The Northeast Region’s fourth stop of the 2017 season featured Cedar Creek Lake on May 7, 2017. It was the second joint tournament of the year between the North Central and North East Regions and the North Central anglers dominated the event by capturing 7 of the top 11 money spots. This was definitely ‘pay back’ for the last few joint tournaments where the North East has dominated.
With rising waters and water temperatures ranging from 70 to 75 degrees the fish were in a strong post spawn pattern that produced strong weights for the tournament. Mark Wendler (Bass Club of Fort Worth) brought in a big sack of hawgs weighing 21.69 lbs. and took first place. David Stafford (At-large NC Region) with another healthy sack of 18.90 lbs. came in 2nd place. Third place went to Jon Harshbarger (Century Bass Club) with 18.59 lbs. Big Fish went to David Stafford that weighed 7.93 lbs. and 2nd Big Fish went to Jim Justus that weighed 7.75 lbs.
For the North East Region’s Top three anglers were Jon Harshbarger with 18.59 lbs. (1st Place), Chris Brewton with 17.05 lbs. (2nd Place), and Bobby Infedhlt with 14.21 lbs. (3rd Place). Thirty-three out of thirty-four anglers caught fish. Cedar Creek produced 115 bass for 277.57 lbs. with 8.16 lbs. average.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Lake O’ The Pines. It will be the 5th tournament of the season held on Sunday July 2nd. There will be a Saturday signup and partner drawing held at 3:00 pm at Alley Creek Ramp. Late signups will start around 5:30 am CST at the Alley Creek ramp. For all events, let’s allow the Tournament and Regional Director to pull up their boats 1st to weigh in their fish and get ready for a fast organized weigh in.
The third stop to the Northeast Region’s 2017 season featured Lake Ray Roberts on April 23rd, 2017. It was the second year in a row the North East collided with the North Central Region for the much anticipated joint tournament. The reputation of Ray Bob as ‘feast or famine’ was clearly evident for this event that wasn’t helped by a cold Northern front that changed the air temperatures some 30 plus degrees.
Although the water temperatures ranged from 64 to 68 degrees the fish didn’t seem to cooperate as many anglers experienced post spawn conditions with lockjaw bass. Kenneth Moore (Red Oak Bass Club) who recently had success on Ray Bob with Bass Champs continued to bring in the hawgs and take first place with 23.17 lbs. He fished plastics from 3 – 10 ft. of water fishing North of Wolf Island. Unlike, the rest of the field that struggled to catch fish Kenneth’s co-angler Lee McDowell brought in 5 keepers for 10.87 lbs. and finished 6th overall.
Another co-angler, Richie Slack (Century Bass Club), with an awesome bag of 5 keepers weighed in at 21.96 lbs. Richie had only 5 bites but they were obviously the right ones on a green pumpkin fluke that put him in second. He fished up North with his boater combing shallow water points.
Newcomer, Bruce Maschmeier (Century Bass Club), had 5 fish for 19.48 lbs. and would win most tournaments was bested by those who obviously were on them. Bruce caught eight keepers total and fished with a trick work and square bill crankbait on the east side of the lake around Jordan Park and ended up in 3rd place.
Another newcomer, Dakota Jones (Red Oak Bass Club), fresh off the collegiate tour came in with a limit of 5 fish weighing in 15.17 lbs. Dakota caught several limits of fish with a homemade jig fishing shallow mid lake.
Twenty-three out of thirty anglers caught fish. Ray Bob produced 60 bass for 179.14 lbs. with a 8.14 lbs. average. Big Fish went to Kenneth Moore that weighed 9.61 lbs. and 2nd Big Fish went to Bruce Maschmeier that weighed 6.33 lbs.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Cedar Creek Lake. It will be the 4th tournament of the season held on Sunday May 7th. This will be the 2nd combined tournament with the North Central Region and we will have the State Trailer and President at the tournament as our Master of Ceremonies. Experience the feel of a big tournament by signing up on the Website, Facebook, or contact the regional or tournament director.
There will be a BASS Nation Team Trail Tournament held on Saturday May 6th. Take advantage of another opportunity to enter the BASSMASTER’s Classic. The Saturday meeting for this event will be held at 6:30 pm CST at Kammans Exxon in Malakoff. The draw will immediately occur after pre-signups and draw of partners. Late signups will start around 5:45 am CST at Log Cabin ramp, all late entries will be partner paired and get boat numbers after the last boat drawn from the Saturday drawing of partners. Participants from the NE Region will pay the NE Regional Director (those who have fished both events). For this event, let’s allow the Tournament and Regional Directors pull up their boats 1st to weigh in their fish and get ready for a fast organized weigh in. There will be 3 flights for the tournament with 20 minute intervals.
Lake Ray Roberts is the Northeast Region’s 3rd stop in the 2017 season. This will be a combined tournament with the North Central Region and you can fish both regions for one entry fee. Please register or notify the Regional or Tournament Director by text, call, or email by Thursday April 20th by 11:59 pm CST to register for the Tournament as a Boater or Co-Angler (without a penalty of $10.00). We will have late sign ups and tournament forms collected during Sunday partner parings at Jordan State Park Ramp beginning 5:15 AM CST.
