The BASS Club to Sponsor Charity Event

The BASS Club of Montgomery, Texas, is sponsoring a benefit tournament to benefit Kali Grace Wiggins.  The tournament will be held August 23rd, on Lake Conroe, hosted by StowAway Marina. (Flyer)

On June 23rd 2014, 4-year old Kali Grace Wiggins was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor; a type of kidney cancer. Kali immediately began aggressive chemotherapy, and has been at Texas Children’s since then.

The event is sanctioned by Southeast Texas B.AS.S. Nation.  Entry Form Click —-> Here

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Southeast Region Top-40 Championship Lake Announced

The Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. held its quarterly meeting via conference call on July 8th.  During the call, the anticipated “Top-40 Regional Championship” lake was announced to the club presidents; Lake O’ The Pines.  LOP was chosen due to having the best lodging, banquet, and tournament accomodations of several lakes outside of the region.  Water conditions were also considered and LOP has remained above above pool for most of the year.

The Championship will be held October 17-18, 2014, out of  Johnson Creek Park, with a pairings banquet October 16, at the 5D Cattle Company.  The official lodging of the championship is Lake O’ The Pines Lodge.  The off-limits period will begin September 15, and anglers may begin practice October 14th.  (see official rules for more details on the region tournament page).

All eligible Top-40 anglers must confirm participation no later than September 12, along with their shirt size to the Region Director (dglezman@texasbass.org).  More details will be available on the region tournament page, as well as email announcements to club presidents and confirmed participants.

Good luck to all the qualifiers!

(***My appologies for this late upate as I had a death in the family – DT)

 

North Central Region – Stop #2 Cedar Creek Lake

What a wonderful tournament at Cedar Creek, and I really enjoyed my time on the water! The lake didn’t shine as much as in years’ past, but it still produced. Sorry that I experienced a delay in getting all the information assembled for this report, as when I got back to work the next day – I was hospitalized for the remainder of the week. Life is short folks – we all have to watch ourselves and our health. Good news, I am going to have surgery, and should be able to return to normal in a couple weeks after that. I am sure looking forward to heading to Eagle Mountain and Lake Limestone, for our final stops of the year. I have enjoyed being your representative to the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation, and I am really proud that our Region as experienced growth in the tournament trail, and within individual club memberships. Communication and your help and assistance are what make our Texas B.A.S.S. Nation tops in the US.

On Cedar Creek, our tournament anglers had to compete with several other tournaments that day, but all went well and I really appreciated everyone assisting me in getting everything off to a good start and completed! It was a beautiful day to be on the water, and there were lots of reports of fish being caught, just not the size everyone was hoping for!

Mark Wendler from the Bass Club of Ft. Worth hauled in the heavy sack for the day, five fish weighing 18.55 lbs. Mark also had the big bass of the tournament which weighed 5.08lbs. Mark fished at mainly at the Dam area with a jig and finesse baits in 10-15ft of depth. He noticed that during the day, that if he found a crappie bit, he could also find a few small bass, with most of the bites coming before the bait hit the bottom. Mark utilizes custom built rods with MHX blanks (builds these himself), coupled with Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line, and the business end contained some hand assembled jigs and both Zoom and Net Bait soft plastics. Congratulations on a job well executed!

Coming up in 2nd place with Randy Fleeman with Cen-Tex BassHunters, hauling a five fish limit to the scales weighing 12.61 lbs. Randy also targeted the Dam area, and caught his fish with finesse baits utilizing light line. Randy informed me that he caught fish all day, but finding the bigger fish just didn’t happen. Really proud of your efforts Randy!

The remainder of the anglers found fish under boat docks, Carolina rigs in deeper water, crank baits in semi-deep water, and even a few spawning fish were still to be located.

Stop #3 is scheduled for Eagle Mountain on Sept 28th, 2014 and Stop #4 is scheduled for Lake Limestone on October 19th, 2014. We are all hoping that a big rainstorm will hit the DFW area and fill up the lakes soon! Currently, Lake Limestone is looking good after a few years of low water levels. 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 and compete for that coveted spot at the BASS Divisional Tournament in 2015.

Best regards,

Elton D. Brock, Director

The Future Competes On Lake Conroe

YouthAnglersGroupThe Southeast Region of the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation hosted an open Youth tournament Saturday, May 31st.  The tournament was held on Lake Conroe out of StowAway Marina and was broken down into two age categories; 11-14 & 15-18.  The recent rain has helped Lake Conroe reached full pool (and beyond) after several years of drought, flooding aquatic vegetation growth.  The overcast sky, light wind, and water conditions held a good combination for our youth anglers.  Upon registration, the anglers and boat captains were given door prize tickets to be drawn after the weigh-in.

After some final instructions were given to the anglers by Tournament Director, David Taylor, a prayer was led by Terry Reed, and the National Anthem was played.   Under a light rain mist, 11 young and nervous anglers wearing their tournament jerseys went through the boat check line and were off by 6:45 AM.

Members of the Seven Coves Bass Club assisted in preparing a post-tournament hot dog lunch with refreshments, and by 2:00 PM all of the anglers were safely checked in after a hard day on the water.

As the young anglers came through the weigh-in line, they were interviewed by Tournament Director David Taylor.  You can tell that these young men are future competitors.  When asked the question about what bait/technique was used and where they caught their fish, just like the adult competitors, they were mostly tight-lipped.  However, most did tell they lost a lot of fish, many of which were “at the boat”.  After the weigh-in was concluded, the young anglers enjoyed their lunch in anticipation while the results were calculated.  Three places and the top two largest bass were given plaques provided by Robbins AutoMall & Ricky Bishop.

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In the 11-14 age group, Benji Garrison weighed in 3 fish for 11.50 pounds (11.00 due to dead fish penalty) anchored by a 6.20 big bass to win first place.  2nd place went to Tanner Neagle with a 2 fish bag anchored by a 4.43 bass.  Rounding out the top-3 was Jacob Wooters with 2.72 pounds.

In the 15-17 age group, Chris Talley took the top spot with 4-fish for 11.45 pounds anchored with a 5.24 pound toad.  Nathan Perdue followed up in 2nd with 2 fish for 7.99 pounds.  His bag was anchored with a 6.11 big bass.  In third place, Joseph Bruner weighed 2 bass for 7.50 pounds with a 4.59 big bass.

Big bass plaques went to 1st- Benji Garrison (6.20) and 2nd – Nathan Perdue (6.11).  The overall heavy sack winner (11.45), Chris Talley, received a Invicta dropshot rod graciously donated by CastAway rods.

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At the end, the 11 anglers weighed 17-bass for a total of 57.71 pounds with a 3.37 pound average.

We would like to thank all of the boat captains for donating their time for assisting these young anglers.  A big thank you goes to the parents who brought these young men to this event, especially the ones that traveled three hours.  Also, we appreciate the volunteers who helped set up, cook & prepare the lunch, and break down.  A BIG thank you goes to Ricky Bishop/Robbins Automall & Adam Murray/CastAway rods for their prize sponsorship.  Without all of the above, it would not be possible to put this event on to promote the future of our competitive bass fishing sport!

The Southeast Region Texas B.A.S.S. Nation plans on hosting 2 more of these events this year and will have a tournament trail in 2015.  For more information on joining the Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmasters, contact Youth Director David Taylor (713-557-9740).

 

Jason Windham Wins Brownwood

Brownwood Winners

Bobby Maynard, Jason Windham, & Byron Albrecht proudly display their winning plaques courtesy of Capitol Area Pipe.

The West Region held their final 2014 trail tournament on Lake Brownwood. Anglers were greeted with scattered showers and pleasant temperatures. Claiming the top spot was Jason Windham with a five fish string weighing 14.19lbs. Jason also took the Big Bass honors with a 5.93lb. Bass.  Finishing in second place was Byron Albrecht with a five fish string weighing 12.96lbs. and in the third and final place was Bobby Maynard with five weighing 11.57lbs. Most anglers reported catching their fish off of docks on spinner baits, square bills, and flukes. This concluded the season points race ending in a tie between Byron Albrecht and Jason Windham. Byron gets the title as a result of having more total weight for the season. The 2014 Championship will be held October 25th & 26th on Lake Amistad. Their were 18 qualifiers for the Championship. Congratulations to the winners and all of this seasons championship qualifiers, we will see you at Amistad.

West Region’s Last Stop, Lake Brownwood

BrownwoodThe final stop on the 2014 West Region  Trail is Lake Brownwood, May 24th. Headquarters is the Value Lodge in Brownwood [http://valuelodgebrownwood.com/] Sign up is from 5:30pm – 7:00pm Friday evening May 23rd. Tournament hours are from 6:00 – 4:00pm.  Be in line by 4:00pm at the Dam Ramp Parking lot. We’ll see you there.

RACE TO THE FINISH AT TB!

RACE TO THE FINISH AT TB!

