East Texas Hosts ABA Tournament On Lake Tyler

The East Texas Division 11 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its second tournament of the season on March 16, 2013, on Lake Tyler.The competitors will launch at Lake Tyler Marina, located at 18183 Concession Road in Whitehouse. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 15 at Gander Mountain, located at 151 Market Square Blvd. in Tyler. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.Part of the Angelina River watershed, Lake Tyler covers about 2,224 acres southeast of Tyler on Texas Highway 64. It dates to 1949 and connects to Lake Tyler East through a canal. Impounded in 1966, Lake Tyler East covers 2,276 acres for a total of 4,500 acres. The lakes drop to about 40 feet deep in places. Mostly clear, the lakes contain some grass, especially Lake Tyler East.Both lakes consistently produce big largemouth bass. The lake holds many fish in the 2- to 8-pound range with some double-digit bucketmouths. With water temperatures in the mid-50s, largemouth bass should begin staging along deeper channels, ledges and humps. Try fishing deep-running crankbaits, Alabama rigs or soft plastics around points that thrust out into deeper water. Anglers may find some smaller male bass preparing beds in the shallows. Fish these areas with tubes or jigs.During the March 10, 2012, BWS tournament on Lake Tyler, Gilbert A. Herald of Pittsburg, Texas, won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.41 pounds. He sealed his victory by landing an 8.98-pound bucketmouth that took tournament big bass honors. Herald caught his fish on a 1/2- or 3/4-ounce black, brown and amber jig tipped with a watermelon red chunk dipped in chartreuse dye. He dragged the bait really slowly across the bottom.In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, John J. Semken of Tyler landed a three-fish division daily limit going 12.43 pounds for a 4.14-pound average. He greatly upped his average with an 8.15-pounder that won the division lunker title. Semken dragged a 5-inch Texas-rigged green pumpkin plastic on 3/8-ounce bullet weight around ditches with brush piles near grass.For Texas fishing license information, see www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/index.phtml or call 800-792-1112. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=672.At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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