|Bass Champs Meets Beauty and Beast of Lake Amsitad|
The beauty of Lake Amistad met 203 Bass Champs teams Saturday morning with a light southerly breeze, partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 50. The competitors made their ways to their honey holes to start the day under pristine conditions. All that changed around 9:30 when the beast side of Lake Amistad showed up with strong north winds and grey skies, driving many of the teams into protected waters. Around 12:30, the skies cleared back up, but the winds picked up even stronger making for a tough day on the water.
The team of Joey Lester and Fred Lester of Fort Worth conquered the beast to win the February 2009 Bass Champs South division completion with a solid 25.04 pound catch. The total was anchored by a 9.66 pound bass which also qualified the team for the Big Bass prize. The Lesters walked away with a $21,200 check for a very nice day on Lake Amistad.
Lake Amistad veterans Terry Oldham of Wimberley and Jaime Buitron of San Antonio took home the $5,000 second place check with a five fish 23.03 pound bag. Del Rio local angler Bubba Haralson and Trent Huckaby teamed up for third at 22.44 pounds for $3,000.
Taking advantage of the Skeeter Boats bonus money, Charlie Forester and Tommy Lackey doubled the fourth place finish money for their 22.02 pound catch for a total for $4,000.
With an eye on the weather, the Bass Champs tournament directors made the wise decision to allow the teams to trailer to the ramp of their choice. With the eminent arrival of the mid-morning cold front, well over 100 of the teams chose to launch from safety of Box Canyon’s southern exposure.
The top 2 teams caught their winning fish in deeper water in the 25 to 35 foot range. The Haralson and Huckaby team tracked down fish staging for the spawn and used senkos in 7 to 12 feet of water. Well over half of the field weighed in 5 fish limits with 9 teams breaking the 20 pound mark.
Twenty seven places made checks on Saturday with weights ranging from 25.04 pounds to 15.42 pounds. Six teams weighed fish for big bass that exceeded 8 pounds. In addition to winning 9.66 pound bass the Lester and Lester team had an additional bass that was almost as big but was not weighed separately.
A total of $43,850 dollars was paid out including $2,200 dollars in co-promotion monies from Skeeter boats and Sure Life.