Lamer University students helped lead the way to Texas-sized bragging rights over Louisiana in the recent Bassmaster College Series Shootout on the Red River.
“The Texans’ aim was true in the Bassmaster College Series Louisiana-Texas Shootout on the Red River,” said Cara Clark with Bassmaster. “Ten Texas collegiate teams combined forces to bring in 61 pounds, 2 ounces and get the better of 10 Louisiana teams that brought in 49 pounds.”
The exhibition match weigh-in was on stage at the concurrent Bassmaster Elite Series Toledo Bend Battle in Many, La. The 10 teams from each state came from several schools.
“Competing on the Louisiana side were college anglers from University of Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, McNeese State and LA Tech,” said Clark. “From Texas were anglers from Lamar University, Dallas Baptist, Tarleton State, North Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Texas-Tyler and Stephen F. Austin University.”
With 11 pounds, 4 ounces, Colt Farris and Kehl Robbins of Tarleton State brought the heaviest catch to the scales for Texas. They caught their bass flipping craw worms in 1 to 2 feet of water on shallow brush.
“They were eating it real good, and we caught about 40 bass,” Farris said. “Beating Louisiana on their home turf is the best thing you can do. We went on the road and won. Half of the tournament is the rivalry, but it’s just wanting to win. We kept trying to win, and we did it.”Justin Royal and Taylor Weldon of Lamar University brought in the second heaviest Texas catch at 10 pounds, 11 ounces. Royal anchored their weight with the tournament’s biggest bass, a 4-pound, 13-ounce largemouth.
“I caught him on a topwater, a 1/4-ounce Yellow Magic in Tennessee shad,” Royal said. “It was the only big one I brought in all day. I had two or three more about that size that came off, and I caught big ones in practice on the same bait. I knew if I kept casting and casting, I’d eventually catch a big one on it.”
Royal said the rivalry factor added to the tournament excitement.
“I have friends who fished from LSU, LSU Shreveport, LA Tech and ULM,” he said. “It’s fun to go fishing head-to-head to give Texas bragging rights — especially on Louisiana’s home water of the Red River.”
Tyler Holmes of Texas Tech, whose team partner was Travis McGuire, had a game plan and stuck to it all day but couldn’t find the bass he was counting on from practice, according to Clark.
“We found a spot in practice with a rock jetty and baitfish balling up,” said Holmes. “Today, the currents on the river changed, and all the fish in the area scattered. It was fun anyway.
“The great thing is to get involved in college tournaments like this because if you want to pursue bass fishing as a career, this is an unbelievable gateway. You get so many opportunities. It’s the best way to get your foot in the door.”
According to McCain, the action was strong early in the day under overcast skies, but the bite waned as the day wore on.
“We culled four or five times throughout the day, but we caught most of our nicer, better fish early in the morning,” McCain said. “We were fishing a Yellow Magic topwater popper on Duckett Fishing rods around rock ledges and stickups.”
East Texas legends inducted into Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
Anglers Tommy Martin and Lonnie Stanley were inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame at a banquet in Athens last week.
Martin of Hemphill and Stanley of Huntington were joined by about 100 friends and family as they received their awards and viewed videos recapping their careers.
“The two were the 23rd and 24th inductees into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, which was established in 1996 and inducted its first honorees in 1997,” said TPWD’s Larry Hodge. “The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those who have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas, and to foster a sense of appreciation, awareness and participation in the sport of fishing.”
Angler wins $100,000 with Toledo Bend bass catch
MANY, La. — Brent Chapman will turn 40 in early July. That’s a milestone he didn’t want to celebrate without having ticked the box next to a top career goal: a Bassmaster Elite Series win.
The pro from Lake Quivira, Kan., caught a winning weight of 83 pounds, 9 ounces that gave him a margin of victory of 4 pounds, 4 ounces over Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., who weighed in 79-5 for second place.
His Elite win was worth $100,000, enough points to take over in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race and a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Throughout the week, the winner’s focus went much deeper. He worked several spots, but particularly one area that held schools of big bass 25 to 30 feet deep. He used a 5-inch, 1 1/4-ounce flutter spoon with a silver finish modified with a 2/0 Lazer TroKar treble, or worked a Tightlines green pumpkin UV Hog on a 3/4-ounce football jig.