants to catch one bass. The next stage is wanting to catch
Someone much wiser than me once said, “Insanity is doing things The first priority is to get a good topographical map of the lake you a bunch of bass. Then comes the need to catch one big bass. Then
that don’t work over and over again but expecting different results.” For intend to fish and study it carefully. Look for those areas that have the angler wants to catch a bunch of bigger bass. Then you reach the
bass fishing this means that when the fishing is slow you need to keep an sharp drop-offs, long tapering points and creek channels that meander point where you want to catch a REALLY big bass, the fish of a lifetime.
open mind and be ready to change your tactics. Don’t get caught up in through wooded areas. Look for areas that offer fish easy access to both And keep in mind that it never really ends because once you catch that
the bad habit of using one fishing technique and then making up excuses shallow and deep water. Look for abrupt changes in the topography. A 10-pounder you will want to catch one even bigger. That’s what makes
if you don’t catch fish. Odds are that the bass are there and in many cases good topographical map can help you find fish before you even launch fishing lots of fun and so challenging.
they will bite ... but it just takes the right presentation to make it happen. your boat. It’s also a good idea to put together a game plan regarding So there you are... A few suggestions for 2011 that will hopefully
Most weekend anglers follow each other down a shoreline casting the what you want to do before you hit the water. The plan will obviously allow you to get more fish in the livewell. Just remember, fishing can be
same baits as the boat they are following and just hope to get lucky. If the have to be “fine-tuned” once you launch your boat, but it will give you as enjoyable or as stressful as you want to make it. I suggest that you
hits are not coming from shallow water go deep and vice versa. If that a starting point and keep you from wondering aimlessly around casting relax and enjoy your time on the water. And keep in mind that a day on
favorite spinnerbait or topwater is not producing try a crankbait or soft at random spots like many weekend anglers do. the water is sure better than working that “honey-do” list your wife has
plastic. The point is to not get into a rut with your fishing. #5 Underwater Eyes – posted on the kitchen wall.
#2 Bait Selection - Invest in a good depth finder and learn how to use it. Spend some Good Fishing - JB
If you master a basic selection of baits you will definitely be more time understanding the unit and the various settings. Forget about “Things turn out best for those who make
successful. Most of us have MANY tackleboxes crammed full of lures fishing on your first couple of trips - this is the time for learning. You the best of the way things turn out”

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By JODIE WARNER, Staff Writer

 Roger and
Justin Parks,
a father & son
team, won
1st place with
21.77 lbs
and narrowly
missed Big
Bass honors

 Cody Caldwell and Conner Nabours caught the biggest bass of the
day on a fluke weighing 7.81 lbs

The early spring weather was excellent for the fourth Working Cody Caldwell and Conner Nabours brought in the days Big Bass The next Working Warriors Open set for this weekend March
Warriors open on February 26th. 28 teams took advantage of the with a 7.81lb. big girl caught at midday with a Watermelon Fluke 5th and is hosted by Media Bass. Anyone interested in having some
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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual 1st Series # 3

Ricky Guy WINS AGAIN!!

By Mr. Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Individual

1st Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion
on Sam Rayburn, began this event on March
13th with 18 anglers showing up to fish for
the $1720.00 purse. This 3rd event of 2011 was
started after the playing of the National Anthem
at 7:05 am. The weigh in time was conducted
at 3:15 pm. Any Individual entering 4 of the
1st series of Rayburn Individual Series events
will automatically qualify for the 2-day Sam
Rayburn Championship. The top Individual in
points will be declared the Angler of the Year and
will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn
Individual Series events. The Individuals entering
7 Rayburn Individual 1st & 2nd series events will
automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series
Individual 2-day Championships. The highest
Top 10 points group of Individuals from the 2nd
series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the
2-day Rayburn Championship. Any Individual
qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be al-
lowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions”
on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine.  Ricky Guy finished in 1st place with 16.29 lbs this made
Sam Rayburn water was in good shape but is him $1030.00 for his day on the water.
still about 7.66 feet below normal pool level with
water temps running 61-63 degrees. The weather
at takeoff was a calm 60 degrees with a warming from Huffman, TX finished
finished with 5 bass at 12.04
to 74 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching lbs.
continues to be very good on Big Sam as there The entire results from this and all A/Q events
were 9 limits brought to the scales, for a total of put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at www.
56 bass at 122.10 lbs making the average bass
brought to the scales today weigh 2.18 lbs. A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our  Jonathan Simon,
owner of Simon
Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his Bowden sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars
Outfitters in Kirbyville,
Marine prepared BassCat/Evinrude bass rig to for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament TX placed 2nd with
north lake areas over grass to catch his bass with Trail, Bowden Marine, T/A Lure Xtractor, Lock- his bag of fish that
his American Rodsmiths rods & Shimano reels N-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership weighed 15.85 lbs.
tipped with Bill Lewis Rattle Traps in 2-5 ft of bonus. Please read the qualifications for these
water. Ricky had the Big Bass of the event, a fine great incentives on our Anglers Quest website.
5.34 lber caught on a trap. Ricky managed to Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle
cull several times during his day to finish in 1st on Lake Livingston on March 19th & 20th for
place with 16.29 lbs this made him $1030.00 for the 3rd event of the 1st series of the Saturday &
his day on the water. Individual Series events. Then on March 26th &
Jonathan Simon from Orange, TX ran his 27th A/Q will be at home on Lake Houston for the
Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig to mid lake points over 3rd event of the 1st Saturday & Individual series.
grass to catch his bass throwing small cranks in >>FLASH>>On April 2nd & 3rd A/Q will be
5-7 ft of water. He managed to catch 8 keepers back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn
to finish in 2nd place with his best 5 at 15.85 lbs for the 4th of the 5 1st series Team Saturday &
and made him $400.00 for his day on the water. Sunday Individual events. The Saturday Team
Rick Barns from Broaddus, TX finished his event will be a Trailering event due to being on
day in 3rd with 5 bass at 12.60 lbs. Randy Quin the same date as BassNBucks…if you enter both
events…you must comply with BNB & A/Q rules and you must take off
with BNB and last cast at 3:00 PM and be in the A/Q weigh in line by 4:00
PM. The Individual event on Sunday will NOT be a trailering event.
On April 9th Anglers Quest will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe
for the 4th of the 1st series of 5 Conroe Saturday Series events. Anglers
Quest is now accepting Credit Cards. Call Mr Bill or Barbara Long at
281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2010 schedules & results for
all Anglers Quest series events are now available online at www.anglers-
Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services:
American Rodsmiths, Antex Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill
Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Custom
Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks,
Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld,
Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake
Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, MSD Building Corporation, Power
Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures,
Sign Designs Now, Superior Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The
Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent Turf
 Left to right - Jonathan Simon of Simon Outfitters in Kirbyville, TX placed 2nd with his bag of fish God Bless & Good Fishing to All……
that weighed 15.85 lbs, Rick Barns finished his day in 3rd with 5 bass at 12.60 lbs.`

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March 6, 2011 Tournament Results
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster

 Jeff Wise &

Cody Wise won
the tournament
and $2,000 for
their 5 fish limit
that weighed
21.37 lbs!

 Jason Wells & Vic Cooper with their 5 fish that weighed a total of 21.05 lbs. This sack
Place Angler 1 Angler 2 # Fish Pounds Winnings earned them $1,000.00 for their day on the water!
1 Jeff Wise Cody Wise 5 21.37 $2,000.00
2 Jason Wells Vic Cooper 5 21.05 $1,000.00 Statistics
3 Frank Polley William Flournoy 5 20.97 $600.00 Paid Entries 44
4 Philip Crelia Jack Wallace 5 19.82 $500.00
Total Limits 32
5 David Burn`s Joey Martin 5 19.72 $400.00
6 Greg McDonald Gary McDonald 5 19.29 $300.00 Total Blanks 7
7 Johnny McKee Charles Maclin 5 17.67 $250.00 Total Fish 175
8 Jimmy Brooks Chad Randolph 5 15.82 $200.00
Total Released 175
9 Ben Ballard 5 15.64
10 David Ozio Phil Hennigan 5 15.48 Total Lbs. 512
11 Mack Whiteman Kevin Whiteman 5 15.40 Avg. Fish In Boat 4
12 Randy Turner Chad York 5 15.31
13 Jared Dean Brian Seymore 5 15.07 Avg. Lbs. In Boat 12
14 Tommy Land Selvin Cartwright 5 14.92 Avg. Fish Size 3
15 Perry Hooks Billy Sirles 5 14.84  Frank Polley & William
Total Payout - $5,690.00
16 Albert Weaver Deitra Weaver 5 14.78 Flournoy placed 3rd with their
5 fish that weighed 20.97 lbs.
17 Stan Burgay Lance Hughes 5 14.55
18 Mark Crouch Shane Howell 5 14.29  Top 3 places
for Media Bass
19 Jesse Moody Brandon Moody 5 14.00 March 6th
20 Steve Evans Jay Bennett 5 13.63 tournament

Big Bass
1 Jeff Wise Cody Wise 6.72 lbs. $308.00
2 Jared Dean Brian Seymore 6.22 lbs. $132.00
Merrill and Loftin
win Working Warriors Open
By Terry Sympson

