Bryan Bass Club
Tournament Reports
 

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Last Report Listed: July, 2017, at Sam Rayburn


 picture - Sam Fling starting the year at Falcon Lake
For many years, the club started their tournament year enjoying the mild January weather down at Falcon Lake in south west Texas

The Bryan Bass Club conducts twelve monthly 2-day tournaments for members, dates decided annually, lake and launch site decided during monthly business meetings.

Finishing places in a tournament are determined using a best-day approach, the best weight from one day or the other, not both. A few members choose to compete only one day and return home, while many fish both hoping to do better the next day.

Some bring guests or family members. For more information on the club's tournament lakes, click here.


2017 Reports

Conroe - Bryan Bass Club - January 28-29, 2017

Conditions: Cool with moderate northwest winds. Water temperatures were in the high-50's, stained water clarity, lake level normal. Eleven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Scott's Ridge Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
9.62 lbs
Second Randy Knight
6.79 lbs
Third Herb Hutson
6.02 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Michael said he used a jerk bait on a rock bank to catch his winning bass. No other reports at meeting.


Coletto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - February 18-19, 2017

Conditions: Cool with moderate south winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level close to normal. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
16.90 lbs
Second Bill Ray
16.69 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
15.92 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bill Ray
6.93 lbs

Patterns: Bob said that he used a 1.5 crankbait and a white color swimming jig in 4-8 foot water. Bill said he used a watermelon color carolina-rig fluke in 5-8 foot water. Ray said he used a flutter-hook baby bass color fluke and a senko in brush under trees in 4-8 foot water.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - March 25-26, 2017

Conditions: Cool with moderate northeast winds one day and south wind the next. Water temperatures were in the high-60's, stained water clarity, lake level one foot low. Twelve members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
10.85 lbs
Second Sam Fling
10.57 lbs
Third Randy Knight
9.64 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bill Ray
6.27 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he used a carolina rig fluke in the back of Housen. Sam said he used a carolina rig trick worm in the back of Housen. Randy said he used a whooper plopper and a carolina rig senko. Bill said he used a carolina rig watermelon/red color fluke near the main lake entrance to Housen.


Belton - Bryan Bass Club - April 29-30, 2017

Conditions: Warm with strong southeast winds Saturday then strong northwest winds Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained water clarity, lake level two foot high. Eleven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Arrowhead Point boat ramp on Saturday and the Cedar Ridge Park boat ramp on Sunday (due to strong west winds). Sam allowed trailering because of wind conditions.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
9.66 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
8.74 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
7.84 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Michael Curtsinger
6.57 lbs

Patterns: Michael said he used a 3/4 oz football jig rigged with a watermelon/red color craw in brushpiles. Clyde said he used a carolina rig watermelon color fluke. Bob said he used a blue-boy color crankbait and flipped a craw pappy.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - May 20-21, 2017

Conditions: Warm with mild south wind on Saturday and moderate northeast winds on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the high-70's, clear water clarity, lake level close to normal. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Stillhouse Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
15.18 lbs
Second Bill Ray
11.81 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
8.69 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.81 lbs

Patterns: Randy said he caught some schooling bass using a Yellow Magic topwater bait and some others using a carolina rig. Bill Ray said he used a carolina rig watermelon/red color fluke. Ray said he used a 1/16oz tx-rig watermelon/red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in 8 foot water off an outside brush line on the main lake point.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - June 17-18, 2017

Conditions: Hot with mild south wind on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the high-80's, muddy water clarity, lake level close to normal. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Hotel boat ramp in Kickapoo Creek.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
12.60 lbs
Second Sam Fling
11.90 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
11.82 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.0 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he used a blue-boy color Bandit series 300 crankbait. Sam said he used a white color Strikeking Ricky Clunn crankbait in shady areas of White Rock Creek. Bob said he used blue-boy color Bomber 4a/6a or Bandit 200 series crankbaits around boat docks or near a channel drop off.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - July 15-16, 2017

Conditions: Hot with calm south winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the high-80's, clear to stained water clarity, lake level close to normal. Thirteen members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-2) Sunday at Cassels Boykin Park west boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
11.73 lbs
Second Darrien Swann
10.57 lbs
Third Randy Knight
8.99 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Herb Hutson
6.30 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he pitched a blackberry color Zoom Ol' Monster worm in the grass around Preacher Ray's. Darrien said he used a white-ice color Zoom Fluke in 4' water and a DD22 crankbait digging up the bottom in shallow water. Randy and Herb didn't give reports at the meeting.



