The 2nd stop for the Northeast Region is Lake Palestine and the fishing has been good from the other tournament results that have been fishing since January. The NE Region has seen a strong start with thirty-one anglers kicking off the season to a stingy Brandy Branch.
Please register or notify the Regional or Tournament Director by text, call, or email by Thursday February 22nd by 11:59 pm CST to register for the Tournament as a Boater or Co-Angler (without a penalty of $10.00). You can also pay your tournament dues online and this will bypass the need to contact the tournament director. We will also have late sign ups and tournament forms collected during the Sunday meeting at the restaurant on Lake Palestine Resort. Also, if we can get 10 committed anglers we can get the grill open for breakfast beginning 5:00 AM CST on Sunday.
Remember, if you fish all six tournaments you will automatically qualify for the Regional Championship as a Co-Angler. Boaters for the championship will be the highest qualifying 50% of the regional championship field (field has to be an even amount of anglers). Best 4 of 6 format to determine boaters for championship. Angler of the Year is determined by fishing all six events.
Official Ramp is Lake Palestine Resort ($5.00 boat ramp fee). Safety Meeting at 6:10 AM. Dues and check in are at Lake Palestine Resort main ramp on Sunday at 5:30 AM CST. Take off at safe light estimated at 6:40 AM CST and weigh in at 3:00 PM CST.
Lake Palestine Resort will offer discounts for rooms at the ramp (call and state that you are from Texas BASS Nation). There are rooms for up to six anglers. Call for reservations as there is another tournament on Saturday 888-398-5253. Also, checks will be mailed out on Monday because the Secretary will not be at the tournament.
Contact Regional Director Cecil Tubb with problems or questions @ cel or text cel or text 903-243-1767 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tournament Director John Walker @ 972-877-2461.
The first stop of the Northeast Region’s 2018 season featured Brandy Branch Lake on January 7th, 2018. For the past six years Brandy Branch has been an excellent fishery since it is one of the few remaining Power Plant lakes. However, the fishing has been tougher the past two years and a big decline from the days when everyone seemed to bring in a limit of at least 15 lbs.
The water temperatures ranged from 54 to 88 degrees depending on which side of the lake you fished, and for the most part the spawn had not really kicked off. Coy Fraiser (Century Bass Club) was able to dredge five bass weighing in 17.55 lbs. and took 1st place fishing depths 40 ft. or deeper along the deepest ridge in the cold-water side. Coy used a Carolina rig to catch his limit of fish.
David Rush (Denton County Bass Club) came in second place by bringing in five bass that weighed 16.12 lbs. David was also fishing deep in the cold-water side to catch his fish. As with Coy, it’s been a year since we have seen them fishing the Region.
Finishing in 3rd place was Michael Allen (North East Texas Anglers) who brought in five bass weighing in 13.79 lbs. Michael caught his fish from the back of last year’s Brandy Branch Campion Chance Woodard.
Twenty-four out of thirty-one anglers caught fish. Brandy produced 66 bass for 173.47 lbs. with a 7.23 lbs. average. Although the fishing seemed much tougher, the statistics were close to last year’s tournament in March. First Big Fish went to John Walker that weighed 6.59 lbs. and second Big Fish went to Mark Alexander with a 5.74 lber.
The Northeast Region’s next stop is Lake Palestine. It will be the 2nd tournament of the season held on Sunday February 25th. Sign up on the Website, Facebook, or contact the regional or tournament director. There will be a Saturday meeting for this event. Signup will start around 5:45 am CST at Lake Palestine Resort Ramp.
Let’s also root for the Northeast Region anglers Boaters: Jon Harshbarger (Century Bass Club) and Nick LaBrun (Wascom Bass Club) Co-anglers: Jason Geesey (Red Oak Bass Club), Mike Casanova (Century Bass Club), and Bert Petrie (Century Bass Club) who will represent the State of Texas and fish the Regionals at Toledo Bend March 7-9.