 Congratulations to the winners - James  Newlyweds Rusty and Rebecca Stevens spent their first day as husband and wife
Merrill and Elmer Loftin fishing the tournament. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Jackson Hill Marina’s Working Warriors Open hosted 18 teams that will run in conjunction with The All Military Tournament to put these kids on some fish. We would like thank them for their
March 5 to help raise money for their Take a Soldier Fishing “Battle of the Branches”. To Qualify for the WWO Championship dedication to the sport we love and for all they do to promote bass
Program. James Merrill and Elmer Loftin took top honors with Anglers only need to accumulate $50 worth of donations this can fishing to young anglers. The top fish catcher was Jimmy Lynch
a five fish limit of 16.38 lbs that included a 6.18 lb kicker that be done by fishing 5 WWO events or by donating $50 to Jackson with 4 fish weighing 10.39 lbs, second place went to Nate McDowet
also received big bass honors. Jody Herrington and Robert Haak Hill’s “Take a Soldier Fishing” before the final September 10th with 4 fish weighing 8.85 lbs and third place went young Riley
took second place with 16.32 lbs and Mark Richards and David tournament. Harris with 4 fish weighing in at 6.53 lbs. In all 12 boys and one
Maher rounded out the top three paid places with 16.20 lbs. The Jackson Hill also hosted a great group of young anglers hard fishing young lady participated in the event.
WWO has raised almost $700 dollars for Take a Soldier Fishing from Katy Bassmasters getting ready for the March 27th Junior If you would like additional information about Working
and is beginning to build a strong following. There are eight more Bassmasters Tournament that will be held at Jackson Hill. The Warriors or Battle of the Branches you can call Terry Sympson at
tournaments scheduled for 2011 and a November Championship Katy Bassmasters graciously provided the boaters and fought hard Jackson Hill Marina 936-872-9266

 Junior angler Jimmy Lynch caught 1st place

with 4 fish weighing 10.39 lbs  Second place
for the Juniors
went to Nate
McDowet with
4 fish weighing
8.85 lbs

 Young Riley Harris was awarded 3rd place in the

Junior division with 4 fish weighing in at 6.53 lbs

Rat-L-Trap holds 1st Annual

specialty tournament on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster

It all started nearly half a century ago when Sam Rayburn and
Toledo Bend were still in their infancy. A man named Bill Lewis
loved to fish, and loved to tinker too. In his garage, he created
many different lures trying to emulate bait fish and sink and swim
the way he thought they needed to. As in any creative process, some
were good and some never made it out of the garage.
Some of his friends would stop by to see what the latest things
he had created looked like. Among the creations lying around was
one he had stuck some lead shot in. His friend picked one up and
headed out to Toledo Bend.
Later, Bill also went out to do some fishing. He noticed about
80 boats bunched up together, and one out all by itself. Curious,
he got closer to see what was going on. They were watching as the
angler in the distance caught bass after bass. Even more curious,
he approached the lone boater only to see it was his friend. “John
 Dicky Newberry was the big
– what are you using?” His friend told him “Bill, it’s that ugly winner in the 1st Annual
rattling bait on your bench – do you have any more?” Bill said Rat-L-Trap tournament,
no to keep the other boaters from overtaking him. He did indeed having 26.44 lbs in a 5 bass
have a few on him but had never thrown them himself, so got off limit to win over $11,000
to another area and tried one. He started catching fish right away,
and was amazed at how loud the bait sounded coming through the
water as he fished from his aluminum boat. L-Traps, while also awarding any lucky anglers too,” stated Wes
2nd 7.27 lbs $400 Carlton Johns
As he was driving home in his station wagon, a rather noisy car Higgins, President of Bill Lewis Lures. “We awarded the top 10
3rd 5.04 lbs $300 William Stark
he lovingly named the Rattle Trap, he tried to figure out what he individual big bass every hour from 7am until 2pm. Then, between
would call this new lure. “The sound of that bait sure reminds me 2pm-3pm the biggest stringer got the guaranteed 1st place overall 4th 4.11 lbs $200 Rodney Dotson
of my car,” he thought. At that moment, the Rat-L-Trap was born. paycheck of $10,000.” 5th 3.94 lbs $180 Charles Johnson
Now, nearly 50 years and hundreds of lures and colors later, Bill The scales officially opened at 7am. Mike Fullerton topped the 6th 3.44 lbs $160 Chris King
Lewis Lures hosted the 1st Annual Rat-L-Trap big bass tournament on hour with his 7.80 lb catch winning a $500 check. 7th 3.34 lbs $140 Bruce Perdue
Sam Rayburn March 5, 2011. While anglers in these parts are quite In tournaments such as this, it is integral to keep a line of com- 8th 3.13 lbs $120 Wesley Brossett
familiar with big bass tournaments, this one had a little twist to it. munication between the weigh in site and the anglers. KICKS 105 9th 2.83 lbs $110 Michael Doggett
“We wanted to see who could show the most skill using Rat- was on hand keeping everyone informed as to what had weighed 10th 2.74 lbs $100 Lance Duff

 Paul Proctor weighed in

the biggest bass of the day
during the 8-9:00 hour
for a $500 check. This
fish helped anchor his
2nd place overall five fish
stringer for an additional
$2,500. He used a chrome  Wes Higgins, President of Rat-L-Trap congratulates the winners: (1st) Dicky Newberry;
Rat-L-Trap for his catch. (2nd) Paul Proctor; (3rd) Ted O’Dell, flanked by Rat-L-Trap Sales Director Buddy Howell
27 • Lakecaster • apriL 2011
in during each hour so anglers could decide if they would keep Wes Higgins would like to thank the help and support of the
fishing or come in and weigh. area tackle shops: Ann’s Tackle, Needmore Tackle and The Tackle 6th 3.74 lbs $160 Denice Green
A new big bass leader was established the second hour. Paul Monkey. Displays of several new colors for this season was set up 7th 3.68 lbs $140 Robert Moore
Proctor caught an 8.83 lb sow, winning $500 and putting a nice and made available to anxious anglers. 8th 3.67 lbs $120 Mark Nelson
piece to his five fish stringer. A lot of money was left on the table Weights stacked up tight for the 11-12:00 hour. 9th 3.48 lbs $110 Rex Humberson
this hour, as only 4 fish were brought to the scales. 10th 3.44 lbs $100 Charlie Parker
1st 3.92 lbs $500 Ricky Guy
2nd 3.69 lbs $400 Chad Houghton
2nd 4.30 lbs $400 Steve Floyd
3rd 3.52 lbs $300 Eric Wilson No more single bass to be weighed. Each contestant who had
3rd 4.24 lbs $300 David Wolcott
4th 3.36 lbs $200 Eric VanHorn already weighed any during the day could only bring in the re-
4th 3.25 lbs $200 Rodney Dotson mainder of a five fish limit to add to their established weights. Any
5th 3.30 lbs $180 Larry Cotton
who had not already weighed could bring in an entire limit to try
6th 3.15 lbs $160 Jason Barton
It was a gorgeous day and just kept getting better as the morn- to get their chance to win one of top three overall stringer checks,
7th 3.10 lbs $140 Chris King
ing rolled on – quite different from the day before with horren- including the $10,000 check for 1st place!
8th 2.91 lbs $120 Howard Wilson
dous winds, rain, and wind chill temps in the 30’s. During the Dicky Newberry had weighed in two fish in the hours before,
9-10:00 hour, no money was left behind. 9th 2.78 lbs $110 Kevin Johnson a 6.84 and 5.78 and had stated the last time he was at the scales
10th 2.75 lbs $100 Jeff Crooks that he had plenty more. Bringing in three more to weigh at 13.82
1st 7.11 lbs $500 Larry Peacher lbs, his five fish total went to 26.44 lbs ultimately winning the
2nd 6.38 lbs $400 Larry Pope Temperatures continued to rise, as did the overall weights. event. “I used a copper bleeding craw color today,” he divulged. His
3rd 5.46 lbs $300 Tommy Hill 12:00-1:00 hour results: winnings totaled $11,150 which also included a $250 bonus for
4th 5.13 lbs $200 Kevin Chapman wearing Rat-L-Trap attire during the bonus hour with the biggest
5th 4.98 lbs $180 Andrew Upshaw 1st 6.84 lbs $500 Dicky Newberry fish of that hour.
2nd 5.95 lbs $400 Ted Odell Paul Proctor had won the 8-9:00 hour with his 8.83 lb sow, and
6th 4.85 lbs $160 James Thompson
3rd 5.53 lbs $300 Greg Mehaffey additionally came in 2nd place with his 19.49 lb stringer.
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4th 4.81 lbs $200 Zack Lucas Ted O’Dell won 3rd place with 18.37 lbs, anchored by a 5.95 lb
8th 3.71 lbs $120 Jeremy Belschner bass that also won 2nd in the 12-1:00 hour.
9th 3.37 lbs $110 Zack Lucas 5th 4.73 lbs $180 Chris McCall
“We’d like to thank all of you for coming out and fishing with
10th 3.29 lbs $100 Lance Duff 6th 4.59 lbs $160 Rodney Dotson
us,” announced Wes Higgins. “When we were first putting the
7th 4.18 lbs $140 Mike Windsor
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8th 3.93 lbs $120 Bill Rogers where to have it, it was obvious immediately. Sam Rayburn is one
With only 3 hours left to weigh in individual bass, the 10-11:00 9th 3.88 lbs $110 Alvin Ellis of the best Rat-L-Trap lakes in the country.” Plans are already be-
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at V & M/Cyclone Tournament
By Jodie Warner/Staff Writer

Saturday March 12 presented anglers with a much better weather forecast and warmer day. The
only drawback per the anglers was the continuous wind. This particular weekend hosted several
tournaments in the same areas, making a busy weekend for anglers.
The V&M Cyclone Baits Tournament was held at the Umphrey Pavilion gazebo with twelve teams
competing for the $1000 grand prize. In the end James Mitchell and Jason Bonds took home the
check and 1st place honors for their 14.88 lb bag of five fish.
The team said that they had a very long and drawn out day. “We started with the same pattern that
we did last weekend with jigs, but had to change to crankbaits about noon.” The team also said they
were fishing creek channels.
Coming in second with what the anglers called a loss of, “two drops of water,” was Brandon Crouch
(his partner was not available during or after weigh in) with 14.86 lbs and the title of Big Bass with a
4.47 lb fish. Crouch’s Big Bass beat out first place’s by only .10 lb.
Crouch said that his day was also slow and was fishing with three different baits: Carolina Rig,
swim bait, and rattle traps in shallow areas.
Third place went to Ty Hudgins and Roger Bacon with a weigh in of 13.77 lbs. Bacon commented
on the day saying, “We started out good with the first cast catching a 4 pounder.” He said that their
luck slowed after lunch and that they were fishing in “scattered grass from three to six feet.” Hudgins
and Bacon were fishing with watermelon red Big Bite Red Cane Thumpers and traps.

