Southeast Kicks Off 2015 Season at Big Sam!

Southeast Kicks Off 2015 Season at Big Sam! 

- David Glezman, Southeast Region Director

The Southeast Region kicked off the 2015 season this past Saturday, February 21st, on Sam Rayburn Reservoir out of Jackson Hill Marina where 135 anglers were greeted with overcast skies, breezy conditions and air temps in the 50’s. Weather reports called for the chance of showers during the day and the winds to pick up to the 15 mph range out of the South. As the anglers prepared for the day there were mixed fishing reports and hopes that the predicted cold front that was moving in later that day would generate a better bite. At approximately 6:40 am we officially began our season with a prayer by Assistant Director, Derek Taylor and the playing of our countries national anthem. At 6:47 am the first boat of 100 was cleared for takeoff and the fishing began.

MarkFinchBBThe weigh in began at 3:00 pm and 104 of the 135 registered anglers brought 327 bass across the scales for a total weight of 717 pounds. After the scales were closed, Mark Finch of the Seven Coves Bass Club claimed the title of Champion with his 5-fish limit that pressed the scales at 17.01 pounds. Mark’s bag was backed by a solid 5.22 pound kicker. Claiming the 2nd Place spot was Dwayne Luby with the American Anglers. Dwayne managed a limit of bass that weighed in at 15.41 pounds and was just enough to edge out Juan Monroy’s 15.40 pound limit. Juan, a member of The BASS Club, claimed the 3rd Place spot with his sack. Cory Fontenot of the Katy Bassmasters came in with a limit that weighed in at 14.32 pounds which was good enough to claim 4th Place. Thomas Ferro of the Seven Coves Bass Club rounded out our Top 5 for the event with a 13.78 pound limit of bass backed by a 6.02 pound kicker.

DonKempBBA bunch of healthy looking fat bass were brought to the scales this day, but Don Kemp and Terry Reed of the Seven Coves Bass Club claimed the Hawg Hunter awards. Don claimed the Big Bass of the event title with a huge 8.34 pounder. Don weighed only one fish for the event but it was a good one. Also this was Don’s first year to compete in a Texas B.A.S.S. Nation event; not bad for a first tournament keeper. Don was a bit nervous during weigh-in as he had to watch a lot of good fish cross the scales. When Terry Reed came to the scales with a sack that was a couple of fish shy of a limit, but weighed 12.14 pounds  Don inched closer to the scales because Terry indicated he had one to weigh for Big Bass. Terry pulled a behemoth bass from the sack and we knew it was going to be close but Terry’s bass tipped the scales at 8.14 pounds good enough for the 2nd Place Big Bass honors. A total of 16 places were paid out for a total of $5,595.00 and two places for Big Bass for a total of $620.00.

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We had a great turnout for our first event this year. I want to applaud each and every angler that participated as out of the 327 bass that were brought to the scales, ALL!! 327 bass were released in great health back into Sam Rayburn to be caught another day. I want to thank the Region Staff for their help and the American Anglers and Nacogdoches Bass Club volunteers for their help. Our events are large and we couldn’t do it without support. Special thanks to Terry Sympson of Jackson Hill Marina for providing us the site and having breakfast ready. 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.

Hope to see everyone at our next event scheduled for Lake Conroe on March 14th. Start getting your registration in as I believe we will be looking at another great turnout. There will be a final registration on Friday, March 13th, at StowAway Marina from 4 pm till 6 pm. This will prove to be another exciting event as Conroe has been known to produce some 30+ pound sacks, especially if the weather cooperates the possibility of an early spawn.

David Glezman, Director

Castledine and Broussard win inaugural Texas Bassmaster Team Trail Qualifier

IMG_20150222_152702590_HDRThe Texas Bassmaster Team Trail (TBTT) got off to a great start with virtually all teams bringing bags of fish to the scales. Sam Rayburn is really getting primed for a great spring as the fish were beginning to forage on the baitfish in the shallow waters. The lake is at full level and after being down for a long period, there is an abundance of grass, weeds, and bushes submerged in the water. Getting some time in on Sam Rayburn this spring is going to be a treat for all anglers.

Texas B.A.S.S. Nation would like to thank the Douglas High School Bass Club for their volunteer assistance at the tournament. There were a total of 181 fish brought to the scales by 42 teams, for a total weight of 455.41. All fish were successfully returned to the lake. The weigh-in saw a lot of teams bringing in five fish limits and several bringing in one, after another big fish to supplement their total weight. The team of Todd Castledine and Brent Broussard from Nacogdoches, Texas brought in a whopping five fish limit weighing 31.07 lbs, which included a big fish of 9.29 lbs. The team indicated that they started their day out deep, but only had a couple of fish by 10 am, and made a move to the shallows where they caught their bag on jigs and c-rigs. Todd and Brent would like to thank their sponsors, including Legend Boats, Strike King, Mercury, Farmers Insurance, Sunline, TopWater Clothing, Lews, Power Pole, and M3.

The team of Kyle Bordelon and Nathan Wolfgang brought in a five fish limit that weighed 18.00 lbs, which included a kicker of 6.32 lbs for the second place finish. Kyle and Nathan would like to thank their sponsors which include, BASS Kandie Baits, Denali Rods, Missle Baits, Lews, Custom Kicker Jigs, Eco Pro Tungsten Weights, and 6th Sense Lures. They started their day out in the shallow waters and stayed there all day pitching dark colored baits to the bushes and newly flooded structure.

The team of Chris Lebow and Mark Finch finished in third place with a five-fish bag weighing 17.85 lbs, that included a big kicker fish weighing 8.57 lbs. Chris and Mark would like to thank BassCat Boats. They started their day out shallow and stayed there throwing rattletraps to secure their limit.

The top 21 teams secured their automatic entry to the Texas Team Championship to be conducted October 24-25, 2015. There is still time to secure your opportunity at the Championship, at the next event to be held at the bass factory – Lake Ray Roberts in North Texas on April 19, 2015. Visit our Texas Bassmaster Team Trail page for full details.

Falcon Lake Stop #2 for the South Region

Falcon Lake ! What else can I say during this time of the year. Spawn is supposed to be on and big fish all over the place. Unfortunately not for everybody or at least for the thirteen of us that did not catch what was needed to win like Mannie Lackey. His five fish stringer bettered everyone else with 27.01 pounds. Also helping him out was Big Bass at 9.27. Brian Mater followed up with Second Place weighing in at 13.09 pounds.