Honey Hole Produces Over $20,000
Winning team of Ryan Warren and Ryan Crawford.Bass Champs
162 teams hit Lake LBJ this past weekend for a Bass Champs Central Region tournament in Texas. In the end, Ryan Warren and Ryan Crawford proved victorious as their 23.31-pound bag gave them a guaranteed first-place check of $20,000, plus $200 for using Sure-Life's "Catch & Release" product in their livewells.
Spring is in the air and bass are on the beds. Sight fishing for these big lunkers is a common denominator for tournament anglers this time of year, but catching them can still be challenging. Patience, persistence and diligence paid off for the top teams.
Warren and Crawford narrowed their target areas to just a few spots.
?We drew boat #12, and headed to a dead end canal by the dam. It is a small area, only the size of a really little pond. We had caught a few good ones in practice there, and we were hoping they would move in.?
They were sight fishing for bedding bass, and started their day hooking up to some very nice chunks. Unfortunately, they lost two seven-pounders at the start, so they decided leave them be to return later. Two hours later, they returned to try and land the big ones they lost.
?We got lucky. When we went back for them, they bit again - but this time we got them in.?
The bite was too good to leave that area, so they never got to their other spots. With two twin kickers over seven pounds, they ultimately won the tournament by nearly two pounds.
The father and son team of Sammy and Cole Jones took second place with their 21.06 lb limit.
?We hoped we would get to our targeted hole first, but we drew boat #18, and the winners got there first.?
They went on the move searching for bedding bass, but it was tough going. By 1:30, the team had just two fish in the boat. Using speed craws and Gitzit baits, they targeted grassy flats in their search for big bass.
?We pulled up in this one pocket, and caught a 7, a 5 and a 4 pounder all within 20 yards of each other.?
Sammy caught their kicker at 7.70 lbs. By 2:40 they had five fish in the boat, and were able to cull one time after that. Bass Champs presented them with a $3,000 check for their second place finish.
?I?d like to thank Bass Champs for letting Junior Anglers fish for free. It allows me and my son to be able to fish these tournaments together. Otherwise we wouldn?t be able to do this. We enjoy doing this together and really appreciate Bass Champs for affording us the opportunity.?
James Millsap and Jody Berger took third place with a 20.84-pound limit.
?We were catching them on swim jigs in practice, so that?s what we started out doing. We could see the males on the beds, so we figured the females were coming in and out.?
However, swim jigs weren't working so well on tournament day, so they switched to dead-sticking the baits. That proved to be the right move as the bass proved they were in no mood to chase. Millsap and Berger had a limit by 10am, and kept catching them throughout the day.
Their highlight of the day, however, came at 2:10, when Millsap got a huge bite.After a good fight, Millsap brought in an 8.62-pound beauty of a bass, which earned them Big Bass honors for the tournament. The team got $1,000 for the lunker, on top of $2,000 for placing third. Since they were using an Abu Garcia reel they also won two new AbuGarcia Revo reels, the LineX bonus, Costa Del Mar bonus and $300 fromBiobor.
Rounding out the top five were 4th place winners Trevor Rogge & Britt Higby with 19.31 lbs and 5th place Dale Read & Ronny Maynard with 18.88 lbs. Read & Maynard doubled their 5th place winnings being the highest qualified team in a Skeeter boat.
It took 14.18 pounds to grab a check in this tournament. Chris Clements and Chris Woehl won the last $500 check with their 22nd-place finish.
With only two tournaments to go for Bass Champs Central Region, the top five leaders in the Anglers of the Year points race are:
442 pts Lance Dillard & Lee Beuershausen
441 pts Ryan Warren & Ryan Crawford
421 pts Dale Read & Ronny Maynard
419 pts Chris Clements & Chris Woehl
414 pts Garrett Hennig & Jeffrey Smith