BIG BASS $120 4.47 LBS BRANDON CROUCH  James Mitchell and Jason Bonds won 1st place with their bag of fish that weighed
14.88 lbs.

 Brandon Crouch came in 2nd with his limit of fish that weighed 14.86
lbs., which included the Big Bass of the tournament, a nice 4.47 pounder.

 Roger Bacon and Ty Hudgins came in

3rd with their weight of 13.77 lbs.

Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 3

Ricky Guy & Larry Cotton take the WIN!

By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 1st Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam
Rayburn, TX began this event on March 12th with 106 teamed anglers showing up to fish for the
$7145.00 purse. Any team entering all 5 of the 1st series of Rayburn Saturday Series events will auto-
matically qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Championship. The top team in points will be declared
the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series
events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify
for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. The highest Top 10 points group of teams from the
2nd series of 3 events will also qualify to go to the 2-day Rayburn Championship. Any team qualifying
for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November
19-20 at Lake Palestine.
This event was started after the playing of the National Anthem at 6:05 am. Sam Rayburn water
was in good shape but 7.66 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 61-63 degrees.
The weather at takeoff was a calm 50 degrees with a warming to 74 degrees by weigh in time. The fish
catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 35 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 179
bass at 498.90 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.78 lbs.
The team of Ricky Guy from Humble, TX & Larry Cotten from Huffman, TX ran Larry’s Skeeter/
Evinrude bass rig to mid main lake grass covered flats to catch their bass throwing rattle traps in
2-4 ft of water using their American Rodsmiths & H&H Rods & Shimano reels spooled with Seguar
flurocarbon line. They managed to cull approximately 15 times to finish with a nice bag at 23.72 lbs.
This win made them $2080.00 for their day on the water.
The team of Charles Bebber from Willis, TX & Keith Caka from Magnolia, TX ran their Ranger/Ya-
maha bass rig to the main lake secondary points with grass to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that  Ricky Guy & Larry Cotten won the
tournament with their awesome sack of
tipped the scales at 23.36 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times fish that weighed 23.72 lbs. This earned
throughout the day. Charles & Keith had a nice 6.01 lb kicker in their bag. Their day on the lake paid them $2080.00 for their day on the water.
back $1075.00 for their efforts.
The team of Phillip Crelia & Greg McDonald from Center, TX finished in 3rd with 22.58 lbs and
took home a check for $1050.00. Phillip & Greg had the Big Bass of the event at 7.72 lbs. The team of

 Charles Bebber & Keith Caka came in 2nd

place with their nice bag of fish that weighed
23.36 lbs.

 Phillip Crelia & Greg McDonald came in 3rd with their sack of fish that weighed 22.58 lbs.
Brian Branum & Keith White finished in 4th with 18.65 lbs and took home
$700.00. Jared Fyock & Josh Guy finished in 5th with 17.54 lbs and took
$500.00 home.
There were 10 places paid in this event. The entire results from this and all
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 Don & Sandy Jeane weighed the best bag of the day
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 Craig & Elizabeth March are truly patient as proved by their

weight of 16.51 lbs which earned them 2nd place.
After being absent from the schedule since 2009 C.A.S.T. untangled! You go Girl!!! Don & Sandy’s stringer was typical for
Southeast’s region return to Toledo Bend was a welcome one! The the day it just needed one good kicker.
weather was perfect for catching bass on the stump laden reservoir. Patience is one of the greatest qualities an angler can possess. needed with only a few minutes before time to leave for weigh-in.
Toledo Bend’s dam had been under repair for sometime resulting Craig & Elizabeth Crystal caught a really nice 7.02 lb bass! The next largest bass for
in extremely low lake levels. Some anglers didn’t know there were March are truly patient as proved by their 2nd place finish. the day weighed almost two pounds less than their big bass. Sweet!
that many stumps on the lake! The boat lane markers were almost Their weight of 16.51 lbs. left them only .05 lb. from a win! Work- With the weather and water warming, the next Southeast
unnecessary as the lane edges were clearly outlined by the trees ing a small creek mouth area for the entire day, Craig & Elizabeth Region tournament on Lake Conroe, Saturday, April 2nd from
stumps sticking up almost 3 feet from the water’s surface. managed five solid keepers; while many other boats ran around Stow-A-Way Marina; should see some huge stringers brought to
With low lake levels, this brings smaller fishing areas. Many lo- impatiently looking for a bite. the scales by C.A.S.T. couples! We’ll see you at 5 am tournament
cal tournaments were on the lake Saturday, March 12th, including Johnie & Crystal Fountain came in 3rd place. Their weight of morning for registration.
quite a few FLW Touring Pros practicing for their upcoming event. 16.48 lbs. was anchored by the tournament’s Big Bass. Crystal has Until Later... God Bless and Good Fishin’!
The real story was in how well the fish were biting. Many C.A.S.T. a flair for the dramatic when it comes to catching big bass and John & Grace
couples caught fish but the huge bags did not materialize. With today was no exception. Johnie & Crystal found just the fish they  Crystal Fountain has a flair
the top three positions all within .08 of for catching “the big” fish.
a pound the story is Toledo’s big bass Today was no different!
At the end of their day,
have not “moved up” yet! she caught this nice 7.02
Don & Sandy Jeane weighed the best pounder that won the Big
bag of the day at 16.56 lbs. to claim 1st Bass honors.
place. The bite was fast and furious for
Don & Sandy; they had a limit in less
than 30 minutes into the tournament.
Sandy caught the first good fish of
their day on a crankbait. Don netted
it for her and in the process tangled
“his” crankbait in the net! So like any
good partner, Sandy put two more
fish in the boat before he could get it

 Johnie & Crystal Fountain came in 3rd place

with their weight of 16.48 lbs.
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Fishing Forecast
April has arrived. I think I heard April cloudy. bass are up shallow, what do I use these
showers bring May flowers. Right now, The Lipless crankbaits are another for? There are still a lot of fish on the
to heck with flowers! We need the rains good bait to use this time of year. I edges of the grass and ledges around the
to take us thru the summer months. have been using some Strike Pro Lipless spawning areas, some going and some
Sam Rayburn has been low since last crankbaits and running it over the grass coming. This is a good way to pick up
summer. This means the fish have not to really heat things up. Some of these a good fish by pulling the Carolina rig
had the cover of the buck brush to hide fish just attack the bait. With these two off the grass edges into deeper water. The
Lynn Atkinson in and spawn. With this cover out of baits you can cover a lot of water and Stanley ½ oz Football jig is one of my
cell 979-220-0251 the water the fishing can be awesome. have a lot of fun. favorites. One way to use it is to crawl it

However this also has some drawbacks. If you’re not into all that chunk across the bottom, the other is to work it
Reel Um N Guide
The lack of cover hurts the spawn when and wind, and want to slow down, soft around some kind of structure. the fish are not released to get back and plastics are the way to go. The senko’s There should be a lot of good fish
RAYBURN guard their fry. So think about it when
you’re out there fishing. This is the time
and wacky worms catch more than their
share of fish all year long and can be
caught this month. The ones that have
spawned will move out and stop on
LAKE that the fish are restocking the lake for
our future fishing trips.
a lot of fun. Try Watermelon Red and
Green Pumpkin as a starting point for
points and ledges before heading to the
summer hideouts.

FISHING There should be a lot of fish still up

shallow with some still moving in to
your colors.
Now let’s get to the Texas Rig. I like to
Just a few words about tackle stores
in the area that have new locations. Tri

REPORT spawn. One bait that comes to mind

when these fish are up shallow is the
Stanley Spinner Bait. The colors I would
keep mine on the light side if the wind
will let me do so, that way the bait will
just slide over the grass. There are all
Lakes has moved a little farther south to
4106 S. Hwy 69. Bass Strike Tackle has
moved to downtown Zavalla on Main
Lake level information start with are white or chartreuse. The
blades are the next thing to look at,
kinds of Creature baits and Lizards to
use. E-2 Bait Company makes a doodle
Street in their new building. Both of
these stores would be glad to help you
updated daily at sometimes they like big willow blades bug that has been working great on the in any way they can. I know they have and other times they want smaller blades bass. Sometimes it’s something different supported my fishing habit for sometime.
with less thump. This is just something that the bass haven’t seen that will get I thank you.
Lake levels as of 03/22/11 to play with as water colors and weather
conditions change from sunny to
them to bite.
Now the Carolina Rig and Jig. If the
Well I hope this helps you out some.
Good Luck. God Bless
Normal pool level
Mid Lake & South End
For lake level updates 409.698.3491 or 409.381.1397
and generation schedules,
call 409-384-5716. APRIL!!!! Spring is here, finally
warm weather, trees bud out, grass
around here in April. It’s time for the
McDonald’s Big Bass Splash. We know
We caught ‘em good for the last few
days of March up on the north end of
turns green, Bass on beds, and Crappie the Sealy’s will put on a great show as the lake on Road Runner heads with
on the grass. What more could an East usual! $580,000.00. That’s a lot. Good the New Stanley Wedge Tail Minnows.
Texan ask for? Only thing I can think luck to all who fish. Remember to be Their minnows come in seven colors.
Bill Fondren, of is a little water. I sure hope everyone safe. Just go to to order or
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cell (409) 381-1397 never seen. Please be careful. We want mode. The Wacky Worm will be a good will get hot. I see a lot of noodles
everyone to come and enjoy the lake, bait to use. Then my favorite - Frog floating around already. Hey, if you
Professional Guide just please be careful. time! I would rather see a big ol’ bass put them out pick them up. They are
— Licensed and
The fishing has been great to say hit a top water bait than anything. Use everywhere.
the least. If you don’t have 25lbs. at any of the good plastic worms, Big That’s about it for now, remember
least don’t plan on winning a bass Bite,V&M, Zoom all make great worms. visit our merchants around the Lake.
tournament. It’s the dadburnest thing Don’t put your Rat-L-Traps away yet They work hard for all of us. If anyone
I have ever seen and as far as I have they will still bet bit. Use a good ole still needs a room for the McDonald’s
heard these fish are not all on the beds Stanley Swim Jig or Spinner bait which Tournament give us a call at Tiger
either. The crappie are really early on will also work. Creek Lodge (409.698.3491) we have 1
the north end of the Lake. Some are The Crappie are moving shallow or 2 left, and remember if we can help
already on the grass. now on the grass. Don’t be fooled by just call.
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34.97 pounds wins