2016 Reports

Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - January 23-24, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, calm to moderate winds. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level 1 foot low. Fifteen members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Coleto Park's boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
11.61 lbs
Second Randy Knight
11.49 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
11.00 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his limit using a white color Chatter-bait fished parallel to the shallow grass along the shoreline. Randy used a carolina-rig on main lake points and flipped watermelon/chartreuse or pumkin/chartreuse color Biffle Bugs around the trees along a creek in the back of a cove. Ray flipped a watermelon color 1/8oz tx-rig Zoom Big Dead Ringer around the base of trees with brush in a flat with 6'-8' water.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - February 27-28, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, moderate winds from the north one day and south the next. Water temperatures were in the upper-50's, stained to muddy water clarity, lake level normal. Twelve members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
12.78 lbs
Second Sam Fling
12.63 lbs
Third Bill Ray
9.35 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
9.36 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught two using a carolina-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Mag Lizard, and he flipped a Zoom Baby Brushhog shallow for the rest. Sam caught his three keepers Saturday pitching a heavy jig into openings in the straw grass mats about four to six feet deep. Bill Ray caught bass Sunday using a carolina-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Fluke along the edges of submerged grass in 6-8 foot water.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - March 19-20, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, mild winds from the north. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained to muddy water clarity, lake level 2' high. Eight members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Yegua Park east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
11.61 lbs
Second Bill Ray
4.56 lbs
Third Herbert Hutson
2.36 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Michael fished a small pocket on the north side of the lake that had some flooded reed, flipping a green-pumpkin color Rage Craw. Bill flipped reeds with a lightweight california 420 color Zoom Trick worm. The guest was not at the meeting to give a report.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - April 9-10, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, mild east and south winds. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, stained clarity, lake level 1' high. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
18.34 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
17.35 lbs
Third Darrien Swann
8.58 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
6.60 lbs

Patterns: Sam fished with a white-white color indiana blade spinner bait and a watermelon candy color speed trap. Bob slow-rolled white-white color willow leaf spinner baits deep along edges of creek channels and islands early in the morning. Darrien fished his white-ice fluke rigged upside-down to change it's fall.

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picture of Sam with big bass      
 Above - Sam with Toledo Bend big bass      


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - May 21-22, 2016

Conditions: Warm mornings, hot afternoons, mild winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level 10' high. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Stillhouse Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
12.17 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
9.96 lbs
Third Darrien Swann
8.92 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Michael said he used carolina rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringers along edges of brush lines. Bob said he used a watermelon red color Zoom Wacky Worn along edges of brush lines. Darrien used his upside-down rigged wide-eye fluke.

 


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - June 25-26, 2016

Conditions: Warm mornings, hot afternoons, moderate winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the low-90's, stained water clarity, lake level normal. Twelve members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Lodge boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
17.80 lbs
Second Bill Ray
10.87 lbs
Third Hugh Wallace
10.40 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he used Reaction Inovation black/blue color Sweet Beavers with a 1/4 ounce weight flipped under boat docks. Bill said he used a lightly weighted watermelon color Senko. Hugh said he used a lightly weighted black/blue flake color Senko and a watermelon/red color Craw Pappy.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - July 23-24, 2016

Conditions: Warm mornings, hot afternoons, mild winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the low-90's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level 1' high. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in 3 fish limits at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Twin Dikes Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
19.89 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
9.99 lbs
Third Darrien Swann
8.30 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Michael Curtsinger
11.56 lbs

Patterns: Michael said he used a watermelon/red color football jig with a trailer. Bob said he used a junebug color unweighted Senko around buck brush. Darrien said he used a white color fatty craw.

