The first stop of the Northeast Region’s 2018 season featured Brandy Branch Lake on January 7th, 2018. For the past six years Brandy Branch has been an excellent fishery since it is one of the few remaining Power Plant lakes. However, the fishing has been tougher the past two years and a big decline from the days when everyone seemed to bring in a limit of at least 15 lbs.
The water temperatures ranged from 54 to 88 degrees depending on which side of the lake you fished, and for the most part the spawn had not really kicked off. Coy Fraiser (Century Bass Club) was able to dredge five bass weighing in 17.55 lbs. and took 1st place fishing depths 40 ft. or deeper along the deepest ridge in the cold-water side. Coy used a Carolina rig to catch his limit of fish.
David Rush (Denton County Bass Club) came in second place by bringing in five bass that weighed 16.12 lbs. David was also fishing deep in the cold-water side to catch his fish. As with Coy, it’s been a year since we have seen them fishing the Region.
Finishing in 3rd place was Michael Allen (North East Texas Anglers) who brought in five bass weighing in 13.79 lbs. Michael caught his fish from the back of last year’s Brandy Branch Campion Chance Woodard.
Twenty-four out of thirty-one anglers caught fish. Brandy produced 66 bass for 173.47 lbs. with a 7.23 lbs. average. Although the fishing seemed much tougher, the statistics were close to last year’s tournament in March. First Big Fish went to John Walker that weighed 6.59 lbs. and second Big Fish went to Mark Alexander with a 5.74 lber.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Lake Palestine. It will be the 2nd tournament of the season held on Sunday February 25th. Sign up on the Website, Facebook, or contact the regional or tournament director. There will be a Saturday meeting for this event. Signup will start around 5:45 am CST at Lake Palestine Resort Ramp.
Let’s also root for the Northeast Region anglers Boaters: Jon Harshbarger (Century Bass Club) and Nick LaBrun (Wascom Bass Club) Co-anglers: Jason Geesey (Red Oak Bass Club), Mike Casanova (Century Bass Club), and Bert Petrie (Century Bass Club) who will represent the State of Texas and fish the Regionals at Toledo Bend March 7-9.