May 10, 2014: Toledo Bend Reservoir

The Southeast Region held its 6th and final event of the 2014 season on beautiful Toledo Bend Reservoir this past Saturday.  The day started with 96 anglers greeted by overcast skies and a pleasant 70 degree air temperature as the field launched their boats at the Fin & Feather Marina and Resort.  Prior to safe light and the opening ceremonies I could see in everyone’s face that this event had some importance.  Most of the anglers were vying for a Top 40 finish for the year to be qualified for the championship event to be held in October.  Another race on the Seven Coves Bass Club anglers mind was the 2014 Club of the Year title that this club has claimed for the past 6 years and entered this event only 6.67 points ahead of “The BASS Club”.  Members of “The BASS Club” had on their minds to prevent the Seven Coves Bass Club from claiming the COTY title for the seventh year in a row.

BruenerBBTBAt approximately 6:10 am the glow in the Eastern sky became brighter signaling us to begin the event with a prayer by Derek Taylor and the playing of our country’s National Anthem. The first boats were sent out shortly afterward to start the hunt for those elusive green fish we chase.   After over 8 hours on the lake, Nathan Wolfgang of the Beaumont Bass Club came to the scales with a limit of five, which pressed the scales to 16.72 pounds claiming the title as the 2014 Toledo Bend Champion.  Nathan was followed by Katy Bass master, and our region tournament director, Daniel Davis.  Daniel managed to locate his limit using an A-Rig early in the morning culling his way up to 15.03 pounds that was reduced 0.50 pounds for a deceased fish.  Daniel claimed his 2nd Place finish with an official weight of 14.53 pounds. Daniel’s sack was backed by a 6.81 pounder that also got Daniel 2nd Place Big Bass honors and payout.  Glenn Miglicco of the American Anglers also chased down a limit of five tipping the scales just 0.01 of a pound shy of Daniel, claiming 3rd Place finish and valuable points in the quest for a Top 40 qualification.  Peter Bruener of the Nacogdoches Bass Club was not as successful in finding himself a limit, but he showed up at the scales with 3 bass that weighed in at 13.65 pound backed by a 7.77 pound monster earning him Toledo Bend “Big Bass” and a 4th Place finish for the event.  Delton “Tooter” Havins of the Brazos Anglers Bass Club rounded out our Toledo Top 5 with his limit weighing in at 11.57 pounds.

NathanWolfgangTBAwardCongratulations to all the anglers that managed to cross the scales. Post event reports found that a majority of anglers had managed to locate numbers of keeper size bass on Friday but due to a stormy front that blew through Friday afternoon those keepers seemed to have shrunk or disappeared. In all the 96 registered anglers crossed the scales with 218 fish that weighed a total of 453 pounds. Of the 218 fish all but 7 were released back into the lake to be caught again, including Bruener’s monster bass.

In the 2014 Angler of the Year race, Albert Collins claimed himself yet another AOY title, his second in a row.  Albert was not present at this event due to competing in another event but after a stellar year of two 1st Place finishes, a 4th place finish and an 11th Place finish Albert accumulated enough points in these four events to claim the AOY title.  Congratulations to all that qualified for the coveted “Top-40” Championship.  The event date and lake will be announced later this summer.

“The BASS Club” prevailed at Toledo as a club, putting them over the top for the 2014 Club of the Year, title besting the Seven Coves Bass Club by a close 27.05 points.  The COTY race has been back and forth over the past three events and came down to the last angler and the last fish to cross the scales.  This is what makes it exciting!

The directors would like to thank all of our sponsors for their contributions in making 2014 a great year. A special “Thank You” goes out to Ricky Bishop and Robbins AutoMall for sponsoring all of our awards again this year. Thanks to Minn-Kota/Hummingbird for sponsoring our region by supplying the raffle items.  Thanks to Lakeside Boat Repair for their contributions and providing a discount to the Southeast Region members for service at their shop.  The list goes on with all the certificates and gift cards supplied by all the region clubs.  Without these contributions, it would be hard to provide the quality of our events. Please show your appreciation to these sponsors when possible.

I personally would like to thank all of the Region staff and the club presidents for helping to make my job enjoyable.  See you in October!

