Even the fog couldn't put a damper on the great day that Mother Nature gave the 238 teams Saturday morning , February 19th. Bass Champs East Texas Region held their 2nd event of the season at the Umphrey Pavilion on lake Sam Rayburn. Is spring really here or was this just a teaser?
The big question amongst the spectators was, how much weight would it take to get in the money? Most guessed around 20 pounds. As it turned out, they were pretty close. Justin Cleveland and Justin Sowell were the last in the money with 18.18 lbs.
As the anglers started coming in, it was evident that a limit of fish was definitely not going to be a problem today. Many anglers stated that they caught fish all day but just couldnt get a big one to bite. The baits of choice for the day was pretty much the same with everyone, traps, spinner baits and soft plastics on Carolina rigs.
The winning team of Charles Bebber and Keith Caka are no strangers to being in the top spot but they have been knocked out at the last minute on numerous occasions, stated tournament director, Chad Potts. They have placed 2nd and 3rd many times. This was their day to beat the odds with their nice limit of fish that weighed 27.46 lbs. The team stated that the first thing they wanted to do was thank God for their awesome day! We caught over 50 fish today, but most of our weight came in the first 15 minutes. They were targeting 2 - 4 foot of water with a custom painted prototype bait from 6th Sense Lures. They also caught some fish on a Big Bite bait on their Carolina rig and a senko. We would like to thank Straight Shot Trucking, Big Bite Baits, Power Pole, Costa Del Mar and Power Tackle Rods. Keith also stated that he would like to thank Just for Fun Watercraft Rentals.
Jason Wells and Vic Cooper came in 2nd place with their limit of fish that weighed 25.73 lbs. The team stated that once they got thru the fog situation, they worked their way up to the mid lake area and fished isolated grass patches with traps in 3 - 5 foot of water. We caught about 4 limits today, the fish really bit for us well until about noon. The team would like to acknowledge Hometown Tackle, Tri Lakes Tackle, Neuville Stone, Shelby Savings Bank, Champion and Mercury.
Third place was won by Brian Sewell and Chip Sewell with their bag of 22.68 lbs. They stated that they were on the move a lot fishing their traps and jigs.
John Turner who normally fishes with his brother Eric said that he really missed his net man today. I missed one at the boat that may have made a big difference. He was fishing drains with a spinner bait. John won the Big Bass honors with his 9.04 lb beauty. This fish earned him $1,000, the Costa Del Mar $200 bonus plus the WFN bonus.
Top 10 Standings:
1st $25,000 + 27.46 lbs. Charles Bebber & Keith Caka
2nd $ 5,000 25.73 lbs. Jason Wells & Vic Cooper
3rd $ 3,000 22.68 lbs. Brian Sewell & Chip Sewell
4th $ 2,000 22.44 lbs. Bob Vote & Andy Vote
5th $ 1,200 22.28 lbs. Norman Land & Walter Land
6th $ 1,090 21.80 lbs. Robert Case Jr & John Raymond
7th $ 1,080 21.62 lbs. Gary Sobczak & Casey Sobczak
8th $ 1,070 21.41 lbs. Bud Pruitt & Ed Melton
9th $ 1,060 20.71 lbs. Luke Roberts & Timothy McClure
10th $ 1,050 20.67 lbs. Bill Rogers & Ray Livingston
and last in the money
32nd $ 600 18.18 lbs. Justin Cleveland & Justin Sewell
Our sponsors give so many opportunities to come out with more cash and overall winnings at every single Bass Champs event, Chad Potts reminded the participants. Many of the bonuses do not even require any type of purchase. All you have to do is go online to www.BassChamps.com and read up on each of the sponsor bonuses!
All East Texas events will be held on Sam Rayburn, and the next event will be March 19th. Also Bass Champs staff and crew will be headed to Lake Fork Marina for the Ram Mega Bass tournament on March 27th. To enter or get more information on any Bass Champs tournament, click to the website or call 817-439-3274.
Bass Champs statistics:
Total Entries: 238 Teams
Total Collected: $61,880.00
Total Payback (C&P): $61,250.00
Payback Percentage: 99%
Total Fish: 956
Total Weight: 2754.05 lbs.
Average Weight: 2.88 lbs.
Number of limits: 181