Plenty of Water at Palestine

The Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Region visited Lake Palestine for our 5th stop of the tournament season Saturday, May 16.  The last time we were at Palestine, anglers braved sleet, snow, and the lake was at pool level.  Although it was great to fish the lake 45 degrees warmer than our last visit, the recent rains provided the water to be nearly 2.5 feet above pool.  Pre-fishing reports of “a ton of bites” predicted many limits on tournament day.

Saturday morning take-off found the lake at nearly 4-5 inches lower than the day before.  However, many anglers were not affected, and apparently the bite was just as good as the week before as nearly 80% of the field weighed keepers, with nearly a quarter of the field producing limits.

WolfgangFishPalestin2015Beaumont Bass Angler member Nathan Wolfgang received the Robbins Automall Champion plaque (and a nice check) as he bested the 101 angler field with his limit of 23.30 pounds, boosted by his 7.62 pound kicker and 2nd Place Big Bass for the tournament.
McGeeheeFishPalestine2015Katy Bassmaster Richard B. McGehee also managed a nice limit with his second place limit of 20.65 pounds, adding 7.45 kicker late near the launch site.  Rounding out the Top-3 was Seven Coves Bass Club angler (and Region cullmaster) Tommy Whitt with his nice 17.27 limit.

BennettBBPalestine2015The most notable catch of the day (and year) was Bass Anglers of Lake Houston angler Wesley Bennett with an 11.11 pound toad, earning him a nice check and the Robbins Auto Mall Big Bass Award!  Wesley was punching heavy brush/cover in about 2-4′ of water.  Using a ¾ oz pegged tungsten weight, donned with a penetration color Sweet Beaver, he pulled this “big momma” out of the heavy cover with this 7’6” American Rodsmith’s Predator rod.  “I didn’t see her; I just got lucky and punched right in her bed.  When I got her in the boat, she was dropping eggs all over!”, said Bennett.  Wesley just so happens to also be leading our Angler of The Year Standings.BennettBBAwardPalestine2015

In the “Club Of The Year” race, Seven Coves Bass Club had a good finish at Palestine, inching their way over the leader, The Bass Club, by just 13.46 points.  As it was in 2014, the COTY race is tight and will come down to the very last tournament for these two clubs.  We want to also recognize members of the Katy Bassmasters and Houston Bass Bandits for their great assistance at Palestine.

The Southeast Region would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make these events possible:  Lakeside Boat Repair, Pro Tungsten, Impulse Rods, Mr. Twister, G & S Trolling Motors,BIOBOR Fuel Additives, Impulse Rods, Baumann Propeller, and Robbin’s AutoMall for sponsoring the award plaques.  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.

With the lake rising over 4.5 feet in May alone, the Southeast Region’s last event will be at beautiful Lake Belton on June 13, 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 throughout this property.   Please remember to “clean, drain, and dry” your boats after Belton as it has been identified as one of the newest lakes to have been found containing zebra mussels (plus it is a state law).  We look forward to seeing everyone at Lake Belton!

-Your Region Directors

Lake of The Pines – # 4 for NE Region

Lake of The Pines is the Northeast Region’s 4th stop in the 2015 season.  Please register or notify me by text, call, or email by Thursday  June 18th by 11:59 pm CST to register for the Tournament as a Boater or Non-Boater.   Lake Ray Roberts has been moved to Sunday July 19th at Jordan Park as the 5th stop.  

Remember, if you fish all six tournaments you will automatically qualify for the Regional Championship.  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.


Official Ramp is Johnson Creek Park Ramp. Safety Meeting at 5:30 AM.  Dues and check in are at Johnson Creek Park ramp at the lake on Saturday at 3:00 PM CST and Sunday at the ramp beginning 5:15 AM.  Take off at safe light estimated at 6:05 AM. Weigh in at 3:00 PM CST.

Contact Jason Geesey with problems or questions @ cel or text 214-755-1169 or jgeesey@texasbass.org

NE Region stop # 4 at Ray Roberts Cancelled

Due to mother nature, safety, and the threat of closing all ramps from TPWD this week’s tournament on Sunday May 17 will be cancelled.  Tournament # 4 will be moved to Saturday June 20th on Lake of the Pines.  Tournament #5 will remain on Sunday June 21st on Lake of the Pines.  This allows everyone to keep their schedule and keep our anglers up to date with dramatic changes to their overall schedules with clubs and other conflicts.  Anglers get in touch with your club representatives to discuss the opening to allow prefishing on Friday June 20th.  A conference call will be scheduled by Friday May 22nd to determine open prefishing dates.