Reddell Takes it all in Texas
Robert Reddell won it all during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, East Texas Division 11 tournament, held April 13, 2013, on Lake Tawakoni.Running out of Holiday Marina in Wills Point to fish the 37,879-acre lake, the 46-year-old angler from Justin caught four bass weighing 20.22 pounds. He capped his catch with an 8.93-pounder that won the tournament lunker title. For the Boater Division victory, Reddell took home a check for $2,469. He added a $275 bonus for the big bass.
“In the first area, I caught fish on a wacky worm, but they were worked over pretty hard there,” Reddell said. “As we were leaving out of that spot, we saw a long point with a lot of shallow timber on it. It had a little ditch running through it. I started throwing a Spro Fat John square-bill crankbait in sexy shad. When we pulled in there, it was dead calm. I caught one bass, but the fish weren’t really active. When the wind started blowing, the fish turned on.”
In second for the boaters, Gilbert A. Herald, 46, of Pittsburg found a tournament limit of five bass weighing 17.08 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.06-pounder to collect $1,234.
“I found some floating docks and ran a 3/8-ounce swim jig with a shad-colored Skinny Dipper around them,” Herald confided. “I was running it on 20-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon. On my first pass, I caught three fish. I stayed there until about 10:30 a.m. On almost every pass, we caught at least one fish. I caught about 10 weigh fish off the swim jig. Later, I threw a watermelon red brush hog into a brush pile and caught a 3-pounder. The fish were staging under those boat docks.”
Holt Markum, 26, of Paradise scored a limit with five bass going 16.74 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.86-pounder to pocket a third-place check worth $823.“I found six docks with a bunch of brush on them and stayed on those docks,” Markum said. “I caught my fish on a watermelon and chartreuse wacky worm, a chartreuse and blue Norman crankbait and a finesse Carolina rig. I fished everything as slowly as I could. I caught a total of 10 keepers.”
In fourth place for the boaters, Randy Spence of Waxahachie landed five bass going 16.04 pounds. Pete J. Lewis of Copperas Cove followed in fifth place with five bass at 15.33 pounds with a 4.88-pound kicker.
Lance C. Robinson
In the Co-Angler Division, Lance C. Robinson, 24, of Aledo brought in three bass going 13.81 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.81-pounder to win $1,234.“I had never seen Lake Tawakoni before,” Robinson admitted. “My boater had some good spots. We started flipping wood and rocky banks. I dragged a shaky head with a watermelon candy brush hog on Seaguar fluorocarbon. By 7:30 a.m., I had two fish for about 9 pounds. I didn’t catch another fish until about 1:30 p.m. I caught a total of four keepers and one short fish.”
Michael L. Vining of Little Elm caught a three-bass division limit for 11.45 pounds with a 5.21-pound kicker. In third for the co-anglers, Charles A. Yowell Jr. of Allen landed three keepers going 10.48 pounds including one 5.04-pounder.
Dillon J. Pechal of Ennis found three keepers for 10.25 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.90-pounder that set the division lunker standard. Cory Campbell of Kerens rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 10.20 pounds.
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.