Jon Harshbarger Wins Tough Rayburn Tournament
Harshbarger weighed in 4 fish weighing 10.55 pounds to win a tough Sam Rayburn
tournament. The lake level was very good for this time of year and the surface
temperatures were in the mid 80’s. The weather was nice with partly cloudy
skies with winds at 10-15 mph, which helped keep things bearable with air
temperatures topping out in the mid 90’s.
Unfortunately, the 20 anglers fishing this event found the fish scattered and not feeding at all. Maybe the problem was the full moon phase giving the fish the ability to feed more actively at night, or possibly the lower water temperatures for this time of year, or possibly the hydrilla not being at it’s maximum growth. We’ll never know, but that’s what makes bass fishing so interesting – it is a constant challenge to try and figure out those little green fish.
Elvin Smith captured 2nd place with four fish weighing 10.37 pounds, which included Sunday’s big bass weighing 5.73 pounds. Quite an accomplishment considering he had to fish over all the snoring going on the back of the boat Sunday morning. 3rd place went to Randy Kvapil with 4 fish at 8.20 pounds and 4th place went to Chuck Middleton with 4 fish weighing 7.98 pounds. Wally Hughey wasn’t far back in 5th place with 7.40 pounds including Saturday’s big bass weighing 3.65 pounds.
Robert Hargrove’s 6th place finish kept him on top of the angler of the year race with 485 points. Robert leads Coy Frazier and Rand Kvapil who are tied for 2nd place with 475 points. Close behind and also tied are Paul Zukosky and Bill Kessler with 471 points. Next is Wally Hughey with 470 points, then myself with 455 points and Craig Dowis with 451 points. It’s pretty clear by now that it is going to be a tight race right up to the last tournament for next year’s Top Six team.
Our next event will be a night tournament at Lake Palestine on Saturday August 17th. Lodging is available at the Lake Palestine Motor Inn – 903-876-4711.
|Place||Angler||# of Fish||Total lbs.||Big Bass||Points||Money Won|
|20 Anglers||37||83.06 lbs. / 2.24 average||$790.00|
Lunker Club (over 5 lbs.)
|Angler||# of fish||Largest||Total Weight||Angler||Lake||Total Weight|
|Mark Calhoun||1||6.23||6.23||Robert Hargrove||Martin Creek Lake||8.50|
|Randy Kvapil||1||5.23||5.23||Randy Kvapil||Lake Tyler||13.43|
|Bill Kessler||1||5.15||5.15||Bill Kessler||Ray Hubbard||7.99|
|Coy Frazier||1||7.18||7.18||Bill Kessler||Lake 'O the Pines||11.80|
|Coy Frazier||Cypress Springs||15.16|
|Mark Calhoun||Cedar Creek||15.12|
|Jon Harshbarger||Sam Rayburn||10.55|