Driscoll takes title in Texas tournament
ATHENS, Ala. – Todd Driscoll went deep to win the final regular season Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southeast Texas Division 10 tournament, held June 30, 2012, on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Running out of Umphrey Pavilion Landing near Jasper, the 40-year-old Texas state biologist caught five bass weighing 17.91 pounds. Catching 18 keepers and five short fish, Driscoll won a check for $3,620.57 for his Boater Division victory.
“I fished a ridge and caught 15 keepers between 6:15 a.m. and 8 a.m.,” Driscoll said. “On my first four casts, I had four fish. By 8 a.m., I had everything I needed to weigh. The ridge drops from 15 to 25 feet. The key depth was 18 to 22 feet. The key was my Lowrance structure scan electronics. I couldn’t have found this spot without it. I caught my fish on a flutter spoon. I’d work it two to three feet off the bottom. I lost two fish in the 4.5-pound range.”
In second for the 97 boaters, Randy Millender, 54, of Teague, Texas, landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 16.59 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.92-pound kicker to pocket $1,810.29.
“I fished all deep spots,” Millender revealed. “I started in 20 to 30 feet of water with a Texas-rigged redbug Ol’ Monster worm with a 1/4-ounce weight. The fish bit good until about lunch and then they cut off. I dragged it really slow and stayed in my four spots really working the fish. I missed one good fish.”
Charles “Dicky” Newberry, 58, of Houston, Texas, took third place with five bass going 14.46 pounds including one 4.73-pounder. He pocketed a check for $1,206.53.
“I fished the one spot in the back of a creek where I knew I could catch a limit,” Newberry said. “I had my limit by 7 a.m. I moved around a little and found some bigger fish. I located the school with a square-billed crankbait. After I found them, I slowed down and fished a fluke or a Texas rig. I caught about 40 fish in all.”
Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, brought in five keepers for 13.58 pounds and fourth place. Rounding out the top five boaters, Brian Branum of Jasper, Texas, landed a five-bass limit for 11.93 pounds. Adrian E. Smiley of Bossier City, La., only landed one bass, but his 8.16-pounder took the division lunker title.
In the Co-Angler Division, Chad K. Taylor, 46, of Jacksonville, Texas, won with two bass weighing 12.11 pounds for a 6.05-pound average. He greatly helped his average with a 10.25-pounder that won tournament big bass honors. For the victory, Taylor collected $1,810.29 with an extra $244.17 for the double-digit mossback.
“We were Carolina rigging a 10-inch blue flake Power Worm with a long leader off a deep point in about 25 feet of water,” Taylor explained. “I was working it really slow. I caught the big one at about 7 a.m. She jumped twice. I caught my other keeper about 10 minutes before I caught the big one. I also caught a few short fish.”
Blake Harvey of Vidor, Texas, finished second for the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 8.83 pounds. Henry “Bo” H. Trotty of Kountze, Texas, came in with two keepers for 8.33 pounds with one 6.61-pounder. Nick J. Simon of Lafayette, La., landed a three-bass limit at 7.97 pounds, followed by Cody R. Moreno of Sheppard, Texas, in fifth place among the co-anglers with three bass and 7.76 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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