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picture of Michael with big bass      
 Above - Michael with big bass      


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - August 20-21, 2016

Conditions: Warm mornings, hot afternoons, mild winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level normal. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
7.42 lbs
Second Randy Knight
7.38 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
7.22 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam said he used a chrome blue back color Lewis Rat-l-trap in shallow water. Randy said he used a carolina-rig. Clyde said he used a carolina-rig and a chatter-bait.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - September 17-18, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warm afternoons, mild winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level 1' high. Eleven members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Stillhouse Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
14.16 lbs
Second Guest
11.35 lbs
Third Randy Knight
9.58 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: No information on baits.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - October 15-16, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, warm afternoons, moderate winds from the east/southeast. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level a half foot high. Thirteen members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
16.02 lbs
Second Michael Curtsinger
15.81 lbs
Third Mike McGinnis
15.80 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Mike Collins
6.45 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he used a carolina-rig, Michael a tx-rig worm and a square-bill crankbait, Mike a tx-rig worm and a black/blue color craw worm.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - November 12-13, 2016

Conditions: Cool mornings, moderate afternoons, brisk winds from the southeast. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level 1' high. Twelve members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Casells Boykin park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
13.70 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
12.70 lbs
Third Steve Hosey
12.41 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam used a trick worm and a tx-rig Zoom Big Dead Ringer. Jimmy used a DB3 crankbait.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - December 10-11, 2016

Conditions: Cold mornings, cool afternoons, moderate winds from the north Saturday, stronger from the southwest Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained to muddy water clarity, lake level normal. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Yequa Creek Park east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
13.16 lbs
Second Randy Knight
11.86 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
10.30 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
9.48 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he used blueberry colors, a speed craw in 12' water and a Zoom Ol' Monster in 24' water. Randy said he used a StrikeKing 6XD crankbait. Clyde said he used a trick worm and a craw worm but can't remember the colors.



2015 Reports

Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - January 24-25, 2015

Conditions: Cold mornings, warmer afternoons, moderate winds increasing Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-50's, stained water clarity, lake level 2 feet low. Three members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at Sam's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
11.54 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
4.62 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
2.97 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his limit using a gold color SPRO lipless crankbait and a Chatter-bait relatively shallow. Bob used a chrome/blue color Bill Lewis Rat-l-trap and a spinnerbait for his two bass. Michael used a chrome color 'Trap to catch his keeper.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - February 28-March 01, 2015

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, moderate south winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-50's, stained water clarity, lake level up 1 foot. Six members and two guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at Cassels Boykin Park west boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Jim Fortenbury
14.62 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
6.59 lbs
Third Audie Kitkosky
3.34 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: The Jim's said they caught their bass on spinner baits in Pophers Creek. Audie didn't give a report. Two other members caught a bass under unusual pre-spawn conditions.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - March 14-15, 2015

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, mild winds. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level 1 foot high. Twelve members and two guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at Yequa Creek Park east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
16.56 lbs
Second Sam Fling
4.14 lbs
Third Randy Knight
3.99 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he caught a limit using watermelon color wacky worms and craw worms in the back of the community spawning cove among lots of other boats and bank fishermen, just happened to be positioned to cast at the right bush and straw grass. Sam caught one on a red chatter bait near a flat cove close to Overlook Park. Randy didn't give a report.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - April 11-12, 2015

Conditions: Cool mornings, warmer afternoons, mild winds. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, stained water clarity, lake level 1 foot high. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Sam Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
12.22 lbs
Second Sam Fling
12.01 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
9.09 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: I missed the meeting, and there were no reports in the minutes.


Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - May 16-17, 2015

Conditions: Nice days, mild winds. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained water clarity, lake level 2 foot high. Seven members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Bob Barnes' private boat dock.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
14.57 lbs
Second Darrien Swann
10.89 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
6.52 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he was puching through thick grass mat with a craw worm rig. Darrien didn't give a report. Clyde said he fished along the edges of the grass using critter baits.


Conroe - Bryan Bass Club - June 27-28, 2015

Conditions: Hot days and moderate south winds. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level half-foot high. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Scotts Ridge boat ramp in Caney Creek.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
13.93 lbs
Second Darrien Swann
12.51 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
9.61 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass SamFling
7.65 lbs

Patterns: Sam said he liked to fish a chatter-bait and caught his big bass near the main lake light house. Darrien said he fished plastics shallow. Clde said he used wacky worms and craw worms shallow.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - July 25-26, 2015

