Collins scores big win on Sam Rayburn
ATHENS, Ala. – Albert Collins dominated the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, South East Texas Division 10 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7-8, 2013, on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Running out of Umphrey Pavilion near Jasper, Texas, the reigning BWS champion from Nacogdoches, Texas, caught a two-day limit of 10 bass weighing 43.22 pounds for a 4.43-pound average. On Day 1, he led by nearly seven pounds, bringing in 24.44 pounds with a 5.89-pound kicker. On the second day, he coasted to victory with 18.78 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Collins took home a check for $3,235 plus a hefty Triton Gold bonus.
“I caught some fish shallow and some deep,” Collins revealed. “My biggest fish came off deep structure. About 90 percent of the fish I weighed in came off big Missile Baits Tomahawk worms, dragged along the bottom. If I picked the worm up off the bottom, the bass wouldn’t touch it. I rotated between three colors: blue fleck, plum and lovebug. I caught a few small fish on crankbaits. I probably caught about 40 keepers in the tournament.”
In June 2013, Collins also won a BWS event at Sam Rayburn. In that event, he caught five bass weighing 19.78 pounds for a 3.96-pound average.
In second for the boaters, Corey L. Stanley of Orange, Texas, found two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits for 34.32 pounds. Stanley held second on Day 1 with 17.78 pounds including a 6.95-pound kicker, the largest bass caught by any boater. On the final day, he brought in 16.54 pounds to earn a check for $1,617. He also won $225 in lunker bonuses.
“I found two or three big schools of deep fish,” Stanley said. “I fished topwaters in the shallows for the first two or three hours of the morning and then hit the deep fish. For the last hour of the day, I went flipping grass. For the topwater bait, I used a River2Sea Rover. I flipped with a River2Sea Trash Bomb weight with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. I also caught some fish on a peanut butter and jelly football jig in 25 feet of water. I caught eight to 10 keepers each day.”
Todd Driscoll of Jasper, Texas, took third with 10 bass and 30.76 pounds. On the first day, Driscoll also held third with 15.65 pounds. He came in with 15.11 pounds on the final day to win a check for $1,078.
“I fished a lot of places I learned over the years,” Driscoll advised. “I probably fished 20 to 25 places each day. I caught a third of my fish shallow and the rest in deep water. I caught fish on just two baits, a buzzbait or a Reaction Innovations big worm in hot tamale color. I caught 12 keepers on Day 1, but only six on the second day. Each day, I caught two good fish out of big brush piles.”
Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, jumped two notches to finish fourth with 10 bass going 26.59 pounds including a 4.60-pound kicker. He held sixth place on Day 1 with 13.72 pounds and added another 12.87 pounds on the final day.
Clayton Boulware of Zavalla, Texas, dropped from fourth to fifth place to end with 10 bass at 25.84 pounds. After the first day, he held fourth place with 14.52 pounds. He caught 11.32 pounds on the last day.
In the Co-Angler Division, Cort M. Weston of Baytown, Texas, brought in the only two-day, 6-fish co-angler limit to tally 19.37 pounds. On the first day, Weston landed 5.27 pounds for seventh place. On the second day, he caught 14.10 pounds with a 5.99-pound kicker, the largest single-day bag of any co-angler. For the victory, Weston pocketed a check for $1,620 plus a $54 bonus for the big bass.
“On the first day, we moved around quite a bit and caught most of our fish on a reddish Yellow Magic topwater bait around shallow grass,” Weston explained. “I also caught a good one on a fluke. I caught about 20 bass on the first day and 40 on the second day.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Kevin W. Wolford of Orange, Texas, brought in a two-day total of five bass for 14.19 pounds including a 3.99-pound kicker. He held 15th place with 3.07 pounds on Day 1, but vaulted 13 places with an 11.12-pound bag on Day 2.
Dropping one place to third, Chad Cooley of Woodville, Texas, finished with four bass for 13.85 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 7.26-pounder to set the tournament lunker standard. Cooley held second on Day 1 with 10.27 pounds. He added 3.58 pounds on the second day.
Larry E. Beauboeuf of Natchitoches, La., jumped 14 places to fourth with four bass and 12.68 pounds including a 4.05-pound kicker. He held 18th place on Day 1 with 2.54 pounds, but caught a three-bass daily division limit on the second day to bring in 10.14 pounds.
In fifth for the co-anglers, Alton Powell of Marthaville, La., dropped two notches to finish with four bass at 11.37 pounds. Powell held third among the co-anglers on Day 1 with 8.28 pounds including a 4.77-pound kicker. He caught 3.09 pounds on the final day.
The top anglers from this division plus the Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas East divisions will compete in the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Lake Fort Gibson out of Taylor’s Ferry Landing near Wagoner, Okla. The top anglers from the four regional tournaments will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for November 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.