A cold windy mourning greeted West Region anglers on Day 2 at Lake Amistad. A fifty percent chance of rain was also supposed to occur that mourning but didn’t develop until 3:30 that afternoon. The weights continued to be low once again. Bob Buchanan claimed the top spot with five Bass weighing 10.65 In the second spot was Troy Montgomery with a five Bass string weighing 9.47 and rounding out the third and final place was Byron Albrecht with five weighing 7.91 The Big Bass honors went to Jim Brown with a whopping 2.87 . Winners reported using jerk baits and plastics on main lake points. Congratulations to all of the weekends winners, we will see you at Lake Leon in April.
Day 1 on Lake Amistad for the West Region started out nice and mild but by noon a strong cold front came blowing through. With fishing conditions already being tough, the front added another challenge. Byron Albrecht managed to win however with 5 bass weighing 11.38 In second place was Jason Windham weighing 5 bass at 11.26 and in the third and final spot was Barry Bennett with 5 Bass at 10.14 Big Bass honors went to Craig Alexander with a 7.55 sow. The winners used various ways and multiple depths to put together their strings, no real set patterns yet but most of the fish weighed were Buck Bass.
The second and third 2014 West Region tournaments will be held this weekend on Lake Amistad. Reports show that the lake is still fishing tough although there have been a few nice ones caught. The recent cold fronts have made their way far south resulting in colder that usual water temps. I’m sure someone will figure the fish out. A meeting and Check-In will be Friday evening at Anglers Lodge, at 6:30pm. A BBQ meal will be served to all Region members during the meeting. Tournament hours will be 6:30am until 4:00pm on Saturday and 7:30am till 4:00 on Sunday. Weigh In will be conducted at Black Brush ramp. Be in line by 4:00pm. Any changes in the format will be discussed at the meeting. There are several other tournaments on the lake as well as practice time for Bass Champs. Make plans for delays in the mourning’s. We will see you there.
Albert Collins Dominates At Lake Conroe
The Southeast Region held its third event for the 2014 season on Lake Conroe this past Saturday. Anglers reported the water temps had dropped over 10 degrees after an arctic cold front swept through during the middle of week. The front brought air temps down into the 30 degree range, and the cold rains raised the lake level a couple of inches, but with cold water. After the front blew out, the temps rose rapidly each day with the air temps in the low 60’s at launch on Saturday, and climbing to the upper 70’s by weigh in. The water temps struggled to get above the 58° mark, which were considerably lower than the 65° water temps reported prior to the cold front.
The weather roller coaster during the week didn’t bother some anglers, and it turned out to be “Smack Down” by Nacogdoches Bass Club angler Albert Collins. Albert dominated the event with a five fish limit tipping the scales at 34.28 pounds, which to my knowledge, is a new Southeast Region Individual single day record weight! Albert’s catch was backed by a giant 9.88 pound kicker that claimed the Big Bass top spot for the event, followed by what appeared to be four more giant bass in the five to seven pound class. Albert stated that he started the day in the Caney Creek area and had secured his five fish limit by around 9:30. He was armed with a Delta Lures spinnerbait attached to Vicious Flourocarbon Line on a Tour Star rod. Realizing that he needed to upgrade his weight, Albert said he moved to the southern end of the lake and found an area where the larger females were stacked up in a transition area. Albert proceeded to cull his limit with the bigger fish again with the spinnerbait. Based on what he found in Friday practice, Albert claimed that beginning the event he felt confident that he would be able to produce a 20 pound, but he felt blessed with the quality bass he caught Saturday.
Coming in at an amazing 14.22 pounds behind Collins was Brazos Anglers Bass Club member, Dwayne Pavlock. His solid limit of bass weighed in at 20.06 pounds to secure a second place finish, and just 0.04 of a pound over Wayne Triana of the Nacogdoches Bass Club. Wayne brought in a healthy sack that was one shy of a limit, but pressed the scales at 20.02 pounds backed by a huge 8.63 kicker. Wayne’s third place finish also helped sustain the lead for Angler of the Year after three events. Russell Pasket of the Brazos Anglers Bass Club got himself a fourth place finish with his limit of Lake Conroe bass weighing in at 19.78. This bested fellow club member Danny McElroy, who rounded out the events top five with his limit of fish tipping the scales at 18.80 pounds. Louis Henley, also with the Brazos Anglers Bass Club, placed just behind his fellow club member with a solid 18.10 pound limit backed by a giant bass that weighed 9.65 pounds, which won him the 2nd Place Big Bass check, and a check for a sixth place finish.
We had 126 anglers registered at this event, with 86 anglers bringing 232 fish across the scales for a total of 735 pounds. We had three 9 pound fish brought to the scales and seven fish over the 6 pound mark. Even with the changing conditions all week, Lake Conroe still proved that it is still one of the best lakes in Texas for big giant-size bass. We are pleased to report that all 232 bass caught were released back into Lake Conroe without a single loss.
