Lakecaster Online

Kudzu sets win for Rayburn's MBAA

Ed Snyder

Cool, misty, post-front weather conditions greeted those who signed up to compete in the MBAA division of the Bassing America National Tour of Individual circuit anglers. Although the previous two days of rain flashflooded the lake area, causing a definite upswing in Rayburn's lake level with cascading runoff's causing major "brown-outs", the MBAA anglers still managed to locate enough bass to cull for their 3:pm weigh-in at Millcreek Park.

Northeast winds and cloudy water conditioned the bass bite, as only a few would manage to catch 5 bass tournament limits from a "tuff" day on the water. But as the leaderboard began to mark the top four weights, those few anglers who managed to cull their 5 bass limits from Lake Sam Rayburn began to step up to claim their hard earned rewards.

"Kudzu lizards," announced Lake Charles La, angler, Kelsey Richard, as he managed to claim the 1st place slot with his 5 bass/15.20 lb catch. "I maneuvered my Bullet/Mercury bass boat over Needmore Point scattered grass," informed Kelsey, as he explained how he worked Carolina rigged green Kudzu lizards with Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with Berkley BG-20# mono.

"I mainly concentrated on the areas between scattered and thick grass edges," he stated, further adding that he used a 4' leaders to help him catch 15 bass between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to cull his 1st place win .

"Castaway rods and Shimano reels," stated Clayton Boulware of Zavalla Tx. Clayton managed to notch a 2nd place win for his efforts as he told of fishing 6'-7' Black Forest grasslines from the deck of his Cobra/Mercury bass boat.

"I used #7 crawfish patterned Rapala Shad-Raps and 1/2 oz golden shiner Stanley wedges," Clayton informed as he spoke of catching at least 15 bass while working a 9:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. bite with Berkely 12# mono.

"My big bass of 5.64 lbs. hit at 10:00 a.m. on the Rapala," Clayton further informed as he stepped up to claim his 2nd place finish with a 5 bass/13.98 lb. catch, as well as the overall big bass honor for his 5.64 lb. bass.

All bass were live released at tournament site.

For more information on this tournament trail contact Rodney Howard at (318)238-4210.

1st Kelsey Richard, Lake Charles LA ....5 bass/15.20lbs
2nd Clayton Boulward, Zavalla TX .......5 bass/13.98 lbs
3rd Jim Bearn, Pasadena TX..................5 bass/11.74 lbs.
4th Bob Kopaz, Conroe TX....................5 bass/10.86 lbs.

Back to Lakecaster Online contents