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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley


The Bass Texas Central Invitational was held on Sam Rayburn February 10th-12th.

This was one of the best tournaments as far as weights ,fish caught and number of limits in BASS history . Sam Rayburn still is one of the best fisheries in the United States and proved it during this tournament . Their were 3261 fish caught that weighed a total of 7690 pounds. Also during the three days, 386 five fish limits were caught . The winner of the Texas Invitational was Bud Pruitt of Sam Rayburn, way to go Bud. Bud had 15 fish that weighed 54-12 good for $43,000 . Bud was fishing the south end of the lake where the grass was better. He was fishing shallow flats throwing a ½ ounce trap changing colors with the conditions. During the tournament some good colors were red ,orange , crawfish and chartreuse. Takahiro Omori of Emory Texas took second place with15 fish that weighed 48-04 good for $27,000 . Third place was Jerrel Pringle from China Spring Texas with 15 fish that weighed 47-15 good for $25,000. Fourth place was Wayne Crumpton of Royal Arkansas with 15 fish that weighed 47-12 good for $9,000. Fifth place was Kenyon Hill of Norman Oklahoma with 14 fish that weighed 46-04 good for $7,000. Sam Rayburn also proved that we still have really "Large Mouth" bass. The angler who caught the big fish of the day also received $1000. The first day big fish was 10-01 caught by David Hall of Leighton Penn. , the second day big fish was 10-03 caught by Bud Pruitt of Sam Rayburn , and the third day big fish was 9-13 caught by Jason Reynolds of Stratford, Oklahoma. It took 32-03 to even get a check for 55th place. I finished 134th place with 14 fish which weighed 26-04. All the way to 205th place still weighted in 20 pounds. Most of the fish were caught carolina-riggin a lizard or using a ½ oz rattle trap.

Also congratulations to Jeff Buchanan of Lufkin Texas, he won the Redman Cowboy Division tournament on Rayburn with a catch over 28 pounds.

The fishing is really good on Rayburn right now. Three days after the tournament on February 15th, Dean Rojas from Arizona caught 13.77 bass in Buck Bay. The fish was gone to Athens to the lunker program. They breed this fish with other bass over 13 pounds and then they bring the fish back to Rayburn. Dean will receive a replica of his fish. The catch and release program is so important to our fishery.

The next tournament on the Eastern division is the Alabama Invitational at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. The next Central division is the Missouri Invitational at Table Rock Lake at Kimberly City Missouri.

By the way , when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685.
Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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