Bass N Bucks on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster

Bass N Bucks teams have never been known to let the wrath of Mother Nature
stop them from doing what they do best, and March 5, 2011 was no different. Casey  A 34.97 pound stringer is
phenomenal any day, but to
Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie put the giddy up in their go, taking care of business
catch them all in the first hour
during the FIRST HOUR of the tournament. The team won with a 34.97 lb stringer is incredible! Congratulations
for an $8,000 payday. Break that down to an hourly rate! to tournament winners Casey
After a few days of perfect Spring weather, an old familiar adage howled us all Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie
a reminder. “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Temps in the mid 70’s had preceded
tournament day, but come Saturday temps dropped over 20 degrees and the wind rose, gusting over 30
mph. For safety reasons, trailering was allowed. A good many of the anglers thought it would be an-
other beautiful day, and showed up at check in wearing shorts. Before days end they were hammered
with high winds and cold rain.
Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie didn’t waste a moment putting their limit together and getting
off the water. They hit the right spot with the right baits to bag 34.97 lbs in the first hour of fishing.
“We caught a limit of small bass pretty quick,” the team reported. Changing tactics to procure bigger
bass, they headed to shallow water using 6th Sense Lures square bill crank baits in the grass. That was
just the trick, loading up on a limit of fish with an average weight of 7 pounds each. “The weather just
kept getting worse, so we decided to come in early and weigh our fish.” Their weight held by a margin
of five pounds to take the win for an $8,000 payday. The team would like to thank their sponsors for
their support: 6th Sense Lures, Hales Tackle, Custom Angle Rods and Costa Del Mar.
Bringing in another hefty sack at 29.94 lbs, brothers Clint & Clay West won 2nd place. “We went to
the North end of the lake and caught fish all day.” They were using swim baits in 4’-6’ of water. “We sions or drains. Sometimes we would have to cast four or fifive
ve times in those spots, but good bass were
caught a lot of fish, but the best action was between 9am-11am. At one point we had double hook-ups, holding in them.” Fighting the wind all day, they wore their trolling motor batteries completely out.
both of us were reeling in six pounders.” Their biggest bass weighed 7.44 lbs and they were culling “We made our last cull at 2:30, then headed in.” The team won $3,000 for 3rd place. They would like
four pounders! Bass N Bucks presented them with a $4,000 check and they would like to thank Show to thank Dawson Marine and Ranger Boats, “but most of all I’d like to thank my wife for her love and
Time Signs, Dawson Marine, West Ltd and M & M Industrial for their support. support.” – John Lemaire
John Lemaire & Jude Bodin also had a great day. “We got a late start once we found out we could The biggest bass of the day was caught by Butch Hollis, fishing with partner Marc Woolems weigh-
trailer.” They got busy right away and put a small limit in the boat. “Our initial limit only weighed ing in at 8.05 lbs winning $1,000. This catch anchored their 19.43 lb stringer putting them in 20th
around eight pounds. Then we caught a four pounder, and it was all uphill after that.” They also place overall. Being the first out of the money in overall standings, the team also received a Show
fished the North end of the lake, using spinnerbaits and jigs. “We started out fishing grass with Time Signs gift certificate valued at $500. Butch reports catching his bass on a 5’ flat at 9am using a
stumps, then transitioned to hard sandy bottom areas with stumps. The trick was to find little depres- Smokey Joe Rat-L-Trap.
 Having a nice limit of 24.79 lbs, John Lemaire and
Jude Bodin won 3rd place overall

 29.94 pounds
won 2nd place
on this weather
challenged day
by brothers Clint
& Clay West
 Marc Woolems
shows the biggest
bass of the day,
8.05 lbs, caught
by his partner  Congratulations to the top teams: (1st) Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie; (2nd) Clay & Clint West;
Butch Hollis (3rd) John Lemaire & Jude Bodin; (Big Bass) Butch Hollis

Out of 134 participating teams, 109 of them season for that series. Here are how the points
brought fish to the scales. Out of those, 107 had leaders are stacking up:
limits! A total of 542 fish were weighed totaling 790.36 pts Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie
1,692.50 lbs. That gives an average weight per 761.74 pts Daniel Blanton & Jeff Wise
fish of 3.12 lbs! 761.46 pts Travis Moore & James Coleman
At each event, thousands more dollars are po- 760.13 pts Bill Rogers & John Walker
tentially available through the sponsor incentive 752.85 pts Stan Burgay & Chandler Burgay
bonuses. How to win these bonuses are explained The next tournament for the Rayburn Series
in detail on each tournament entry brochure will be April 2nd at the Umphrey Family Pavil-
and on their website, ion. In the mean time, Toledo Bend Series event
Congratulations to John Lemaire for winning the #2 will be March 26th at Cypress Bend Marina.
$250 Cabela’s bonus as well as the $200 Dawson Sign up now for your chance to win thousands of
Marine Bonus. The Dawson Marine Bonus pays a dollars! 409-727-8941
range to qualified winners, up to $2,500! Thank you to all 2011 Bass N Bucks sponsors:
There are only two Rayburn Series events left. Ranger Boats – Cabela’s – Yamaha – Low-
All tournaments are open for anyone to fish, and rance – Wulf Outdoors – Vicious Fishing –  John Lemaire won both the Cabela’s and Dawson Marine bonuses with partner Jude
the team with the most points at the conclu- Rat-L-Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Snag Proof Bodin to add to their 3rd place overall winnings.
sion of the fifth tournament will be crowned – BassMedics – Jasper Chamber of Commerce
Anglers of the Year for that series. The reward for – Pro Rule - Fishingworld TOP TEAMS:
this prestigious title is free entries into the next
1st - $8,000 - 34.97 lbs 6th - $1,000 - 23.77 lbs
Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie Jason Bonds & James Mitchell
LAKE 2nd - $4,000 - 29.94 lbs 7th - $1,000 - 23.30 lbs
CHARLES Clint & Clay West Robert Glende & Ted Odell
3rd - $3,000 - 24.79 lbs 8th - $1,000 - 22.01 lbs
John Lemaire & Jude Bodin Jerrel Pringle & Keith Keele
JOE JOSLIN OUTDOORS 4th - $1,300 - 24.58 lbs 9th - $ 900 - 21.89 lbs

337-463-3848 Charles Bebber & Keith Caka

5th - $1,000 - 24.39 lbs
Archie Hayley & Mark Mitchell
10th - $ 800 - 21.51 lbs
30 Years Experience Fishing Toledo Bend Roy Sanford & Gene Colvin Jeff Wise & Daniel Blanton
….and last in the money….
TOLEDO FIELD REPORTER 19th - $500 - 19.53 lbs Dan Pierce & Bobby Ramsey
Area Club Updates
Sabine Bass Club Port Arthur Refinery Bass Club
The Sabine Bass Club held its February tournament on the 19th and the 26th. Most Besides the stiff wind, I think we all enjoyed Most every team that fished had a good day
members chose to fish on the 19th. Wayne Moran won this month’s tournament with 5 fish the weather on Toledo Bend last week! It being on the water, with 9 of 14 teams weighing in a
weighing 17.87 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Keith Jenschke with 5 fish weighing 16.49 lbs. John cool in the mornings and a little warmer in the limit. The only team that officially zeroed still had
Girourd finished 3rd with 5 fish weighing 15.93 lbs. afternoons made it a whole lot easier to sit back some fish in the boat, but had to leave early and
and enjoy your self on the water last week. did not make weigh-in. 77 bass were brought to
BJ Shoemaker won this month’s big bass honors with a 5.28 pounder.
From the day that Chester Sams and Stephen the weigh-in and released by 26 members.
Wayne Moran and Ronnie Chamberlain won the team total with a sack that weighed 17.87 lbs.
Ensign had on Wednesday, though, it sounds as We had a brand new father and son team to
The TOP SIX standings if they were doing more “kneeling and netting” fish on Saturday, Brian Morrow and 14-yr-old
than “sitting back and sunning”. Chester Blane Morrow. Blane currently holds the “All
Tim Braud 38.05 Randy Pennington 22.38
wrapped up the day with a limit of fish weighing Ages Rod and Reel” and “Junior Angler Rod
Wayne Moran 36.75 Layne Lacaze 20.65 15.35#, including big bass of the tournament at and Reel” water body record on Sam Rayburn
5.04#. Stephen captured 2nd big bass honors for warmouth, so look out Top Six, we have a
Keith Jenschke 25.16 Dave Laborde 19.47
with his 4.84# bass that contributed to his limit new “stick” coming up!
and 12.26# total. These guys reported good Speaking of the Top Six, we had a big
Anyone wishing to join the Sabine Bass Club may log on to for more bites on traps (of course) and soft plastics, shake-up, as is common this early in the year.
information and for the current standings and pictures. You may also contact Ty Cobbs at fishing a little deeper than most people do this Unfortunately for Chester and Stephen, they’re
318-471-1391. time of year. Their combined sack of 18.19# each going to be fishing against the other end
netted them 1st place honors! of the boat next tournament to keep their #1
Rusty Lejeune and Kenny Shepperd weighed and #2 slots! Leslie Woodall, our defending
in a five fish limit of 12.73# to get 2nd place. Angler of the Year 2010, comes in at #3, Mike
Troy and Leslie Woodall put together a stringer Goodman #4, Paul Guidry #5, and Chuck
weighing 11.40# for 3rd place. Dylan Griffin Greene #6.
and John Bowman trailed in at 11.34# for “first We’ll see you April 6th and 9th at Mill Creek
place out of the money” prizes. on Rayburn for the April tournament!