Reaching the half way mark in the 2014 season the Seven Coves Bass Club still holds a slight lead in the Club of the Year race just 22.28 points ahead of The BASS Club, who with an excellent showing at this event, and jumped up into a solid second place, 173.1 points over the American Anglers. With 3 events left in this season it looks like a race to see which club will claim the 2014 Club of the Year title.
The Southeast Region would like to thank the Stow-A-Way Marina for the use of their facility and would like to thanks sponsors Robbins AutoMall, Lakeside Boat Repair in Montgomery, TX, and Minn Kota/Hummingbird for their contributions.
A reminder to all Southeast Region Clubs that are sending teams to the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Top 6 Championship. You need to have your team’s registration in by March 7, 2014. Each registration must have your 2013 “Approved” Club Qualification Point Sheet attached. Also, all Top-6 boaters must have proof of insurance (in hand) showing $300,000 liability, which will be checked at the official boat check. “ALL” Top-6 anglers must have a Mexican fishing license.
The Southeast Region’s next event will be at beautiful Lake Belton on April 5, 2014 out of BLORA. Please be aware that this is a military facility and we encourage all anglers to abide by all posted regulations while traveling through this property. We look forward to seeing everyone at Lake Belton.
Southeast Region Director
March 17, 2014 – March 21, 2014
Welcome to the online registration for the 2014 Texas B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship, where you can register and pay online for your convenience. Due to the fees required to make online registration available a 3 percent surcharge will be applied, to all online registrations.
Lake: Amistad Reservoir
Ramp: Diablo East
- Club Qualification Points
- Boat Safety Check List
- Entry Form & Rules
- Amistad National Recreation Area Website
The Southeast Region visited Lake Palestine for our second stop of the tournament season. The outlook for lunkers was good as a Lake Palestine produced a 13.22 pound ShareLunker the weekend before. However, frigid temperatures and wintery mix of snow, ice, and rain brought the water temperatures down even further, making the tournament a bigger challenge. The inclement weather before the tournament resulted in a reduced angler field, down 30 entries from our first tournament to 99 entries. Lake Palestine Resort was the host site, which made for good accommodations as most anglers took advantage of the waterfront lodging and avoided an early morning launch crowd.
The temperature at launch and take off was 31 degrees, resulting in frost and ice covering many boats. However, we were blessed with no wind making the cold weather bearable for those anglers wearing multiple layers of foul weather clothing. The National Anthem was sung by 7-year old Jordan, daughter of one of our anglers, Randy Knight. After the loud applause for Jordan, the anglers went through boat check and take-off under an overcast sky.
Most of the angler predictions of a tough bite were apparent by the early check-ins. Out of the 99 angler entries, 76 came in with empty livewells. Magnolia-Tomball Bass Club member, Kyle Fontenot managed to find 2 big bites with a 2-fish sack weighing 11.77, anchored by a 6.03 pound kicker, earning him the Tournament Champion title.
Katy Bass master angler Bill Wedelich captured the second place honors with his three fish bag of 10.67 pounds. Justin Buller of The BASS Club brought in one Lake Palestine toad weighing in at 6.73 pounds to claim the number three spot and earn him Big Bass Honors. The second place Big Bass also followed in fourth place for the tournament at 6.64 for Brazos Anglers member Russell Pasket. Rounding out the Top-5 was another Brazos Angler, Joe Loudat, who also had a one-fish limit with a net weight of 5.54 pounds. Unfortunately Joe had boat issues that resulted in a 3-minute late check-in penalty, costing him three pounds and Big Bass honors from his 8.54 lunker catch.
Both Kyle Fontenot and Justin Buller were presented award plaques donated by Ricky Bishop and Region Sponsor, Robbins Auto Mall.
Out of the 99 anglers, only 20 anglers brought 26 fish across the scales that weighed a light 92 lbs. All of these fish were alive with a 100% mortality rate according to our Southeast Region Conservation Director, Ron Gunter. This event paid eleven places for a total of $3752.00. Thank you to Katy Bassmasters &
American Anglers for their assistance at this event.
The Southeast Region would like to thank our sponsors Minn-Kota/Hummingbird for the raffle items, Robbin’s AutoMall for sponsoring the award plaques, and American Rodsmiths and Lakeside Boat Repair for raffle items. We would also like to thank our gracious host and their staff at Lake Palestine Resort for all of the great accommodations and assistance with the tournament.
The Region heads to Lake Conroe, March 1st, for our third event of the year. This event, held out of StowAway Marina, should be a battle as warmer temperatures start moving the bass up to do their spring ritual.
