Texas Team Wins Over $26,000 In Bass Champs Event

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Winning team of Rick Hollingsworth and Eric Hunt.
Bass Champs

The Skeeter Bass Champs tournament trail held its third of five East Texas division events on Sam Rayburn this past weekend. Nearly 450 anglers came to fish for a part of $61,450 up for grabs in cash and prizes for the top 28 teams.

In the end, Rick Hollingsworth and Eric Hunt took first place and $20,000 with a five-fish limit of 25.05 pounds.

Hollingsworth and Hunt marked out five different spots to hit during the tournament. They started out at a ditch, lined with brush and grass.

?We fished the edge of the ditch, starting shallow in the morning about three to four feet deep with a watermelon red Senko,? said the team.

The day did not start out right for them, as they broke off their first bass, but they grinded out that spot and ended up with a decent limit by 11:30. After trying out a few other spots in pursuit of a kicker fish, they returned to their first area, where fishing had been most productive. 

At 2:00, Hunt got the bite they needed, landing an 8.72-pounder. Their kicker ended up winning Big Bass of the tournament, good enough for $1,000. Bass Champs presented them with the guaranteed first place check for $20,000. They were also fishing out of a qualified Skeeter Boat and won that bonus for an additional $5,000. Their total winnings were $26,200.

Timothy Griffin fished alone in this event, but he proved it wasn't a disadvantage as he finished second with a 21.94-pound limit, earning $5,000.

"This time of year I usually fish humps on Rayburn," said Griffin. "This time I stayed on a point that staged from 16-10 feet, all the way to five feet deep."

His day started out well as he caught two decent keepers early on with a crankbait. After catching plenty of other little ones, he changed to a Carolina-rigged magnum finesse worm and backed out to a little deeper water, five to eight feet.

?I found that the smaller fish were in less than four feet of water. Once I started fishing deeper, I started catching better fish again.?

The area he stayed in was a 200 yard long stretch. His kicker was a close contender for Big Bass, weighing 8.39 lbs. Tim won the 2nd place check for $5,000.

Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo took third place and $3,000 with an 18.75-pound limit. They picked one spot and stuck to it all day using Carolina rigs in 8-11 feet of water.

After catching a four-pounder at 9am, things really picked up for the team by noon. In the end, the duo culled around 10 times.

The final East Texas division tournament will be held June 16 on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey Family Pavilion.

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