Top Six
1- Chester Sams
Wayne Moran came in 2nd with
his limit that weighed 17.41 lbs. 2- Stephen Ensign
3- Leslie Woodall
4- Mike Goodman
5- Paul Guidry
6- Chuck Greene
BJ Shoemaker proudly
shows his 5.28 pounder that
won him big bass honors. Stephen Ensign and Chester Sams
with their winning limit of fish that
weighed 15.35 lbs.
Keith Jenschke came in second
with 5 fish that weighed 16.49 lbs.

409 Bass Club

The 409 Bass club held their 2nd tournament depths ranging from 2 to 8 feet of water. The
of the year on March 9th and 12th on Lake Sam father and son team, George and Hunter Aucoin
Rayburn out of Mill Creek State park. 48 anglers brought in 5 nice fish to take first place with
brought 110 fish to the scales with a total 16.92lbs. Richard Stephenson and Eric Harbert
weight of 218lbs yielding a 1.98lb average per weighed in 14.90lbs to take 2nd place and
fish. On Wednesday anglers faced strong North also took home big bass honors with a 6.25lb
West winds gusting over 20mph with clear beauty. 3rd place went to Bubba Courts and
sunny skies and the anglers Saturday faced Billy Desormeaux with 11.73lbs and 10.66lbs Father & son George & 2nd place was won by Richard
Hunter Aucoin teamed up to Stephenson and Eric Harbert with 14.90
winds out of the South East gusting over 20mph was enough to give Cody Comeaux and Ray lbs. They also won Big Bass with their
win the event with 16.92 lbs
with partly cloudy skies. The fish catching Westman a 4th place finish. Congratulations 6.25 lb kicker
on Lake Sam Rayburn was tough and most to our winners. The next tournament will be
anglers could not stay on their favorite fishing on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile public ramp on Top Six Anglers:
hole due to the strong March winds. Most April 6th and 9th. The 409 Bass club would like Cody Comeaux 27.78 Troy Luce 20.16
anglers that had success reported catching to thank Simon Outfitters, R1 Bass, and Filter Josh Smith 21.87 Eric Van Horn 19.32
their fish on rattle traps and Carolina rigs in Resources for their continuing support. Ronnie Smith 20.38 Steven Desormeaux 18.18
Sportsman’s Bass Club


The Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest
Louisiana held their 2nd tournament of the
year on March 19 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Tournament winners are pictured left to
right: 3rd place - Brian Phelps 19.30 pounds,
2nd place - J.D. Milstead 20.71 pounds, 1st
place - Thelton Brown 21.37 pounds. Thelton
Scorpions, Mosquitos, Dirt
Brown and Brian Phelps teamed together Daubers, Flies, Wasps, Gnats,
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Spring Team – Jasper Division

3/13/11 Sam Rayburn

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Tournament Results

Spring Team – Jasper Division

Tournament Statistics
Teams Fished:
33 Hours Fished:

Total Fish Weighed:

120 Average Weight / Fish: 2.91

Total Fish Released:

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Total Fish Weight:

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Toledo Bend Tournament Schedule
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april 2011
1-2 LOBI Cypress Bend
2 RSI Tournament San Miguel
6 (409) Bass Club Six Mile
9 (409) Bass Club Six Mile
9 Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest LA TBA
164 FT of Waterfront! - $179,900.00 9 K & M Team Tournament San Miguel
Recorded Info – 24 Hours 9-10 56th Annual Texas State Bass Tournament Fin & Feather
1-800-592-2997 ID# 1496 10 2 Of Us Couples Lowes Creek
14-17 Bassmaster Elite Series Cypress Bend
16 TX B.A.S.S. Federation - SE Region Fin & Feather
16 Southeast TX BASS Federation San Miguel
30 Bass N Bucks-Toledo Series Cypress Bend
30 Bass Unlimited Cypress Bend
30 ALBC Best 6 San Miguel
30 2nd Annual Swinging for Babies March of Dimes Fin & Feather
May 2011
1 V & M/Cyclone Baits Team Tournament Cypress Bend
1 ALBC Best 6 San Miguel
4 PAR Bass Club Six Mile
7 PAR Bass Club Six Mile
Live The Life! - $310,000.00
6-7 Chesepeake Oilfield Tourn Cypress Bend
Recorded Info – 24 Hours
14 Bass N Bucks-Toledo Series Cypress Bend
1-800-592-2997 ID# 4176 14 Lineman Rodeo San Miguel
14 Crappie for Cash Cypress Bend
20 - 22 McDonald’s Big Bass Splash Cypress Bend
June 2011
4 V & M/Cyclone Baits Team Tournament Fin & Feather
8 (409) Bass Club Six Mile
11 (409) Bass Club Six Mile
11 SWCD Fish Fest Cypress Bend
The old adage that two heads
11 Up & Coming Outdoors Night Tournament Cypress Bend are better than one holds true
12 2 Of Us Couples Lowes Creek
14 Get Reel Bass Club Six Mile
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Recorded Info – 24 Hours 18 Up & Coming Outdoors Night Tournament Cypress Bend
25 Bass N Bucks-Toledo Series Cypress Bend
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1-800-592-2997 ID# 4086
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July 2011
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Toledo Bend North End Forecast
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At the time of this where they can recuperate from the spawn and a chest of big ole’ bream. Look for “honey-cone”
writing, the lake is still gradually move into their summer haunts. The circles in the shallows to locate the beds.
over seven feet below bass will migrate along the creeks, ditches and Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves
high pool. Unless we get secondary points; so concentrate in these areas, and pockets. If you don’t find them shallow, follow
a substantial amount especially areas that have some type of structure or the points and bends in the creeks as they head
of rain we can assume cover. A variety of baits will be productive from top back out to deep water.
the level will remain low. Subsequently, caution water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, jerk Some White Bass will still be holding in the
should be used in running areas of the lake you & swim baits, shallow to mid diving crank baits, river proper while the ones that have spawned

TOLEDO are not sure that are safe to run.

April is usually a transition month with a lot of
finesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards
and jigs depending on the area you target your
will be migrating back to the main lake. Live
crawfish, slab spoons, tail spinners, road runners,

BEND fish already spawned and moving back into deeper

water. Some bass will still be on the beds and in
Usually in the latter part of April the Bream will
shallow diving cranks and Rat-L-Traps can all
be productive. If you are working the main lake,

shallow water while others will have spawned and start moving into shallow water for their spawn. concentrate along on the river channel sandbars
be moving back out to deeper water. Moving off the An ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and and main lake points.
beds they will try to find a comfortable environment a bucket of crickets or worms will surely fill up
REPORT Mid Lake and South End
Darrell Lyons• DW’s Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo
Lake level information 409-625-4585 • •
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Start with a 1/8
in blue/chrome orange belly - lots of fish on
beds. These baits are being fished on TFO rods
bait fish along flats in 14’ to 30’ of water. Then
use crank baits or live carp in these areas. oz Texas rigged and FINS braid. Remember to spray all your CATFISH ~ Good. In 6’ to 12’ of water on
Yamamoto Creature baits with Kick N Bass. Catfish Charlie and liver around shallow flats
Bait in watermelon/ BREAM ~ Good. On crickets and Berkley towards the backs of creeks.
Lake Bend – as of 03/22/11 red color or a Power Maggots around edge of creeks. WHITE BASS ~ Good. Up the river on road
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CRAPPIE ~ Good. Around brush in 3’ to
8’ of water on shiners and 1/16 oz. fire tiger
runners and of course live crawfish working
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FISHING REPORTS/ in shallow to mid-depths with top colors being water. Live shiners under corks in 2 to 4 feet as
BASS: When this report Toledo Gold and chrome/blue. We are also doing well as jigs in 4 to 8 feet have been catching a
was being written the well on weightless soft plastics rigged both Texas lot of crappie in ditches as well along the edge of
lake was about the as well as wacky style. In addition, a Texas rig with ridges close to deep water. Johnson Beetle Spins
same depth as it has light weight continues to produce for us as it has and Blakemore Road Runners are also catching
been for the past 6-8 for the past 4-5 months. For weightless soft plastics some really big crappie when worked slowly along
months (164 and change) but the fishing has been wacky style we like Berkley Sinking Minnows, the bottom in the back of creeks and drains. The
awesome and April looks like it will continue and Yamamoto Senkos (5 inch) and Kandi Stixs and last of this month the crappie will move back to
some additional fun patterns come into play as for Texas weightless we like Berkley Hollow Belly the outside edge of the grass and on points and
well. We have been catching so many beautiful bass Swimbaits, 5 and 7 inch Senkos and Flukes. The ridges with grass. Night fishing under bridges will
on various baits and have been targeting depths of post spawn is coming into play late this month so continue to account for some big catches.
2 to 12 feet. For the 2 to 8 feet depths we are using we will target main points and ridges in 15 to 25 AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated
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Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. teams all together for both days. Also, between the two days the
The tournament was founded in 1990 and is held every year director reported that 10,120 lbs of bass were weighed in.
on the third weekend in March at Cypress Bend Park in Many, The results from the tournament will be posted online at
Louisiana. TOBI’s philanthropy is the Texas Children’s Hospital and also on our facebook.
Renal Unit, where the money they donate goes to patient care
and research in pediatric kidney and urinary tract diseases and
disorders. They also hold an annual event where fishermen take
patients, who are able to go, fishing and spend the day with them.
This year, TOBI was able to donate more than ever, $200,000 to
Texas Children’s Hospital. The director said that is more than ever,
and says it is due to the outstanding amount of participation this  Toledo Bend shined as over 10,000 pounds of bass were weighed in at the annual
year from anglers. Anglers in this tournament are all members of Texas Oilmen’s event. The tournament and all of the people associated with it have
the oil field industry in Texas and Louisiana. become heroes to the kids at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Day one of the tournament brought out over 600 angler teams
APRIL 2011
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Junior Angler Records
April 2011 • lAkecAster • 56 Set new record


11.57 lbs Brandon Adams April 23, 2005 11.48 lbs Dylan Lyons March 6, 2007
2.95 lbs Nicholas Montano June 21, 2007 ------ No Record -----

White Bass 2.18 lbs Hunter Muncrief April 20, 2008 2.24 lbs Dylan Lyons May 12, 2008

