The Forth stop on the 2013 Northeast Regional trail was Lake Cedar Creek. The Crazy Texas weather patterns continued to shake things up when it produced a cold front just days before the tournament and followed up with a cloudy and windy day for fishing. With tempetures starting in the 40′s and only rising to the low 60′s the fishing was a little slow for most. Kevin Turman went to work to produce his back to back first place finish. Kevin’s limit of 13.33 lbs was anchored by the tournament big bass of 6.01 lbs. J.P. Duran, starting the back to back trend, finished in second place in back to back to back tournaments with his limit of 11.10 lbs and the second place big bass of 3.84 lbs. Carl Barrett gets back in the top with a third place finish weighing 10.63 lbs. J.D. Green also found a limit of fish for 10.45 lbs. Chad Hensley rounds out the top 5 with 9.68 lbs. The next stop on the trail is Lake Tawakoni in June. As the angler of the year standings changed again this will be a very important tournament for sure.
Day 3 Results
Day 2 Results
Day 1 Results
The Northeast Regions second stop for the 2013 season was Lake Cypress Springs. Cold clear nights have kept the water temperature in the low 50′s. On Sunday March 3rd take off was chilly starting the day at 27 degrees. While the weather has slowed the start of the spawn Cypress still produced 11 limits with 105 fish for 262.77lbs for the 33 anglers. Brannon Long’s 5 fish limit took top honors at just shy of 17 lbs. Brannon relied on his Lake Fork Hyper worm fished in various styles for his winning sack. J.P Duran also found a limit of fish for his second place finish with 16.18 lbs. Fishing his first regional tournament Michael Davidson finished in third with 15.67 lbs on his limit. Derk Arnold took forth place with 5 fish for 14.92 lbs anchored by the big bass of 5.59 lbs. Chad Hensley finished 5th this month with a limit for 14.09 pound backing up his finish last month and slips into the early lead for AOY. In the sixth position was Wesley Price. Wesley also produced a limit weighing 12.90 lbs. Philip Webb was awarded second place Big Bass for his 5.11 lb bass. Next tournament April 21st on Lake Bob Sandlin.
The Northeast Region of the Texas BASS Federation fished its 2013 season opener on February 24th at Lake Tyler in east Texas. With weather always being a factor this time of year an approaching cold front made conditions tough for some anglers. Coy Frazer fished deep to find the winning stringer of 23.94 lbs for 1st place and big bass of the tournament of 7.66 lbs. Jon Harshbarger found a 5 fish limit of 16.71 lbs for second place and the second place big bass of 5.87. In third was Chad Hensley with a total weight of 11.57lbs. Rounding out the top five was David Pace with 10.85 and Russell Roland with 10.60. The Northeast Region will be on Lake Cypress Springs on March 3rd 2013. To register go to the tournament page.
The Texas BASS Nation Northeast Region has a new Regional Director, Nick Carroccio. Nick has been a member of the Northeast Region for many years serving the membership as the State Youth Director, NE Regional Youth Director and the NE Regional Tournament Director in 2012. Nick is a member of Century Bass Club and has servered as the Club President for the past several years.
Harshbarger Puts Exclamation Point on 2012 AOY Title With
Championship Win At Lake Palestine
TPWD proposes regulation changes for lakes from time to time based on scientific data and public input. If you fish Lake Jacksonville, please take just a couple minutes to fill out this quick survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N5LJ3B8
Here is some background information from TPWD.
We have been hearing discontent from some of the anglers in the Jacksonville area regarding the 18-inch minimum length, 5-fish/day daily bag limit for largemouth bass in effect since 2000. With changes in habitat following release of grass carp in 2006 and 2007 and the floods of 2007 these anglers are concerned that although 14-16 inch fish are still abundant, fish over 18” are hard to find and this interferes with their ability to conduct several very popular night time tournaments. This was such a concern that at least one of the tournaments has temporarily moved to Lake Palestine. These angers have requested that TPWD consider a modification to the current regulation. Craig Bonds, Dan Bennett, and myself met with the anglers before Christmas to try to understand their concerns. Although they wanted to revert the regulation to the statewide 14-inch minimum length, 5-fish daily bag our concern was that doing so would cause the size distribution of largemouth bass to pre-2000 conditions where the population truncated at 14 inches with few fish over 14. The 18-inch minimum length limit has been successful in restructuring the population and maintaining fish up to 18” in length but has never produced a real surplus of fish over 18” (see attachment). This is understandable and is a function of how a minimum length limit works on relatively infertile systems like Lake Jacksonville. Although the anglers could understand what we were saying about the current regulation they felt that it still interfered with tournament activity. During the meeting we discussed several possibilities including changing tournament format to a “paper” tournament or a format similar to TTBC where fish could be weighed in the boat and immediately released but they did not think these were workable options. They also asked about a tournament exemption to allow them to temporarily retain fish 14-18 for later release but this is just not an option available in our regulation tool box at this time. We did discuss a compromise regulation that would remove the minimum length limit; however, only two largemouth bass less than 18 inches could be retained each day. Combined daily bag limit for all species of black bass would remain 5-fish/day; (this regulation is currently in effect at Lake O. H. Ivie in West Texas). Because the compromise regulation is already in use it is much easier to justify than an entirely new type of regulation. Although they would have preferred the 14”-minimum length they could see the benefit (to them) of the compromise regulation and they are currently preparing a petition to propose it. They understand that there are potential risks associated with revision of the regulation, including the possibility of fewer fish over 18 inches, but they believe the benefits to tournament activity resulting from the ability to retain two fish below 18 inches justify those risks.
We attempted to carry this request through our Senior Administration for the 2012 regulation cycle but the Commission had already been advised of all proposals for this year so the earliest it could be considered is for the 2013 cycle. In the mean time the Senior Administration would also like us to investigate whether the proposed change is agreeable to the majority of Jacksonville anglers or just this sub-group. To do that we are preparing an on-line survey that anglers can access to voice their opinion about this regulation change and to provide some demographic information about themselves that will help us better understand their reasoning for that opinion.
We will keep the survey active until June to allow anglers to cast their votes. The way the survey works is that only one vote can be accepted from each individual IP address so stuffing the ballot box is minimized. If it appears that most anglers are in favor of the change we will propose it at the beginning of the next regulation cycle in July.
This is sort of an experiment in new technology for us and we hope we can better inform anglers of proposed changes before they see them in the Fishing Guide.
Welcome to the North East Region section of the new Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Website.
We are currently working on moving all information from our existing website over to this section of the new state website. This process is a work in progress so please check back, and until then you can continue to visit the North East Region’s website at: