SE Texas Division to open on Big Sam
ATHENS, Ala. – The Southeast Texas Division 10 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will open its 2014 season March 8 on Lake Sam Rayburn near Jasper, Texas.
The competitors will launch at Umphrey Pavilion, located off County Road 255 near Jasper, Texas. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 7. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=808.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Texas fishing license. For Texas fishing license information, call 800-792-1112 or see www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/index.phtml.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season 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.
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.
According to the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States, only Lake St. Clair in Michigan ranks higher than Lake Sam Rayburn for its outstanding bass fishing. It rose from 19th place on the 2012 list to second. “Big Sam” harbors abundant giant bass and produces many largemouth bass in the 4- to 8-pound range with some in the 10- to 12-pound range each year. In May 1997, Tommy Shelton set the lake record with a 16.80-pound largemouth bass.
The largest reservoir entirely within the state of Texas, Lake Sam Rayburn covers 114,500 acres on the Angelina River. Impounded in 1965, it offers anglers more than 750 miles of shoreline. The water depth drops to more than 80 feet deep in places.
During a March 9, 2013, tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn, Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 23.22 pounds for a 4.64-pound average. He capped his catch with an 8.57-pound kicker that took the tournament big bass title.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Daniel L. Pierce of LaPorte, Texas, landed a three-fish division daily limit going 11.98 pounds for a 3.99-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 5.75-pound kicker. Charles Shofner Jr. of Jasper, Texas, landed the division big bass, a 6.11-pounder.
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.