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Close win for Bass N Bucks
2013 season kick-off on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman
Rayburn really shined for Bass N Bucks anglers as they kicked off
the 2013 season on December 1. Heavy sacks, big kickers, and the
biggest single bass weighed in exceeded the 11 pound mark!
There are a lot of exciting changes going on as the 2013 season
kicks off for Bass N Bucks on Sam Rayburn December 1, 2012. The
top 3 teams enjoy a guaranteed payback, new bonuses, and the more
teams entered in each event just keeps raising the check amount for
the rest of the winning feld!
East Texas has been getting a taste of the winter season with
several mornings starting out in the 30s. Anglers hitting the water
for this kick-off event were given a reprieve from these bitter cold
temperatures opening the day in the mid 50s, rising to the 70s by
the afternoon. Steady gentle breezes coming from the southwest
helped enhance the bite for many, with occasional higher gusts.
Teams were allowed to trailer to boat ramps closer to their targeted
fshing area, and each team were allowed a fve fsh limit.
Dennis Fikes and Larry Weppler christened the scales with a 14.56
lb limit and started off the Big Bass race with their 5.94 lb kicker.
It didnt take long before the 20 pound mark was breeched by Ray
Livingston and Bill Rogers who took over the lead with their 22.38 lb
sack anchored by their 6.20 lb kicker.
The Big Bass lead was bested by Kevin Walker and Mac Rose with
their 7.19 lbr, then Troy Reed challenged the overall leaders when
he came in with a 21.30 lb sack. Most of the teams had weighed
in at this point with just a few to go. Jonathan Garrie and Casey
Sobczak wowed the crowd when they registered their big bass at
11.17 pounds! Shortly following them were Shelby Shaw and Lance
Hughes with a 22.71 lb sack, just nudging into 1st place by fve
ounces.
Lance and Shelby had a great day on Sam Rayburn. We caught a
four pounder on our frst cast with a crank bait, Shelby explained.
They were fshing a ridge about 10 deep. Two casts later we boated
another three pounder. After that, it slowed down a little, but we put
together a small limit (15 lbs) by 8am. After that we just doodled
around, catching another here, another there. They made their last
signifcant cull at 10:30. We did cull one more at 1:00, but that only
gained us one ounce. They stayed in the same general area all day
hitting multiple ridges for their catch. Bass N Bucks presented them
a check for $8,000 for their 1st place win and they would like to
thank LMC Marine, Triton Boats, Mercury and Motorguide for their
support.
Bill Rogers and Ray Livingston won 2nd place with their 22.38
Top 10 Teams:
1st 22.71 lbs Shelby Shaw & Lance Hughes
2nd 22.38 lbs Ray Livingston & Bill Rogers
3rd 21.30 lbs Troy Reed (& Albert Collins)
4th 19.89 lbs Kris Wilson & Charles Bebber
5th 19.05 lbs Jeff Wise & Derrick Shofftt
6th 18.96 lbs Billy Cline & Raymond Balcerowicz
7th 18.03 lbs Chris McCall & Clayton Boulware
7th 18.03 lbs Charles Shofner & Chris Delvalle
9th 17.78 lbs Michael Lowery & Lance Lowery
10th 17.75 lbs Jonathan Garrie & Casey Sobczak
All chunks in the bag for
winners Lance Hughes and
Shelby Shaw. Their fve
fsh 22.71 lb limit earned a
check for $8,000
Bill Rogers and Ray Livingston held the initial
lead, ultimately winning 2nd place with their
22.38 lb sack.
With no
particular kicker
in his bag, Troy
Reed took on the
feld by himself
and caught a
21.30 lb sack
to win 3rd place
overall.
Jonathan Garrie caught the
biggest bass of the tournament
weighing in at 11.17 pounds!
This catch anchored a 10th
place overall win for him and
partner Casey Sobczak.
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lb limit. We picked two spots to fsh, both in about 8 of water in a
big cove. Using Texas rigged worms and jigs, they slowly put a limit
together. At 9:00, Ray caught their biggest fsh of the day on a Texas
rig weighing 6.20 lbs. It was about noon when we put our ffth fsh
in the boat. Those fve probably weighed around 18 pounds. The
bite got better for them after that, and they were able to cull four
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Troy Reed normally fshes with partner Albert Collins, but had to
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for his Bassmaster Classic debut. I had a great day until 1:00 when
my motor blew! Troy chose a Texas rigged worm in 20 of water to
start his day. The morning bite was good, and I had a decent limit
(18 pounds) by 9am. About 11:00 he moved up to 12 ledges with a
crank bait and was able to cull three or four times to his fnal limit
weighing 21.30 lbs for a 3rd place fnish and a $3,000 check.
There were several nice kicker fsh brought to the scales, but
Jonathan Garrie blew them all away with his 11.17 lb sow. We were
having a really tough day, not catching the fsh we normally do.
At 8:00, they only had one 14 fsh in their livewell. We moved to a
spot that was holding a lot of small bass and Kentuckys. We probably
caught 50 short fsh. Among them was their giant. Jonathan was
throwing a 6th Sense Crush 300DD deep diving crank bait, and at
8:15 landed this monster of a bass. We kept catching fsh all day,
but only fve of them were keepers. Fishing with Casey Sobczak, the
team fnished in 10th place overall with 17.75 lbs.
One of the lucrative new bonus programs offered this year in the
Rayburn Spring Series is a $500 bonus from the John Salamone
Insurance Agency for Farmers Insurance/ Foremost Insurance policy
holders. The highest fnishing team that has any Foremost policy
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Whether it is a boat, RV, vehicle, home anything insured with
Foremost through our agency, it qualifes Bass N Bucks anglers
fshing the Sam Rayburn Spring Series for that $500 check at every
tournament, stated John Salamone. The frst winners of this new
bonus were Bill Rogers & Ray Livingston.
The next tournament in the Rayburn Spring Series will be
January 12, back at the Umphrey Pavilion. Did you miss out on the
frst tournament? No problem! Any team who fshes four out of fve
events of fnishes in the top 50% in fnal AOY standings for any series
still qualifes to fsh in ALL of the 2013 Bud Light Trail / Bass N Bucks
Spring Championship tournaments.
The Toledo Spring Series kicks off January 26 at Cypress Bend, and
this year there is a new Lake Fork Series that will start February 3.
To see the full schedule and get more information, click to
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We would like to thank everyone who came out to fsh our kick-off tournament,
invite everyone who didnt get to compete in this event to join us for the rest of the
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By Carla Everett
Michelle Webb: Wildlife is My Life
Shes blessed with the delicate features of a Southern beauty, but behind those soft curls, the gentle
voice and her slender hands, Michelle Webb is a grit and steel sportswoman whose passion for hunting
and art is overshadowed only by her devotion to her beliefs, her family and the children she teaches.
This determined Texas Deer Association member carves opportunities from challenges, and with
her dynamic energy, she has changed careers, opened her business and, in only six years, has left an
indelible mark in southeast Texas.
A native of Clifton, Michelle grew up in a close-knit family with deep faith and a love of hunting.
From her father, Gerald Blakely, Michelle gained archery skills that would not only serve her, but her
community, as well. Michelle served as secretary for Clifton Archery Club, a club that draws up to 100
enthusiasts from as far away as Dallas and Austin. She and her dad participated together in many of
the clubs 3D animal target shoots in the surrounding woods.
When Michelle began helping her dad teach 4-H archers, she discovered the addiction of seeing
the I did it! look on kids faces when their arrows found the target. We learned to make success
possible for our members, said Michelle. When she discovered that a young Asian girl was terrifed
by the popping of balloons taped to the targets, Michelle substituted Styrofoam apples, and the young
archer mastered skills. One young member was sight-impaired, and another had one arm, but
together, they developed a work-around tailored for each student. Every week, we took photos and
sent them to the local newspaper. Our 4-Hers gained confdence that went far beyond the archery
feld.
Michelles self-assurance also grew, and after graduating from high school in Cranflls Gap,
she studied commercial art and advertising at Texas State Technical College in Waco. An avid
horsewoman, she worked at an arena and was a cutting and sorting judge.
Michelle also was a good judge of character. When Tom Webb, who worked at Lake Whitney Dam, in
nearby Clifton, called her out of the blue, they talked more than three hours before meeting in person.
Tom and Michelle had many mutual friends who had played matchmaker, and the rest is history.
Our frst date was the traditional dinner and a movie, and we rode horses on our second outing.
By the third date, we were shooting guns, and Tom knew I wasnt as high-maintenance as he frst
assumed, laughs Michelle. Tom, also an avid bow hunter and outdoorsman, joined the archery club,
began helping with 4-H, and the young couple soon married.
A little more than six years ago, the couple and sons Colt, 12, and Wyatt, 10, relocated from Central
Texas to Jasper, Toms lively hometown in the southeastern corner of the state. Tom works for the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers as the Hydro-Electric Power Plant Superintendent at Lake Sam Rayburn and
Dam B (Lake Steinhagen). He also oversees and manages the remote operation of Whitney Power
Plant on Lake Whitney.
While we were in Clifton, I worked in a clinic laboratory in quality assurance. I needed more to do
and taught myself to be a medical transcriptionist, a career I maintained for 16 years, said Michelle.
This was work I could do from home, even after we moved to Jasper. By getting up early, I could
devote time for my boys after school, and I had time to work with 4-H. The fexible schedule allowed
her to cook a family breakfast every morning, shuttle the boys to their charter school, participate in
activities at the First Baptist Church, garden and do other traditional wife stuff, she said with pride.
Although Community 4-H already was in place in Jasper, the group had no archery projects.
Michelle earned her certifcation as an archery instructor and initiated a donation drive for bows,
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targets and arrows, so all area children could participate, regardless of their ability to buy equipment.
The Clifton Archery Club sent $500, and the Clifton 4-H sent three targets and supplies.
On our frst night of 4-H archery in Jasper, 24 kids showed up. The next year, 47 children
participated, and last year, we grew to 80 members. Initially, we were a 4-H project, but weve grown
so much, we are now the Jasper 4-H Gun & Bow Club, said Michelle, who recently became the club
leader. Our former club leader and founder, Drue Miller, recently received the 4-Hs exclusive Salute
to Excellence for outstanding club leadership. Drue and her husband, Jimmy, were the best of the
best, but now that their son is in college, she is tackling new interests, while continuing to support
our club that flls a real need in Southeast Texas.
Because we are the only shooting club in Jasper County, we draw kids from as far away as Newton
and Buna. Kids learn archery skills from October through March, and in other months, they focus on
shotgun and rife safety and shooting. Plans are to add pistol shooting and other related projects.
Michelle also holds off-season practice for archers who compete in tournaments.
Four of our nine 4-Hers placed in a 3D archery tournament last year, and four recently placed in
a local 100 birds sporting clays event. Our three participants at this years State indoor 4-H archery
competition also placed, she said. Several of Michelles members also went to the 4-H Congress, a
statewide, weeklong summer event in Austin. The 4-Hers gain public speaking experience, practice
teamwork and hone leadership skills by holding mock sessions at the Capitol.
During its short existence, the Jasper 4-H Gun & Bow Club has become a force within the
community. Local businesses such as Tractor Supply Company and Baskins allow the group to use
their parking lots and/or store fronts for various fundraisers. Parents provide guidance, but the kids
do the work, and they recently raised $800 from a bake sale at the store, said Michelle.
As a community service project, the 4-H club works the banquet for the local chapter of the
National Wild Turkey Federation, an organization dedicated to re-introducing turkeys. In return,
the federation donated $1,250 to support the kids activities. The club also helps with the local FNRA
(Friends of the National Rife Association) events, and two years ago, they joined forces with the Texas
Deer Association and the TDAs Beaumont banquet. (Tom won a deer hunt at the 2012 banquet.)
We also are planning to build birdhouses as a fundraiser, said Michelle, who juggles 4-H and
community service with Obsessed with Nature Taxidermy Studio, a business she has run for more
than two years and a passion that replaced her medical transcription career.
Michelle learned the art form by watching videos, reading books and magazines, searching the
internet and hands-on practice. In her frst attempt, she mounted a wild hog. A neighbor gave her a
bobcat for her second project.
While she uses carpentry, woodworking, tanning, molding and casting skills to reproduce a realistic
form, her work also requires a knowledge of anatomy and talent in sculpture, painting and drawing to
crystalize a moment in the life of the animal.
Michelles hunting skills also come in handy, whether its caping and feshing the animal, or
turning fesh to avoid shrinkage or bug infestation later. Thick-skinned animals must go to a tanner,
but I tan the thin-skinned animals, like bobcats, foxes and snakes, she explained. She is planning to
enter otters she has tanned and mounted in next years taxidermy shows.
I love hunting, and I took up taxidermy, because it makes me feel like the season has been
extended. When clients tell me their hunting stories, I feel connected to their experience, she
explained. Ill never be able to make the animal look like God did, but if I can get close, its a
compliment. I hope my work makes people appreciate animals.
Michelle uses her college art training and understanding of regional diversity to develop natural
habitats for her projects. My animals have to be more than a head stuck on the wall, and their
environment needs to look right, she said. It takes a lot of research. Foxes, for instance, can climb
trees, but coyotes dont. Javelina must be mounted in their natural habitat, and all animals need to be
posed appropriately.
Michelles dedication to correctness has gained her acclaim. She frst showed at the Texas
Taxidermy Association in 2009, placing second in the amateur level with a bobcat and rattlesnake
encounter. In 2011, she showed in the professional class in Texas and placed second for a pair of
bobcats. This year, she won frst in the professional class in Louisiana with another bobcat, and in
Texas, she placed second with yet another bobcat.
More women are entering the taxidermy feld, but traditionally, it was a male-dominated career,
admitted Michelle. Its defnitely an art, and for me, it replaced scrapbooking or making cards, and
Tom likes to tell his hunting buddies that he has his own personal taxidermist. Business has thrived
for Michelle with only referrals from friends and clients. She works either in her workshop behind her
house, where hides are stored in freezers, and forms, antlers and habitat dcor hang from rafters, or at
a girlfriends local taxidermy shop.
I take in all species of wildlife, but never petsthats just too emotional for me. I also refuse
to work on horses, because I love them so much, she said. Working on a gemsbok proved to be a
challenge, since the hide smelled like a horse, and that really bothered me.
Michelles biggest job was a Longhorn, partly because much the form had to be designed and
carved. Shes also mounted nilgai, elk and aoudad, in addition to deer, birds, alligators and fsh.
Michelle also crafts picture frames from snake and alligator hides, makes necklaces from alligator
claws and fashions jewelry hangars from antlers.
Nothing is wasted, said Michelle with pride. I do a lot of repairs, too. Horns and antlers can
break, if the mounts arent cared for or stored properly, and I fx and repaint fsh that have lost scales
and colors. In her spare time, she also scours Goodwill and crafts stores for materials to use in forms
or habitats.
Always community-minded, Michelle provided a free shoulder mount for the largest buck shot at
the Wounded Warrior Hunt at Lake Sam Rayburn. As a thank you, she was presented a photo montage
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a framed reminder that hangs prominently in the Webb living
room, surrounded by several of Michelles prize-winning mounts.
Despite her dedication to her art, all work is suspended when the hunting season begins. After her
father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Michelles family went hunting with him one last time. He
passed away only days later, but Michelle is comforted by those outdoor memories. Now, she and Tom
are sharing these family experiences with Wyatt and Colt.
Weve all got it bad for hunting, jokes Michelle. Wyatt bagged his frst doe last year with Michelle,
and Colt shot his frst spike with Tom. Rest assured, these wont be the last, she said.
The boys help with processing the deer under our supervision, she said. They process their own
meat, and help weigh and package the product. When were having dinner, they like to know which
deer were having and relive the hunting experience. When I was 17, my father gave me instructions
and left me to process my deer, and to this day, we eat live off our meatabout six deer a year. Once
in a while, we purchase chicken, but no other meat.
My father always taught us to be humane and never to waste meat, she explained. Mindless
killing was always taboo, and he never let an animal suffer. Nothing goes to waste. For us, wildlife are
essential to our feld to table lifestyle.
Michelle is also a leader for the 4-H Gun & Bow Club
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Albert Collins and Harold Allen seize the Win
for the BLT Fall Season Finale
By Patty Lenderman
A Classic team nosed ahead of the pack at the
Bud Light Trail Jasper Fall Team fnale December
8, 2012 on Sam Rayburn. A close race to the
fnish, just over an ounce made all the difference
between 1st and 2nd place.
East Texas enjoyed a window of beautiful
weather in-between bitter cold fronts for this last
tournament of the year for the BLT Jasper Fall
Team series. The morning started off foggy and
in the 50s with temps rising to the mid 70s by
weigh-in. There were a few short-lived scattered
showers and very little wind.
As in all Bud Light Trail events, participants
were allowed to trailer their boats to launches
nearer to their fshing areas. All hooks had to be
out of the water by 3pm and the weigh in line
closed at 4pm. It didnt take long to see the frst
sack over the 20 pound mark come in.
Darren Wiggins and Lance Hughes frst
registered their biggest fsh at 5.90 lbs that
started the big bass weight of the tournament.
Their 21.59 lb sack launched into the lead.
Several more brought in limits weighing in
the teens then Brian Branum and Keith White
challenged the leaders with a 20.80 lb limit.
Bassmaster Classic qualifer Albert Collins and
seasoned Classic contender Harold Allen were the
last to come in with a 20+ lb limit.
Collins and Allen frst took a shot at the
Big Bass race and took it over with their 6.07
lb kicker. Putting their other four fsh with it,
their total weight was 21.67 lbs, winning the
tournament by just over an ounce. It was a
tough day for us. The morning bite was really
slow. We fshed an hour and a half before we
got our frst bite. They were focusing on ledges
and drops from 10 to 25. The two main baits
we used were a 10 worm and a Santone oz
rattling jig in black/blue/purple. Suddenly,
they caught a break. Harold boated their big
bass using the jig, and Albert followed up with
another nice fsh. We caught those two back to
back then went another hour and a half before
we caught any more. They said they did a fair
amount of running from spot to spot looking
for keeper bass. All total we probably caught
around eight keepers. It was a good clean day.
They would like to thank Skeeter, Yamaha,
MinnKota, Lowrance, E2 Baits, 6th Sense Lures,
Vicious Line, I-Rod, Navionics, Humminbird, US
Reel and Optima for their support.
Lance Hughes and Darren Wiggins nearly had
the win, taking 2nd place with 21.59 lbs. We
had a wonderful day. We didnt catch a lot, only
about 10 keepers, but they were good ones. They
concentrated their efforts at creek bends around
10 deep with 10 worms and crank baits. By
9am they had a 20 pound limit in the boat. We
were able to cull a few of them, the last cull was
at 1:00. While their biggest fsh weighed 5.90
lbs, they had a few more that looked just like it
in their bag. Were really not sure which one of
us caught the biggest one! They would like to
thank LMC Marine for their support.
Not far behind them were 3rd place winners
Keith White and Brian Branum. We had a good
day, probably caught around 20 fsh. They used
a few different baits, but we caught the majority
of them on a Santone football head jig with a
Gambler Flappy Daddy trailer. They had a good
start to the day, and by 9am had an 18 pound
limit in the livewell. The morning bite was
better than the afternoon bite. We caught cookie
cutters (fsh about the same size) all day, and
Albert Collins and
Harold Allen came
out on top of the
pack, winning the
tournament by just
over an ounce!
Darren Wiggins & Lance Hughes came in a close 2nd place having a 21.59 lb limit
3rd place was won
by Brian Branum &
Keith White with the
last sack over 20 lbs
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only culled by tiny increments. We lost two that
probably would have made a difference. They
would like to thank Santone and Gambler Baits
for their support. Wed also like to give a special
thanks to Pat Riecky at Carlson Marine. He gives
great, fast service and keeps our boat running.
We also really appreciate Ray at R1- Bass. He
takes really good care of us anglers, and gives a
lot of personal attention to each one for baits,
trolling motors or whatever we need.
Congratulations to Donald Randall and Don
Taylor as they won the Anglers of the Year race
for this series. Each team accumulates points
according to the weights they bring in at each
event. The team who has the most points after
all tournaments for that series is concluded wins
Anglers of the Year. Along with the prestigious
status the teams entry fees will be waived for the
BLT 2013 Jasper Fall Team division.
Qualifying championship teams have a
chance to win in TWO Fall Championships! The
frst will be at Lake Falcon December 15th, the
other will be on Lake Ray Hubbard February 2nd.
A list of Championship qualifers is available at
www.budlighttrail.com
Wed like to thank each and every angler
for joining us this year, and hope everyone had
a good time fshing with us. Thanks to all of
your input we continue to strive to format this
tournament trail the way you want it, the way
you like it. Wed like to invite all of the anglers
that fshed with us to join us again for our
2013 season, and if you havent fshed with
us before, we look forward to the opportunity
to welcome you aboard. Good luck to all
Championship qualifers, everyone have a very
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look
forward to seeing you in 2013! Bryan Davis,
Tournament Director
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2nd 21.59 lbs Darren Wiggins & Lance Hughes
3rd 20.80 lbs Keith White & Brian Branum
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4th 17.73 lbs N. Dee Williams & Kyle Rawlinson
6th 16.71 lbs Philip Crelia & TJ Goodwyn
7th 15.94 lbs Cory Rambo & Rusty Clark
8th 15.42 lbs Donald Randall & Don Taylor
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By Dan Ashe (Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife)
The Drought of 2011 and
Largemouth Bass
In the fall of 2011 we were in the midst of
one of the worst droughts our region had ever
experienced with both Sam Rayburn and Toledo
Bend water levels at or near historical lows. There
was great concern by fshermen at what the
effects of the low water levels would have on the
fshery, primarily the largemouth bass fshery. In
November 2011, I wrote an article indicating that
the largemouth bass populations in both lakes
may actually beneft from the low lake levels
if water levels were to rise to near conversation
pool between then and the upcoming spring
spawning season. As it turned out, beginning in
January 2012, we did begin to fnally receive some
signifcant rainfall and water levels had risen by
the spawning season. I felt that bass populations
would improve due to the inundation the
inundation of thick, terrestrial vegetation on
the exposed banks that would provide both cover
and a release of nutrients when the vegetation
died and decomposed. An example I gave in that
article was that of O.H. Ivie and the bass explosion
they experienced following a severe drought.
Overall numbers of bass increased and numerous
Sharelunker bass were caught 5 years after the
drought.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conducts
annual fall electrofshing surveys on both Sam
Rayburn and Toledo Bend (only exception was
2011 when Toledo Bend was not sampled due to
dangerous low water levels and lack of usable
boat ramps). The results were quite good 2012
for both Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. The
5-year average largemouth bass catch rates are
256.0 and 157.0 fsh/hour for Sam Rayburn and
Toledo Bend, respectively. In 2012, largemouth
bass catch rates were 283.0 and 155.0 fsh/hour
for Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, respectively.
Electrofshing results indicate that Sam Rayburn
experienced an increased largemouth population
abundance beginning in 2010 while Toledo Bends
largemouth abundance has remained good and
stable. This is not to be construed that the Sam
Rayburn bass population is superior to that of
Toledo Bend. However, I would speculate that
lower electrofshing catch rates at Toledo Bend
is due to more prolonged low water conditions
during the last two years, resulting in a more
limited recruitment of bass.
The low lake levels of 2011 did have a
signifcant impact on the amount of aquatic
vegetation in both Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.
Aquatic vegetation is crucial for largemouth bass
recruitment and overall abundance. It provides
the necessary habitat for young largemouth bass
to avoid predation and areas for foraging. There
remains a decreased amount of vegetation since
the drought. It is our experience that vegetation
usually rebounds strongly within a couple of years
following low lake levels. Aquatic vegetation is
reestablishing in coves and embayments at both
lakes, but little vegetation is present on main lake
points and fats. If history repeats itself, we would
expect to see signifcant increases of main-lake
vegetation coverage in 2013 if water levels are
relatively normal. Here, I am referring to areas
like Farmers Flats, Needmore Point, Buck Bay, and
the Black Forest at Sam Rayburn, and 1215 Flats,
Indian Mounds Flats, Housen Community Hole
Flats, and Six Mile Bay at Toledo Bend.
As always, if you should have any questions
concerning this article or have any other fshery
questions please dont hesitate to contact me
at dan.ashe@tpwd.state.tx.us or call me at
409-698-9114 ext.230.
Good Luck and Good Fishing!
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By Bill & Barbara Long
(Dec 17, 2012 - Humble, TX)... Anglers Quest has announced
that it will run 7 Series of 76 bass tournaments again for the 2013
season and will again include a Tournament of Champions
possibly on Toledo Bend, after the conclusion of 7 regular Series
Championships. The $90.00 per team Tuesday evening series
will continue on Lake Houston from Lake Houston Marina in
Huffman, Tx. The Tuesday Series will start on March 26th through
August 27th. 2013 respectively and will continue for 23 weeks
from 6:00-9:15 pm weekly. The Saturday & IndividualSeries will
start on January 5th & 6th 2013 on Sam Rayburn hosted from
The Umphrey Pavilion, January 12th & 13th on Lake Livingston,
hosted from Kickapoo Bait & Tackle and January 19th & 20th on
Lake Houston, hosted from Lake Houston Marina. The Saturday &
Individual events will continue to be trailering events. All Saturday
event team entries will be $200.00 with the Individual event
entry being $75.00. The payout at Anglers Quest Saturday events
guarantees a 1 in 5 87% payback and a 1 in 7 87% payback on the
Individual events.
The NEW format for the Tournament of Champions to
be held on October 23-24-25-26-27, 2013 will be to take any
of the Anglers Quest Series qualifers to a 2-day practice, 3-day
competition event with a cut to 12 on the fnal day with the winner
receiving $10,000.00.
Anglers Quest has been an organizer in the feld of fshing
tournaments since 1997 with the upcoming 2013 season being
our 16th year in the business. Founder Mr Bill & Barbara Long
created and continues to organize and produce events in E.
Texas annually, on Lake Houston, Lake Livingston and Sam
Rayburn. Once again, Thanks to all the anglers who are fshing
with Anglers Quest. We are inviting all anglers to come try
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Bassmaster Elite Series
March 2013
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to
announce that Orange, Texas has been selected as the host site
for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament No.1, scheduled
for March 14-17, 2013. The Bassmaster Elite Series Sabine River
Challenge will air multiple times on ESPN and the Outdoor
Channel, stream live on the BASSMASTER website and be featured
on billboards and in Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times Magazines.
The Chamber Event Chairmen, David Jones and John Gothia,
began the process of enticing the B.A.S.S. organization to the
Orange area many months ago. Several meetings and on-site
visits by B.A.S.S. took place. Also key to landing this nationally
recognized event was a fnancial commitment from Orange
County Commissioners Court, the Orange County Hotel Occupancy
Tax Committee and Orange County Economic Development
Corporation, as well as a title sponsorship secured by the Nelda C.
and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
The Stark Foundation is pleased to be a title sponsor for
this event, said Walter Riedel, President and CEO of the Stark
Foundation. We consider it a great opportunity to not only highlight
the areas natural resources but also bring additional attention to
the Stark Foundations educational and cultural venues.
The Bassmaster Elite Series Tournaments have drawn as many
as 10,000 spectators in the past. The Sabine River Challenge will
kick off the 2013 Elite Series in March and is expected to have
a signifcant impact on the Orange area economy during the
tournament and a positive residual impact for years to come.
Executive Director of the Orange County EDC, Bobby Fillyaw
said, B.A.S.S. is the premier bass fshing organization in the world
and we look forward to showcasing Orange County as a premier
location for quality cultural and recreational opportunities.
Thanks to the team effort of our local leadership and community
organizations, this will be a great event that will have a
tremendous impact on our local economy.
There is a great deal of work still to be done, to roll out the
welcome mat for several thousand visitors. The Greater Orange
Area Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with
our area government offcials, The Stark Foundation, Orange
County EDC, Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, area hotels,
restaurants, and businesses, and community volunteers to make
sure this is a successful event and worthwhile endeavor for
everyone involved.
Welcoming the Bassmaster Elite Series top 100 anglers to our
area, along with their sponsors, family, friends, media, and several
thousand B.A.S.S. members and fshing enthusiasts from around
the country, is the top priority for the Chamber and our partners,
said Ida Schossow, Greater Orange Area Chamber President. We
plan to use this as an opportunity to introduce the country to the
great fshing, the friendly people, and the many hidden treasures
of Orange County. It is sure to be an exciting week full of fshing,
fun, and festivities intended not only for the enjoyment of out-of-
town guests, but also for area residents.
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Another question I get ask often in mid-winter is when do bass spawn?
What the reader or fellow angler means many times is when do the
bass move up in the shallows and become aggressive and easy to catch.
It really depends on mostly one thing......the weather. I have seen times
as early as the frst week of January when the bass were stacked in 2-4
feet of submerged grass. I did a video one year on January 4th and 5th
where we were in tee shirts and using wacky worms and just killing 2 to
5 lb bass.
During these kinds of warm-ups these areas can load-up with quality
fsh as bass position themselves to stage just before spawning. Currently,
many bass already have a lot of roe (eggs) in them and will move on to
pre spawn areas as soon as the water warms a bit.
The northern part of the lake normally has bass move up frst to
spawn since that part of the lake is more shallow and has more off-
colored water which warms quicker than clear, deep water. However,
last year we had 8-10 days of very warm weather in February and had a
strong wave of bass move up and spawn on south Toledo. This was very
unusual on south Toledo. However, some really cold weather afterwards
slowed the next wave down and then things went back to normal with
bass spawning as late as the full moon in early May.
So last year on south Toledo we actually had bass spawn in February,
March, April and May. However, many spawned late March and early
April which is basically normal. I love it when we have such a long
spawning season as it is very common to catch a post spawn bass the
same day you catch a bass that has yet to spawn. This is how The Creator
of this universe designed it to be as it gives the bass population many
opportunities to reproduce and is not putting all your apples in one
basket or all of your eggs in one nest. Mother Nature is so awesome and I
thank God for the opportunity to see it frst hand as it never gets old and
boring as there is always something new and exciting going on if we just
take the time to observe.
The best bass fshing oftentimes comes both before (pre-spawn) and
after (post-spawn) the spawn. While both are excellent, the pre spawn is
hard to beat as theres hardly anything like being on the lake in the early
spring after a 3-4 day warm-up and fnding big bass bunched up and
hungry while just crushing your baits. So I am giving a long answer to a
very short question which my wife says is nothing new. The question was
when do bass spawn?
We continue: It (the bass spawn) totally depends on the weather
which impacts water temperatures which is one of the major factors that
triggers bass movement. Ideal water temps for spawning of largemouth
is generally thought of as being from 66 to 68 degrees. However, often
the best fshing is during the pre spawn especially if you share my views
and do not target bedding bass using sight fshing patterns. My personal
favorite water temp range is from 58 to 65 degrees.
Having said all of that, we experience excellent fshing from January
through May but late winter and early spring cold fronts do slow things
down for a few days. When is the most stable and consistent fshing on
south Toledo during the spring? My answer would be the months of
March and April. We had clients catch lots of bass during these months
last year plus two bass over 10 pounds. This spring 2013 looks to be good
as well with decent water levels and plenty of submerged vegetation on
the southern part of the lake. Good fshing, God bless and Happy New
Year!!
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist,
tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact
him at 337-463-3848 or e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or
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Patriots Challenge Ends Year with Hughes and
Shaw, Burton and Kavander Finishing Strong
The Patriots Challenge Weekend Series closed
out 2012 with tournaments held on December
1st and 15th at Jackson Hill Marina. As the year
ended the fsh started to cooperate with nearly all
of the teams catching limits and rising weights
that seems to indicate great fshing ahead for
2013. Shelby Shaw and Lance Hughes took
honors on December 1st with 22.10 lbs including
a 5.75 lb kicker. Dale Gore and Mark Couch came
in second with a respectable 15.21 lb limit.
Wilson Burton and Kegan Kavander beat out
the rest of the 23 teams to take frst place on
the December 15th tournament with a nice fve
fsh limit of 21.46 lbs including two 6.5 lb bass.
Steve Dillard and Danny Cross came in a close
second with 20.77 and three 5 pounders for a
great looking limit of fsh. Mark Richards and
Doug Lehman claimed big fsh honors with a 7 lb
beauty. Both days seemed to keep the same pattern
with Carolina rigged brush hogs and crank baits
taking the majority of fsh. The best fsh seemed
to prefer the diving cranks in 14 22 ft of water
located near ledges or drop-offs. The main lake
points with these features were worked over pretty
hard and with the wind conditions breezy but
manageable the overall fshing conditions were
favorable in most areas of the lake.
100% of the Patriots Challenge net proceeds
are used to support Jackson Hills Outdoor
Freedom Program to sponsor active Military
members, Wounded Warriors and family
members to free stays, food and fshing trips at
Jackson Hill as well as making contributions to
the Wounded Warrior Association of East Texas
a 501 (c) (3) public charity a program of the
Jasper, Texas VFW Post 6380.