Conditions: Warm days, hot by mid-afternoon, moderate south. Water temperatures were in the high-80's, stained water clarity, lake level 3 foot high. Twelve members fished the club tournament weighing in at agreed-times early because of the heat on Saturday and Sunday at Cassels Boykin Park west boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Ray Rippstein
21.25 lbs
Second Darrien Swann
12.34 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
10.46 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Ray Rippstein
10.70 lbs

Patterns: Ray swam his 1/8oz tx-rig watermelon color Zoom Big Dead Ringer along the scattered edges of the hay-like stem grass near 10-14 foot water in the Harvey Creek area. Darrien rigged a wide-eye Super-Fluke upside down for a different fall and fished the deep hay-like grass. Bob said he fished at Preacher Ray's ledges using drop shot rigs with watermelon-candy color Craw Pappy's and black/grape color Zoom Trick Worms.

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picture of Ray with big bass      
 Above - Ray with Sam Rayburn big bass      

Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - August 22-23, 2015

Conditions: Moderate temperatures and mild winds. Water temperatures were in the low-80's, stained to muddy water clarity, lake level a half-foot high. Nine members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in three-bass limits an hour early (sl-2) Saturday and Sunday at Kickapoo Marina boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
9.79 lbs
Second Sam Fling
6.95 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
4.47 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he fished back and forth on the rip-rap at the Kickapoo bridge. Sam said he fished a secret boat dock with a white/chartreuse color spinner-bait. Clyde said he used a tx-rig craw worm.


Belton - Bryan Bass Club - September 26-27, 2015

Conditions: Mild days and light winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained water clarity, lake level half-foot low. Twelve members and three guests fished the club tournament weighing in 3-bass limits at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Arrowhead/Begonia boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
5.20 lbs
Second Greg Munoz
5.13 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
4.99 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy said he caught one on a tube and two on a crankbait for his 3-bass limit. Greg or Michael didn't give a report.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - Oct 30/Nov 01, 2015

Conditions: Mild days and light winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained water clarity, lake level four feet high. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in 5-bass limits at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Yequa Creek Park east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Michael Curtsinger
16.58 lbs
Second Sam Fling
11.57 lbs
Third Herbert Hutson
9.57 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Michael Curtsinge
8.98 lbs

Patterns: I missed the meeting and the reports weren't in the minutes. The bass were likely caught in the flooded brush or areas near the boat ramp.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - Nov 14-15, 2015

Conditions: Mild days and light south winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained water clarity, lake level eight feet high. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in 5-bass limits at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Yequa Creek Park east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Ray Rippstein
11.59 lbs
Second Sam Fling
10.87 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
7.46 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Ray Rippstein
6.68 lbs

Patterns: Ray pitched watermelon color Yum Christie Craw or Zoom Flukes to the flooded brush and willow trees. Sam used a craw worm in the flooded brush. Michael worked baits along shorelines in the coves near the boat ramp.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - December 12-13, 2015

Conditions: Cloudy days, brief light rain and moderate south winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, clear/stained water clarity, lake level a foot high. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in 5-bass limits at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Stillhouse Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Ray Rippstein
10.75 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
10.08 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
8.81 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Ray fished a watermelon color 1/8oz tx-rig Zoom Big Dead Ringer in the open gaps between the 8' and 12' grass lines in a cove near the dam. Clyde and Michael fished plastic baits around several points of grass in a cove up the lake.



2014 Reports

Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - January 25-26, 2014

Conditions: Cold mornings, warmer afternoons, moderate winds. Water temperatures were in the high-40's, stained water clarity, lake level two feet low. Seven members and a guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at Sam's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
13.73 lbs
Second Randy Knight
7.57 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
6.50 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his limit using Bill Lewis 1/2oz Rat-L-Traps in Rayburn Red colors fishing Hurricane Creek. Randy used an Excalibur crankbait in Toledo Gold color for his 3 bass. Michael used a craw-fish color 'Trap to catch his 3 bass.

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picture of Randy with big bass      
 Above - Old picture, new ones coming      

Conroe - Bryan Bass Club - Feb 15-16, 2014

Conditions: Mild south winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-50's, stained water clarity, lake level one foot low. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Scott's Ridge park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Darien Swann
7.98 lbs
Second Michael Curtsinger
5.56 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
5.12 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Darien Swann
6.22 lbs

Patterns: Darien used an Alabama rig to catch his two keepers. Michael fished with a 2" swim bait in Caney Creek. Clyde ran a crankbait near rip-rap for his keepers. Conroe has a 16" length regulation and there were several zeroes with cold conditions appearing to scatter larger bass.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - Mar 15-16, 2014

Conditions: Mild north-east winds on Saturday and a windy front mid-Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level three feet low. Eight members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Monterey park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
12.64 lbs
Second Larry Glover
7.87 lbs
Third Michael Curtsinger
5.16 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam used a chatter bait over grass for his limit Sunday. Larry fished a drop-shot rig with a red-bug Zoom Big Dead Ringer near grass for his four bass Saturday. Michael cranked a red Lewis Rat-L-Trap shallow for his three keepers Sunday.


Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - Apr 12-13, 2014

Conditions: Mild south winds mornings with windy afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained water clarity, lake level 3.9 feet low. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Coleto Creek park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
11.44 lbs
Second Sam Fling
10.05 lbs
Third Randy Knight
9.83 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Awaiting information. .


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - May 17-18, 2014

Conditions: Moderate south winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, stained to muddy water clarity, lake level 6 inches high and rising. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Waterfront Lodge ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
11.14 lbs
Second Sam Fling
8.67 lbs
Third Hugh Wallace
7.27 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught his bass Sunday, two on carolina rig, one on crankbait and one on Berkley Power Worm. Sam caught his bass Saturday in White Rock area flipping a green/orange color spinner bait against the bank. Hugh used a craw worm under docks and near stumps.


Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - June 28-29, 2014

Conditions: Moderate south winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, stained water clarity, lake level 6 inches high. Nine members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in a three-bass limt at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Bob Barnes private dock.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
9.28 lbs
Second Randy Knight
7.60 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
5.40 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam flipped a Rage Tail craw around shore line grass in Kickapoo Creek area on Saturday and a square-bill crankbait in the back of Flat Creek on Sunday, catching 3 keeper bass each day. Randy used x on Saturday catching 3 keeper bass in Kickapoo Creek area, and he placed second in the Toyota Bass Classic Judges Tournament as well. Bob used x to catch 2 keeper bass on Saturday in the Kickapoo Creek area. More info when provided.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - July 19-20, 2014

Conditions: Mild east winds on Saturday and Sunday, lots of clouds Saturday, sunshine Sunday afternoon, getting hot. Water temperatures were in the low-80's, stained water clarity, lake level 2 inches high, water in good condition. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in a three-bass limt at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Yequa Park east boat ramp..

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
9.19 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
6.02 lbs
Third Bill Ray
5.04 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
9.19 lbs

Patterns: Randy cranked a blue/chartreuse color StrikeKing 6XD deep on Saturday near Overlook to catch one bass Satuday weighing a whopping 9.19 pounds, On Sunday just before weigh-in, Ray cranked a black/silver color Berkley Frenzy FSH7M Flicker Shad in 4-6' water to catch one bass weighing 6 pounds near Overlook too. Bill cranked a purple/white square-bill crankbait in 4' water also near Overlook to catch one bass Sunday morning weighing 5 pounds. There were only four bass caught over two days of fishing by the entire club. Tough bite this weekend for some reason!

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picture of Randy with big bass  pic of Ray with bass    
 Above - Randy's 9lb bass  Above - Ray's 6lb bass    

Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - August 23-24, 2014

Conditions: Hot afternoons, mild west winds. Water temperatures were in the high-80's, lots of submerged grass and floating pads, stained water clarity, lake level six inches low. Seven members and a guest fished the club tournament weighing in three-fish limits at three different session times (sl-11 & 3:30-7) Saturday and (sl-11) Sunday at Sam's private boat ramp. Times and limit changed to conserve the bass plus the anglers too.

