Darrel Blades Wins Leon

Leon WinnersDarrel Blades grabbed the top spot last weekend on Lake Leon. Darrel had 5 Bass weighing 12.67lbs.  Finishing a close second was Jim Simpson. Jim also brought 5 fish to the scales weighing 12.13lbs. and right behind him was Bobby Maynard with his 5 Bass weighing 12.05lbs.  All of the winners reported catching their stringers on various rigged plastics. Taking the Big Bass honors was Michael Pruitt with his 5.46lb Bass. Lake conditions consisted of light breezes, cloudy skies throughout the day, and water temps around the 68-70 degree mark. Congratulations to the winners. You can find the updated standings and full Leon results on the Panhandle West tournament page. We’ll see you at Lake Ute, May16th.

NE Region Tournament # 3 – Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma is the Northeast Region’s 3rd stop for the 2015 season.   Please register or notify me by text, call, or email by Thursday April 16th by 11:59 pm CST to register for the Tournament as a Boater or Non-Boater.  The offlimits for the tournament will be the Entire Lowes Highport Marina from the no wake zone in.  Also, if you fish all six tournaments you will automatically qualify for the Regional Championship.  Boaters 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 for boaters. Official Ramp is Lowes Highport. Safety Meeting at 6:00 AM.  Dues and check in are at Lowes Highport main ramp at the lake on Saturday at 3:00 PM CST and Sunday at the ramp beginning 6:00 AM.  Take off at safe light estimated at 7:00 AM. Weigh in at 3:00 PM Contact Jason Geesey with problems or questions @ cel or text 214-755-1169 or jgeesey@texasbass.org

Toledo Bend-Battle on the Border!
By; David Glezman, Southeast Region Director

The Southeast Region held its third event this past Saturday, April 11th, reaching the halfway mark in the 2015 season. We had another great turnout with 129 anglers registered to do battle on the Texas-Louisiana waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir at San Miguel Park just outside of Many, Louisiana. With Mother Nature throwing another curve ball to the area with above average rainfall in the past few weeks the region anglers found lake water levels just above pool level and the water clarity in most areas called stained to muddy. Anglers were in high hopes of locating some bass that were still moving to the shallows to spawn but the water clarity was taking the sight fishing pattern out of the picture. Weather reports early in the week were calling for some severe storms for Saturday but as they say in Texas, If you don’t like the weather just wait and it will change. Change it did and we gathered Saturday morning in preparation to battle and were greeted by fair weather conditions with air temps in the mid-fifties with very light winds. When safe light arrived about 6:40 am we got things started with a prayer by Derek Taylor and the playing of the national anthem.

Chris DiBerardinoThe first of three flights of anglers started arriving just before the 3:00 pm deadline and when the anglers started bringing there fish to the weigh in line it was very evident that this was more than just a fishing day but a catching day. Out of the 129 anglers that took to the waters, there were 112 that brought 406 fish to the scales for a total weight of 1005 pounds. One angler from the Bass Anglers of Lake Houston by the name of Nick Diberardino was able to find the best five bass sack of the day with a total weight of 19.08 pounds backed by a 6.06 kicker to claim the title of Champion of the event. Nick said that he concentrated on areas on the main lake just outside of the San Miguel Creek. Nick said he started with a frog early but when the bite slowed he switched to a Missile Baits D-Bomb and flipped the buck brush in the shallows and was punching the abundance of grass. Nick wanted to thank his sponsors that helped him get it done, JR RODS & Tackle, Kistler Custom Rods, Kary Essl @ Folsoms Dist., Mercury, Bowden Marine, Bass Cat Boats, Santone Lures, Seaguar, Bass Kandi Baits and Mustad.

Wesley BennetTo define “Battle on the Border” there was a battle between fellow club members. Wesley Bennett, also of the Bass Anglers of Lake Houston, had brought his 5 fish limit to the scales earlier in the weigh in that tipped the scales at 19.01 pounds to take the top spot in the tournament. After weighing his fish Wesley stood by as angler after angler came to the scales threatening to take his top spot away from him and when Nick came to the scales Wesley stood with him as the scales pushed just enough to send him to a 2nd place finish.

Paul Garret Award BBPaul Garrett of the Seven Coves Bass Club woke the crowd up when he pulled from his sack a 8.13 pound “Swamp Donkey” of a bass from his sack to claim the events Big Bass honors and boast his 18.64 pound limit to a 3rd Place finish. Paul told us that he caught the big fish on a Zoom Trick Worm on a 2/0 hook and it was a battle. Just a mire 0.20 of a pound behind Garrett was Russell Pasket of the Brazos Anglers Bass Club. Russell found a solid limit of five that pushed the scales at 18.44 pounds to claim the 4th Place honors. Steven Skyvara of the Onalaska Bass Club also brought a limit to the battle that weighed in just 0.16 of a pound back at 18.28 pounds to round out the events Top 5, Steven’s limit was backed by a solid 6.27 pounder.

For the second event in a row Kenny Curlee of “The BASS Club” claimed the 2nd Place Big Bass honors of the event. This time Kenny backed his limit with a 6.98 Toledo Bend Fatty to help his sack weigh in at 16.28 pounds which was good for a 7th Place finish and valuable points in the Angler of the Year race. With 54 limits brought to the scales there were several anglers that gained valuable points in the AOY standings but after three events, Jimmie Johnson of the Onalaska Bass Club is leading the field. After another very strong showing “The BASS Club” extended their clubs lead in the Club of the Year race over the Seven Coves Bass Club that finished second as a club in this event. Looks like it will be another battle between these two clubs all the way to the last event. All standings can be found on the website at http://www.texasbassonline.com/se-tournaments .

Chris DiBerardino Award         Paul Garret Award

With all the fish caught today there were a few cases of fish being caught early and some anglers boats having battery issues which resulted in the loss of 10 bass out of the 406 brought to the scales. A special thanks goes out to the S.R.A. for providing us a wonderful place to hold our event there at San Miguel. Again the Southeast Region wants to recognize the following sponsors. Robbins Chevrolet/Nissan (Ricky Bishop) for sponsoring the awards again this year, Lakeside Boat Repair, Pro Tungsten, Impulse Rods, Mr. Twister, G & S Trolling Motors and BIOBOR Fuel Additives.

The next event will be on May 2, 2015 at Lake Livingston. This is a trailering event with the weigh in being held at Waterfront Marina in Onalaska. I encourage all anglers competing in this event to review the “Trailering Procedures” found on the website http://www.texasbassonline.com/se-tournaments as they have changed some from last year. The online registration is already open so get your entries in online or by mail. Remember there are no boat number flights at this event.

David Glezman, Director