January 10, 2018 by Robert Montgomery (BASS Staff Writer)
MCQUEENEY, Texas – For new B.A.S.S. Nation (BN) state conservation directors who worry about whether they can handle the job, long-time Texas Conservation Director Tim Cook has some reassuring advice: Relax and go with the flow.
“It takes several years of service to really get on your feet,” said the owner of Cook Industrial Tool Inc. and father of two. “Learning what your priorities are is the first step.”
For Cook, a member of the Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos since 1988, a top priority is fish care above and beyond catch-and-release.
“Educating anglers about ways they can prevent delayed mortality is important,” he explained. “Catch-and-release is for nothing if the fish later dies after the tournament, so teaching livewell management, weigh-in procedures and live release management are all important.”
Other priorities for the Texas angler who has been conservation director since 2003 include habitat, aquatic invasive species and management of aquatic vegetation and fisheries.
Aquatic invasive species is heating up as an issue, mostly because of concerns about the spread of zebra mussels and giant salvinia, recently discovered on Lake Fork and other fisheries.
“By far, this is the number one issue I deal with in Texas,” Cook said. “Some invasive species like hydrilla can be tremendously beneficial to habitat. But when there are conflicts with other users, such as shoreline property owners, it’s important for anglers to have a voice in how management is implemented.”
A state conservation director must have a good working relationship with his or her state fisheries agency to have a voice in how the government deals with invasives, he added.
“Overreaction, such as lake closures and burdensome over-regulation, is a real threat to access,” he said, adding that educating anglers about exotic threats and the importance of “clean, drain and dry” also are important.
The most beneficial thing that he has done for the Texas BN, Cook believes, is to team up with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). “Developing trust and personal relationships is critical to being effective,” he added.
Cook serves on the Inland Fisheries advisory board, which the agency uses to get public input on proposals and programs. He also in on the TPWD Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame selection committee.
“Beyond these appointments, I have working relationships with key TPWD personnel statewide,” Cook said. “They know they can depend on and come to me when they have needs, and I can depend on them for honesty and answers.”
In 2013, that teamwork resulted in the TPWD and the Seven Coves Bass Club (SCBC) receiving the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for habitat work on Lake Conroe.
“This prestigious award was the result of the collaboration of many different organizations and the accomplishments of the Lake Conroe Aquatic Habitat Partnership,” explained the conservation director.
Ron Gunter, an SCBC member and assistant state conservation director, played a key leadership role in the project. “Ron has been a huge asset and helps me represent the B.A.S.S. Nation,” Cook said.
In 2014, meanwhile, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded the Partners in Conservation Award to the Texas BN for its contributions to drafting the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. The aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for more than 2 million people, and the aquatic habitat associated with it is home for eight endangered species.
“In Texas, water is more valuable than gold,” Cook said. “We had to represent a very diverse group of people.”
Along with continued emphasis on habitat, fish care and preventing the spread of invasive species, Cook wants to develop a conservation team.
“Texas is a big state and we need each club to have a conservation director, as well as each region,” he said. “I also plan to increase the use of social media to raise awareness of issues in our states and recognize clubs and individuals who do outstanding work.”
B.A.S.S. leadership continues to be responsive to conservation and fish care practices. They are requesting all States Nation organizations to start transitioning to the use of non-penetrating cull rings (NPCR). B.A.S.S. is applying the rule effective this year to the events they host, including the pro and open events.
The Texas B.A.S.S. Nation rules for 2018 will “suggest” the use of NPCR’s with a note in 2019 that NPCR’s will be mandatory at all Youth tournaments, Region qualifying tournaments and State sanctioned tournaments.