Best-session Results:  
First Bob Barnes
10.61 lbs
Second Randy Knight
9.72 lbs
Third Bill Ray
5.81 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.92 lbs

Patterns: Bob cast a 1/4oz tx-rig Zoom Ol' Monster purple color worm coated with MegaStike jelly along the edges of Ashmore Creek to catch three keepers. Randy went down toward the dam to fish Louisiana Island with a #18 Little Gator color 1 1/4 oz Oldham Jig along the deep grass for two keepers. Bill fished main lake points between Housen and Six-Mile plus the flat in front of Fin N' Feather using a nail-weighted green pumpkin color Yamamoto Senko or a carolina-rig watermelon color Zoom Fluke. Only one other club member caught a keeper bass.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - September 20-21, 2014

Conditions: Warm afternoons, mild souith winds. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, stained water clarity, lake level six inches low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at Kickapoo Marina boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wikerson
10.88 lbs
Second Steve Hosey
6.05 lbs
Third Larry Glover
4.61 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Clde fished the south end of the lake. Steve and Larry fished near Kickapoo.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - October 25-26, 2014

Conditions: Warm afternoons, mild varible winds. Water temperatures were in the low-80's, areas of submerged grass and floating pads, stained water clarity, lake level one foot low. Eight members and a guest fished the club tournament weighing in at Cassells Boykin park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Jim Fortenberry
11.89 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
11.00 lbs
Third Bill Ray
8.67 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Jim used spinner baits for his limit Saturday fishing with Jimmy Vann up river. Ray used a watermelon/red color Zoom Trick Worm on a 1/8oz Finacky Hook to fish wacky style for a limit Sunday near deep submerged grass in the Black Forest. Bill used a screw-lock weight on his california-420 color worm fishing pads near the ramp or carolina-rigging main lake points on Sunday.


Limestone - Bryan Bass Club - November 15-16, 2014

Conditions: Cool afternoons, moderate north frontal winds. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, stained water clarity, lake level one foot low. Three members fished the club tournament weighing in at the dam's east side park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
13.63 lbs
Second Sam Fling
5.75 lbs
Third None
0.00 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Bob caught a few bass on crankbaits near trees or flipping under a deep boat dock. Sam caught some bass using a crankbait near trees.There was only one other member practicing his casting at the lake.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - December 06-07, 2014

Conditions: Mild afternoons, moderate north winds. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level six inches low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at Yegua Creek Park's east boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Samn Fling
15.08 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
6.42 lbs
Third Bill Ray
4.55 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught a nice limit with a spinnerbait fishing the backs of creeks and coves on Saturday. Bob caught three on Saturday using a crankbait around Overlook island. Bill Ray caught two fishing the same area on Sunday. Only four members caught bass.



2013 Reports

Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - January 12-13, 2013

Conditions: Strong cool south winds on Saturday, thunderstorms overnight, and stronger colder north winds on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level three feet low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at the Coleto Creek Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
15.00 lbs
Second Randy Knight
14.50 lbs
Third Sam Fling
10.25 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
7.50 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught his big bass Sunday on a crankbait off a point towards the powerplant. Bob caught his five bass Saturday on a point near the dam on a tx-rig Culprit crawdad color worm and a copper back color StrikeKing RC3 crankbait. Randy caught his limit Saturday using a crankbait. Sam caught his limit Saturday using a crankbait. More accurate info after next meeting.

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picture of Randy with big bass      
 Above - Randy with big bass on Sunday       

Choke Canyom - Bryan Bass Club - February 16-17, 2013

Conditions: Mild south winds on Saturday, and again early Sunday morning then very strong winds on Sunday before noon, causing an early weigh-in for safety. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level seventeen feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-noon) Sunday at the Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
9.00 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
5.22 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
5.08 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: The fishing conditions were unusual for this lake. Very few bites during practice or tournament. Marvin caught 2 bassfishing real slow with a carolina rig near rocks. Clyde caought two bass doing the same. Bob caught one bass with a crankbait first thing Saturday morning off the rock jetty at the boat ramp.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - March 09-10, 2013

Conditions: Mild south winds on Saturday, and again early Sunday morning then very strong winds with a rain front on Sunday before noon. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level three feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Fling Point private ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
13.31 lbs
Second Randy Knight
13.19 lbs
Third Sam Fling
11.21 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Most bass were caught shallow. Bob caught four bass Saturday bed fishing with 1/4oz Lake Fork Craw Worm, a Zoom lizard or a Zoom Baby Brushhog. Randy caught his limit Saturday and didn't give a report. Sam caught his limit Saturday using a wacky-worm.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - April 13-14, 2013

Conditions: Mild south winds on Saturday, and again early Sunday morning. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level two feet low. Eleven members and one guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at the Rocky Creek Park boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
20.72 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
15.96 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
13.05 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
7.02 lbs

Patterns: Most bass were caught shallow in large flats with creek drains using tx-rig soft plastic baits. Sam caught his limit Sunday... Bob caught his limit Saturday... Ray caught his limit Saturday... More accurate info when shared with me.

