Varying conditions and a very high Lake O’ the Pines did not disappoint the 29 anglers who fished the 5th North East Regional event held on Sunday June 12th. The lake was higher than the previous year as the navigation poles north of the 155 bridge were mostly underwater. In addition to the varying weather patterns of rain and high heat, there were more than four tournaments held on the busy weekend. Yet, the overall fishing was better than the previous year and keeps Pines as one of the best summer lakes to fish.
Jason Geesey ‘Doc’ claimed redemption after blanking on Cedar Creek and losing out on the angler of the year race with a huge sack of 24.17 lbs. The ‘Doc’ found a group of fish on island points north of the 155 bridge fishing in 4 – 10’ of water with a Texas riggged blue fleck powerworm. In second, Dalton Pratt a very hot angler and president of Red Oak Bass club brought in 16.11 lbs. This is Dalton’s 2nd consecutive 2nd place finish and may earn the nickname deuce if he keeps this up. Another hot angler with three consecutive top 6 finishes and off a fresh victory the week before at Lake Limestone (North Central Region) Michael Allen (North East Texas Bass Anglers) brought in 15.89 lbs. taking 3rd overall. Michael fished north of 155 bridge fishing a square bill to catch a limit early on lily pad stems and then flipped the hyacinth to upgrade his limit.
Big fish was caught by Jason Geesey a 5.92lb bucketmouth. Overall it was a great day where 28 of the 29 anglers brought fish to the scales. The Pines produced 100 bass for 239.78 lbs. with an 8.27 lbs. average per angler for 29 anglers.
In comparison to 2015, the top 3 spots were not as large in weight or the number of fish over 7 lbs. were present, but the overall numbers were better in 2016 (using top 18 anglers from 2016 for comparison): 210.76 lbs., 11.71 lbs. average per angler, and 82 fish caught; versus 2015 stats 196.42 lbs., 10.91 lbs. average per angler, and 70 fish caught. It would be a tough argument to move this tournament from June.
Things have really gotten interesting as the leader boards have changed and the annual races have tightened up in the race for club of the year. Cecil Tubb (North East Texas Bass Anglers) moves up the leader board again with another top 10 finish to take a commanding 10 point lead with 964 points in the Angler of the Year race with 1 tournament remaining. Chance Woodard (North East Texas Bass Anglers) also jumped into 2nd place with his fourth place finish with 954 points (10 points behind). Not far behind in 3rd place is Jon Harshbarger (Century County Bass Club) who also moved up with another top 10 finish at the Pine with 953 points. Jason Geesey, Dalton Pratt, Michael Allen, Jon Harshbarger, and Kenneth Moore have pretty much locked up 5 of the 10 boater spots for the championship (after drops) and the rest of the slots are up for grabs.
With two drops and one tournament remaining, the Club of the Year race is up for grabs. Century Bass Club continues to hold the Club of the Year race with 2927 points (2346 points with one drop), while North East Texas Bass Club jumps into 2nd with 2881 (2321 points with one drop; and Red Oak Bass Club (3rd place) holding on with 2863 points (2342 points with one drop) keeping things interesting with only 4 points behind Century Bass Club.
The North East Region’s next and final tournament of the year is at Cypress Springs. This will be the traditional draw tournament with a Saturday meeting and draw held at 3:00 pm CST. Overlook Park will be the official ramp and weigh in site. There is a Saturday September 17th meeting at Overlook Park ramp at 3:00 pm CST. The drawing of partners at tournament signups will start around 3:15 pm CST. Otherwise, you will have to check in on Sunday morning at 5:00 am at Overlook Park ramp.
Lake of the Pines is the Northeast Region’s 5th stop in the 2016 season. Please register or notify the Regional or Tournament Director by text, call, or email by Thursday June 9th 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 on Saturday June 11th at 4:00 PM CTS at the Alley Creek Ramp for partner parings and rules for launch. Regular sign ups will occur at the Alley Creek Ramp beginning at 5:00 AM CST on Sunday June 12th.
Anglers need to email their forms to Jason Geesey email@example.com by Thursday to be considered for the early entry. A tournament form – per B.A.S.S, IRS, and State Regulations. Note, this is for insurance and tax purposes.
Remember, if you fish all six tournaments you will automatically qualify for the Regional Championship (guaranteed 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.
Also, in order for us to promote the sport we need a few individuals to step up and take photos. It would be nice to get the top 3 finishers and big fish pictures to help get sponsors for our events.
Official Ramp is Alley Creek (There is a boat ramp fee). Safety Meeting at 5:30 AM. Late dues and check in Alley Creek main ramp at the lake Sunday morning at 5:00 AM CST. This will be a blind draw event estimated to start at 6:05 AM CST. Weigh in at 3:00 PM CST.
Contact Jason Geesey cel or text 214-755-1169 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Glasby @ cel or text 817-946-1525 with problems or questions