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation
Boat # Boater Co-Angler
1 Keith Glasby
2 Dakota Jones George Kovach
3 Chris Brewton
4 Dan Phifer
5 Charles Dodd 2nd Alternate
6 Dalton Pratt
7 David Rush Vince Drieling
8 Mark Alexander
9 Jon Harshbarger George Bryan
10 Chance Woodard Michael Allen
11 Cecil Tubb Lee McDowell
12 Merle Halcom Tom Baxter
13 David Porter
14 Dale Jackson Mark Calhoun
15 Charles Harkless
16 Randy Kvapil John Walker
17 Jason Geesey Randy Abbe
18 Benny Love
19 Jose Ramos
20 Nick LaBrun 1st Alternate
21 Richie Slack
22 Coy Fraiser 3rd Alternate
DATE LAKE LAUNCH/MARINA
Qualifier #1 February 18, 2018 (Sunday) Lake LBJ Bluebriar Park (Granite Shoals)
Qualifier #2 March 17, 2018 (Saturday) Possum Kingdom South D & D Boat Ramp
Qualifier #3 April 22, 2018 (Sunday) Lake Conroe Lakeview Marina
Qualifier #4 May 05, 2018 (Saturday) Coleto Creek Coleto Creek Park
Qualifier #5 Sept 22, 2018 (Saturday) Lake Cedar Creek Log Cabin Boat Ramp
CHAMPIONSHIP Oct 27 – Oct 28, 2018 Lake Belton Temples Lake Park
Guaranteed 1st Place – $1000 (with a minimum field of 30 teams)
Entry Fee: $120.00 per Team, which includes Big Bass entry. (1 place paid for each 5 team entered and $20 per team Big Bass payout) Membership Fee: $25.00 each team member per year (If you are already a TX BASS Nation member, its $10.00 for each team member per year)
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation is excited to offer its membership another path to qualify for the BASSMASTER CLASSIC. Texas Team Championship Qualification is simple:
- Register and participate in one (1) Qualifier event and finish in the top 10 teams of that event, and your team is qualified for the Championship. (based upon a minimum of 20 teams at each Qualifier, any event with less than 20 teams – only the top 50% of that Qualifier event will qualify for the Championship)
- Register and participate in two (2) Qualifier events, and you are automatically qualified.
- Five (5) additional teams will qualify for the Championship from the overall point’s standings, if a team is already qualified, TBN will move down the point’s standings to obtain the final five (5) qualifying teams. Must fish a minimum of two (2) Qualifier events.
- Team of the Year – The team with the most points from three (3) Qualifiers, plus the Championship (double points), will be the 2018 Team of the Year. TBN will utilize the highest points from three (3) events + Championship to determine Team of the Year standings. (must fish a minimum of three (3) events, and if additional qualifiers are achieved, drops are allowed)
- Team of the Year is awarded “Free Entry” to three (3) Qualifiers of their choice in 2019, plaques, and website publicity!
- The Texas BASS Nation Team Championship is a two-day event, where the highest finishing team will earn the berth to the BASSMASTER Team Championship Event, with a minimum of 25-team field. For each sequential 25 teams competing during the 2018 Season, 1 additional team will earn a berth as well. (25 teams = 1st Place to National, 50 teams = 2nd Place to National, 75 teams = 3rd Place to National)
- Teams will be allowed to substitute a partner for (1) one qualifier event, only. All points will remain with the stated Boat Captain.
The BASSMASTER Team Championship is an entry-fee based National two-day event, where the top three (3) teams advance to the BASSMASTER Team Classic Event, which will be held the same week, following the BASSMASTER Team Championship. BASSMASTER will provide six (6) boats, whereby each individual will then compete. There is no entry fee to the final Classic Event, and no Payouts. The Champion wins a 2017 BASSMASTER CLASSIC entry. The benefits of Texas BASS Nation Membership are listed on the website. For more information, including the rules and entry forms, go to Texas B.A.S.S Nation Site @ http://www.texasbass.org/
The cutoff to enter the tournament as a boater will be Saturday at 4:30 pm CST. If you decide to fish as a co-angler and show up on Sunday you will be partnered via Alternates 1,2,3, etc. The draw for partners will occur around 4:30 on Saturday in the parking lot for Brandy Branch. John Walker will do the draw. Get a hold of Cecil or look on Facebook for partner pairings after 5:00 pm CT.
The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/NETXBASSNATION/