Yellow Bass 0.71 lbs Logan O’Dell July 9, 2010 0.82 lbs Dylan Lyons November 25, 2007

Spotted Bass 1.12 lbs Susan Muncrief June 12, 2008 ----- No Record -----

Bluegill 0.71 lbs Tyler Hutchison June 14, 2007 0.85 lbs Kevin Johnson April 10, 2006

----- No Record ----- 49.84 lbs Heather Taber July 14, 2009
----- No Record ----- 23.87 lbs Ben Rumery March 21, 2008

Blue Catfish ----- No Record ----- 20.0 lbs Caleb Anderson November 7, 2010

1.63 lbs Hunter Muncrief August 8, 2007 2.44 lbs Gage Shepherd July 1, 2010
2.12 lbs Ross Brusenhan May 30, 2009 2.54 lbs Forrest Gothia February 19, 2011
1.58 lbs Jordan Stoyanov April 10, 2010 2.02 lbs Nicholas Hirsch August 18, 2007
0.89 lbs Hunter Muncrief July 18, 2009 ----- No Record -----

Alligator Gar 192.00 lbs Ariel Drewery April 21, 2007 ----- No Record -----

0.10 lbs Travis Ellington July 2, 2003 ----- No Record -----
0.45 lbs Hunter Muncrief June 14, 2008 0.88 lbs Gage Shepherd July 5, 2010

Warmouth 0.40 lbs Blane Morrow March 28, 2008 ----- No Record -----

----- No Record ----- 0.75 lbs Gage Shepherd July 4, 2010
Other Hybrid
No Junior Angler Records on either lake for: For more information
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Bowfin Yellow Bullhead Longnose Gar Gizard Shad Orangespotted Redear Sunfish
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is a cost involved with the course (materials, book (very thick),

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rewarding pursuit. The classes are going to be held at night
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of class room lectures and field trips. Classes for this new chapter training can be things like
begin in mid April and run through late June. attending field days, trainings,
All naturalists will then be asked to accomplish 40 additional and seminars to name a few.
hours of service in a year. Service can take the form of many This training is necessary to
things and can be tailored for each person based on their skills ensure that naturalists continue
and abilities. For instance, a person that is capable of strenuous to learn about subjects that
labor could build a hiking trail, or a retired school teacher could interest them and stay abreast
present a lecture on wetland animals to school children. Outreach of changing times.
projects can also be group projects such as establishing a wetland For those interested there
April 2011 • lAkecAster • 58 Current Lake Records
Texas Fish Records Program
All-tackle records for Sam Rayburn
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 16.80 5-31-97 Tommy Shelton Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 11.58 4-06-05 John Olive Rod & Reel

Sets Its Own Records Bass, Spotted

Bass, White
Bass, Yellow
Curt E. Smith
Marc Shaw
Randall Bradfield
Robert Biskamp Sr.
Rod & Reel
Rod & Reel
Rod & Reel
Pole & Line
Bowfin 10.13 10-23-95 Lewis Byers Rod & Reel
Buffalo, Bigmouth 65.00 8-02-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
For many people, second only to the thrill of landing a trophy fish is seeing one’s name go into the record Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.00 8-17-05 Kevin LaForge Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Black 1.46 2-17-07 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
book for the catch. Bullhead, Yellow 2.51 5-27-97 Willis Francis Jr. Trotline
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Joedy Gray is the person in charge of making that happen, and with Carp, Common 27.00 4-18-04 Jim Welborn Rod & Reel
Carp, Grass 84.00 5-08-08 Scott Henslee Bow & Arrow
the cooperation and enthusiasm of Texas anglers, he was very busy in 2010. Catfish, Blue 83.50 1-15-01 Michael Crochet Trotline
“My number one goal when I took over the Angler Recognition Program in 2002 was to increase angler Catfish, Channel 12.32 6-13-05 Gary Ritnour Trotline
Catfish, Flathead 84.06 3-17-03 Donald Latham Trotline
participation, especially among youth, and it looks as if that is being accomplished,” Gray said. Crappie, Black 2.15 5-01-07 Ricky Ethridge Rod & Reel
Gray cites the following facts to support his claim. Crappie, White 2.94 3-28-95 Paul Burleson Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 6.20 3-24-07 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
In calendar year 2010, Gar, Alligator 244.50 8-04-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
• 1,223 catches of fish were submitted for awards, the most ever, beating the previous high of 913 in 2009; Gar, Longnose 41.00 6-01-02 Robbie Woods Bow & Arrow
Pickerel, Redfin 0.55 4-06-09 Douglas Wright Rod & Reel
• 1,731 awards were issued for these catches, beating the previous high of 1,383 in 2009; Shad, Gizzard 0.24 6-02-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
Shiner, Blacktail 0.04 5-07-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
• 64 Outstanding Angler awards were presented, topping the previous high of 51 in 2003 and 2004. Shiner, Golden 0.07 5-07-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
• 36 Junior Angler water body catch-and-release awards beat the 2009 high of 15; Sunfish, Longear 0.30 6-04-02 Kenneth Thyssen Fly Rod
Sunfish, Orangespotted .01 6-05-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
• 16 Junior Angler state catch and release records beat the 2008 high of 10; Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.34 6-17-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
• 93 water body catch-and-release records topped 2009’s 57; and 394 Big Fish awards for the year was just Sunfish, Redbreast 0.57 4-10-05 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
Sunfish, Redear 0.60 3-05-06 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
shy of the high of 400 set in 1994 and the second most ever. Sunfish, Spotted 0.06 6-09-07 Randall Bradfield Rod & Reel
Gray is especially proud of the fact that the 356 First Fish awards was extremely high. The previous record Warmouth 0.40 3-28-08 Blane Morrow Rod & Reel
All-Tackle Records for Toledo Bend
was 73 in 2003. First Fish awards go to anglers who report catching their first fish ever, and more than a few go Species Wt. Date Angler Method
to adults. Bass, Largemouth 15.32 7-03-00 Eric Weems Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 15.81 5-25-87 Johnny Pritchett Rod & Reel
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognizes not just catches of big fish but also fishing excellence Bass, Spotted 3.40 2-07-09 Larry Upshaw Rod & Reel
through its Angler Recognition Program. The program maintains state record lists for public and private Bass, Striped 33.22 2-08-80 James Kent Jr. Rod & Reel
Bass, White 4.40 6-19-10 Lisle Brook Rod & Reel
waters and water body records for all public lakes, rivers, and bays. The program also issues certificates for Bass, White x Yellow 0.22 5-17-01 Billy Autery Fly Rod
Bass, Yellow 1.66 6-24-09 Carl Gantt Rod & Reel\
other types of angler achievements such as first fish, big fish, elite angler and outstanding angler. Information Bluegill 0.86 4-30-07 Robert Kinberger Rod & Reel
on awards categories and current records can be found on the TPWD web site at Bowfin 19.00 1-03-75 George E. Lord Trotline
Buffalo, Bigmouth 75.00 8-07-85 Joe Walker Trotline
fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/. Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.76 9-09-06 Miles McDaniel Bow & Arrow
For state and water body records, junior anglers (under 17 years of age) compete in a separate division. If a Carp, Common 26.81 7-26-09 Steven Sallee Bow & Arrow
Carp, Grass 53.50 8-02-06 Tontie Pennock Rod & Reel
junior angler’s catch beats an all-ages record, the young angler receives recognition in both divisions. Catfish, Blue 84.00 4-13-07 Thomas Allcorn Trotline
The catch-and-release division is relatively new and is one of Gray’s innovations. “It’s often difficult or Catfish, Channel 7.94 4-25-09 Clint Walker Rod & Reel
Catfish, Flathead 97.50 5-24-91 Otis L. Pleasant Trotline
impossible to find a certified scale to get a weight on a fish, and sometimes fish die while the angler is looking Crappie, Black 4.00 12-05-02 Hazel Bolton Cane Pole
for a place to weigh it,” Gray said. “That’s why we started awarding catch-and-release records, which require Crappie, White 2.88 3-13-98 Geneva Daniels Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 31.50 3-03-95 Freddie Keel Rod & Reel
only a photo of the fish with a measuring device.” Catch-and-release allows anglers to take an active part in Gar, Alligator 181.00 7-27-09 Michael Hughes Bow & Arrow
Gar, Spotted 8.00 4-11-04 Larry McDowell Jr. Float Line
conserving fish by releasing them immediately after catching and photographing them. Pickerel, Redfin 0.66 2-10-09 Bill Ritzell Rod & Reel
Gray is also working to increase awareness of the program among youth, especially those who fish in salt Sunfish, Longear 0.33 6-05-02 Kenneth Thyssen Fly Rod
Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
water. “If anglers have their own certified scale, each bay system in the state has a number of youth records Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
available,” Gray points out. And a catch does not have to be Texas-sized to qualify in a category with no existing Sunfish, Redear 0.80 9-05-08 Robert Prejean Rod & Reel
Warmouth 1.09 4-14-95 William Tawney Rod & Reel
record. “There is a minimum weight requirement of two ounces or 0.125 pounds for youth and an eight-ounce Junior Angler Records for Sam Rayburn
or 0.5-pound minimum for adults,” Gray said. Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 11.57 4-23-05 Brandon Adams Rod & Reel
In all, 14,179 catches have been awarded 21,095 awards. Gray would love to make your name the next to go Bass, Palmetto 2.95 6-21-07 Nicholas Montano Rod & Reel
into the record book. Bass, Spotted 4.10 9-18-10 Tanner Moreno Rod & Reel
Bass, White 2.18 4-20-08 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 0.71 7-09-10 Logan O’Dell Rod & Reel
Jackson Hill Park Marina 936-872-9266 Bluegill 0.71 6-14-07 Tyler Hutchison Rod & Reel
American Angler 936-872-3451 Catfish, Channel 1.63 8-08-07 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Crappie, Black 2.12 5-30-09 Ross Brusenhan Rod & Reel

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Crappie, White 1.58 4-10-10 Jordan Stoyanov Rod & Reel

