Huge Fish Caught In Bass Champs Tourney

Huge Fish Caught In Bass Champs Tourney
Huge Fish Caught In Bass Champs Tourney
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Winning team of Risenhoover and Ford Jr. hold up their fish at the weigh-in.

In the first Bass Champs Lake Sam Rayburn tournament of 2012, the team of Ronald Risenhoover and Charles Ford Jr. came out victorious with a five-fish limit of 25.60 lbs, good enough for a top prize of $20,000.

They beat out 233 other team entries and an impressive 111 other catch limits, securing the win by fishing deep in two different spots.

"We had one just shy of 7 lbs and one a little over 7 lbs but the rest of them were just good quality fish,? said the winning team. "We fished with the Bass Kandi Trick Worm and their little Swing Kick in about 25 feet of water."

Other products used by the $20,000 winners included: Brush Busters, Swing Hook Jigs, Football head sliding weights, and Castaway Rods, and Vicious Fluorocarbon line. 

Phillip Crelia and TJ Goodwin, both of Center, came in second with a limit weighing 23.03 lbs, earning $5,000 for their efforts. They fished with a ?non-red? Rat-L-Trap in 3-8 feet of water, catching as many as 50 bass throughout the day, but all little.

Robert Byrd Jr. of Dallas and Marvin Ettredge of Shreveport came in third overall with a bag totaling 21.80 lbs and took home $3,000. Byrd and Ettredge fished in 18 feet water. 

?Yeah, we lost a few that could have bumped us up," said the team. "But that?s just the nature when you?re deep crankin?, sometimes you just lose some.?

As impressive as some of the catch limits were, they may have been outshined by the big bass of the tournament - a 12.51-pound monster bass caught by the team of David Gregg and Jim Phillips, the heaviest fish ever brought to the scales for the Bass Champs East Region.

?I've been coming to fish Rayburn since 1996 and will always remember this day as my best ever,? said Jim Phillips of Greenwood, MS. ?It was less than 30 minutes into the tournament, and we were less than a mile from our take off point."

He was fishing in six feet of water at high speed with a watermelon red Carolina rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnake when the bass of a lifetime struck. To ensure good care and safekeeping of this humungous catch, they brought it straight to the Bass Champs scales. Registering at 12.51 pounds, the tournament officials took possession of the bass while the team returned to the lake to work on the rest of their five fish limit.

Unfortunately, despite the strong start, the team could catch only seven more pounds of fish for a total of 19.43 lbs, finishing in ninth place. They $1,000 for their Big Bass catch and an additional $1,060 for placing ninth.

Fishing in 6? depths, he had . ?I was fishing a high speed Abu Garcia Revo reel spooled with 20 lb Vicious Pro Elite Fluorocarbon on the main line and 12 lb Vicious Fluorocarbon on the leader. The rod was a Kistler 7' 3" Carbon Steel Rod. It was rigged with a 3/4 oz. Strike King Tungsten weight and a 4/O Gamakatsu Round Bend hook.? That?s when it happened ? the catch of a lifetime!

New episodes of Bass Champs will be coming to WFN in April.

The next tournament for Bass Champs East Region will be February 18 back on Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey Family Pavilion.

For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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