SE Region Directors
The West Region began their 2014 season on O.H. Ivie Reservoir. A rare nice weather day greeted anglers although water temps hovered around the 47 degree mark. Wendell Ramsey used a Rage Tail Menace to put together four Bass weighing 17.87 lbs. He also claimed the Big Bass honors with a 8.37 sow. In second place was J.R. Howard. J.R. fished deeper edges with a Norman DD-22 that led to two Bass weighing 9.45 lbs. Rounding out the third and final spot was Byron Albrecht with three fish weighing 7.10 lbs. Fishing was rather tough on the rest of the field with only three more anglers weighing in. congratulations to the winners. Next stop is Lake Amistad, see you there!
The Southeast Region kicked off the 2014 season on January 11th at beautiful Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Mother Nature blessed the 128 registered anglers with wonderful weather conditions. The temp at take-off was in the low 50°’s with light winds from the West. As the sun appeared in the horizon we kicked off the event with a prayer by Asst. Director, Derek Taylor, and the National Anthem, played on the regions “new” sound system that probably was heard in Jasper. By weigh-in at Umphrey’s Pavilion, the skies were clear, the winds had increased somewhat and the temperature was bumping the 70° mark.
As the anglers started checking in at weigh-in it was apparent from the dock talk that the “catching” conditions were not as good as the “fishing” conditions. Out of the 128 anglers entered in this event, there were 63 that came in with empty sacks. Apparently Nacogdoches Bass Club member, Wayne Triana, did not fail to find the bite. Wayne dominated the field with a five fish limit weighing 19.93 pounds to become Champion of this event. Wayne’s bag was backed up by a 7.51 pound kicker that also got him a check for the 2nd Place Big Bass.
Wesley Johnson, of The BASS Club, captured the second place honors with his five fish limit that tipped the scales at 11.68 pounds. John Fontenot of the Magnolia-Tomball Bass Club brought his best five fish in which fell 0.06 of a pound behind Johnson for a total weight of 11.62 pounds to claim the number three spot. Just 0.39 of a pound behind Fontenot was our regions 2013 Angler of the Year and Nacogdoches Bass Club member, Albert Collins, who only managed only 3 fish but those fish weighed in at 11.23 pounds to take a solid forth place finish. Bryan McDonough of the Katy Bassmasters rounded out the top five with his best five that weighed in at 10.60 pounds. Delton Havins of the Brazos Anglers Bass Club captured the Big
Bass of the event with a Sam Rayburn toad that weighed in at 7.91 pounds. This one and only fish for Havins was good enough to get him the Big Bass check and also a check for the number fifteen spot. Out of the 128 anglers, 65 anglers brought 103 fish across the scales that weighed 253.69 lbs. All of these fish were alive with a 100% mortality rate according to our Southeast Region Conservation Director, Ron Gunter. This event paid sixteen places for a total of $5042.00.
The Southeast Region would like to start off the 2014 season thanking some our sponsors Minn-Kota/Hummingbird for the raffle items, Robbin’s AutoMall for sponsoring the award plaques, American Rodsmith for raffle items
The Southeast Region with be heading to Lake Palestine on February 8th for our second event of the year. The lake is full of water and I have heard the bass will be biting. I want to encourage all anglers to use extreme caution while navigating these waters. This lack is full of stumps and the boat lanes are not marked. Let’s get your registration in and I will see you there., and the Southeast Region clubs for the donations to the event raffle. Thanks to The BASS Club and the Magnolia-Tomball Bass Club volunteers for your assistance.
Southeast Region Director
The Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will sponsor the annual “Kid Fish Nacogdoches” on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014. The event will be held at the Pearl St. Pond (4800 Pearl St.) in Nacogdoches, Texas from 9 a.m. until 2p.m.
The TPWD will stock the pond with approximately 800 rainbow trout on Friday, Jan. 24th. on Saturday (Jan. 25) youth from Nacogdoches and the surrounding areas will be able to harvest these trout. No fishing license is required. The Nacogdoches Bass Club (NBC) will serve as “Weigh Masters” for the event and will record each individual catch. At the end of the event, prizes will be awarded in several categories including biggest trout, biggest stringer, smallest trout, etc.
This is a fun filled event which allows youth, many for the first time, to enjoy the thrill of angling. The NBC invites all southeast region clubs to participate in this event. If you are interested, please call Ron Jones (NBC President) at 936-615-6316 for further details. Participation in this sanctioned event will count toward club points for the Top 6 State Championship.
The West Region has set their 2014 Tournament Schedule. Because of continued drought conditions and an abundance of tournaments, the schedule is still subject for alternate lakes or dates to be used. Our hope is that by spring the lakes will gain some much needed rains and we will be able to carry out our schedule. On behalf of the West Region anglers, we would like to wish you all a “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year”. See you on the water soon!