October 19th, 2014
The North Central Region held its 4th tournament of 2014, at Lake Limestone. Lake Limestone is always a great challenge, as there are multiple methods to catch the fish that live there….finding those fish has certainly changed over the years….but boat docks serve up a great start for anyone!
Everyone got unloaded at the ramp safely, and after playing the national anthem at safe light, Tournament Director – Dan Watson called for boat #1, and it was off to the various places for the anglers. Landon Ware with Region II Team BASS hauled in the heavy sack for the day, a five fish limit of fish weighing 12.83 lbs. Landon recently became a Texas B.A.S.S. Nation member and anticipates fishing additional events in FY 2015. Landon caught the majority of his fish around boat docks. Landon fished with another new Texas B.A.S.S. Nation member, Don Brown from Rio Vista, Texas. Congratulations to you both and welcome!!
Coming in 2nd Place was Todd Paris with the Mansfield BassMasters, bringing to the scales five fish that weighed 12.52 lbs. Finishing in 3rd Place, was Curtis Braden with the West Fork Bass Club, with a four fish limit of fish, weighing 11.48 lbs. Rounding out the top five were James Biggs/Region II Team BASS with 11.14 lbs and Jimmie Vann/Bryan Bass Club with 10.40 lbs. Twenty-seven (27) anglers brought into the scales 62 fish for a combined weight of 145.03 lbs, averaging 2.33 lbs.
This year’s championship tournament is scheduled for Lake Texoma on November 22-23, 2014. Currently, Lake Texoma is about 12-15 ft low, however, very fishable with reports of good catches all year. This year 24 anglers earned the opportunity to compete at this year’s championship, where the winner will receive an automatic berth to the 2016 B.A.S.S. Federation Divisional Tournament.
What a great year! Overall, the North Central Region had a total of 54 Anglers compete at four different events. This trail has grown leaps and bounds over the past two years, and that growth is centered on increased communication, coupled with the foundation of an angler moving to the next level of competition within B.A.S.S.
Someone from Texas will compete at the B.A.S.S. National Championship – why not you? Come on out next year, and I believe you will find that these events are competitive, but also conducted amongst friends. If you don’t belong to a club now, give me a call and I can guide you to some great choices that will fit your needs.
Even if you are not familiar with these lakes, or you would like to experience the events as a co-angler, there are spots open for you! What a great opportunity to learn and enjoy the day with another member of Texas B.A.S.S. Nation! Looking forward to seeing everyone come out next year and compete for that coveted spot at the BASS Divisional Tournament in 2016.
Update: I am almost finished with the schedule and rules for Texas’s own BASSMASTER Team Tournament Trail in 2015, as the request of the Board of Directors. Hope to have more information out to you all soon in regards that format, but I promise you – it will be good and another way for our Texas B.A.S.S. Nation to compete for a spot at the BASSMASTER Classic. You can catch up on this format by reading here: http://www.bassmaster.com/team
Elton D. Brock, Director
North Central Region
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation