Smith RV and Marine Tournament
The 4th Annual Tournament is August 1st 2015
Lake Amistad and TPWD fizzing video
Shawn Denny sent all of us a great video on fizzing Largemouth Bass from TPWD at Lake Amistad. The link follows and I know I will go back to side fizzing as it definitely seems the better method. You can access the video by clicking here
I received a thank you email from Laura during our 2012 Championship and thought I would share it with all of you. The website has proven to be a great means of communications for anglers like Buddy and Mary Sanford who missed their first championship after 26 years of attendance and Jeff and Sheri Jorde but also friends of anglers and friends of friends of anglers. The thank you goes as this...
"Several friends compete in your organization. Wish I was one.
With all the violence on the border we begin to look for other alternatives.
I look forward to getting information from angelers on Grand Lake.
I'm emailing to thank you for the update. I know it takes time from retieing
lures and gathering info from fellow competitors that can be critical to
your next fishing day.
Your organization continues to change as any living thing does.
Congratulation to the officers and members who overcome the political nature
of a club and the present economy.
Just a simple thanks and to let you know I am one of your fans of the
Suncountry Bass Association."
I know Ranger boats is instrumental in keeping this circuit together but at least we know all of us have built a little more into it over the years.
Welcome to the Sun Country Bass Web Site
2017 looks like a go even though we are still waiting on the contract from Ranger but I am confident enough to put out the schedule so everyone can start planning vacation time. We will definitely be changing up the qualifying process because of travel and competing schedules allowing teams who can only compete in two events to be able to pay for an additional two and qualify to Championship. These fees will go to Championship and be required to be paid by the June Tournament at Ute so that the commitment is there before we announce the lake. We will also not have a Super Team division this year so that teams won't feel pressured to fish long travel tournaments. This will hopefully set us up for 3 divisions starting in 2018 using the same qualifying criteria but going with one day tournaments for qualifying. The Membership forms and Entry forms as well as the new Rules are on the Membership page and the dates are set as follows as Clem has already secured the permits for Amistad NRA and the Queens has been set. I will get the permits for the Ute Tournaments once I talk to Logan Chamber about continued sponsorship.
First tournament - Lake Amistad - February 18th and 19th
Second tournament - Lake Amistad - March 25th and 26th
Third tournament - Navajo Lake/30th Queens Memorial
May 20th and 21st
Fourth tournament - Ute Lake - June 10th and 11th
Fifth tournament - Ute Lake - July 22nd and 23rd
Championship - TBA - Sept 24th thru 29th
Championship Falcon Lake
Championship is over and it was much more competitive than some may have thought. It was also much tougher than Falcon should have fished but after 5 inches of rain on Monday and a north wind for a couple days a lot changed. After Labor Day weekend before the cutoff I thought it would take 60 plus pounds to win but in reality is was not even close to that but the lake did come up almost 3 inches while we were there as the most logical reason for the difficult fishing. The Top 3 teams were separated by just over a pound and there were 3 different leaders over the three days. After all was said and done Tom and Bubba Haralson came in with 50.60 pounds, just enough to edge out Brad Jameson and Todd Town Day Two leaders who took second with 49.33 pounds while Kris Bosley and Justin Morris took third with 49.18 pounds. Trent Huckaby and Scott Deerfield took fourth with 46.48 pounds and Day One leaders Kevin Smith and Karlton Reed took fifth with 43.16 pounds. The Top 10 rounded off with Jeff Robinson and JT Hodges in sixth, Gary Carr and JJ Ducharme in seventh, Jeff and Sheri Jorde in eighth, Steve Schneider and Leon Pullium in ninth and Doug Stewart and Joe Smith in tenth. Big Bass for Day One was Kevin Smith with an 8.75 Largemouth, Day Two was JT Hodges and Jeff Robinson with a 7.64 and Day 3 was Chelsey and Buddy Jorde with a 7.48. Complete results including day by day leaders can be found on the Tournament Page. A great time was had by all and special thanks to Ranger Boats for their continued support.
