March 11th & 12th
Toledo Bend

A cold front with storms and rain welcomed us to the piney woods of East Texas on Friday.  The water temperature ranged from 59-65 degrees over the course of the two day tournament. Overcast skies and heavy northwest winds kept some from running on Saturday, others turned on the bilge pumps and got wet.  Sunday saw clear skies and a light southeast wind. 

Tommy Takes Toledo Bend!

Carolina rigged lizards and spinnerbaits were the ticket to bring in my 8 fish - 22.60 lbs. winning stringer at our 2 day Toledo Bend tournament. Carolina rigged lizards worked along secondary points leading into spawning coves produced fish early in the day. Later, spinnerbaits along laydowns leading back to spawning areas picked up additional fish. My most productive areas were at mid-lake around the Pendleton Bridge area. A few beds were seen in the backs of coves, so it's only a matter of time before the fish move-in! The spawn should be in full swing by the time our Top 6 team fishes the B.A.S.S. Federation State Tournament on April 5th, 6th and 7th. Robert Hargrove, Jon Harsbarger, Tommy Yates, Elvin Smith, Paul Zukosky and Chuck Middleton will be representing Century Bass Club.

Carey Gajdica leaped into the Angler of the Year lead with his 2nd place finish at Toledo Bend with 5 fish at 10.68 lbs. Randy Kvapil was 3rd with 5 fish at 10.52 lbs. Robert Hargrove finished 4th with 4 fish at 9.63 lbs. and 5th place was captured by Elvin Smith at 9.24 lbs. including Saturday's big bass at 4.23 lbs. Sunday's big bass was 5.66 lbs. and put me in this year's Lunker Club.

I am glad to report that all 37 fish that we weighed-in swam off to be caught again. Also, everyone welcome our newest member Scott Plumlee. He jumped in with both feet when he decided to fish Toledo Bend with us. 

Our next tournament will be at Lake O' the Pines on April 16th and I can tell you that if the fishing is anything like last year's Top 6 State Tournament there will be a lot fish caught, so you don't want to miss this one!

Tommy Yates

Place Angler # of Fish Total lbs. Big Bass Points Money Won
1st Tommy Yates 8 22.60 5.66 100 $332.00
2nd Carey Gajdica 5 10.68 - 99 $151.20
3rd Randy Kvapil 5 10.52 - 98 $125.80
4th Robert Hargrove 4 9.63 - 97 -
5th Elvin Smith 3 9.24 4.23 96 $80.00
6th Jim Hammond 3 5.66 - 95 -
7th Ernie Jordan 2 4.62 - 94 -
8th Phillip Webb 2 3.46 - 93 -
9th Jim Campbell 2 3.27 - 92 -
10th Cliff McKenzie 1 2.03 - 91 -
11th Scott Plumlee 1 1.98 - 90 -
12th Jon Harsbarger 1 1.65 - 89 -
13th Rich Adams 0 0 - 10 -
13th Bill Kessler 0 0 - 10 -
13th Gary Martin 0 0 - 10 -
13th Chuck Middleton 0 0 - 10 -
Totals   37 85.34 2.30 lb. Avg.   $689.00

Next Tournament
April 15th, Lake O' the Pines

Next Meeting
Wed. April 11th, 7:00 pm - VFW #5076, 1906 Miller Road, Garland (Mapsco 29A.H)

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