Plenty of Water at Palestine

The Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Region visited Lake Palestine for our 5th stop of the tournament season Saturday, May 16.  The last time we were at Palestine, anglers braved sleet, snow, and the lake was at pool level.  Although it was great to fish the lake 45 degrees warmer than our last visit, the recent rains provided the water to be nearly 2.5 feet above pool.  Pre-fishing reports of “a ton of bites” predicted many limits on tournament day. Saturday morning take-off found the lake at nearly 4-5 inches lower than the day before.  However, many anglers were not affected, and apparently the bite was just as good as the week before as nearly 80% of the field weighed keepers, with nearly a quarter of the field producing limits. Beaumont Bass Angler member Nathan Wolfgang received the Robbins Automall Champion plaque (and a nice check) as he bested the 101 angler field with his limit of 23.30 pounds, boosted by his 7.62 pound kicker and 2nd Place Big Bass for the tournament. Katy Bassmaster Richard B. McGehee also managed a nice limit with his second place limit of 20.65 pounds, adding 7.45 kicker late near the launch site.  Rounding out the Top-3 was Seven Coves Bass Club angler (and Region cullmaster) Tommy Whitt with his nice 17.27 limit. The most notable catch of the day (and year) was Bass Anglers of Lake Houston angler Wesley Bennett with an 11.11 pound toad, earning him a nice check and the Robbins Auto Mall Big Bass Award!  Wesley was punching heavy … [Continue reading]

May Tournament on Austin a Wet One

A little information about the tournament, waiting for the rain and bad weather delay of 2 hours plus. We finally were able to get on the water. Lots of fish caught by everyone but just a lot of small fish to mull through. Winning pattern was bumping a small swim bait off the bottom and slow rolling it. Had to have some rock around the general area. Fish also caught by flipping docks and heaving an A-Rig. See results and year to date standings after five events. … [Continue reading]