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Baskin's & Cold fish on Big Sam<
By Ray Lenderman

With the temperature dipping down into the lower 30's Saturday morning, twenty-eight very tough and very dedicated teams of bass anglers braved not only the cold, but also freezing rain & sleet mixed with a few snowflakes. For three teams it paid off big, not only with some good ol' American cash, but also an incredible day for catching big bass! With really big fish being weighed in during the week in another bass tournament on Sam Rayburn, including a huge 12.11 beauty, the Baskin's Wrangler Tournament Trail did their share to prove that the lake is definitely making a come back. The top two teams had bass over eight pounds.
A 9.95 bass was weighed in by the father & son team of Taylor & Tracy Griffin from Baytown Texas, who also had a bass over 6 lbs. Their total weight, a whopping 24.48 lbs. To top that off was a check for first place of $3000.00 & also a check for Big Bass of $400.00
They fished ½ oz. red rattle traps in twelve feet of water, over main lake points with grass, with the big bass being caught at noon, although their best bite came early morning.

If that wasn't impressive enough, the team of Joe Joslin & Brantley Salter of Derrider La. Brought to the scales a nice bass of 8.02. That topped off their total of 16.21 which gave them 2nd place and a check of $2200.00. They fished ½ oz. red rattle traps over grassy points. Their best bite came early, with the big bass being caught at 7 a.m. Joe is sponsored by Skeeter Bass Boats, Pure Fishing & Lake Area Marina. Brantley is sponsored by Castaway Rods & Kicking Bass.

GT Cantrall & David May brought in a nice limit of bass weighing in at 14.25, with a 4 lb. bass helping put them into 3rd place, and a check of $ 1400.00. They used ½ oz. Black & blue jigs, & ¾ red rattle traps in 10 ft. of water in and around creek channels to earn their payday. Their best bite came around 1p.m.

To really put a top on the tournament, the team of Rusty Harvey & Kris Wilson also weighed in a beautiful 9.26. Almost a twin to the one weighed in by the team of Griffin & Griffin.
It makes one wonder what Sam Rayburn holds in store for this coming spring for big bass on the pace that it is on right now.

Father/Son team of Tracy & Taylor Griffin take 1st place honors overall with 24.48 lbs and 1st place Big Bass with a 9.95 Rayburn hawg

2nd place honors go to Joe Joslin & Brantley Salter with 16.21 lbs for a nice payday. Their kicker fish weighed in at 8.03 lbs
< photos by Ray Lenderman>

Lake Sam Rayburn is definately on the come-back with back to back Texas sized hawgs - (L-R) Team of Joslin/Salter with 8.03 lbs; Griffin & Griffin brought in a 9.95 lb'r; and Harvey/Wilson capped off the hawgs with a 9.26

Baskins Winning teams checks - (L-R) Tournament Director Steve McLauren flanks the 1st place team of Taylor & Tracy Griffin; 2nd place - Joe Joslin & Brantley Salter; 3rd place - GT Cantrall & David May with Tournament Director Wayne Lewis on far right

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