The North Central Region held its 1st tournament of 2017, at Lake Belton, utilizing the Temple Lake Park Ramp. Lake Belton was considerably low just a few months ago, and a constant
amount of rainfall has filled the lake to almost full pool, which created an abundance of cover in the water. Anglers keyed in on the available structure, however, a storm arrived around 10:30
am, and many anglers reported the bite had severely tapered off.
The tournament got kicked off with right at first light with a take-off promptly at 6:30 am. Anglers went both north and south in search of those fish that live in Lake Belton. The morning
was chilly to start off, and with the sun quickly popping out, the air warmed considerably, then cloud cover and another front pushed through.
At the end of the day, long-time competitor Keith Carney with Tarrant Christian Bass Club brought in a five fish limit of fish weighing 16.54 lbs for his 1st place finish. Michael Briseno with
the Big Sandy Creek Bass Club brought a five-fish limit that weighed 16.28 for his second place finish. Joseph Hardy with the HOT Bass Assassins also help a five fish limit for 15.90 lbs., barely
nudging out Mr. North Central Region – Consistent – Byron Albrecht.
Overall it was a great day to be out on the water, with loads of fish moving up for that annual ritual. The majority of the anglers brought fish to the weigh-in, and it was just a matter of who
caught the bigger ones. It’s not too late to get in on the upcoming action, as we have only four (4) events, and you drop the lowest score for end of the year boater/co-angler standings.
Next up is sure to be a great event, being held at that big bass factory in the DFW area, Lake Ray Roberts. The remainder of the schedule has the trail hitting Lake Cedar Creek in May, and Lake
Waco in September, and that is sure to be an exciting finish to a great year! The highest finishing Boater and Co-Angler from the North Central Region Championship will win out and
reach the 2018 B.A.S.S. Regional Championship. A Boater from the Regional Championship will earn the right to compete at the 2016 BASSMASTER Classic. A Co-Angler from the Regional
Championship will win a new Triton Boat, and other prizes.
Overall, the North Central Region has continued to grow tremendously, bringing both new faces and regulars to the forefront of competing for that coveted spot on the State Team at the
B.A.S.S. Regional Championship.
Someone will compete at the BASSMASTER CLASSIC – why not you? Come on out this year, and I believe you will find that these events are competitive, but also conducted amongst friends. If
you don’t belong to a club now, give me a call and I can guide you to some great choices that will fit your needs.
Even if you are not familiar with these lakes, or you would like to experience the events as a coangler, there are spots open for you! What a great opportunity to learn and enjoy the day with
another member of Texas B.A.S.S. Nation! Looking forward to seeing everyone come out at the next event and compete for that coveted spot at the BASS Regional Tournament in 2018.
If you are on the fence about the new and exciting Texas BassMaster Team Trail (TBTT), get to the webpage and check it out. What a great way to enjoy competing, with a good friend in the
Elton D. Brock, Director
North Central Region
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation