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Ute Lake - June
As usual the weather was less than cooperative this past weekend with rain and wind Friday and thunderstorms most of Saturday but Sunday was mostly clear and back to warm temperatures making for some changing fishing conditions to deal with for sure. 18 limits were weighed in on Saturday and 15 more on Sunday so Ute Lake actually fished as good as it has in a while for most teams. Patterns varied with Top Water baits making for a lot of the catches especially early and during the rain storms on Saturday. Some good fish were weighed in on Saturday and that catapulted many of the teams to the top of the leaderboard above the small limits many teams caught over the two days of competition. Congratulations to Mike Chisum and Joe Bennett as they led wire to wire after sacking up over 13 pounds on Saturday finishing with over 20 pounds for the tournament win. The top 3 actually held the same as Jeff Woodington and Coy Devoll finished in second with 19.34 pounds and Randy Campbell and Andrew Miller took third place honors with 18.53 pounds. Mike Chisum and Joe Bennett also weighed in the Big Bass at 5.64 pounds and took Ranger Cup for a stellar weekend. Butch and Angie Colantonio had a good sack Sunday to move up to fourth place with 18.09 pounds and Walter Burnett and Tom Jessop rounded out the Top 5 with 17.9 pounds. Angler of the Year heated up as Butch and Angie Colantonio closed to within 3 points of current leaders and two years running champions John Newlun and Jimmy Patterson with one tournament remaining on Ute Lake in July. If both teams finish in the same places next tournament there would be a tie for AoY so everyone stay tuned on that front. Complete standings and updated Super Team standings can be found on the Tournament Page.
Navajo at about 6100 feet elevation makes for some wonderful spring fishing with hail, rain and morning freezes. This year was no exception as a cold front gave us all those conditions and a great Sunday with temperatures in the upper 60's after two miserable days weather wise. Congrats to John Newlun and Jimmy Patterson on another win with Johnny Johnson and Gabe Rivera in second and David Herrera and Donna Herrerain third place and Big Bass for the weekend with a 6.23 pound largemouth. I will post updated Sun Country results but I wanted to get this much out for now so you can link to the Tournament Results Here. Great job by Billy Dunson and the 4 Corners Club for putting on a great tournament that helps support Youth Baseball in the area with over 2000 dollars donated from sponsors of the event. A great fish fry after weigh in and a great hot dog cookout Saturday night featuring Angie Colantonio and her salsa rounded out a fun weekend overall even with the weather. Thanks to all that fished this weekend. Updated Super Team and Ranger Cup overall standing will also be posted later this week.
Amistad is improving as a fishery and this weekends weights may not reflect it but a lot of small fish in the lake and lots of cover. I wish the National Park Service cared just a little bit about what the fishermen bring to the community and the lake but that is for another discussion. The patterns varied as some teams were still sight fishing while others were catching on jerkbaits and carolina rigs as well as some topwater fish. Great tournament for the a lot of teams including the Top 3 as all were in the 29 pound range. Driving up from Zapata Texas, Charlie Harrrelson and Jimmy Steel took first place honors with 29.48 pounds edging out Kris Bosley fishing without his partner Justin Morris at 29.18 pounds who edged out Tyler Wilson and Grant Goldbeck at 29.12 pounds. Big Bass for the weekend went to Jeff and Sheri Jorde. The Top 5 included JT Hodges and Jeff Robinson at Fourth with 25.98 pounds and Gary Carr and JJ Ducharme at 22.08 pounds. Sixth thru Tenth places were Rod Hasselhof and Randy Massucci with 21.56 pounds, Jim and Gail Criswell with 21.46 pounds, Butch and Angie Colantonio with 21.31 pounds, Byron Heiser and Keith Counts with 20.69 and John Newlun and Jimmy Patterson with 18.95 pounds. Thanks to Angie Colantonio, Sheri Jorde and JT Hodges on the help putting together final numbers to speed up the trip to Amistad Marine to hand out the awards. Some familiar faces were back and it was great to see them in the money. Complete standings for this tournament including Super Team and Ranger Cup can be found on the tournament page.
Day Two wasn't much better than day one from a temperature aspect but the top teams definitely had the fish pretty much dialed in. There were 13 limits on Saturday out of 32 teams competing with only 5 blanks. Compared to many circuits and considering temperatures and fronts it was a good of fishing overall. Sunday only gave out 7 limits showing just how bad the front was. Gary Carr and JJ Ducharme put together 4 good fish to take first place honors with 24.51 pounds edging out Butch and Angie Colantonio who had limits both days but a total of 24.19 pounds. Third place was Kris Bosley and Justin Morris with 23 pounds, Fourth to Byron Heiser and Keith Counts with 21.68 pounds and Fifth place went to last years AOY with 21.1 pounds. The rest of the Top Ten went to Jeff Woodington and Coy DeVoll at Sixth, Kevin Rodriguez and Dougan Anderson at Seventh, Charlie Estep and Art VanNostrand at Eighth, Adrian Yeo at Ninth and Doug Stewart and Joe Smith rounded out the Tenth. Big Bass for the weekend went to Trent Huckaby and Bubba Harrelson with a 5.69 pounder. Complete standings are posted at the Tournament Page. We will be back for round 2 on April 18th and 19th and I bet the weather will be warmer.
Day one here at Amistad is in the books and current results can be found at this link - day one standings. 13 limits were caught with Bosley and Morris in front, with Woodington and DeVoll in second and the Colantonios in third.
The Ramada Inn has been a sponsor for over 20 years and will continue to host the Friday meetings for 2015. I know some of you all stay at various hotels, homes and trailers but I appreciate their continued support of us so Friday the 27th of February and Friday the 17th of April's meetings will be at the Ramada in the meeting room by the restaurant. They will offer a special rate to Sun Country teams of 69 dollars per night plus tax and this includes breakfast although I think we will be on the water by then but be sure to mention Sun Country for the discounted rate.
Ranger Boats has returned the contract for this year to me to be signed so we are good to go for 2015. A sincere thanks to Ranger Boats and their entire staff for their continued support. Another thanks to all of you who support Ranger Boats as you are part of the reason they stay with us as well as the efforts of Kevin Smith and Smith RV and Marine. The 2015 Forms are posted on the Membership Page and Falcon Lake is looking less likely as JJ Ducharme and Joe Weber let me know there is a 200 boat tournament there on the weekend after we finish. It isn't the crowd but the rooms that will probably be the problem so the search will continue for a lake for Championship.
NOTE FINAL, FINAL2015 DATES!! I screwed up the Oilman's is on the 11th and 12th so we can move to the 18th and 19th of April so I have changed the second tournament to those dates. The dates will be February 28th and March 1st for the first tournament and April 18th and 19th for the second tournament. We will also go back up to Navajo for a conjunction tournament with the Queens as we have for the last couple of years. The first place payout is about the same and it goes to support local youth baseball teams. The date for Navajo is May 16th and 17th. June 13th and 14th is Ute Lake and for right now July 11th and 12th is up in the air although it is penciled in at Ute but I am nervous about water conditions for sure. Championship works good in September and will run the 20th thru the 25th with a lake TBD (To Be Determined). I will work with Falcon and the Chamber but it is way to early to know for sure. I do know that without local support it is hard to go to just any lake and get the meals.
I have the schedule posted at www.suncountrybass.orgI apologize for the delay in getting this out but strange rumors were out that Lake Amistad NRA was raising tournament permit fees to 300 dollars and if that was the case we weren't going back. Clem finally chased down someone at the Park Service and I am happy to report all is the same for 2015 so we will start the season at Lake Amistad for 2 tournaments back to back like last year so people can leave boats in Del Rio or close by. The dates will be February 28th and March 1st for the first tournament and April 11th and 12th for the second tournament (Bass Champs was on the 28th of March so we are moving to April). We will also go back up to Navajo for a conjunction tournament with the Queens as we have for the last couple of years. The first place payout is about the same and it goes to support local youth baseball teams. The date for Navajo is May 16th and 17th. June 13th and 14th is Ute Lake and for right now July 11th and 12th is up in the air although it is penciled in at Ute but I am nervous about water conditions for sure. Championship works good in September and will run the 20th thru the 25th with a lake TBD (To Be Determined). I will work with Falcon and the Chamber but it is way to early to know for sure. I do know that without local support it is hard to go to just any lake and get the meals.
Late start today thanks to some lightning in the area but it went away and left us 7 hours to fish in about 5 inches of continuous rain. Great tournament to all and congrats to JJ Ducharme and Gary Carr on their win this week at Amistad. 30.31 pounds. 2nd place was the team of Trent Huckaby and Bubba Harrelson at 28.47 pounds, 3rd place went to Mike Chisum and Joe Bennett with 28.20 pounds, 4th place went to Doug Stewart and Joe Smith with 27.64 pounds and 5th place went to Mike Cones and Adrian Yeo with 26.89 pounds. Al lot of limits today even with the rain and a great Awards dinner at the Ramada Inn Del Rio. Complete results can be found here.Super Team results are posted on the Tournament Page along with Ranger Cup AOY final standings.
Day Two is complete and Gary Carr and JJ Ducharme narrowly held onto the lead as Trent Huckaby and Bubba Harrelson brought in over 11 pounds to move into second place. Second large Bass for Day two went to Gabe Rivera and Johnny Johnson which moved them up to third while Todd Town and Cecil Carter had another limit keeping them in the run at fourth. Big Bass of the day at 5.55 went to Tyler Dixon and Cliff Miller moving them up to fifth while Joe Smith and Doug Stewart stayed at sixth and Mike Chisum and Joe Bennett fell to seventh. The Top 7 are all within 5 pounds of each other and anyone bringing in a Big Bass will move up for sure. Day 2 standings are posted here.
Day one is in the books and fishing is still tough here at Amistad. Rising water, lots of grass, and 81 degrees water and you would think we would be sacking them, but 33 qualified teams showed only 3 limits. Gary Carr and JJ Ducharme have the lead with 12.93 pounds, Todd Town and Cecil Carter are in second with 10.03 pounds. 3rd thru 6th all have 7 plus pounds and are as follows, Mike Chisum and Joe Bennett 7.98, Gabriel Rivera and Johnny Johnson 7.92, Trent Huckaby and Bubba Harrelson 7.81 and Joe Smith and Doug Stewart with 7.17. Gary and JJ also had Big Bass at 5.35 while Dustin Lester and Bob Howard had second Big Bass at 4 pounds even. Full Results are posted and can be Day accessed here.