Texas Team Takes Home Over $25,000

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Lee Beuershausen and Lance Dillard take home over $25,000 on Lake LBJ with 19.90 lbs.

Lance Dillard and Lee Beuershausen won the first of five events for the Bass Champs Central Region division on lake LBJ, taking home more than $25,000. Twenty one teams were awarded checks in this 105% payback event.

Everyone enjoyed a gorgeous day on the lake as they vied for favorite spots to fish. Catching didn?t seem to be a problem - but finding big ones certainly was.

Beuershausen and Dillard got a late start. Official fishing time began at 7:10, and they were just getting on the water at 7:00. ?Once we got out there, we found people already sitting on the first three spots we had picked out.?

Fortunately, they?ve been fishing LBJ for several years and knew of many more areas. Staying on the move, hitting points and docks with crankbaits and Texas-rigged senkos, they had five fish by 10:30. ?That fifth fish was our kicker (7.33lbs).?

They estimate hitting nearly 40 spots before days end, and were able to cull three of their smaller fish before coming in. Their best five came to a 19.90 lb total, winning the tournament by less than a pound. Bass Champs presented them with the guaranteed 1st place check for $20,000. They were also the highest qualified team in a Skeeter boat and garnered an additional $5,000 with that bonus. Because they used the Sure Life product in their livewell, they also received another $200 bonus.

Dale Read and Ronny Maynard teamed up to win 2nd place with an 18.91 lb total.

?We had a great day. We started at the lower end of the lake throwing plastics around isolated docks.?

They had their limit in no time, bringing in the fifth fish by 8:30, including their 7.33-pound kicker, the same weight as the first place team, oddly enough. Their secret bait was Texas-rigged Eager Craws, catching most of their fish in less than five feet of water. The team picked up a $3,000 check for their second-place finish.

Dustin and Johnny Grice, a father & son team of 24 years placed 3rd with 18.76 lbs. Placing their efforts in the front of deep docks, they caught half their fish on jigs, the other half on spinnerbaits. They got a quick limit, catching all five fish by 8:00, but fishing got really slow after that. 

?We used an Eakins jig with a homemade skirt, and a green pumpkin Zoom chunk as a trailer.? Their spinnerbait was also customized, in a chartreuse/white color pattern.

Jeff Smith caught the biggest bass of the tournament weighing 8.16 lbs, fishing with partner Garrett Hennig. They received a $1,000 check for their Big Bass catch, and another $1,000 check for their 4th place overall win. They increased their winnings thru sponsor incentives including the $200 Biobor bonus and two new Abu Garcia Reels for using a Revo to catch their big one.

It?s just getting started for the Central Region as there are four more opportunities to win some big money this season. The next Central Region tournament will be February 25th on Lake Belton.

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