Gillham Wraps Up Regular Season With A Win
David E. Gillham ended the regular season with a win during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, East Texas Division 11 tournament, held May 18, 2013, on Cedar Creek Reservoir.
Running out of Log Cabin Landing in Malakoff to fish the 32,623-acre lake on a warm, blustery day, the 49-year-old angler from Heath caught five bass weighing 16.14 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Gillham took home a check for $2,502.
“On the last day of practice, I found an area where shad were spawning on underwater rock,” Gillham advised. “In the morning, it was cloudy, so shad stayed shallow longer. I caught some on a topwater bait and some on a green pumpkin Texas-rigged senko. I caught about 15 fish.”
In second for the boaters, Ricky E. Phillips, 51, of Trinidad, Texas, landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.96 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.52-pounder that won the division big bass race. He earned $1,251 for second place and a $270 bonus for the big bass.
“We started on a point throwing buzzbaits,” Phillips said. “We caught fish there, but they were all small. We then went to the dam and I threw a watermelon red trick worm rigged wacky style around brush piles in 13 feet of water. The dam kept us out of the wind, so that helped us. I caught about 14 bass.”
Scott A. Dean of Terrell took third place among the boaters. He caught five bass to finish with 15.44 pounds. For the effort, he pocketed $834.
“I found a couple schools of fish in practice,” Dean explained. “I opted to make the longest run. I was cranking rock with a Spro Fat Papa 70 in nasty shad color. After I left that spot, I hit some docks and offshore stuff. I also caught some on the flats with a chatterbait. I caught 15 keepers and 25 total fish.”
In fourth place for the boaters, Trent Menees of Saginaw, Texas, landed five bass for 15.17 pounds with a 4.90-pound kicker. Drew Sloan of Scurry wrapped up the top five boaters with a five-bass limit for 14.73 pounds including a 4.96-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Bobby S. Boyd, a 45-year-old angler from Kemp, won with three bass going 11.33 pounds. For the effort, he collected $1,234.
“We started with chatterbaits early in the morning,” Boyd said. “Then, we switched to crankbaits and caught a lot of hybrids, so we switched to Texas-rigged brush hogs on shaky heads. I also used red shad Berkley Power worms with 20-pound Seaguar Red Label fluorocarbon line. I caught about 40 fish with 12 keepers. I had all my fish by 7:45 a.m. and was not able to cull a fish.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Dillon J. Pechal of Ennis brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.21 pounds. Virgil W. Akin of Rhome found three keepers for 9.10 pounds. Randy Sprouse of Holly Lake Ranch landed three bass for 8.69 pounds. Patti Campbell of Waxahachie caught three keepers and finished fifth for the boaters with 8.41 pounds.
Martin M. Montfort of Corsicana only caught one bass, but made it count. The 7.57-pounder won the tournament big bass title.
The two-day divisional championship will be held July 20-21 out of Johnson Creek Park near Jefferson, Texas, to fish the Lake of the Pines. For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.