Roger and Robert Frields Victorious at Travis Lake
Father/son team Roger and Robert Frields were victorious at Travis Lake.Bass Champs
The Bass Champs Central Region kicked off the 2011 season Jan. 29th on Texas?s Lake Travis.
When all was said and done, less than a quarter of a pound separated 1st and 2nd place. While the field was very tight, the father/son team of Roger and Robert Frields came out on top, winning the guaranteed $20,000 1st place purse.
Roger has fished Bass Champs for several years, usually teaming up with his brother. This season, however, his brother decided not to participate. Rather than leave his father high and dry, Roger?s son, Robert, stepped up to the plate.
?It?s a mixed emotion kind of thing,? said Roger. ?My brother and I have always fished together and really enjoyed it. I?m going to miss fishing with him this year, but at the same time I?m very glad to be able to team up with my son.?
The team didn?t take part in any pre-fishing, and although Roger was familiar with the lake from tournaments past, he decided to take a different approach to fishing the lake. Travelling about 20 miles up the lake to look for ?fishy? areas, they pulled in to their first little cut and dropped the trolling motor.
?We?d put the boat in about 18-20 feet of water and throw right up to the shoreline with crank baits and spinner baits. Kept the trolling motor on about 6 and just covered a lot of water,? said Roger.
When the team stepped up to the scales, they were told they would have to beat the standing leader?s weight of 16.96 lbs. Their total came to 17.12 lbs, less than a quarter of an ounce over the previous leaders. Bass Champs presented them with the $20,000 guaranteed 1st place purse and they won an additional $200 from Surelife for using the product in their livewell.
Randy Hibler and Randall Christian narrowly missed the 1st place win, ultimately taking 2nd place with 16.96 lbs. Rounding out the top 5, Gene Lathrop and Rick Helmcamp won 3rd with 16.29, Jim and Austin Edwards took 4th with 14.76 and Jack & Michael Waldrop won 5th with 14.45 lbs.
The Big Bass of the day was caught by Mike Hastings and Steve Magnelia weighing 8.15 lbs. The team won $1,000 for that catch as well as the WFN, REVO and Costa sponsor bonuses.
A total of $51,050 was paid out in cash and prizes.