To get more information on the Patriots
Challenge contact Terry Sympson at Jackson
Hill Marina 936-872-9266 and for the Wounded
Warrior Association of East Texas you can contact
Robert Buck Collins at 409-289-3409.
Lance Hughes and Shelby Shaw won 1st place at
the Patriots Challenge December 1st with 22.10 lbs.
The December 15th Challenge was won by Wilson
Burton and Kegan Kavander, bringing in a total of
21.46 lbs that included two 6.5 lb twin kickers.
Steve Dillard and Danny Cross came in a close
second in the December 15th event with 20.77lbs
that included three 5 pounders.
The biggest fsh brought in December
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from Port Neches Texas had just such an
adventure. Here is their story:
John brought Chase out to his deer lease at
Buck Creek Hunting Club for Youth Weekend
October 27. It was Chases very frst time to hunt
for deer.
Chase and I got to the stand at 6:30am on
Saturday morning, and this deer walked out
at 7am. When I saw the deer I let Chase know
that this was a legal deer and he could go ahead
and shoot it. Chase asked me where to shoot
him and I replied to him to take his time, take
deep breaths, and shoot for the neck. After 3
or 4 minutes of heavy breathing and clearing
the scope from fogging up, Chase squeezed the
trigger at 7:05am. The deer turned a complete
back fip and landed right in its tracks. Chase
was so excited and now is asking his Dad to
become a member of a deer lease so he can start
deer hunting. If only it was that easy in East
Texas all of the time!
This experience made a lifetime impact with
Chase. If every adult chose just one child this
year to make a difference with, what a world it
would be!
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One: Control the direction of the frearms muzzle. Keep the
safety on and fngers off the trigger at all times until
ready to shoot.
TwO: Identify the target and what is beyond it before
shooting. Know the identifying features of the game
hunted and be absolutely certain that what you are
aiming at is that game.
Three: Treat every frearm as if it is loaded.
FOur: Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions
and that only the proper size ammunition is used in
the frearm.
Five: Always unload a frearm when it is not in use, leave
the actions open, and carry empty frearms in a case
to and from shooting areas.
Six: Never aim a frearm at anything that you do not intend
to shoot. Avoid all horseplay with a frearm.
Seven: Never climb a tree or fence, or jump a ditch or log,
with a loaded frearm. Never pull a frearm towards
you by the muzzle.
eighT: Never shoot a bullet at a fat, hard surface or at
water. Make sure backstops are adequate during
target practice.
nine: Store frearms and ammunition separately and beyond
the reach of children and careless adults.
Ten: Avoid all alcoholic beverages and drugs before and
during shooting.
Ten CommandmenTs of firearms
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Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series
2013 Season Details
American Bass Anglers has new and exciting season details for
the 2013 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series. The series
will feature 20 divisions with each division offering 4 one-day
Saturday tournaments and a two-day Divisional Championship.
Anglers will advance from their Divisional Championship to one of
4 Regional Championship offering a total payout of over $150,000
in cash and prizes plus the top anglers will advance to the National
Championship where the winner will earn a berth in the world
series of bass fshing the Bassmaster Classic.
The series is designed for the weekend bass angler, with over 100
qualifying events annually for both boaters and co-anglers which
allow anglers with different levels of experience a way to grow
their bass fshing skills. Fishing with different anglers dramatically
increases the learning opportunities and improve personal skills
while at the same time cash in on what they learn.
Each division offers 4 one-day qualifying events with the
winning Boater receiving $6,000 cash based on a full feld plus,
could qualify for another $7,000 in Triton Gold bonus money
totaling a whopping $13,000 for one days fshing! The winning
Co-Angler can win up to $3,000 with a full feld. 20% of the feld
earns a check, plus there are awards for big bass winners and
awards for sponsor supported programs. The event has a total
purse of up to $52,000 cash plus bonuses. Entry fees are $200 for
Boaters and $100 for Co-anglers.
At the end of each divisions season a two-day Divisional
Championship will be held for anglers who have fshed multiple
events within the division. There is both cash and pride on the line
as each Division will crown an Angler of the Year. This event
has a total purse of up to $74,500, and the winning boater can
take home as much as $16,000 in winnings and a Triton Gold
Bonus. Each Angler of the Year along with the top 40 by points will
automatically advance to the Regional Championship. Entry fees
are $300 for Boaters and $150 for Co-anglers.
At the Regional Championships, the top 40, boaters and co-
anglers from 5 different divisions will complete for over $150,000
in cash and prizes. These Championships will payback 100% of
entry fees and more than 170% per event overall, based on a full
feld. First place for the boaters will be $14,000 in cash, a new
Triton/Mercury boat package with Carlisle Tires and Wheels and
ODYSSEY Batteries, plus qualify for a $7,000 Triton Gold bonus
making frst place valued at $57,000 in total. First place for the co-
anglers will be $7,000 in cash, a new Triton boat with Carlisle Tires
and Wheels and ODYSSEY Battery. Entry fees are $300 for Boaters
and $150 for Co-anglers. The top 20% of the feld will receive a
check from the 100 plus % payout and advance to the National
Championship.
Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National
Championship is where all the hard work is on the line. The frst
place boater of the National Championship wins $100,000 and up
to $105,000 in bonuses and a berth into the Bassmaster Classic

.
No other organization offers this to the weekend angler from this
type of format. The co-angler Champion wins $50,000 and up to
$52,250 in bonuses. The National Championship has no entry
fee and will be held on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN
November 6 - 09, 2013.
Divisional Anglers of the Year (AOY) each receive a special
sponsor package. Divisional AOYs also automatically advance to
the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Championship
regardless of their Regional Championship fnish.
Anglers can also enjoy having their divisional entry fees paid for
under the Triton and Mercury sponsored ABA Alliance Program.
This program pays up to $1,100 in entry fees plus membership to
any ABA tour for new Triton/Mercury owners. To learn more about
the program visit www.tritonboats.com.
For more information, visit www.weekendseries.com or call
(256) 232-0406. ABA Lifetime members, Triton Boat Owners,
Federation Nation members and B.A.S.S. life members receive
priority registration into the ToyotaTundra Bassmaster Weekend
Series.
The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series is sponsored
by: Toyota, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Busch Beer, Royal
Purple, ODYSSEY Batteries, Early Times Whisky, Carlisle Tire and
Wheel, U.S. Reels, Simms Fishing Products, Probass Networks, and
Rejuvenade.
About American Bass Anglers
American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament organization
for the weekend angler. American Bass Anglers operates the
American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend
Series and the American Couples Series. Each tour is designed
specifcally for the weekend angler, offering low-cost and
close-to-home events where anglers can qualify for a larger
championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers,
visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
All 2013 Season Schedules are available online at
www.weekendseries.com
Texas & Louisiana Divisions:
Louisiana - Division - 13
02/02 Bayou Black
03/02 Red River
05/04 Atchafalaya Basin
06/01 Louisiana Delta
09/14-15 Atchafalaya Basin
Texas Southeast - Division - 10
03/09 Sam Rayburn
04/06 Toledo Bend
05/11 Sam Rayburn
06/08 Sam Rayburn
09/07-08 Sam Rayburn
Texas East - Division - 11
02/16 Lake Palestine
03/16 Lake Tyler
04/13 Richland Chambers
05/18 Cedar Creek
07/20-21 Lake of the Pines
RegionaL QuaLifieRs
10/4-5 Lake Hartwell
Divisions attending: Georgia, South
Carolina, Alabama South, Florida, East
Tennessee
10/4-5 Neely Henry
Divisions attending: North Alabama,
Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Central
TN
10/4-5 Ft. Gibson Lake
Divisions attending: Arkansas, Missouri,
Oklahoma, Texas East, and Texas Southeast
10/11-12 James River
Divisions attending: Maryland, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia
seRies Championship
11/06-09 Old Hickory Lake,
Hendersonville, TN
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JanuaRY
5 Anglers Quest teAm #1 umphrey pAvilion
6 Anglers Quest individuAl #1 umphrey pAvilion
12 BAss n Bucks umphrey pAvilion
19 BAss chAmps umphrey pAvilion
19 tpW JAsper youth trout derBy JAsper city pArk
20 iginition BAss sAm rAyBurn mArinA
27 Blt spring series - JAsper & houston divisions umphrey pAvilion
27 2 of us couples tBA
feBRuaRY
2 Anglers Quest teAm #2 umphrey pAvilion
2 Bfl - coWBoy division umphrey pAvilion
2 mediA BAss JAckson hill
3 Anglers Quest individuAl #2 umphrey pAvilion
9 BAss n Bucks umphrey pAvilion
10 iginition BAss sAm rAyBurn mArinA
16 BAss chAmps umphrey pAvilion
16 fishers of men JAckson hill
23 Anglers Quest teAm #3 umphrey pAvilion
24 Blt spring series - JAsper division umphrey pAvilion
24 Anglers Quest individuAl #3 umphrey pAvilion
maRCh
2 texAs teAm trAil umphrey pAvilion
2 mediA BAss JAckson hill
2 & 6 port Arthur chemicAl BAss cluB 255 puBlic
9 BAssmAster Weekend series umphrey pAvilion
10 Blt spring series - JAsper division umphrey pAvilion
16 BAss chAmps umphrey pAvilion
16 se region BAss JAckson hill
17 2 of us couples tBA
17 iginition BAss sAm rAyBurn mArinA
23 Anglers Quest teAm #4 umphrey pAvilion
23 c.A.s.t. southeAst region cAssel-Boykin
23 Bfl - coWBoy division umphrey pAvilion
23 pigs & hogs BAss cluB JAckson hill
24 Anglers Quest individuAl #4 umphrey pAvilion
apRiL
1-5 BAsscAt oWners tournAment umphrey pAvilion
6 BAss n Bucks umphrey pAvilion
13 BAss chAmps umphrey pAvilion
13 ignition BAss youth fishing leAgue sAm rAyBurn mArinA
13 mediA BAss JAckson hill
14 ignition BAss sAm rAyBurn mArinA
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SAM
RAYBURN
LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake level as of 12/26/12
(159.83)
Normal pool level
(164.40')
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 409-384-5716.
Fishing Forecast
Lynn Atkinson
cell 979-220-0251
Reel Um N Guide
Service,
www.rayburncountry.com
Happy New Year! This is the start of a New
Year and with it comes dreams of the Good Ole
days on Big Sam. Good dreams of catching
lots of big fsh and having fun times with
good friends. If you have been looking for that
Trophy Bass, now is the time to be on the lake
fshing hard. My records show that my clients
catch more big fsh January through March,
but Jan is most often the best. Those Big Ole
Females come up looking around for spots to
spawn.
The lake is in good shape with lots of hydrilla
in the pockets and on the points. With the rain
we have had it should give us the perfect setup
for really great fshing this spring. The water is
cold now and that makes it cooler out in a boat.
Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and
a change of clothes in a watertight bag just in
case you need them. Hypothermia can set in
very fast if you happen to fall in the water.
January will have lots of beautiful days to
fsh. There will be times when you catch a lot
of fsh and others when its hard to get a bite.
If youre looking for that trophy bass this is the
time to be on the water. The top bait for covering
lots of water looking for that BIG bite will be
the lipless crankbait. These fsh will be moving
back and forth as the fronts move through, but
thats what makes this the best time of the year.
There will be some males running the shallows
looking for nesting areas on the warmer days.
Some will be starting to use staging areas as they
move up. Finding one of these spots can be a lot
of fun. Most of the fsh up shallow will be a little
spooky and may be hard to get to bite. Get some
new line on, grab a few new baits then get out on
the lake and catch some fsh.
The Stanley spinner bait is also a good bait
to throw when the grass is right at the surface.
White and chartreuse are just two of the colors
that I start with. I also like to drop them off the
edge at times. You might want to hang on as I
have had a few fsh almost pull the rod out of
my hands. The fsh will start to move from long
points into the pockets or hang in the deep spots
from 8 to 16 ft. They are waiting for the right
time to move up and spawn before moving back
out again. The old Carolina rig with lizards is a
good choice to comb the deeper areas looking
for a sweet spot loaded with bass. Hope you catch
a trophy this year.
The Crappie will be up the river for the most
part until early spring. Then they will move
down the river to look for spawning grounds. Not
to say you cant catch a few around the bridges
or tight to a few brush piles. If you want to get
out of the house and catch a few fsh, go for it.
We have a pontoon boat that can handle up to
8 crappie anglers. We will be looking for some
action up river fshing for crappie and white
bass as they move up. We had some awesome
trips last year with the kids catching up to 75
white bass on ultra light and making memories
of a lifetime!
I want to thank a few of the bait shops in the
area for their support and continuing to stay
up with all the new baits that pop up. These
shops have saved my bacon several times when I
needed something fast. Think about them when
you need some baits or a new rod. The guys and
gals in the shop keep their ears to the ground
and hear a lot about baits and tricks that are
working. Stop in, catch up on the gossip, and
then pick up some of the hot baits the fsh
have been hitting this week. Cant hurt and
sometimes it can really help. If you dont think
thats a job, stop by one of the shops and look at
all the baits on the walls. If you dont see what
you want ask about it. Most the time they can get
it for you. Thanks to Bass Strike Tackle located
downtown Zavalla, Tri Lake Tackle on 69, south
of Lufkin, Needmore Tackle on 255, just down
from the Stump Restaurant and Anns Tackle on
96, just north of Jasper.
We all need to say thanks to The Lakecaster
and the crew down there for their hard work and
dedication.
January is a great time on Sam Rayburn
and with the mild winter we have had so far
its looking good for January 2013. Three key
points this month will be grass, shallow water,
and Rayburn Red!
1. Grass - With all the grass that grew this
fall and with the higher temps we have
had, the grass is in great shape to start the
year off on a good note. Basically, you can
always count on the shallow bite being
good on Rayburn.
2. Shallow water - The Florida strain bass
that we have here in Rayburn are more
of a shallow water fsh, and while Im not
saying you cant catch a big fsh out deep,
because you all know I like to fsh deep,
typically the big Florida bass like hanging
shallower than the native Texas bass so
your opportunities are good up shallow.
3. Rayburn Red - Fishermen have said
for years that January is the time for
Rayburn Red colors and that will hold
true this year again.
Put it all together - Start off with 1/2oz
lipless bait, your Rat-L-Traps, Red Eye Shads,
Spots and all the other lipless baits. With the
grass being in good shape this is where most
of the good bass are going to be, either on the
edge of the grass, top of the grass and if we get
a rise on the lake the fsh will be on the inside
grass line. In other words if you stay around the
grass you are going to be around the bass. Dont
forget about your red color spinnerbaits too. It
seems like since the lipless baits have caught
on over the years fshermen have stopped using
spinnerbaits so much during the winter but it is
a great bait to go back over and work the same
area you just fshed with your lipless bait. Other
baits that are good in January are V&M swim
jig, V&M Lighting Blade, and swim baits are all
great baits to fsh around the grass.
If Mother Nature does send us some cold
days then keep in mind, that all the fsh wont
leave the grass, some will, but not all of them.
On the colder days a Carolina rigged V&M lizard
is hard to beat! Best place to cast this is on the
outside edge of the grass and if you can fnd
a creek bend or some deeper water close that
would be even better.
Another great bait in these same areas is a
Strike King 6XD crankbait. There are lots of fsh
on Rayburn that follow the shad away from the
grass and go out on the main lake ridges, these
fsh will move with the shad and are harder to
stay up with. On these deeper fsh you can use
a drop shot, spoon or tail spin (like a Little
George). There will be white bass, crappie and
even some yellow bass (bar fsh), and those of
you that dont know yet, the yellow bass are just
as good as crappie to eat!! That is one of the fun
things about fshing deep is that you never know
what your next bite is going to be. These deeper
fsh most of the time will be from 25 to 40 ft
of water.
Good luck fshing this month with these
three points in mind (grass, shallow, Rayburn
Red!) and always, remember to watch the
weather before you head out on the lake. When
the cold fronts do blow in, its not a good time
to be on the wrong side of the lake. When you
head to the ramp, be sure to stop by Needmore
Tackle for all your fshing tackle needs. Theyll
have all the latest new baits plus a good stock
of your favorites including, you guessed it, the
Rayburn reds.
Stephen Johnston,
Cell# 409-670-5856
Hm# 409-579-4213
Johnstons Guide
Service
sjohnston@johnstonfshing.com
Mid Lake & South End
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Rayburn Park
Hanks Creek Park
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Monterey Park
Harvey Creek
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San Augustine Park
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Mill Creek Park
Ebenezer Park
Sandy Creek
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Shirley Creek Marina
Letney Recreation Site
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things that you didnt do than by the ones you did do. So throw
off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade
winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
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Twin Dikes Park
Rayburn Park
Hanks Creek Park
Caney Creek
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Bayou Recreation Site
Cassells-Boykin Park
Monterey Park
Harvey Creek
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San Augustine Park
Etoile Ramp
Townsend
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Overlook Park
Mill Creek Park
Ebenezer Park
Sandy Creek
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Shirley Creek Marina
Letney Recreation Site
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Jim Brockman, Tournament Director
IGNITION BASS
Is coming to Sam Rayburn!
What is Ignition Bass?
Ignition Bass started out as a one (1) Lake
Bass Tournament Trail in 2003 on Cedar Creek
with 5 fall events by Ian Coleman. In 2006
Jim Brockman became involved with Ignition
Bass, forming a South Region with team and
individual tournaments on Lake Conroe. In
2007, a Livingston Division was established. In
2013, Ignition Bass is starting a Division on
Sam Rayburn. This will now make 5 Divisions
(4 Team and 1 Individual) on 4 different lakes.
They are: Cedar Creek in the North Region, and
Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston and Sam Rayburn
in the South.
Ignition Bass is not, and does not intend to
be, the largest Tournament Trail, but we try
to provide a plateau between the Bass Club
fsherman and the larger trails in the area of
the respective lakes. A stepping stone trail, so to
speak. As an ex tournament fsherman myself,
I try to give the fshermen all the respect and
attention I received when I fshed.
In 2013 Ignition Bass will also have a
Tournament of Champions (TOC) and all the
individual Lake qualifers will be eligible to fsh
the TOC. The TOC lake will be on a rotational
basis between the 4 Divisional Lakes.
Why did Ignition Bass come to Sam Rayburn?
This is something I have wanted to do for
a long time. I was fnally able to arrange my
schedule to be able to come here. I was also
asked by some fshermen to try to come here
because there are very few opportunities to fsh
tournaments on Rayburn on Sundays. We realize
Sunday events limit us in some respects, but it
also gives us a chance to appeal to the fshermen
that cant fsh on Saturdays, as well as those who
would like to double up on their trip here.
Where will events be held?
We will launch and weigh-in at Rayburn
Marina Resort (the old Twin Dikes Marina).
Fishermen can launch at the public ramp or the
Twin Dikes ramp and come around the corner to
the Marina for take-off.
How can fshermen sign up to fsh Ignition
Bass?
You can go on line to
http://www.ignitionbass.com , print out an entry
form, along with a membership form and mail it
in (up to the Tuesday preceding an event), or you
may sign up on the Saturday night before from
4:30PM - 7:00PM at
The Tackle Monkey (409-698-9664) by The
Stump. Ignition Bass staff will also be at the
weigh in site at 04:30AM until start time, on
Sunday mornings to sign them in. Boat starting
positions are assigned as their entry is received.
We will take cash or check. We do not currently
accept credit cards. This also helps keep entry
fees lower.
What are the fees to enter?
The frst fee is a membership fee. This is $25
per person, and allows the member to fsh ANY
Ignition Bass event in any Division for the entire
season. The Team Tournament fees are $150 per
event. There is also a $10 optional Big Bass side
pot.
What are the paybacks?
We pay 1 place per 6 entries. Place Payback at
the ramp will be 78%.
Total Payback is 90%. This includes ramp,
Classic, and TOC plus money for polygraphs. The
Big Bass side pot will pay 100% and pay for two
largest bass (41 entries or more) on a 70/30%
basis.
What can the fshermen expect to win at a
particular event?
Just using a turnout of 50 boats, we would pay
$2200 for frst place. Of course the more boats,
the bigger the payback. For 100 boats, frst place
would be $4500. This is based on a 1 for 6 entry
formula.
Who are some of the sponsors?
For the Rayburn series, we are currently
sponsored by Robbins Chevrolet, Bowden Marine,
Bass Cat Boats, Sure-Life (makers of Catch
and Release), Academy Sports and Outdoors,
American Rodsmiths, Big Bite Baits, Bass Buster
Inn, G & S Trolling Motors, and Sam Rayburn
Marina Resort. Of course we are always looking
for more! As we become more entrenched in this
area, we hope to add more local sponsors.
Wait, theres more!
Ignition Bass also offers a Youth Fishing
League so kids can compete against their piers.
Regular Season tournament awards will include
plaques and prizes. The Championship will have
monetary prizes. IE scholarships, bonds, CDs
All cash received (less any expenses
that a sponsor doesnt cover) will go to the
Championship.
This is not a Team format - adult or
guardian in the boat with the competing youth
will not add fsh to the youth anglers creel.
Each angler competes against other anglers of
his or her own division, points and prizes are on
a per division basis.
Divisions: (Age as of January 1st of
Tournament Year)
Little League: Ages 6,7,8 and 9
Minor League: Ages 10, 11 and 12
Major League: Ages 13, 14 and 15
All Stars: Ages 16, 17 and 18
If someone is interested in fshing Ignition
Bass, how do they contact?
Jim Brockman can be reached by
phone at: 281-433-8360 or by e-mail:
Jim.brockman@att.net. They can also check out
our website www.ignitionbass.com for almost all
information.
We look forward to a very successful venture
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Fishing Plans for 2013
By Jim Binns
Another year and another chance to catch
more and bigger bass. So what do you plan to do
differently this year to increase your odds? Its
not unusual to hear an angler say that he threw
everything but the kitchen sink but the bass just
wouldnt cooperate. So what do the pros do to
make it look so easy? Well here are a few thoughts
that may help you in making those decisions.
Patterns change rapidly and its not
uncommon to see a pro with 10 or more rods
rigged and ready to go on the deck of their boat.
So with that said, the key may be to become
more versatile. Timing when you fsh a spot
can also make a huge difference in having a
limit in the boat or being skunked. Most pros
agree that there are multiple patters working for
many of the lakes they fsh, especially on large
impoundments such as Toledo Bend and Sam
Rayburn. But believe it or not, the winners at
most of these high profle events usually win the
tournament with only one or two lures.
Some baits that have done well during 2012
that you might consider having in your arsenal
for 2013 are the following:
Shaw Grigsby won with a Strike King Rodent,
Davey Hite won with a Berkley Hollow Belly
swimbait, Edwin Evers used a Yum Money Craw,
Dean Rojas won at Toledo Bend using a Big Bite
Warmouth, and Denny Brauer took frst place
with a Strike King Football Jig.
David Walker used a Lake Fork Flutter Spoon,
Casey Ashley took top honors with a Lucky
Craft Gunfsh, while others used trick worms,
crankbaits, 10-inch plastics and soft-bodied
creature baits.
Likewise our local events were won with
deep-diving crankbaits, square-bills, jig-n-pig
in the grass, Carolina-rig, Texas-rig, Rat-l-Traps,
drop-shots and futter spoons.
In the pro circuits each strike is critical and
competition is super tough even in the local club
events. Classic winner Kevin Van Dam stated that
the best plan for winning on the Elite tour was
to target the larger bass. Perhaps that is a key for
local club tournaments also?
Crankbaits have certainly dominated many
events for the past year or so and the square-bill
model has seemingly worked best, especially for
anglers like Van Dam. But then it gets tricky and
you have to decide whether to use a rattling or
silent model. Or maybe you needed to alternate
between the two.
But overall, those anglers that consistently
cashed a check favored the soft-bodied baits such
as creature lures, fnesse worms, Senko-type
baits, craw-style and the popular swimbait. The
swimbait certainly built a strong reputation for
not only catching some really big bags of bass
but also BIG bass.
Jerkbaits were a key lure during the early
part of the year, both the soft-body models and
the plastic variety that dart and dive in the
1- to 6-foot range. Then you see guys like Bret
Chapman casting the futter spoon horizontally
to drops or jigging it vertically over deep ledges.
As the weather warms you have to look out for
those guys that blow a tournament away using
baits such as a Stanley Ribbit or other soft-
bodied frogs. Pros showed us that the frog can be
a very effective bait for bass when used in open
water as well as in those lily-pad chokes coves.
But selecting the correct lure is only the tip
of the iceberg. You need to also consider other
factors such as perhaps the use of the Hydra-
wave fsh attracting sound device, shallow water
anchoring systems such as the Power Pole, and
side imaging and down scan electronics because
these are all important components that could
help you improve your fshing. Add to these the
wonderful variety of high-tech hooks, fshing
line, rods and reels ..and this fshing issue
seems to get pretty complicated.
So what is the average angler supposed to do
when all of this data is so overwhelming?
Well my advice is to fsh your strengths and
concentrate on learning as you go. Fishing the
baits you have the most confdence in will allow
you to put fsh in the boat and at the same time
you can systemically develop your skills in these
other areas. Remember that you have to fnd the
bass before any lure can catch them, so learn
more about the habits of bass. Learn where they
traditionally go during certain times of the year
and how they react. Then apply baits that ft that
pattern. Sure you wont always fnd the mother-
load but neither do the pros.
And keep in mind that you dont always have
to catch a bunch of fsh to have a successful
day on the water. Enjoy those beautiful sunrises
and sunsets. Take time to watch Mother Nature
at work and count each day on the water as
a blessing from God, rather than an all out
mission to fll that livewell. Fishing with all those
new baits and high-tech gadgets is lots of fun
but not nearly as important as sharing that day
on the water with a good friend or a member of
your family.
My advice is to take time to smell the roses
or in this case enjoy your fshing JB
Searching for the right lure to catch elusive bass can lead to a vast array of choices
Remember its not always all about catching fsh.
Sometimes its about enjoying the beautiful moments God gives us.
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JanuaRY 2013
5 up & coming outdoors Big Bass marina
6 ABA district 45 Big Bass marina
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30-31 ABA district 45 Big Bass marina
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6 Bassmaster Weekend series fin & feather resort
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11 media Bass tBA
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TOLEDO
BEND
LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake Level as of 12/26/12
(167.86)
Normal pool level
(172.00')
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 318-256-4114.
Take
a kid
Fishing!
Toledo Bend North End Forecast
Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages
www.toledobendguide.com gregcrafts@yahoo.com 936.368.7151
Going into January
the lake is in great shape
holding at a little over
four feet below high pool.
We fnally started getting
some cold fronts that have
dropped the water temp
down to more normal temps for this time of the year.
According to the National Climate Data Center in
Asheville, N.C., 2012 will go down as the warmest year in
U.S. history. I dont think that is a big surprise to anyone
around here.
The Crappie season started off a little later than normal
because of the above high temperatures. Now that the
water temp has dropped the Crappie are stacking up and
good numbers and sizes are being caught. Work the ledges
and drops along the old river channel shelf over and
around natural or man-made cover with shiners or jigs.
Use your electronics to locate the cover and the baitfsh.
The limit is 25 per person with no minimum length.
Toledo Bend has always been known as one of the best
fshing lakes for Crappie and Black Bass in the country. I
would also venture to say that the Bend is one of the best
impoundments for White Bass. Over the last few years the
White Bass population has exploded with schools running
in the three-pound range. For years we typically only
fshed for Whites when they made their spring run in the
river to spawn. Now we fsh for them all year long and
usually limit out in short order.
The White bass will be feeding heavy and holding on
the north end old river channel sand-bars. Concentrate on
the south inside bend of the bars with slab spoons, rattle
traps and tail spinners. Use your electronics to locate the
bait fsh.
In January the water temperature usually drops to the
lower ffties and forties moving the bass into deep water.
Their metabolism slows down and they become less active,
feeding less and conserving energy. The easiest way to
locate the bass is to locate the bait fsh. Look for balls
of shad on your LCR in deep creeks, sloughs and along
the river channel. When you locate the shad, the bass are
usually underneath just off the bottom or suspended. If the
bass are on the bottom, they will orient themselves close
to some type of structure, brush- tops, lay-downs, stumps,
ledges, drops or humps. A jig, jigging spoon, Texas rigged
plastic or a drop-shot rig fshed vertically can be very
affective in triggering a strike. If the bass are suspended, a
futtering spoon or tail spinner cast out and counted down
and retrieved with a pumping motion can also trigger
a strike. Once the fsh have moved into deep water, the
strong northern fronts dont affect them as much as they
do when the fsh are in shallow water. Remember when
fshing cold water down size your lures and fsh slowly.
If you are planning a trip to Toledo Bend, you will want
to check out our Lake House rentals. We now have three
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I love January on The
Bend and Jan 2013 could
be very exciting. We will
have plenty of submerged
vegetation on the south
end and this kind of
habitat always holds good bass in the winter months. In
addition, boat traffc will be minimal.
It looks like the lake level is going to be decent and the
lake will certainly be navigable which makes for much
more ease in getting to your desired fshing areas. Bass
already have a lot of eggs in them and will move on to
pre spawn/staging areas as soon as the water warms a
bit. January is always an interesting month as far as what
depths to fsh as well as fguring out what patterns will be
productive. I love fshing jigging spoons and drop shot so if
we have a cold January I will be doing more of that.
However, if we have water temperatures that stay in the
mid to upper 50s, there will be lots of bass in the deeper
grass and mid-level grassy areas. That will lend itself to
slow-rolling a big 3/4 oz Stanley double willow spinnerbait
as well as pitching a 1/2 oz Stanley Casting Jig which I like
to work on outside edge of grass line. In the late morning
or middle of the day after it warms up I like a lipless
crankbait and for me that is Bill Lewiss Rat-L-Trap which
I work around the edge of grass.
I also like to use Normans DLN on the outside edge of
grass using a slow retrieve with lots of pauses. Best colors
are fre-tiger, blue-chartreuse and sexy shad. We continue
to use a Texas rig with a Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper and
Trick Worm working the rig very slowly.
If I cant get much action on the submerged grass, I
move out deeper and work jigging spoons and drop-shot
in depths of 25 to 45 feet. For spoons I like 1/2, 3/4 and 1 oz
versions depending on wind velocity as well as depth. Drop
shot weights are selected with the same process of depth
and wind. Our drop shot worm this fall/winter has been
Berkley Havocs Bottom Hopper Jr.
CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: If weather and water
conditions get right, the famous Toledo Chicken Coop area
will again produce thousands of big crappie during the
month of January. However, we need water temps in the
low 50s and clear water conditions at The Coop area. If
it is stained/muddy or water temps never cools down the
Chicken Coop just wont happen because the water needs
to be clear and cold. Last year was unreal at the number
of fsh caught. Yellow bass continue to be plentiful on deep
sand bars close to the river and along major creeks and
can be caught using tailspinners and spoons.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor
columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo
and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or
e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or website
www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
South Toledo Fishing
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend
Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com 337-463-3838 409-565-1288
Darrell Lyons DWs Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo
409-787-3664 dwlguide@yahoo.com www.toledo-bend.net/guide
Bass ~ Good.
Depending on the
weather, fsh will lock
in deep or start an early
march to the shallows.
Water temps of 49 to 54
will fnd most bass out deep in the old river or at the
mouths of deeper creeks 28ft to 42ft. The best way to
catch these fsh is to locate them with your electronics
then use a jigging spoon or drop shot rig dressed with
a 4 black/blue or green pumpkin cut tail worm. Now
if the water temp hits 55 or above, things change. The
bass move shallow to warm and feed in water 8 to 3
depending on the cover . The best baits for this are oz
lipless crankbaits in black/silver or black/gold my other
two are a suspending Rogue in the same colors and
old reliable black/blue/purple jig with a blue sapphire
trailer. Dont forget the Kick n Bass!
White Bass ~ Good. Up the river will be excellent by
the end of month. The best bait is live crawfsh and road
runners in dark green and yellow.
Crappie~ Good. Depending on water level, they can
be found at the chicken coop or mouths of creeks waiting
to go shallow to spawn. Best bait is live shiners out deep
and road runners up shallow in black/yellow.
Remember to get a kid in the out doors and when it
tugs on the line... SET THE HOOK!!!!!!!!
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Grove Spring
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Stanley
Toro
Fairdale
Fairmount
Fellowship
Fords
Corner
Union
Springs
Campti
Geneva
Goober
Hill
Hawthorne
Hickory
Ridge
Hurstown
Huxley
Jackson
James
Milam
Neuville
New
Harmony
North
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Patroon
Paxton
Rebecca
Rosevine
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Strickland
Crossing
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Noble
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Brookeland
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0 2.5 5 7.5 10 1.25
Miles
Public Boat Launches
San Augustine
Center
Hemphill
Burkeville
Pineland
Converse
Zwolle
Many
Toro Bay Prop Shop LLC
Complete Propeller Repair
New & Used Propellers in stock
We Straighten Prop Shafts
Aluminum & Stainless
Welding & Fabrication
6 miles N. of Toledo Dam @
Pirates Cove off Hwy. 191 S.