David Gleeman
Southeast Region Director

 

 

North Central Region – Stop #1 Lake Waco

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Hello everyone! Just got back from the BASSMASTER Elite Series event held on Toledo Bend from May 1-4, 2014, and if you have not had the opportunity to attend one of these events, you are missing out on

something very special. The folks at B.A.S.S. have really elevated these events into a crowd magnet, full of exciting vendor booths, demonstrations, and boat rides from Skeeter Boats. The weigh-ins are exciting, with various vendors throwing merchandise to the fans, and on Saturday evening, there was a band playing, and a fireworks show. On Sunday, a drive thru weigh in is conducted, and televised live, where the fans also get to see the angler’s boats pulled by the popular Toyota Trucks. I have volunteered for B.A.S.S. at these events for many years, and if you get a chance to go – take it, you will not be disappointed.

The month of March in North Central Texas ushered in constantly changing weather, with highs and lows setting new records. Then the wind decided to blow hard on the day of the scheduled event, forcing the Tournament Director to move the tournament location to a different ramp that was more protected from its effects. With everyone moving to the Speegiville Boat Ramp, we were all still able to be highly efficient and got off to a great start of the season.  Most of the Anglers headed for the protected areas of backs of creeks, coves, and pockets. I had more than one Angler report losing some very big fish right off the bat, which can wreck havoc with your mindset the rest of the day. As the day wore on, the cloud cover left us, and the wind subsided.

1st Place Big Bass 8.36# Carl Griffin

1st Place Big Bass 8.36# Carl Griffin

The majority of Anglers brought fish to the scales for weighing. Leading the way in 1st place was Chris Nors, with the West BASS Club. Chris headed up the river for the first couple of hours and caught a couple of small keepers, and then made a trek to the northern part of the main lake where he sight fished the remainder of the day. Chris caught a five-fish limit weighing 12.97 and had a big bass that topped the scales at 6.78 lbs. Chris utilized Dobyns Rods and Daiwa Reels, along with X-cite raptor tail baits to secure his limit. Unfortunately, Chris had some dead fish, and one of those was the big fish – which allowed 2nd Place finisher Shawn Smith, with the Mansfield BassMasters, to also secure 2nd place big fish honors for the day, with a bass weighing 6.77 lbs. Shawn brought in a 5 fish limit as well, that topped the scales at 12.93 lbs. Shawn secured his limit with a 3/16 oz Strike King White Spinnerbait and a small Mepps Spinner in the trout pattern. Shawn utilized Duckett Rods and Shimano Reels to secure the 2nd place finish. Joe Dale Smith finished in 3rd place with a 4 fish limit weighing 12.15, and Jerry Maddox, West BASS Club was 4th with a 5 fish limit weighing 11.37. Darrell Campbell with the Golden Triangle Bass Club finished 5th with a five fish limit weighing 10.74. Carl Griffin, West Fork Bass Club came to the scales with a whopper weighing 6.88 lbs, to secure 1st Place Big Fish, and 6th Place overall. Congratulations to all that participated, and we are headed next to a lake with a long history of producing big limits in May.

Stop #2 is scheduled for Cedar Creek on May 18th, 2014. If you are not familiar with the lake, or you would like to experience this event 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 and compete for that coveted spot at the BASS Divisional Tournament in 2015.

Best regards,

Elton D. Brock, Director

 

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 Members of the North Central Region, and Affiliated Clubs receive a
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Josh Wallace Wins LBJ

LBJ Winners

Josh Wallace, Jason Buchanan, and Jason Windham proudly display their winning plaques courtesy of 4S Enterprise.

An absolutely beautiful day greeted West Region anglers at Lake LBJ. Light winds and eighty degree temperatures made for some great fishing conditions. Josh Wallace claimed first place with a five  fish string weighing 21.34lbs.  In the second place spot was Jason Buchanan with five weighing 19.40lbs. Jason also claimed the Big Bass place with a nice 7.32lb lunker. Rounding out the third and final place was Jason Windham with his five bass limit weighing 17.76lbs.  A majority of the bass brought to the scales were reported as still coming off of beds. The fish seemed to be in both the spawn and post spawn stages. Congratulations to all the winners. Next stop is Lake Brownwood, May 24th. See you there!

Northeast Region Crowns 2014 AOY

 

Congratulations to Ken Caldwell from Century Bass Club for taking top honors as the Northeast regions Angler of the Year.

On Sunday 5-4-14 Ken Caldwell closed out the 2014 Northeast regions season with a win on Lake Bob Sandlin. This was the second win this year for Ken. This was the first time this year that the region got to fish without rain and above 40 degrees. The field took advantage of the great weather .Ken’s five fish limit of 15.23 post spawn bass and the tournament big bass of 6.64 lbs. secured the title by just enough to take the 2014 crown. Final standings are posted for the qualifiers for the 2014 Region Championship on Lake Texoma in September.