While competing in the B.A.S.S. Youth Nation Junior Championship, Jacob Bruener landed a largemouth weighting 11 pounds, 14 ounces. Jacob’s catch will break the Carrol County Lake record of 9 pounds, 2 ounces, if certified by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Jacob and his teammate Austin Brewer qualified to compete at this years B.A.S.S. Youth Nation Junior Championship the by taking first place at the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Championship on Sam Raybernurn resevior in May. Albert Collins their coach, from the Nachdochasses Bass Club, was there to witness the record catch, and was quoted as saying, “In a few years, if managed well, this lake could be one of the top small lakes for trophy bass in the country”.
The team of Joseph Bruener and Jack Garner won the 2015 Texas B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Rising water and changing weather conditions didn’t stop the two Douglass High School Indians from taking a first place win with 22.6 pounds of bass. Their 22.6 pound sack of bass also included the big bass of the tournament at 7.63 pounds. This win qualifies them to compete, as Texas B.A.S.S. Nation State Team members, at the upcoming 2015 B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional being held on Ross Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi. In addition, this win qualified them to compete, and represent their High School in the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship. The second place team of Spencer Lambert and Jeffery Tyler, from the West Monroe Rebel Bass Club, came to the scales with 14.14 pounds, which qualify the two West Monroe Rebel Bass Club anglers to compete and represent their High School in the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship. The third place team of Hunter Muncrief and Landon McCary, from the West Sabine Bass Club, came to the scales with 12.65 pounds.
The official rules for the Texas Bassmaster Team Trail (TBTT) have been updated to better align with published rules by B.A.S.S. regarding participation age and maximum outboard horsepower. In addition an exception has been added to the off-limits and official practice period for the Sam Rayburn qualifying tournament. This exception was made because the Sam Rayburn TBTT qualifying tournament fell back-to-back with the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation (TBN) Southeast Region qualifying tournament. The intent of this exception is to allow all anglers, including those fishing the TBN Southeast Region qualifying tournament on Sam Rayburn, two full pre-fishing days. Future planning of TBN Regional qualifying tournaments and TBTT qualifying tournaments will make efforts to not schedule events back-to-back on the same water to prevent conflicts and allow all participating anglers equal pre-fishing days.
The updated rules can be found on the official Texas Bassmaster Team Trail page.