Open: 9-4, Tues.-Fri. 9-12, Sat.
318-565-9540 888-565-9540
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Mobile Home - RV Parts & Service
Vinyl Skirting Anchors
Complete Repairs & Renovation
Mobile Home Roof Covers Installed
Metal Carports Sold & Installed
RV & Mobile Home Parts
318-256-0505
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-Noon
3704 Texas Hwy., Many, LA
4 Miles West of Many
Alpine
Marina &Resort
Hemphill, TX
Toledo Bend Lake
ALL LAKE LEVEL BOAT LAUNCH
Located in Hemphill off Hwy 3121 on FM 242 @ End of the Road
Easy access to great fshing ground & Cypress Bend
PH (409) 625-3518
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LLC
We Appreciate Your Business
Double-Wide &
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LAND-HOME OR HOME
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See Randy Sandel or Dianne Anthony
Ph. 318-256-3055
Hwy. 171 S, Many, LA Toll Free 888-655-1659
LOW INTEREST RATE
Choose from Inventory or Custom Order
Top of the line Deer Valley Homes
Clayton - Schult - Southern Energy
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WHITE
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PONDS
BACKHOE
DUMP TRUCK &
TRACTOR SERVICE
TRACKHOE
BULLDOZER
ROCK DIRT
HOUSE PADS
RETAINER WALLS
BOBCAT WORK
936-288-1579
HUXLEY BAY MARINA
on Toledo Bend Lake
936-368-2494
Motel-FREE WI-FI Store & Guide
RV Park & Restaurant Service referrals
Get your
Hunting & Fishing
licences here
Dont miss the
Crappie & White Bass
run going on now!
Use our boat launch!
staceyv@eastex.net
FOR SALE
CERTIFIED SCALES
FOR LAKE RECORDS
www.huxleybay.net
Call 409-625-4424
or check us out at
www.hollyparkmarina.com
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Check out our newer accomodations
including a new lake house. Bait, Gas on the
water, RV park, 3 boat ramps, guides, fshing
pier, meeting room, gazebo, store and grill.
on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake.
Great Play!
Prizes &Drawings!
Gift Certifcates!
FINGER LICKIN GOOD!
ELECTRONIC CIGS
ZERO CHEM HERBS
MARLBORO & GRIZZLY
JADED HOUSE
CHEROKEE OUTLAWS
BASTION CAVALIER
Live Band Saturdays
Great Dancing!
DOUBLE DOWN
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LATE HOURS
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DAYS
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B.A.S.S. Sealy Outdoors
Partner in Big Bass
Splash Events
Two of the oldest and most prominent bass tournament organizations B.A.S.S. and Sealy
Outdoors have signed a joint agreement to market and promote the popular Big Bass Splash series
of events.
Under the agreement, Sealys big-bass tournaments beginning in 2013 will be named the Big
Bass Splash Presented by Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S. In addition, Big Bass Splash weigh-ins will be
streamed live on Bassmaster.com, and the events will be covered in B.A.S.S. media.
Founded in 1984 by Texas angler Bob Sealy, the organization conducts fve tournaments a year,
attracting thousands of participants to weekend contests on some of the countrys best trophy bass
lakes. Guides on those lakes and top-level professional anglers are not allowed to compete. Instead,
Sealy targets everyday anglers, including children, with his fun and festive tournaments.
Weigh-ins are held hourly, with as many as 12 big bass each hour earning a share of the prize
money.
We are joining forces with B.A.S.S. in order to help bass fshing grow, said Sealy. We want to get
more people involved in fshing, and so does B.A.S.S. Were very family-oriented. To that end, separate
prizes are awarded in the Little Anglers Division.
Sealy noted that in one event a few years ago, an 11-year-old boy, fshing with his father and
grandfather, boated an 11.57-pound bass and won the $100,000 grand prize package, including a bass
boat and SUV. Ever since then, weve had more sons and daughters fshing with fathers and mothers
at every event, he said.
Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO, said the partnership will strengthen B.A.S.S.s already extensive reach
into the grass roots of sportfshing, expanding it to wider audiences, especially recreational anglers,
youngsters and those new to the sport.
Through Bassmaster.com and Bassmaster Magazine, we intend to increase awareness of the Big
Bass Splash tournaments and grow participation in bass fshing, Akin said. At the same time, we
expect that our members and online viewers will enjoy our coverage of these fun, exciting, family-
friendly fshing events.
The Big Bass Splash, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014, is the worlds largest
amateur big bass fshing tournament, and it has been featured in a recent National Geographic
television special. Proceeds from the events beneft the Ronald McDonald House and select McDonalds
childrens charities. Sealy now has fve events in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee, with plans
to reach Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the next few years.
About B.A.S.S.
For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fshing. The organization
advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while
connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media
vehicles.
The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fshing
fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times
comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming,
Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster
Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Cabelas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events and the
ultimate celebration of competitive fshing, the Bassmaster Classic.
B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused
on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in
Birmingham, Ala.
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Come One, Come ALL to the
12th Annual Jasper Youth Trout Derby
Where: Jasper City Park Pond
When: January 19
Time: 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Who: Youth 16 years of age and younger
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE
INLAND FISHERIES DIVISION
In preparation for this event, Jasper City Park Pond will be stocked with 1,800 rainbow trout. No
pre-registration is required.
Prizes will be awarded in three different age categories for largest trout, smallest trout, and largest
other species caught. Drawings for additional prizes will take place at the conclusion of the event.
A very limited number of rods and reels will be provided, but all participants are strongly
encouraged to bring their own fshing equipment. Fishing bait (earthworms and kernel corn) and
terminal tackle (hooks, sinkers, and bobbers) will be provided. Free hot dogs and drinks will also be
served.
No fshing licenses are required for youth 16 years of age or younger. The daily bag limit for
rainbow trout is 5 fsh and participants are welcome to harvest up to 5 trout at the event.
For more information regarding the trout derby, contact the TPW Inland Fisheries Management
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WoRDs of WisDom
By Beth Pickle Jasper Master Gardener
Although the Master Gardener program teaches the best
science-based answers to garden questions, Beth Pickle
says her years in the nursery business have convinced her
that there is much to be learned from old timers favorite
sayings. New Jasper Master Gardener classes will start Jan.
14, 2013; for more information call 409-384-3721 or
visit http://jasper.agrilife.org/
Words of Wisdom
Before the internet and instant research, mankind used
quaint lessons passed from generation to generation. These
words of wisdom are just as true today as when they were
frst uttered. My favorite phrase is Love thy neighbor as
thyself.
These simple lessons are catchy and easy to remember.
Good examples include: A stitch in time saves nine, or A
penny saved is a penny earned, and The early bird gets
the worm. My sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Quick shared I
before E, except after C, and when it sounds like A like in
neighbor and weigh.
While working at Pickles, Hugh and I heard many of
these old sayings: Thunder in February, frost in April. For
several years Hugh marked our calendar for each thunder
heard in February. Living this far south, we often did not get
the promised frost in April, but we defnitely got a cold front
within a day or two of the date.
Planting by the trees: A. When REDBUDS show color,
plant Cole crops (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, caulifower,
collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, broccoli, turnips). B.
When REDBUDS are in full bloom, plant potatoes. C. When
DOGWOODS are in full bloom, plant corn, pintos, green
beans, carrots, lettuce, beets, spinach. D. When PECANS bud,
plant peas, limas, cucurbits, melons, tomato/pepper plants.
E. One or two weeks later, plant okra and eggplant.
Soil temperature determines when trees bloom or bud and,
also, when seeds of various vegetables best sprout and thrive.
An early or late spring can easily fool people, but not trees.
This lesson leads to another phrase: Dont plant cotton,
okra, peanuts, or tobacco until you can sleep at night
without a sheet. These crops need really warm weather to
thrive-weather warm enough to sleep without covers on the
bed.
Weather predicted by the 12 days after Christmas:
according to legend, if it rains on Dec. 26, January will be
wet. Rain on Dec. 27, wet February. Rain on Dec. 28, wet
March, etc. We never researched this theory as extensively
as the Feb. thunder, but we might follow up this year (and
next).
In the garden remember: One year of seeds equal seven
years of weeds. In a neglected bed, unwanted plants will
bloom and seed. One plant can produce many additional
undesirable offspring which in turn produce even more.
Mulching and careful weeding can greatly reduce weeds.
Perennials give us the next lesson: First year we sleep.
Second year we creep. Third year we leap. Perennials
can be great teachers of patience, but the rewards are
breathtaking. Just walk the Butterfy Garden at the Jasper
Arboretum to experience their great beauty.
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Bass Champs Announces Exciting
New Changes for 2013
Bass Champs (Texas #1 Tournament
Trail) announced recently that the 2013
season will bring some major upgrades for
weekend tournament anglers. The 2013
season will mark the 13th year of the Bass
Champs tournament trail and the 11th
season of the Nationally recognized Bass
Champs Television show on The World Fishing
Network. Bass Champs has featured the largest
team tournaments in Texas with the largest
guaranteed paybacks for over 10 years. The
2013 season should prove to be even bigger.
Chad Potts, President of Bass Champs stated,
The combination of fshing pressure, low lake
levels, gas prices, and competition, gave us
the inspiration to spice things up this year. I
believe every company has to keep re-inventing
itself if they want to stay in the game. Although
our average participation is still over 200 boats
per tournament state-wide, we felt like we
could make things better for our anglers and
our sponsors. Our goal is not to determine who
the best anglers in the state are, thats what
the professional trails are for. Our goal is to
have the highest paybacks and the best trail for
the weekend angler. Although there are some
changes for the 2013 season, there are still
several Bass Champs standards that remain the
same. Mr. Potts continued, We have several
rules that other trails do not, for instance, we
do not allow professionals or full time guides
to compete in our events. We also have a 5 day
off-limit period before each event. Most of our
anglers work during the week. Theres nothing
worse than having to be at work and knowing
that your competition is out practicing. The 5
day off-limits ensures the most level playing
feld there is.
The frst major change for 2013 is moving
from the standard 5 fsh limits to 3 fsh limits.
This change is sure to tighten up the leader
board, create more excitement at the weigh-
ins, and make every bite more valuable. Some
anglers feel like its more diffcult to catch 3
big fsh than it is to catch 5 little ones. Other
anglers believe the opposite. Either way, its
still going to take 3 fsh to win, and more than
likely 3 good ones.
Speaking of winning, the 2nd change is
the guaranteed payback. Instead of only
guaranteeing 1st place at every event like the
past 11 years, Bass Champs will now guarantee
the top 5 places at every event. This change
will give anglers the confdence of knowing
that regardless of how many anglers show
up for the event, they know exactly what they
are fshing for. Although the entry fee of $280
per team is the same as it has been the past
6 years, the new guaranteed payback is as
follows: 1st place-$15,000, 2nd place-$5000,
3rd place-$3000,4th place-$2000, & 5th-$1500.
