LeBrun Win on Big Sam Could Pay over $12,500!
ATHENS, Ala. – By seven pounds, Nick LeBrun won a big payday during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southeast Texas Division 10 tournament, held May 26, 2012, on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Running out of Umphrey Pavilion landing near Jasper on a breezy, hot day, the Vivian, La., angler caught five bass weighing 21.04 pounds for a 4.20-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 6.99-pound bigmouth that won the tournament big bass title. For the Boater Division victory, LeBrun took home a guaranteed check for $5,000. He also pocketed a big bass bonus worth $538.33. LeBrun could qualify for up to $7,000 in Triton Gold Bonus if he qualifies.
“I went shallow early and caught about 12 pounds of fish before 9 a.m.,” LeBrun revealed. “I was pitching a Texas-rigged Bass Pro Shops River Bug with a 1-ounce elite tungsten weight. I fished it around the bushes. The two biggest bites were later in the day in deeper water. They hit a 3/4-ounce Stanley Bigeye Jig in watermelon. I fished it really slow. I boated 11 fish including eight keepers.”
In second for the 111 boaters, Chase McCullin of Ruston, La., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 14.04 pounds. He earned a check for $1,928.12.
“I caught my fish early on a shad-colored Yellow Magic topwater bait,” McCullin admitted. “I caught other bass by flipping a beaver on an 8-foot Kistler rod with Power Pro braid. I just caught five keepers including three keepers off one tree.”
Just behind, Jason Foster of Willis, Texas, took third among the boaters with five bass and 14.03 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.59-pound kicker to take home $1,286.07.
“It was a grind,” Foster admitted. “We covered a lot of water. I caught my last keeper bass with five minutes left in the tournament. I beat the banks and targeted grass, catching most of my fish just outside the grass. I caught two on a horny toad and three on a swim jig. Everything I used was a bream pattern, watermelon tipped in chartreuse.”
Jason Robertson of Pineville, La., brought home five keepers weighing 13.56 pounds with a 3.31-pound kicker. Galen Bennett of Slagle, La., completed the top five boaters with five bass at 12.58 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Henry “Bo” H. Trotty of Kountze, Texas, won with three bass weighing 11.88 pounds for a 3.96-pound average. He capped his catch with a 6.41-pounder that topped the co-angler lunker race. For the win, Trotty earned a guaranteed $2,500 with a $251.67 bonus for the big bass.
“Everybody was beating the banks, but my partner wanted to fish deep,” Trotty explained. “That was right up my alley. We fished ledges and creek channels. We caught a lot of fish including a lot of Kentucky spotted bass, but the fish were biting finicky. They were just mouthing the baits. I caught the big fish on a black and blue 5/8-ounce football head jig with a craw on it in about 20 feet of water. I caught some other fish on a redbug magnum worm and a watermelon red trick worm.”
Andy Vote of Kingwood, Texas, landed in second place among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 11.25 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.20-pounder.
In third, Lee Livesay of Gladewater, Texas, brought in three keeper bass for 7.38 pounds, followed by Alton Powell of Marthaville, La., with three bass and 6.97 pounds. Dan Self of Nacogdoches, Texas, rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass going 6.86 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, seewww.americanbassanglers.com.