Tom and Bubba Haralson drove a long ways from Del Rio and Zapata to fish Ute and showed us that a good ole Jig can still be used in the day of drop shots and finesse fishing. They took first place by a narrow .1 pounds with 21.68 pounds over Harry Dalton and Billy Havens who probably did do some drop shotting when they caught a 5.37 pound Smallmouth on Sunday giving them Big Bass and Second place with 21.58 pounds total. Billy and Harry drove in from Farmington about a 6 hour trip and Third place finishers Leroy Bostick and Dale Parrish drove up from Carlsbad and put back to back 9 pound sacks together for their overall weight of 18.66 pounds. So in review, the Top 3 teams drove a long ways to show us how to fish Ute and may want to come back for the Smith RV and Marine tournament in August. Fourth place through 7th place were all in the 17 pound range with Justin Orr and Brandon Holley in Fourth, Fifth place going to Gabe Rivera and Johnny Johnson Sixth place to Butch and Angie Colantonio and Seventh place to John Newlun and Jimmy Patterson. It was a very competitive year with 5 different winners in both the Tournaments and Ranger Cup and meaning a very competitive Super Team run for the Anglers of the Year in Todd Town and Bradley Jameson, congrats to them on a consistent run this year. Results are posted on the Tournament page and I have updated the Super Team Standings and Final AoY.
Fishing seemed better than showed by many teams, but overall it was still a pound better through the Top 20 over last year and way up through 30th place. The weather cooperated overall last weekend other than a pretty good thunder storm Saturday morning that did soak a few teams. That being said the ability to put back to back limits was the key to making the top 10 unless you had a big bass. Congrats to Butch and Angie Colantonio who edged out Jeff and Sheri Jorde for First place by .14 pounds with 20.69 pounds. JT Hodges and Jeff Robinson took third place with 19.38 pounds, Rod Hasselhof and Randy Masucci took fourth and Justin Orr and Brannon Holley round out the top five both in the 18 pound range. Several Big Bass came in on Sunday with a monster Smallie by Alan Bauder at 5.04 pounds. I hope to post some pics as they have been floating around as Ben at Rough Neck Tackle took many and sent them to Bill Dunn for the NM Weekly fishing report. Complete standings can be found on the Tournament Page and I will update Super Team and Ranger Cup overall standings later this week as I am traveling again.
Super Team AoY and Ranger Cup YTD standings are now posted on the Tournament Page. Although it didn't quite go like some of us wanted, what a great turnout and some good fishing by many for the tournament last weekend. The weather cooperated quite well until Sunday around noon and then it took a dramatic change with hail, wind and rain but that only hurt those who were bed fishing as some really good fish had moved up. I can't say it was the weather as they were really weird in that they weren't interested in guarding the beds quite yet but I know many teams saw Largemouth in the 5 to 7 pound class in shallow water waiting to spawn. And many of us wasted way too much time trying to get them to bite. Congrats to Kris Bosley and Justin Morris on their first place finish as they ran away with it beating second place by 7 pounds. Todd Town and Bradley Jameson took second with a great stringer on Sunday totaling 22.25 pounds and Sam Walker and Danny Nelson rounded out the Top 3 with 21.62 pounds. Fourth place went to John Newlun and Jimmy Patterson, Fifth place to Leon Pulliam and Steve Schneider, Sixth place to Clayton Herrera and EJ King and Seventh went to Charlie and Melanie Estep. Big Bass for the weekend went to Kris and Justin as well as Ranger Cup as they weighed in a 6.74 pound Largemouth on Sunday. Results are posted on the Tournament page or for just the tournament standings click here and I will update the Super Team and Ranger Cup overall standings and get them posted also. My apologies for being a little late but work gets in the way sometimes.
Amistad and the Southern Swing
Two down, three to go and we head north to Navajo Lake in May but April at Amistad was the place to be last weekend as the teams braved unusually cold morning temperatures but less than normal winds for two days of fishing. Congrats to Brendan Kennell and Tyler Wilson on their First place finish with over 34 pounds beating Darin Ford and Steve Johnson with their 33 plus pounds for Second place. Third place went to Steve Schneider and Leon Pulliam with 30.57 pounds, Fourth place went to Rafael Menchaca and Roland Hernandez with 30.36 pounds and the Top 5 was rounded out by Rod Hasselhof and Randy Massucci with 29.67 pounds. In Sixth place was Jim and Gail Criswell with 29.59 pounds but good enough to take Ranger Cup honors edging out another Ranger boat with Bubba and Tom Haralson with 29.48 pounds weighing in just 4 fish on Sunday. Big Bass honors went to Butch and Angie Colantonio with a 7.54 pound Largemouth. Complete standings can be found on the Tournament Page including Ranger Cup and Super Team standings for the April Tournament.
The first tournament is in the books and congrats to Keith and Allison Counts on their runaway win. They outpaced everyone as they led wire to wire with 19 pound sacks both days totalling 38.78 pounds and did not have Big Bass. Keith and Allison also took home Ranger Cup honors fishing out of their Z521. Second thru 7th were really tight showing how good the fishing was despite being almost 9 pounds behind the Counts. Second place went to Rafael Menchaca who was fishing with his partner from last weekends Bass Champs tournament Roland Hernandez weighing in 30.75 pounds who both pulled a nice check last weekend too. Yes Rafael did fish with Bill McCoun the last couple years but Bill was fishing the Texas Federation tournament. Third place went to a familiar name with Terry Scarafiotti fishing with Memo Nunez weighing in 29.69 pounds. Bubba Harralson was fishing with his son Tom this year and finished fourth with 29.52 pounds and the Top 5 was rounded out with Todd Town and Bradley Jameson with 29.26 pounds. Sixth place went to JT Hodges and Jeff Robinson, Seventh to Johnny Johnson and Gabe Rivera and Eighth to Mike Kelly and Landon Carter all in the 28 pound range. Big Bass at 7.65 pounds and Ninth place went to Jim and Gail Criswell and Tenth place was Brendan Kennell and Tyler Wilson. Jeff and Sheri Jorde also had a 7.46 pound largemouth on Sunday and lots of 6 pounders were weighed in. As good as the fishing was some teams did struggle and I know both Rain Gods and Burro were very crowded. A great showing for the first tournament and some familiar names returned to compete this past weekend thank you to all the teams for making the trip. Thanks as always to Ranger Boats and Ranger Trail Trailers and see you all back at Amistad in 5 weeks. Standings for Overall, Super Team and Ranger Cup can be found on the Tournament page.
The Ramada is offering a discount for Sun Country so please be sure to mention it when you check in, the Contestants meeting will be at the Ramada in the SunBlossom rooms next to the restaurant as the Texas Federation will be in the Conference Center. Meeting will start at 7pm but be there early if you have emailed me or called me to let me know you are coming but haven't paid.
The new Membership, Entry and Rules forms are up on the Membership page. I have signed the Ranger contract and am sending it back but no news from Humminbird/MinnKota at this point. The schedule is what it is and I know moving the second Amistad is bad for the NM anglers traveling to Mead for Divisionals but we are on top of a Texas Fed tournament the first Amistad also. I hesitated on putting out the schedule as I always have a conflict but the schedule at this point is what it is as many have scheduled vacation around these dates. I put out some teasers late last year and I did finally get a couple messages that our second tournament was scheduled on Easter Weekend so I moved it but that was the only change!!!!! A Preacher or someone preaching to me told me that Jesus was a fisherman and we could probably fish that weekend but giving into spousal pressure I deferred to the next weekend. With that said the schedule is as follows: February 27th and 28th at Amistad, April 2nd and 3rd back at Amistad, May 14th and 15th Navajo (in conjunction with the Queens Memorial), June 11th and 12th at Ute and July 9th and 10th back at Ute. This is a great schedule for as well as all the lakes are fishing and I know Conchas is fishing "Awesome" but they have no facilities and Elephant Butte is still "Work in Progress" but Earl Conway is getting it back we just have to be patient. Additionally Logan Chamber of Commerce is a great sponsor and covers Championship Meals with their contribution. Championship is TBD as far as the lake goes but September 25th thru the 30th is the date for sure and I am already in contact with the Zapata Chamber of Commerce. Vacations have been set and the only hiccup will be the second tournament date for a few that I gave in on Easter versus the original dates I posted on FB back in early December. Thanks to all for your support over the years and we look forward to this year and seeing everyone again.
Send me your pictures and I will be sure to post them for all to see.