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2014-02-28 12:35:41

East Texans to fish Lake Tyler

ATHENS, Ala. – The East Texas Division 11 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season March 15, 2014, on Lake Tyler.

The competitors will launch at Lake Tyler Marina, located at 18183 Concession Road in Whitehouse, Texas. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 14. To register for this tournament, see

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

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.

Part of the Angelina River watershed, Lake Tyler covers about 2,224 acres southeast of Tyler, Texas, on Texas Highway 64. It dates to 1949 and connects to Lake Tyler East through a canal. Impounded in 1966, Lake Tyler East covers 2,276 acres for a total of 4,500 acres. The lakes drop to about 40 feet deep in places. Mostly clear, the lakes contain some grass, especially Lake Tyler East. Both lakes consistently produce big largemouth bass. The lake holds many fish in the 2- to 8-pound range with some double-digit bucketmouths.

During a March 16, 2013, tournament on Lake Tyler, Terry Barnson of Bullard, Texas, won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.62 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 7.86-pounder that took tournament big bass honors. Barnson caught most of his fish on a Carolina rig tipped with a baby brush hog worked slowly over the bottom.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, William E. Evans of Mesquite, Texas, landed a three-fish division limit going 11.33 pounds. He capped his catch with a 6.16-pounder that won the division big bass award. Evans caught his fish with an Ultravibe craw worm on Seaguar 100 percent fluorocarbon line.

For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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

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