Freeman Goes Deep In ABA Victory

Glen Freeman

Fighting wind gusts up to 35 knots, Glen Freeman went deep to win an ABA Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament held on the 186,000-acre Toledo Bend Reservoir in southeast Texas.

Running out of Fin & Feather Resort Landing near Hemphill, the 62-year-old angler from Converse, La., caught five bass for 17.64 pounds to win the Boater Division. For the effort, he collected a guaranteed $5,000 given for any tournament with more than 100 boats.

?The fish were on deeper ridges, out to about 20 feet deep,? Freeman explained. ?We caught our fish on Texas-rigged 7.5- and 10-inch Yum blue flake and redbug worms with a 1/2-ounce weight. With 4- and 5-foot swells, we tried to keep it on bottom at the top of the ridges. I caught about 18 bass.?

Jonathan Simon, owner of Simon Outfitters tackle shop in Orange, Texas, finished second with a tournament limit of five bass for 16.84 pounds, earning $2,071.

?We just went running and gunning,? Simon said. ?When we caught one or two bass, we slowed down to look for big ones. The wind and clouds helped me, but I didn?t need that much wind. I fished a Carolina rig and a shad-pattern Bomber deep-diving crankbait around secondary points. I probably caught about 60 bass with about 35 of them keepers.?

Phil Addison of Baytown, Texas, landed a five-fish limit for 16.47 pounds with a 4.97-pound kicker, finishing third. He went home with a check for $1,380 in his pocket.

?I tried to look for places out of the wind enough to catch fish,? Addison commented. ?I caught about 15 keepers in the first spot with the smallest about 2.5 pounds. I caught my fish on a Strike King 5XD Sexy Shad crankbait in about 10 feet of water. They were in a creek bend near some hydrilla and stumps. I caught about 30 fish.?

Matt Massie

Matt Massie of Seagoville, Texas, won the Co-Angler Division with three bass at 12.97 pounds for a 4.32-pound average. He greatly improved his average with a 7.55-pounder that won the tournament big bass title. For the victory, Massie earned the guaranteed $2,500 with an extra $304 for the lunker.

?We fished points with a Strike King 5XD crankbait in Sexy Shad,? Massie revealed. ?The key was getting the crankbait down into the grass and yanking it free. As soon as it yanked free from the grass, the bass would just kill it. We caught most of our fish early. We caught about 30 fish all day. I only caught three keepers. I put the last keeper in the boat at about 2:30 p.m.?

In second for the co-anglers, Sammy L. Strong of Orange, Texas, landed a three-bass division limit for 11.46 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.78-pounder.

Darrell Proffitt of Center, Texas, placed third among the co-anglers with three bass at 9.47 pounds with a 5.55-pound kicker.

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