That makes Bass Champs the only team trail in
the United States that Guarantees $26,500 in
the frst fve places at every event. In addition
to the top 5 places, the additional places are
able to increase in value as well.
Chad Potts, stated, The reason for the
change in payback is simple, we want more
anglers to win more money. The more anglers
that win more money, the more anglers that
continue to fsh Bass Champs. I believe Bass
Champs hosts the most well run events in
the Country for weekend anglers. We have
always done exactly what we said we would
do. Tournament results are always published
immediately on our website, (usually within
minutes of the scales closing) and we always
post the amount of money taken in and the
amount of money awarded. Anglers like to see
how everyone else in the event did and how
much money they won.
The 3rd change is the Championship
format. Bass Champs has tried several different
Championship formats over the years but
the 2013 Championship will feature more
Guaranteed Cash than ever before. The 2013
Team Championship will guarantee 40 places
paid and over $130,000 in Cash and prizes.
The overall Championship winners are slated
to take home a new Skeeter ZX 200 with a 250
Yamaha SHO, plus the next 39 fnishers are
guaranteed a check. This entire payback is
guaranteed regardless of entries. In the past,
Bass Champs has given away more boats, but
in 2013, most of the money usually used on
boats will now be spread out over the feld.
Potts stated, Im excited about the 2013
Championship. Its going to get us back to
a real Championship feel. There will be 75
teams qualifed from each region. The top
40 in points, and the top 35 fnishers at the
last event that have entered all 5 events. In
addition to the great paybacks, there will
be tons of sponsor prize drawings during
the dinner. It will also be flmed by the Bass
Champs TV staff, and will air on The World
Fishing Network.
In addition the all of the new exciting
changes, look for more sponsor incentives to
be available at every event. One new bonus
that was recently announced is the BIOBOR
Big Bass Bonus. In 2013, the team that wins
Big Bass at every event can put another $500
in their pocket if they have proof that they
have recently purchased any of the BIOBOR
fuel additives. BIOBOR EB was designed to
prevent the separation of ethanol/gasoline
fuel blends which helps battle the harmful
effects of ethanol in fuel tanks and engines.
This ultimately increases engine performance,
effciency and fuel stability.
To fnd out more information about
Bass Champs please visit www.basschamps.
com. The complete Bass Champs 2013 team
Schedule is only a click away or you can call
817-439-3274 for more information.
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Area Club Updates
PORT ARTHUR CHEMICAL
BASS CLUB
The Port Arthur Chemical Bass Club (PAC) has been in existence since 2009. This club
started at the Flint Hills Resources Chemical Plant (formerly known as Huntsman) located in
Port Arthur. The only requirements to be able to fsh the tournaments are to be a current or
former employee of FHR-PA or have worked at the location under one of its previous names,
with one of the contract companys working at the location or to be a relative of anyone
fshing these tournaments. This is an individual club, no more than 2 people per boat, with
its calendar of events based on the DuPont shift work schedule. There are 10 events planned
for 2013 starting in early February with Angler of the Year being handed out at the end of the
year decided by total weight for all 10 events. There is a membership fee of $30 that goes to
the season ending banquet. The cost per event is $50, with $10 going to big bass.
If you have any questions you can contact Brady Evans at 409-926-2227 or Raymond
Ford at 409-998-4775.
Harvey Coward claims back to back tournaments and wins the
Many Bass Clubs December 2012 tournament with a fve fsh limit
weighing 17.33 lbs. Using soft plastics and jigs, Coward caught his
fsh on grassy points in the southern part of Toledo Bend in 812
feet of water. Coward also caught the Big Bass of the tournament
with a 6.30 lb lunker. Jimmy Campbell is the 2nd place winner with
a fve fsh limit weighing 13.77 lbs and Derek Mong fnished in 3rd
place with a fve fsh limit weighing 13.05 lbs.
A total of 62 fsh were caught weighing 144 lbs for an average
fsh weight of 2.3 lbs.
Jimmy Campbell wins the 2012 Angler of the Year title by more
than six pounds over his nearest competitor. This is his third time to
win this coveted award and comes back to back with his last years
AOY win. His name will be engraved on the trophy plaque for public
view at the Galley Restaurant. Jimmy will be awarded a personal
plaque and cash award at the annual Many Bass Club banquet in March.
Congratulations Jimmy on a year of great fshing!
MANY BASS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Bill Ligon of Pleasant Hill wins the 2012
Many Bass Club Championship Tournament
with a three fsh limit weighing 8.92 lbs.
Fishing grassy ledges, humps and points south
of the Pendleton bridge area of Toledo Bend
Reservoir his fsh were caught using jigs and
plastic worms. Tim Oxley fnished in second
place with a three fsh limit weighing 8.45 lbs
followed by Harvey Coward in third place also
with a three fsh limit weighing 8.41 lbs. Ligon
won the Big Bass honor with a 4.32 lb lunker.
The Many Bass Club Championship
Tournament is an individual three fsh
tournament held annually out of Cypress Bend
Marina. Restricted to club members only, the tournament is designed to recognize and reward
the championship fshing skills of our members.
Thanks is given to all those who gave their time and efforts to make this tournament a
success. Special consideration is extended to Toledo Town & Tackle, Toledo Fiberglass & the
Galley Restaurant.
Bill Ligon 1st place, Tim Oxley 2nd
place & Harvey Coward 3rd place.
(409) BASS CLUB
The 409 Bass Club held their 2012 Championship on Toledo Bend
Saturday December 8th. We had 24 anglers that showed up to fsh for the
all cash purse. Anglers fshed spring like conditions with calm winds and
cloudy skies, with an occasional shower with temperatures running in the
mid to upper 70s. Toledo Bend was in good shape with the water being
very clear and water temps running in the mid 60s. The fsh catching on
big Bend was good for some and tough for others. Most anglers reported
catching fsh on fnesse soft plastics, rattle traps, and Carolina rigs from
shallow out to 20ft deep.
Brothers, Marcus and Eric Van Horn weighed in a nice bag weighing
15.91 lbs to take home 1st place. Their sack was anchored by a nice 4 lb
bass caught by Eric and a 5.77 lb fsh caught by Marcus. 2nd place went
to Bob Fox with 14.49 lbs. His sack was anchored by a nice 8.04 lb lunker
that also took home top big bass honors. 11.95 lbs was enough to give
Doug and Allie Smith a 3rd place fnish. Bubba Courts and Ben Adams
fnished frst out of the money with 11.32 lbs. Congratulations to Bob Fox
for winning the 2012 Championship with his heaviest individual stringer.
The 409 Bass Club would like to thank Bass Kandi, R1- Bass, and Simon
Outftters for their support of the club this year. The 409 Bass Club would
like to thank everyone for participating
and hope everyone enjoyed it. We will
be back bigger and better in 2013 with
the frst tournament starting sometime
in February.
Marcus and Eric Van Horn won
1st place with their nice bag of
fsh that weighed 15.91 lbs.
Bob Fox came in 2nd place with
14.49 lbs which included the
Big Bass of the tournament,
a nice 8.04 pounder!
MANY BASS CLUBS DECEMBER 2012
TOURNAMENT
Many Bass Clubs Top
Ten 2012 Year End
Final Standings:
Jimmy Campbell 146.76
Jim Campbell 140.15
Mike Smith 133.66
Harvey Coward 133.21
Mike Price 123.99
Richard Pesson 100.56
Derek Mong 97.67
Clay Ivy 89.37
Bob Self 84.25
Louis Lee 84.10
Congratulations to Harvey Coward
on another win! He anchored
his winning stringer with the
tournament Big Bass
Jimmy Campbell won 2nd place
with a sack of solid keepers
Derek Mong won 3rd place with
just over 13 pounds
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Fort Worth District Public Affairs Offce
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas hosted a weekend warrior hunt for three
U.S. Marines from the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, San Antonio, Texas and two former Marines from
Houston and Lufkin, Texas areas.
The fve hunters arrived Nov. 30 at the Jackson Hill Marina on the Fort Worth District managed lake. The
Marines went out four times during the weekend and managed to harvest two deer. Sgt. Kacey Butcher took
one right at dusk on the frst night. Sgt. Mark Holden, got his frst deer, a buck, after patiently waiting almost
13 hours in his deer blind.
Opportunities to attend a hunt like this are rare, its diffcult with our schedules to just get away for a
weekend and enjoy the outdoors like this, said Butcher. Its great that the Corps of Engineers offers hunts to
our military members.
Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service supported the hunters along with many local and state
businesses and civic organizations. Food, drinks, hunting equipment and special prizes were donated for the
hunters and for competitive events throughout the weekend.
Its an honor to be able to do something for our military, said Terry Sympson, Jackson Hill Park and
Marina operator. We try our best to make events like these long lasting memories for everyone participating.
The Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff Project Offces host several fshing and hunting activities annually for
military members, wounded warriors, disabled and youth hunters. Earlier this year they hosted an alligator
hunt for Wounded Warriors that netted a 12-foot, 450-pound gator.
These events are great, especially for those like Mark (Holden) that have never hunted before, said Sam
Rayburn Lake Manager Bart Dearborn. We hope to continue to support our military and other groups to
learn about the environment and the recreational opportunities the Corps of Engineers provides.
About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established
in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and
construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth
District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Face book at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308
409-625-0495
Hwy 21 on the TX side of Pendleton Bridge
Toledo Bend Pro Shop
The D-Shad is a new breed of soft plastic jerk bait. It has a
streamlined body designed to give that side-to-side twitching
action, but the tail is thicker and heavier so when you kill the
bait it sinks level and gives a little shimmy.
It will work great by itself weightless for twitching, but also
give it a try on your Carolina Rig, or behind your
Chatterbaits or Scroungers. However you use the
new D-Shad you are sure to catch them!
Custom Lures
The Hawg Hunters Bass Club of Lake Charles
held their December tournament on Toledo Bend
Lake.
Accompanied by their faithful good luck
dog, Hobo, a.k.a. Lowrance, the team of Frank
Little and Tracy Bowles put together a 5 fsh
tournament limited which weighed 15.67 lbs.,
earning them 1st place honors of the clubs
fnal event of the year. Their catch included the
tournament big bass, a 5.37 lber, caught by
Bowles.
Gil Leger and Scott Eastman weighed 5 fsh for
a total weight of 13.20 lbs., which was good for 2nd place.
One fsh short of a tournament limit, the team of Dean Jones and Jeff Latham weighed 12.68
lbs. to take 3rd place.
Dean Jones was awarded AOY honors for 2012, for a total weight of 141.37 lbs. Jones also
had the heaviest individual stringer for the year, a 5 fsh limit that weighed 23.56 lbs.
Jeff Latham won the heaviest fsh award for all tournaments in 2012 with a 7.64 pounder..
Hawg Hunters Bass Club
Top Six Anglers
Dean Jones 99.94 lbs
Larry Byrd 89.39 lbs
Frank Little 81.61 lbs
Steve Toney 76.68 lbs
Stewart Hunt 76.31 lbs
Jeff Latham 71.58 lbs
Area Clubs continued from pg 45...
Story and photos by Edward Rivera
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sam Rayburn Lake
hosts U.S. Marines during a Warrior Hunt
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