Texas B.A.S.S. Nation, North Central Region held Tournament stop #3 at Lake Waco on April 7th, where anglers were met with windy conditions, and mostly cooperative fish. Lake Waco is a regional favorite lake for many anglers with five fish tournament bags commonly exceeding 20lbs. The weather forecasts called for 25-30 mile wind gusts, and hazardous lake conditions. As such, the Tournament Director initiated measures which allowed the tournament to proceed, instituting “boat trailering” to and from the Corp of Engineers authorized weigh-in area by the participants. With an abundance of ramps at Lake Waco, many of the participants elected to launch elsewhere.
The race for the championship heated up this weekend, with several anglers bringing in five-fish limits, and eventually shifting the leader board at the half-way mark of the tournament season. Gary Martin, with the HOT Bass Assassins (Waco area) came out on top with a big fish weighing in at 7.41lbs, which pushed his five bass tournament limit to an overall 15.22 lbs. Dan Watson, with Centex BassHunters came in with a five-bass limit weighing 15.03lbs, and a kicker fish that went 5.64lbs. I was fortunate enough to fish from the back of Dan’s boat, and he was culling most of the day. I was struggling to catch fish behind the seine net in front of me, but I did manage to keep four nice fish as a co-angler. Jimmie Vann, with the Bryan Bass Club posted a five-bass limit of fish weighing 12.75 lbs, and a 4.41lb kicker fish, to take 3rd place for the day. Local stick “Tony McBride”, with the HOT Bass Assassins came to the scales with a five-bass limit weighing 9.92lbs, for 4th place. Joe Contreas, another Lake Waco stick and HOT Bass Assassin member, came to the scales with a five bass limit that weighed 9.64lbs. Rounding out the top six anglers was the President of HOT Bass Assassins, James McBride who posted a five bass limit weighing 9.35lbs. James also drew out a co-angler, Richard “Doc” Stutes from the Centex BassHunters, who also came to the scales with three fish weighing 5.4lbs. Most anglers reported that the bite was shallow with flipping and pitching to cover the main diet for the Lake Waco bass that awaited the offerings. A few fish were reported to be caught on shallow running crankbaits and frogs, but the majority were coming from soft plastics and jigs. Many anglers stated that catching small bass was plentiful, however, they were having to keep the measuring board handy.
The conditions weren’t ideal, but it was still a good day to be out on the water competing with peers and friends. Nothing compares to the bonds that are formed by fishing, networking with others that have that same passion in life, and just having a good day out on the water. Whether you fish as a boater, or you prefer to fish as a co-angler – this trail is conducted as a draw format.
Our next events are at Lake Lewisville on May 4th and Lake Ray Roberts on May 5th. Come on out and get in on the fun and excitement of the North Central Region Tournament Trail. The goal of reaching the 2013 Championship event is within the grasp of all anglers.
Elton D. Brock
Director North Central Region
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation