Campbell sets a wacky pace on Palestine
ATHENS, Ala. – Ricky D. Campbell went wacky to win the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series East Texas Division 11 season opener, held Feb. 15, 2014, on Lake Palestine.
Running out of the Villages Marina in Flint, Texas, on a chilly day, the 65-year-old retired police officer from Waxahachie, Texas, caught four bass weighing 16.20 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, R. D. took home a check for $2,144.
“I’ve been fishing this lake since the 1970s,” Campbell recalled. “I went to where I had won tournaments before. I had a good fish bite right off the bat, but I missed it. By noon, I had one fish and my co-angler had one fish. I went to a stump field and caught my biggest fish. About five minutes later, I caught another one and another one. I had the fifth fish on, but couldn’t get it in the boat. I fished a wacky trick worm with a 1/64th ounce Eco Pro tungsten sinker on 15-pound Seaguar line. I just barely moved it around underwater stumps. I had about 20 bites and caught seven fish, but three of them were short.”
In second for the boaters, Dustin Scoggins of Quinlan, Texas, landed four bass going 13.14 pounds including a 5.69-pound kicker. He collected $1,081 for the effort.
“I knew with the cooler water temperatures, the fish would be out on the points in a little deeper water,” Scoggins advised. “I had two fish in the livewell by 7:30 a.m. Then, I waited quite a while before catching another one. The later two fish were up shallow later in the day after the water warmed up a bit. I used a homemade green pumpkin chattering bait with a big trailer on the back of it. I slow-rolled it around timber and grass. I missed one fish and caught one short fish.”
Fishing his first ABA event, Brandon McDonald of Longview, Texas, took third for the boaters. He landed the only five-bass tournament limit in the event to finish with 11.95 pounds. He earned $721 for the effort.
“In practice, I found some fish up shallow on the river,” McDonald explained. “I caught all my fish on swimjigs. I knew the fish were there. I just stayed in the area and kept throwing the 1/2-ounce swimjigs on Seaguar line. I had to wait for the water to warm up. I caught eight bass including five keepers.”
Drew Sloan of Scurry, Texas, finished fourth among the boaters with three bass and 10.87 pounds including a 5.35-pound kicker. Jay Kendrick of Nacogdoches, Texas, rounded out the top five boaters with two bass at 10.18 pounds. Ryan D. Autery of Richardson, Texas, took seventh place with one bass, but his 9.39-pound bucketmouth won the tournament big bass title.
In the Co-Angler Division, Charles A. Yowell Jr. of Allen, Texas, won with three bass going 10.72 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.09-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,072.
“The water temperature was around 44 degrees,” Yowell revealed. “We started fishing deep water around a house foundation adjacent to an old roadbed. The depth was nine to 14 feet deep. The fish were hanging on the edge of the ledge. I caught one fish on a jig and didn’t get another bite for more than six hours. Coming back in, I ran a shad-pattern Livingston crankbait down through there and caught two fish back to back. I only had three bass bites, but I also caught a drum and a catfish. I was using Temple Fork Outfitter rods, which gave me the sensitivity I needed to get the job done.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Joe C. Embry of Tyler, Texas, brought in two bass for 8.32 pounds. He set the division lunker standard with a 4.99-pounder. Danny Montgomery of Fort Worth, Texas, placed third among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit going 8.09 pounds. Danny Joiner of Irving, Texas, landed in fourth place with two bass for 7.57 pounds including a 4.31 -pound kicker. David R. Doonan of Caldwell, Texas, placed fifth with a three-bass division limit at 6.41 pounds.
Slated for March 15, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Tyler out of Lake Tyler Marina near Whitehouse, Texas. At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
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 is committed to providing 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, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.