Ray Roberts Tamed by Morrison
ATHENS, Ala. –Cody Morrison of Collinsville, TX won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series East Texas tournament, held May 4th on Ray Roberts. Running out of Isle Dubois State Park, Morrison caught five-bass weighing 27.98-pounds.
“I caught all my fish off shore in about 10 ft of water. They were a combination of spawn and post spawn fish, but these fish tend to stay in that area all year. The lake is a couple feet high right now so there is no way you can see the beds if they were down there, but I knew if I could catch them, I would have a good bag. I only had 7 bites all day and did lose a good one that was around the 6 lb range I would guess. I was using a TX rig craw targeting timber. There was a little bit of a breeze today so it was kind of tricky to line up the casts so the bait would hit the right spot.” said Cody.
In second for the boaters, Scott Dean of Terrell, TX landed a five-bass limit going 24.13-pounds with and 8.82 lb anchor in his bag. Scott earned big bass honors for the boaters and with his 2nd place finish, also Triton Gold.
“I caught a lot of fish on frogs and spinnerbaits today. All of them up real shallow. I found a wad of spots and stayed on them trying to get my co-angler a limit and I caught probably 10 keepers out of it. My biggest one was a little over 2 lbs but it didn’t help me any. The rest of the day I had about 10 other bites but I’m a little sick to my stomach because 2 of them together probably cost me the win today. Both were over 5.00 and they would have put me over 30 lbs for the day, but I guess that’s fishing.” Said Dean.
Scott Barnett of Mansfield, TX took third for the boaters with five bass going 18.21-pounds. David’s largest fish was just shy of big bass for the tournament at 8.54 lbs.
“We went up North and caught all our fish flipping shallow bushes. I only had 4 fish so a 5th keeper really would have helped. I was on the right bite for sure, my coangler had 3 fish and won his side of the tournament. The water wasn’t that bad up there. Some of it was actually cleaner than what it is down here on the main lake. Only had 4 bites but was able to put them all in the boat.” Commented Scott.
Finishing fourth, Nolan Jackson of Quinlan, TX landed a five-bass limit for 17.09-pounds. Keith Hughes of Krum, TX rounded out the top five boaters with only three fish, still putting 15.22 lbs on the scales.
In the Co-Angler Division, Josh Tessmann of Mart, TX took the top spot with a three fish limit of 11.36 lbs. His biggest fish in his bag was 4.81 lbs, so the other two he caught were not small by any means.
“It was a late day for us. I didn’t have a fish in the box until after 12:00 today. Like Scott said, we were up North flipping bushes and once we found the right spot, we knew we had to catch as many as we could. I caught my three and he had his four all in the last three hours of the day. I didn’t cull up any, only catching three but if he had caught one more he may have done a little better. My last keeper was at 2:30 and we came back to the launch.” Josh said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Ian Coleman of Ennis, TX brought in a three-bass limit weighing 9.32-pounds.
“Bushes, bushes, bushes all day long. We were only about 10 minutes from here and the water color was great where we were. I was only able to cull one fish but the 5 lber I lost is going to haunt me tonight. We both saw it and it was a good fish. It definitely would have helped me because I had a 5.32 already.” Said Coleman.
Joe Perez of Kemp, TX with yet another third-place finish (Also on Lake Palestine) among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.54-pounds and a 5.17 kicker.
“Im going to win one of these sooner or later.” Said Joe. “We went up to sand creek and I didn’t catch my first keeper until noon. It took a while to figure them out but once I did, I managed to catch 5 keepers. TX rig and shakey head again. The same baits I did well with at Palestine but, I lost another big one. She just came off half way to the boat.” Said Joe.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Gary Fisher of Wylie, TX brought in one bass for 7.02-pounds, but one bite was all he needed to nab big bass honors for the coanglers as well. John Montelongo of Irving, TX tried to do the same a Gary with one fish but it was just shy weighing in at 6.83 lbs.
Slated for September 7th, the next tournament will be held on Lake of the Pines, running out of Johnson Creek State Park. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April 2020.
For more information on this tournament, call Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at 256-230-5327 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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