In order for anglers to receive their prize money they have to fill out a tournament form – per B.A.S.S, IRS, and State Regulations. Note, this is for insurance and tax purposes. The anticipation is around 60 anglers and a payout of more than $1,000 for first place and paying down to 12 places (1 in every 5). If you filled out a form from a previous tournament than you will not have to fill out another form. We’ll check the box on the tournaments you fished.
Remember, if you fish all six tournaments you will automatically qualify for the Regional Championship (most likely as a Co-Angler). Boaters for the championship will be the highest qualifying 50% of the regional championship field (field has to be an even amount of anglers). Best 4 of 6 format to determine boaters for championship. Angler of the Year is determined by fishing all six events.
Official Ramp is Jordan State Park ($7.00 boat ramp fee per individual). Safety Meeting at 6:00 AM. Dues and check in are at Jordan State Park main ramp at the lake Sunday morning at 5:15 AM CST. Take off at safe light estimated at 6:50 AM CST. Weigh in at 3:00 PM CST and based on the amount of boats there may be flights for take-off.
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The second stop to the Northeast Region’s 2017 season featured Brandy Branch Lake on March 19th, 2017. For the past five years Brandy Branch has been excellent in January or February due to the warm waters of Pirkey Power Plant. The scuttlebutt was that the lake would not fish well because of timing and as a result 27 anglers ventured to earn their way to the regional championship. February was a bye month because of this year’s State Championship held on Lake Falcon on February 17th & 18th.
The water temperatures ranged from 64 to 88 degrees depending on which side of the lake you fished, and for the most part the spawn was over. Last year’s Lake Amistad’s State Champion Chance Woodard (North East Texas Anglers) bested the field with five bass weighing in at 18.00 lbs. and took 1st place fishing depths from 15 to 40 ft. of water by firing up schools of post spawn fish around schools of shad. Chance used a variety of lures from a drop shot, Carolina rig, and football jig to catch over 3 limits of fish.
George ‘The Black Mamba’ Bryan (Century Bass Club) struck again from the back seat to take second place by bringing in five bass that weighed 17.07 lbs. From the first cast to the last, George pulled in a 4 pounder to keep his boater (Randy Kvapil) off keel all day by grabbing the net to secure his second spot. The Black Mamba used Carolina rigged lizards and senkos off main lake points on both sides of the lake.
Finishing in 3rd place is ‘The Rookie’ Todd Guernsey (Red Oak Bass Club) who brought in five bass weighing in 11.65 lbs. Todd caught most of his fish on a ditch near the tree lines across the launch ramp with Texas rigged plastics.
Twenty-three out of twenty-seven anglers caught fish. Brandy produced 71 bass for 178.52 lbs. with a 7.76 lbs. average. Big Fish went to Chris Brewton that weighed 5.86 lbs.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Lake Ray Roberts. It will be the 3rd tournament of the season held on Sunday April 23rd. This will be a combined tournament with the North Central Region and you will have to declare at the tournament that you are fishing both regions to get points for both regions. Sign up on the Website, Facebook, or contact the regional or tournament director. There will be no Saturday meeting for this event. Signup will start around 5:45 am CST at Jordan Ramp, the drawing of partners will occur around 6:15 am CST. Participants from the NE Region will pay the NE Regional Director (those who have fished both events). For this event, let’s allow the Tournament and Regional Directors pull up their boats 1st to weigh in their fish and get ready for a fast organized weigh in.
On a final note, let’s also congratulate 2017’s Club State Champions Century Bass Club 2.
The excitement was high for the Northeast Region’s 2017 kickoff on Lake Palestine on January 29th, 2017 as talk of big stringers were caught the previous week. However, Mother Nature decided to bring winter temperatures back to the 50’s for the 31 angler. Just a week before the tournament, water temperatures were rising to the low 60’s in the back of the creeks. The tournament started with a winter morning of 35 degrees with winds from the Northwest gusting to 20 mph throughout the day. The high temperatures that reached to the mid 50’s as water temperatures ranged from 53 to 58 degrees.
One of the hottest anglers from 2016, Dalton Pratt from the Red Oak Bass Club, clobbered the field with five bass weighing 19.53 lbs. that was anchored by the big bass of the tournament 6.32 lbs. Dalton caught his fish shallow on senkos and crankbaits.
Randy Kvapil (Century Bass Club) came in second with five bass totaling 15.20 lbs. Randy caught most of his fish shallow throwing a chatterbait. Newcomer, Todd Guernsey from Red Oak Bass Club brought in four bass weighing 13.53 lbs. and the second big bass 5.39 lbs. Todd caught his fish throwing spinnerbaits and crankbaits on secondary points and docks.
Twenty-five out of thirty-one anglers caught fish. Palestine produced 71 bass for 188.36 lbs. with a 7.53 lbs. average. First Big Fish went to Dalton Pratt that weighed 6.32 lbs. and 2nd Big Fish went to Todd Guernsey that weighed 5.39 lbs.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Brandy Branch. It will be the 2nd tournament of the season held on Sunday March 19th. Sign up on the Website, Facebook, or contact the regional or tournament director. There will be a Saturday March 18th meeting at Main Ramp at 4:00 pm CST. The drawing of partners at tournament signups will start around 4:10 pm CST. Good luck to all who are fishing the State Top 6 Championship on Falcon and we’ll see you on Brandy Branch. Please note that the Northcentral Region’s 1st tournament will be on February 26th on Lake Belton. Anglers should fish this tournament to get two shots at making the Texas State Team.
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