Times Good For Goodrich Angler at Pro-Am
WATERWOOD - No person knowledgeable of Lake Livingston fishing circles doubts Goodrich Texas fisherman Scott David is a very good bass angler. Throughout the 1990's his name has been at or near the top of the winners list during numerous Lake Livingston bass tournaments. It was just last June David and partner Dale Jenkins 23.07 pound stringer won Anglers Choice Amateur.
As far as Lake Livingston Fortunes are concerned Scott David likely figured last June's victory was about as good as it gets. Ironically, and perhaps unexpected, things got a lot better in a hurry. A few days prior to last weekend's Anglers Choice Lake Livingston Pro-Am David had no plans to fish the two day event.
A few days later a nice crowd gathered at Waterwood Marina was singing his praises and saying "Great Scott." For the Goodrich angler good really did change from good to Great. David was crowned the Pro-Am Pro Division Champion. He was awarded the keys to a fully rigged Pantera Bass Cat - a bass boat prize package worth $25,000.00.
"I fished a tournament at Rayburn and won enough money to pay the entry fee here," explained David, "but I got to thinking I should probably use that money for other things. I have one kid in college and another one still at home. I wanted to fish this tournament bad, but I knew we needed that Rayburn money around the house. I'm just a working man who fishes any time I get the chance. This was one chance I didn't think I was going to get."
David got that chance when a couple of local businessmen decided to pay his entry fee. Lakecaster Magazine and Kickapoo Bait and Tackle of OnAlaska teamed up to sponsor the Pro-Am champ. Needless to say, a smiling David was extremely grateful.
"I guess the good lord smiled on me," beamed David sitting in his Bass Cat. "I didn't know until the week of the tournament the Lakecaster and Kickapoo B&T footed the bill. They'll never know how much I appreciate what they did for me."
Scott David produced two hefty limits. Saturday five fish tipped the scales at 17.89 pounds. He trailed first day leader Lendell Martin by three full pounds. The Nacogdoches Pro took the lead with five bass weighing 20.89 pounds.
"Before this tournament Randy Dearman told me they were pulling some good stringers out of this lake," Martin said at Saturday's weigh-in. "I didn't do very well in practice. The last two days I began thinking there are not any fish left in this lake. But today was one of those days I just couldn't do anything wrong. It was really a great day."
Sunday Martin could not piece together a repeat performance. He weighed in two bass that produced a meager 5.38 pound total. Lendell slipped down the standings chart, ending the tourney in eighth place.
"It wasn't my day," explained the first day leader. "During this tournament I was fishing a lot of little cuts and drains. Those small places will not handle a lot of boats. The first three places I went this morning there were two or three boats on the spots I fished yesterday. I wound up practicing today and trying to learn something new."
Scott David was already in before Martin came through the weigh-in line. After catching a Saturday creel weighing 17.89 pounds, David's five fish Sunday surprise was 16.82 pounds. It pushed his two day weight to 34.71 pounds.
With Martin out of the way, only one of 107 Pro-Division contenders remained a serious threat. Ardmore Oklahoma angler Jeff Kreit bagged 16 pounds on day one. He came to the stand Sunday toting a hefty five pound limit. The 17.61 pound creel was the heavy stringer of the day, but not heavy enough to unseat David from the leader board.
Kreit finished the tournament posting 33.32 pounds. A pound and a half difference between David and Kreit meant a huge difference in winnings. David claimed a $25,000.00 boat. Kreit pocketed a $2,000.00 second place check. Despite the disappointment, Kreit had nothing but praise for Livingston's waters.
"I learned how to bass fish on this lake," Kreit said. "I caught my first six pound bass here when I was 12 years old. I'd have to say Livingston is my favorite bass lake in the whole world. It has a ton of bass in it and it fits my style of fishing. I love to fish shallow and this is a great shallow water lake."
Kreit collected his limits using a Right Bite Tube Bait. He spent the entire tournament in a small creek in the mid-lake area.
"I don't even know the name of that creek," Kreit commented. "It was good in there though. The trick was to find small, tight canals, and fish the bait tight to cover. I fished around any kind of trash I could spot in the water. I probably caught 15 keepers today. Most of my big bites came late. On both days I caught my best fish after 1:00 PM."
Earlier Sunday Scott David had a very different opinion of the tube baits Kreit likes so well. While throwing tube baits the champ lost two fish in the four to six pound class. David figured the decision to stray from his primary bait was going to cost him the tourney.
"I caught most of my fish using a black Zoom Lizard," Scott explained. "If I had not changed over to the jig today, I believe I could have put 24 or 25 pounds in the boat. I stayed in one small area during the whole tournament, but it was an area holding an incredible amount of fish. Yesterday I had a limit in the boat by 8:15 AM and I culled three limits. Today (Sunday) I culled three limits again."
Scott David worked his Black Zoom Lizards in water depths varying from six inches to two feet. He spent his tournament hours flipping around Bull Rushes and reeds.
"I was right out in open water and in plain sight," David commented. "This spot is on a sandbar in the middle of a creek channel. The bass are moving up the creek to spawn right now. I can't say I've ever found a spot on this lake holding more bass."
Several local contenders on the Pro side took home Anglers Choice Central Division Pro-Am cash. Cleveland's Jody Goodrum finished fourth, an accomplishment earning him $1,100.00. OnAlaska native Slade Dearman collected a 10th place $850.00 check.
Right behind Slade was Cleveland angler Rick Whitten ($825.00). OnAlaska entry Jeffery Vavra won $800.00 for placing 16th in the final standings.
Amateur champ Chris Duke (Houston) collected $1,500.00. A pair of Coldspring amateurs made the top ten. Seventh place Jimmy Castledine pocketed $425.00. Brian Sewell earned $400.00 for his eighth place standing.
214 pros and amateurs combined boated 734 bass weighing 1,771.53 pounds (2.41 average). 17 pros split a prize purse exceeding $34,000.00. 17 amateurs shared an $8,000.00 plus payout.
Jasper Pro Todd Faircloth produced the big bass of the tourney. During the day one weigh in at Waterwood Marina Todd carted a 6.55 pound lunker to the stand. Faircloth carted home $1,000.00 of Anglers Choice cash.
Largemouth tournament action resumes April 10 at OnAlaska. The Kickapoo Bait and tackle will serve as headquarters for the East Texas Bass Team Open.
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