Kelley Hudson had a phenomenal day on Lake Brownwood. Kelley brought a five fish string weighing 21.48 anchored by the Big Bass of the tournament, a 7.79 beauty. Kelley used the combination of a Carolina Rig and a flipping stick to secure the win. He also secured the “Angler of the Year” title with the win. In second place was Gary Friedel with five fish weighing 12.74. The third and final spot was claimed by Ernie Kuehner with five bass weighing 11.48. No report on what they were doing. Final standings and complete results can be found on the tournament page. The 2017 West Region Championship will be held October 21st, 22nd on Lake Stillhouse. Have a great summer and we’ll see you at Stillhouse.
Yoo-hoo & Nesquik, that was the best way to describe the water color this past Saturday as the Southeast Texas B.A.S.S. Nation held its final event of the 2017 tournament season on Lake Livingston. After a major tournament the previous weekend, and reports of a tough (or no) bite in practice, the anticipation for the final event of the year that would determine Angler-Of-The-Year, Club-Of-The-Year, and clinch the final Top-40 Championship list forced 89 anglers to grind it out.
At the end of the day, only 7 anglers of the 89-angler field, weighed in 5-fish limits. Also, there were 35 anglers that were not able to weigh a fish, 40% of the field.
“There’s always someone that finds them”, and that angler was The Bass Club member David Perciful with a 5-fish limit of 19.64 pounds. David’s limit was anchored by a 7.39 toad, which also earned him Big Bass honors. Following in 2nd was Onalaska Bass Club angler, Steven Skyvera, with a 16.56, pound sack with a 6.30 pound kicker (2nd place BB). 3rd Place was followed by Randy Knight with 13.76 , followed closely by 13.16 by Trea Luedke for 4th Place. Congrats to all that received checks as it was well deserved!
Brian Jones’ 6th Place finish sealed the deal as he earned the Angler Of The Year title; quite an accomplishment in a tough field. Brian is also a member of The BASS Club, who had a great year as they claimed their 4th Consecutive Club Of The Year Title.
After the Top-40 Anglers were announced, the Top-40 Championship lake was announced, Lake Whitney. The dates will be September 15-16 with the host ramp tournament and details to be announced mid-summer.
Thank you to the Onalaska Bass Club for assisting and special thanks to Waterfront Lodge & Marina for hosting the event.
Special thanks the following 2017 Partners for helping to make our grassroots tournament trail possible:
Robbins Chevrolet/Nissan, Impulse Rods, G&S Trolling Motors, Omega Tackle, ProTungsten Weights, Bass Boat Saver, J.J.’s Magic, Power Tackle, Lew’s, Zoom Baits, Rat-L-Trap, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Kick’n Bass, Precision Sonar, big bass baits, Lakeside Boat Repair, The Rod Glove, Megabass, Apollo’s Shield Apparel, Larry The Lizard Custom Baits, Legend Lake Maps, Roof Masters, Double ZZ Baits, Molix, and Big Bite Baits.
The North Central Region held its 3rd tournament of 2017, at Lake Cedar Creek, utilizing the Log Cabin Park Ramp. Lake Cedar Creek was close to normal pool, which created an abundance of cover in the water. Anglers keyed in on the available structure, rip-rap on the dam, and bridges, and the ole’ reliable boat docks.
The tournament got kicked off with right at first light with a take-off promptly at 6:30 am. Anglers went both north and south in search of those fish that live in Lake Cedar Creek. It was a very nice day to be on the water!
At the end of the day, the main-stay competitor from the Bass Club of Ft. Worth, over the past several years – Mark Wendler -brought in a five fish limit of fish weighing 21.69 lbs for his 1st place finish. David Stafford with the At-Large Membership brought a five-fish limit that weighed 18.90 for his second place finish. Jim Justus (Bass Club of Ft. Worth), competing as a guaranteed co-angler with Boater – Mark Wendler, also brought in a five fish limit for 18.04 lbs. The boat of Wendler and Justus had a total weight with the 10-fish of 38.73!!!! Awesome day for both anglers, in mild-to-tough conditions. They should have fished the day before with the Texas BASSMASTER Team Trail – just saying – cause they would be headed to the championship on Limestone on Sept 30-October 1, 2017!
It’s not too late to get in on the upcoming action, as we have only one (1) remaining to reach for the coveted spots as boater/co-angler in the overall standings. September 3, 2017 at Lake Waco will wrap up the season standings for the North Central Region. It’s not too late to get in on the action and earn your spot! The highest finishing Boater and Co-Angler from the North Central Region Championship will win out and reach the 2018 B.A.S.S. Regional Championship. A Boater from the Regional Championship will earn the right to compete at the 2016 BASSMASTER Classic. A Co-Angler from the Regional Championship will win a new Triton Boat, and other prizes.
Overall, the North Central Region has continued to grow tremendously, bringing both new faces and regulars to the forefront of competing for that coveted spot on the State Team at the B.A.S.S. Regional Championship.
Someone will compete at the BASSMASTER CLASSIC – why not you? Come on out this 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 at the next event and compete for that coveted spot at the BASS Regional Tournament in 2018.
If you are on the fence about the new and exciting Texas BassMaster Team Trail (TBTT), get to the webpage and check it out. What a great way to enjoy competing, with a good friend in the boat!
Elton D. Brock, Director
North Central Region
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation
The final 2017 West Region Trail tournament will be held June 10th on Lake Brownwood. The lake is off limits till the official practice day, Friday June 9th. Headquarters is at the Gate 1 Motel in Brownwood. Registration will be from 6:30 – 8:00 on Friday evening with a meeting to be held at 7:00pm Friday in the Directors Room, at the Section Hand Resturant, located next to the motel. The Championship lake will be voted on at the meeting along with some new important State news. The tournament format and weigh in times will also be discussed for the Brownwood tournament. For further information contact Kelley Hudson.
It’s been a while since the two time Bassmaster Classic, B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier, Bryan Schmidt, fished a West Region trail tournament and he hasn’t lost his touch. Bryan won the regions fifth trail tournament held on O.H. Ivie Reservoir with five bass weighing 14.59. He also claimed the Big Bass honors with a 4.65. Bryan used a combination of a swimbait early and a Texas rig later fishing main lake points in 3-8 ft. water. In second place was Kelley Hudson with three bass weighing 8.34 and rounding out the third and final place was Barry Bennett. Barry had three fish weighing 7.02 anchored by a 3.85. Anglers reported that the fishing was really tough, not many bites. Congratulations to the winners. We will see you June 10th, on Lake Brownwood, for the final 2017 West Region Trail tournament.