Shirley Creek 936-854-2233 Drum, Freshwater 0.89 7-18-09 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Sam Rayburn Marina 409-698-2696 Gar, Alligator 192.00 4-21-07 Ariel Drewery Rod & Reel
Piney Point Store 409-698-2309 Sunfish, Longear 0.10 7-02-03 Travis Ellington Rod & Reel
Sunfish, Redbreast 0.45 6-14-08 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Tx Parks & Wildlife 409-384-9572 Warmouth 0.40 3-28-08 Blane Morrow Rod & Reel
Brookeland/Sam Rayburn KOA 409-698-3422 Junior Angler Records for Toledo Bend
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Lowe’s Creek Park 409-787-2600 Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Mid Lake Kampground 409-625-4611 Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Holly Park 409-625-4424 Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel
Pendleton Harbor Marina 409-625-4912 Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow
Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow

Pleasure Bend Store 409-579-2203 Catfish, Blue 20.0 11-07-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel
Toledo Tackle 318-256-5613 Catfish, Channel 2.44 7-01-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Fin & Feather Resort 409-579-2056 Crappie, Black 1.94 2-28-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 2.02 8-18-07 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel
Bass Haven Resort 318-286-9239 Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Pirates Cove 318-565-4467 Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Huxley Bay Marina 936-368-2494 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
Newell’s Fishing World 409-625-4928 & Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will
Newell’s (night) 936-332-4399 strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication.
Fish Tales


Guests at Jackson Hill Marina on
Sam Rayburn are showing some
Local Hemphill angler big ones! Darrell Brown caught
Nita LaRock landed and this 8.3 lb bass
released an 11.00 lbs big
mouth bass on Tuesday,
February 22 along Lowes
Creek on Toledo Bend. The
fish measured 26 inches
long and had a 21 inch
girth. LaRock caught the
lunker using a 5 inch Senko
on 8 lb test line in six feet
of water.

Josh Sharp caught this

nice 6 lb’r near Jackson Hill

Powell Park Marina would

like to congratulate their
guest Londyn for catching
her very first bass on
Sam Rayburn.

Weighed on Jackson Hill’s

certified scales, Tyler Ford
shows his 9.66 lb catch

WHOA what a crappie!
Trenton came to
Sam Rayburn, stayed
at Powell Park and ON
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61 • Lakecaster • apriL 2011

Rayburn pumps out the big ones at Bass Champs

Garrie & Morris

win with over 29 lbs
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster

It was an exciting race to the finish as Bass water, they targeted main lake points leading to
Champs East Texas division fished Sam Rayburn flats. “The morning bite was slow. We caught one
March 19, 2011. Ten sacks over 20 pounds were good one early, then a few short ones.” As the day
seen, but Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris warmed, the bite kept getting better. “We caught
dominated the event with over 29 pounds to win fish fairly steady all day long, but our bigger ones
the guaranteed $20,000 1st place check. came in the afternoon.” Bass Champs presented
It’s that time of year when first sunburns are them with $5,000 for their 2nd place win. Being
dominant in anglers. The fishing was hot too, the highest team in a qualified Skeeter boat, they
with scads of heavy sacks and several seven and doubled their winnings to $10,000. “We would
eight pound bass being brought in. like to thank Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Hummin-
When Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris heaved bird, 6th Sense Lures, MinnKota, Ardent Reels,
their five fish limit to the scales, 25 pounds was Strike King, Vicious line, Navionics, and The  Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris dominated the
already in the lead. Their five fish limit soared past Lakecaster for coming out to cover these events.” event with 29.94 lbs winning $20,000
the 25 pound mark to a 29.41 lb total to win the Crankbaits were also working for the 3rd
tournament. “We fished deep channels, targeting place winners Ricky Newman and Shannon Hale.
pre-spawn bass” the team explained. Using custom “We had a great day! The bite was slow in the
painted crank baits from 6th Sense lures with morning, but we just kept cranking, and it just
Custom Angle Rods, they were fishing in 20’ of kept getting better.” They were targeting both
water. “We went to several old haunts, and it really pre and post spawn fish. “We weren’t looking
panned out for us.” The team caught over four for beds, instead we hunted those in transition.
limits to cull from, their biggest being around 7 Some were heading to spawn, some had finished Lots of big bass crossed the scales, but the big- Tournament statistics:
pounds. “We did lose another good one, but thank- and were heading out.” Their bait of choice was gest of the day was caught by Ryan Pinkston and Total Entries: 214 Teams
fully it didn’t hurt us.” Bass Champs presented a square billed Bandit crank bait, thrown in 4’-6’ Scooter Clark. The bass weighed 8.61 lbs, and the Total Collected: $55,640
them the guaranteed 1st place purse of $20,000. depths. Their spots were close to deep water with team was awarded $1,000 for that single catch. Total Payback (C & P): $61,750
Harold Allen and Albert Collins won 2nd place grass. “One broke off on us around mid-day, but The Dodge Ram bonus was awarded to Payback Percentage: 111%
with 25.47 lbs. “We were using lures from E2 we culled five times before we were through.” Brandon Tingey and Lance Duff. As winners of Total fish: 746
Baits, both Texas and Carolina rigged on our new The team was awarded $3,000 and would like to this bonus, their entry fees into any Bass Champs Total weight: 2092.97 lbs
I-Rods today.” Fishing both shallow and deep thank Hale Tackle for their support. event are waived for the next 12 months! Average weight: 2.81 lbs
Number of limits: 140

 Scooter Clark shows the Big

Bass of the tournament that
won $1,000 for he and partner  Congratulations to the top teams! (1st) Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris; (2nd) Harold Allen &
Ryan Pinkston Albert Collins; (3rd) Ricky Newman and Shannon Hale
63 • Lakecaster • apriL 2011
There is no way to guess who will win 2011 Anglers of the Year for the
East Texas division. With only two events left in the season, here are the top 10 line-up:
points leaders: 1st $20,000 29.41 lbs Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris 7th $1,080 + 20.64 lbs brandon tinGey & lanCe duff
652 pts Brian Shook & Cody Goodman
649 pts Bob Vote & Andy Vote 2nd $5,000 + 25.47 lbs harold allen & albert Collins 8th $1,070 20.37 lbs ben vauGhan & MiChael lathaM
632 pts Ricky Newman & Shannon Hale
3rd $3,000 25.02 lbs riCKy newMan & shannon hale 9th $1,060 20.28 lbs John salaMone & MiKe freCK
623 pts Bill Rogers & Ray Livingston
615 pts Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris 4th $2,000 22.94 lbs steve Morton & david Morton 10th $1,050 20.22 lbs bob vote & andy vote
At the conclusion of all five events, the team with the most points will
be crowned Anglers of the Year. This prestigious title gives the team a 5th $1,200 22.79 lbs sCotty villines & roCKy hopKins …..and last in the Money…..
free pass into the next season in their division, all entry fees waived.
For more details, go to or 6th $1,090 21.00 lbs Keith white & brian branuM 29th $500 16.87 lbs Jody GoodruM & JaKe GoodruM
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LBAA Launches on Sam Rayburn with Inaugural Event

Kim Bain-Moore wins

with nearly 35 pounds
By Larry Morris

29 year old Kim Bain-Moore keeps adding to her list of “I took my watermelon with red and black flake Senko and
“firsts” as today she won the first ever-regular season Lady Bass drenched it with Smelly Jelly and was able to get my limit and
Anglers Association tournament on Texas’ Sam Rayburn. Bain- culled too,” Bain-Moore concluded.
Moore added 14 pounds even to her day one total of 20 pounds She took home $7,000 for the win plus the big bass award
94 ounces to give her 34.94 and the win. for the pro angler side. “This feels really wonderful. It is a
“I felt like I could catch a limit and yesterday I sat my goal tremendous honor to win this LBAA event and I love coming
around 12-15 pounds and I figured that would keep me in it,” and seeing all the ladies and hanging out with them again,”
Bain-Moore stated. “I caught my five yesterday fairly quickly she added.
and the big ones all bit in about a 30-minute window.” Reaction Innovations, Oakley Sunglasses, Humminbird,
“Based on the good fishing I had there yesterday, which was Minn Kota, Pfleuger Reels, Legend Boats, Evinrude E-Tec, High
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of lure with a Reactions Innovations Dirty Sanchez Skinny Dipper Behind Bain-Moore was Juanita Robinson in second with
as a trailer. Today I went back to the same spot intending to do 30.57, Cheryl Bowden in third with 28.86, Patti Campbell in
the same thing and get my fish early before the wind blew.” fourth with 28.69, and Pam Ridgle in fifth with 25.65. Round-
“I only caught one keeper and was beginning to get slightly ing out the top ten on the pro side were Pam Martin-Wells  LBAA Rayburn Pro Angler
worried,” Moore went on to say. “I then watched my co-angler in sixth with 22.87, seventh was Kay Pennington with 22.18, Champ Kim Bain-Moore
catch three pretty nice fish on a Senko as she pitched it up to eighth was Diane Phillips with 20.98, Keri Schieber in ninth (right) with Lady Bass
the bank and retrieved it back. I then saw a recreational angler with 18.07, and tenth was Emily Shaffer with 17.48. Anglers Association Co-
founder Secret York (left)
catch one up shallow too and finally the light bulb came on.” Over on the co-angler side of the LBAA Texas ProAm Diana

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 Father and son team of Matt

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 LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Charity

