The 5th event for the Southeast Region is in the books. We visited Lake Livingston on Saturday, May 18th, and 105 anglers were met with some windy and somewhat hot temperatures. Due to the forecasted wind conditions for Saturday the Southeast Region Tournament Director, Daniel Davis, decided to implement the trailering option to all anglers due to the Waterfront Marina not having ample areas to safely moor a boat without possible damage. In past years with these same conditions several of the region anglers have received some severe damage to their boats after tying up next to the bulkhead. All anglers were notified Friday evening that trailering was allowed and that they could leave the launch site of their choice at 6:30 am and “all” anglers must be checked in by 3:15 pm at Waterfront. The notifications appeared to be successful with the assistance of the club presidents.
After what appeared to be a pretty tough day for a majority of the anglers American Anglers member, B. J. Tarr, won the top honors in individual and big bass with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 17.81 pounds (had .50 pound penalty for deceased fish) backed by a 7.17 pound toad to take big fish honors. Albert Collins continues his hot streak with his third 2nd place finish this year. The Nacogdoches Bass Club angler brought a limit to the scales weighing 17.40 pounds to capture second place and had a 5.84 pounder to take the 2nd place Big Fish honors.
Albert was followed by Onalaska Bass Club angler, Jonathan Goodwin. Jonathan managed to find a limit of bass on his home lake tipping the scales at 15.16 pounds to take third place over Houston Bass Bandits angler, Charles Watts. Charles also managed a limit weighing in at 11.17 pounds to secure fourth place. Dan Cormack of the American Anglers rounded out the top 5 taking fifth place with a limit weighing in at 10.94 pounds.
Out of the 105 anglers registered there were only 9 limits brought to the scales, with only 151 fish total (363 pounds) coming across the scales for a average of just over one fish per angler percentage. Twelve places and two big bass were paid for a total of $4,080.00 for this event.
With the 5th event of the season completed, Albert Collins has put himself into the lead for Angler of the Year 43.70 points ahead of Jake Goodrum of the Onalaska Bass Club and 55.86 points ahead of Chuck Dodd of the Onalaska Bass Club. The Seven Coves Bass Club maintains the Club of the Year top spot 387.57 points ahead of the Onalaska Bass Club.
Our next event and final event for 2013 will be at Sam Rayburn (Mill Creek Marina) on June 22, 2013. It should be interesting to see if Albert Collins will maintain his lead in the AOY. After the weigh-in is completed at Sam Rayburn the 2013 Top 40 Qualifiers will be announced along with the Top 40 Championship location and date.
A special thanks goes out to Waterfront Lodge & Marina (Mark). There has been several changes made there catering to anglers with a very fine restaurant and bar.
I would again like to say thanks to all the Southeast Region sponsors.
See everyone at Sam Rayburn and the Southeast Region would like to wish Albert Collins and Scott Grammier the best of luck at the Central Division Championship being held on Sam Rayburn on June 5th-7th.
Southeast Region Director