Tournament winners Sue Crochet (L) and
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The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Tournament is now in the fished yesterday (LBAA Sam Rayburn ProAm) we learned that the fish
“From the tournament we fished fish had
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After leading the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Toledo “I was really nervous though,” he said. “It was just a strange day,
Bend for two straight day, Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, and I had this weird feeling that somebody might catch me. I really
entered the final day of competition boasting a lead of nearly 6 ½ thought the final weigh-in was going to be a lot closer than it was.”
pounds. Although thoughts of a tournament title danced in his head, In the end, Castledine’s nightmarish beginning turned into a
his dream scenario of cruising to an easy victory was shattered before storybook ending as the Texas native walked away with the tourna-
the sun had even risen over the horizon. ment title with a total three-day catch of 65 pounds, 2 ounces. For his
“I was about seven minutes from the marina when my boat broke efforts, Castledine won a first-place prize of $27,800. And he couldn’t
down,” said Castledine. “My first thought was, ‘Really? Today? You’ve have been happier.
got to be kidding me.’ So I started to think about what to do. Then “This is just awesome. I guess this is the best win of my career,”
(top-10 finalist) Russell Cecil came along.” said Castledine. “My co-angler (Rick Parker) won today as well. I
Cecil, who was also competing for a tournament title, immediately really think if today had gone smoothly, it wouldn’t have been nearly
stopped and helped bring Castledine back to the marina. However, as fun.”
Castledine still didn’t have a working boat. With time ticking away, Martin’s spirited comeback falls short
another fellow EverStart competitor – Andy Gaia – came to the rescue Although Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, returned to the
and lent Castledine his own boat. scales with by far the biggest stringer of the day, a 22-pound, 4-ounce
“I can’t thank Andy enough,” he said. “He just happened to still be sack, it wasn’t quite good enough to catch Castledine. As a result,
here, and he told me that I could use his boat. And that saved me.” Martin had to settle for second place and a check for $9,500.
With a new boat, Castledine hit the water again only to discover “You know what, it was a fun day today,” said Martin, who ulti-
that his new ride didn’t have enough gas. mately finished with a three-day total of 62 pounds, 7 ounces. “This is
“It wasn’t Andy’s fault,” said Castledine. “He had no idea he was just an awesome lake. And when I saw that we’re going to have a full
going to have to loan his boat out for the finals. So by the time I got moon and that the water was warming up, I knew I had a chance to
back out there fishing, I had already had a two-hour delay.” really go out there and catch ‘em.”
While that type of incident would have derailed many pros’ title In the end, however, Martin wasn’t able to make up the 6 ½-pound  Pro Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, proudly
chances, Castledine persevered. deficit he was faced with entering the finals. displays his first-place trophy after winning the
“When I got back on the water, I just started praying,” he said. “Today I fished hard,” he said. “I basically left the 2-pounders EverStart Series event on the Toledo Bend Resevoir.
“And then I suddenly felt calm and said, ‘You know, everything is go- alone. But when I found the right fish, I’d just sit down and fish it
ing to be all right.’ But I definitely have to thank Jesus for this one.” hard. These fish are really aggressive. If you found the right place to
With his new boat, Castledine went to work, targeting bedding bass fish on a bed, they’d really bite it. There are still plenty of big fish out double-tail grubs as well as 17-pound-test line to land the majority of
with a Reactions Innovations Sweet Beaver. Before long, Castledine had there. And they’re coming up every day.” his sight-fish.
amassed an 18-pound, 9-ounce stringer and headed back to weigh-in. Martin said he used a combination of Brush Hogs and Yamamoto After final weigh-in had concluded, Martin said he had few regrets.

 Pro Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas,

leapfrogged from ninth place to
third in the finals on the strength of
a three-day catch of 54 pounds.

Photo’s by Gary Mortenson

 Pro Lendell Martin

Jr., of Nacogdoches,
Texas, returned to the
scales in the finals
with by far the biggest
stringer of the day – a
22-pound, 4-ounce
sack. Ultimately it was
only good enough for
a second-place finish.
“I used to think that Sam Rayburn was a better fishery, but now In the Co-Angler division:
I think Toledo Bend might be a bit better,” he said. “I’ve had the Parker parlays day-two lead into Co-angler Division title
pleasure of being able to fish for a long time, and I can tell you that it Over the course of his career, Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, had
was a lot of fun this week.” come close to winning a tournament on numerous occasions. Un-
Bird skyrockets up the leaderboard fortunately for him, he had always fallen short when it counted most
After barely squeaking into the finals on Toledo Bend in ninth – that was, until today. Bolstered by a three-day catch of 50 pounds,
place, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, knew that he’d have his work cut 4 ounces, Parker final got what he’d been searching for for years – a
out for him if he was to have any chance at a tournament title. While tournament title. And he couldn’t have been happier.
he didn’t find the ultimate prize he was looking for, Bird sailed up the “I had never won one of these tournaments before,” said Parker.
standings with a total catch of 54 pounds, claiming third place overall “I’ve come close, but I was never able to seal the deal. Now, I really don’t
as well as nearly $8,000 in winnings. know what to say. I know I’ve worked awfully hard to get this. It just
“It was a fun week, and I really enjoyed the weather,” said Bird. “I feels really good right now. This is the biggest moment of my career.”

Photo by Gary Mortenson

love to sight-fish, and that’s what I did all week. I didn’t finish in first, After the first day of competition, Parker found himself in second
but it was nice to move up as much as I did.” place. By day two, he had claimed the top spot on the leaderboard. And
Bird said he targeted the majority of his quarry fishing a Kicker from there, he never looked back.
Fish Bait Company finesse worm. “This has just been an awesome week,” he said. “I really enjoyed my-
“The bass couldn’t leave that bait alone,” he said. “I didn’t try to catch self. I had a lot of great partners and they really helped me out as well.”
a lot of keepers this week – and maybe that was my mistake – I just tried Parker said that he caught the majority of his catch fishing a Zoom
to look around for the big bites. But overall, it was a good week.” fluke, pitching it around shallow spawning areas. But in the end, he
Reneau nets fourth place said without his partner’s help, the title might have eluded him yet
Tim Reneau of Del Rio, Texas, finished the Toledo Bend event in again.  Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, proudly displays his first-
fourth place with a total catch of 52 pounds, 12 ounces. “But I have to say that I fished with Todd (Castledine) today and place trophy after winning the Co-angler Division title on
“Unlike the other guys, I wasn’t sight-fishing today. I can’t see I really owe a lot of this to him,” said Parker. “He helped me out the Toledo Bend Reservoir.
that good,” Reneau joked. “I was fishing sharper breaks and trying to tremendously today. He’s just a great fisherman.”
catch fish as they were coming and going (to the beds).” For his efforts, Parker took home $5,000 in prize money as well as end of the day and he let me catch it,” he said. “I didn’t think it was
Reneau said he targeted fish using Texas-rigged Strike King Game a fully rigged Ranger boat. that big until I hooked into it. Then I yelled out, ‘Old man, get the
Hogs. Hope springs eternal net!’ Lendell was a great partner to have and I have to give him credit.
“I had a good week,” he said. “I can’t complain.” After a string of disappointing tournaments, Steve Hope of Ovilla, He’s a great sight-fisherman as well – as good as they come.”
For his efforts, Reneau took home a check for more than $7,000. Texas, just wanted to get a bit of redemption at the EverStart Series For his efforts, Honeycutt took home a check for nearly $3,500.
Wilkerson lands top-five finish event on the Toledo Bend Reservoir. In the end, he did much more Broussard nets fourth place
Chris Wilkerson of Conroe, Texas, netted a total catch of 50 pounds, than that. Not only did he end his final-day tournament drought, he On the strength of a total catch of 42 pounds, 12 ounces, Brent
8 ounces to finish the event in fifth place. did so emphatically – finishing in second place overall. Broussard of Nacogdoches, Texas, finished the Toledo Bend event in
“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “You can’t win them all. But any time “I was so happy just to catch fish this week,” he said. “I’ve been fourth place – walking away with nearly $3,000 in winnings in the
you make the top-10, you’re doing something right.” fishing so badly this year. I really needed a good week, so it feels really process.
Like many of the top pros, Wilkerson caught most of his larger bass good to finish in second. I had some bad tournaments heading into “I had a great week,” said Broussard. “I drew some great anglers
sight-fishing. Wilkerson said he targeted fish with a Carolina rig in this one and it’s nice to get that monkey off of your back. A finish like and we’re able to catch some pretty good fish.”
the morning to catch a small limit and then attempted to upgrade by this really helps your confidence.” Broussard said that he threw a combination of Strike Pro crank-
sight-fishing throughout the day. Hope ultimately parlayed a 47-pound, 4-ounce catch into $3,700 baits, targeting bass on grass-laden banks for the majority of his
“I just didn’t find any big fish to put in the boat today,” he said. in winnings. catch.
For his efforts, Wilkerson took home nearly $6,400 in winnings. “I really had a lot of fun this week,” he said. ‘I targeted standing Best of the rest
Best of the rest timber and most of my fish came on a Zoom Baby Brush Hog and a Co-angler Eric Richey of Paradise, Texas, parlayed a two-day catch
On the strength of a three-day catch of 48 pounds, 15 ounces, Joe Senko. As far as depth, anything within 7 feet worked out well for me.” of 42 pounds, 8-ounces into a fifth-place finish. Richey took home
Elkouri of Lawton, Okla., finished the event in sixth place. Honeycutt finishes finals in third more than $2,500 in winnings.
“I had a great week,” he said. “This is my first top-10 and the Day-one co-angler leader Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, ulti- The remaining top-10 co-angler finalists included:
second check I’ve made in back-to-back tournaments, so I’m happy.” mately finished the Toledo Bend event in third place with a total catch 6th: Robert Moffett of Silsbee, Texas, 38-0
Elkouri, who won over $5,500, used a Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty to of 43 pounds, 15 ounces. 7th: Randy Coyle of Nederland, Texas, 34-11
land the majority of his catch. “I had a good day, but it seemed like it was tougher today than it 8th: Rich Dalbey of Greenville, Texas, 33-9
Rounding out the top 10 pro qualifiers for the Toledo Bend event: was all week,” he said. “It’s been a really great tournament though. 9th: Kevin Carter of Spring, Texas, 32-10
7th: James Caldemeyer of Gilmer, Texas, 48-15 And I’ve had some really great partners as well.” 10th: Stephen Francis of Brookeland, Texas, 30-10
8th: Eric Wright of Scurry, Texas, 47-13 Honeycutt credited pro partner, Lendell Martin, Jr., for at least EverStart Series Texas Division action resumes May 12-14 at Lake
9th: Robert Brown of Round Rock, Texas, 47-0 part of his nice finish during the finals. Texoma in Denison, Texas.
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