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picture of Sam with big bass      
 Above - Sam with big bass on Sunday       

Lake Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - May 04-05, 2013

Conditions: Moderate cool north winds early increasing to strong north winds before noon on both days with an unusual May cold front. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, muddy water clarity due to high winds, lake level near normal. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Bob's private boat dock (trailering allowed).

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
16.76 lbs
Second Randy Knight
13.67 lbs
Third Sam Fling
13.01 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Most bass were caught shallow. Bob caught his limit Saturday fishing beds... Randy caught his limit Saturday... Sam caught his limit Sunday... More accurate info when shared with me.


Lake Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - June 01-02, 2013

Conditions: Moderate south winds early Saturday then calming and hot, and a strong storm front from the north on Sunday morning clearing but still windy and cooler by noon. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, muddy water clarity due to high winds and recent rain especially Sunday, lake level near normal. Eight members and a spouse (welcome Tina!!) fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Hooker's Waterfront Lodge boat ramp (trailering allowed).

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
14.69 lbs
Second Bill Ray
12.12 lbs
Third Larry Glover
7.55 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Most bass were caught shallow in Kickapoo Creek area. Randy said he used a mississippi- crack color Lucky Craft 1.5 crankbait, a chartreuse-white color chatter-bait and a Zoom Speed Craw in black-neon and green-pumpkin colors. Bill said he used a blue-top color H2O flat bill crankbait. Larry said he used a watermelon-red color shaky-head rigged Zoom Big Dead Ringer.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - July 21-22, 2013

Conditions: Calm south winds most of Saturday, and a slow moving scattered thunderstorm system from the south on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, clearing water clarity with plenty of grass, lake level maybe a foot and a half low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Fling's private boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
17.07 lbs
Second Marvin Konecny
7.80 lbs
Third Larry Glover
4.64 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
8.44 lbs

Patterns: Bob said that he caught his big bass and limit Sunday in Housen Bay fishing 18' grass edges with a big tx-rig red/black Berkley Power Worm he he recently bought at a garage sale. Marvin caight a few bass early with a pop-r surface bait and then a carolina-rig later. Larry said he caught his bass from the back of Randy's boat in areas Randy liked to fish; Larry also said he was using a drop-shot.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - August 10-11, 2013

Conditions: Calm south winds and lots of sunshine most of Saturday and Sunday, rain overnight. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, clearing water clarity with grass at six to twelve feet, lake level maybe five feet low. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Twin Dikes Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
6.36 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
2.91 lbs
Third Randy Knight
2.72 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: For a while, it seemed the tournament would be won by who had the biggest single bass, then Sam surprised everyone Sunday with three bass. He said he caught two early on top water off a mid-lake point and another later with a crank-bait. Bob said... Randy said... Lots of little bass caught, keepers were hard to come by this week all across the lake.


Lake Waco - Bryan Bass Club - September 28-29, 2013

Conditions: Calm south winds Saturday, rain front overnight and wet north wind Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-80's, moderate water clarity, lake level maybe seven feet low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Midway Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
6.74 lbs
Second Sam Fling
6.08 lbs
Third Dan Hairston
4.94 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam said he caught his three keepers near the dam. Marvin said he caught his two bass off a small brush pile/stump. Dan was not at the meeting to give his report. Lots of little bass caught, again keepers were hard to come by this week all across this lake.


Lake Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - October 19-20, 2013

Conditions: Strong north wind Saturday, and calmer south wind Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, muddy water clarity, lake level between six to seven feet low. Eleven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Overlook Park ramp (changed from Welch due to wind).

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
11.91 lbs
Second Randy Knight
8.96 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
6.13 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam said he caught his five keepers near an island flipping timber in the wind Saturday. Randy said he caught his four bass near Overlook island Sunday. Bob said he caught Sam's leftovers Saturday.


Lake Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - November 16-17, 2013

Conditions: moderate south wind Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level normal. Ten members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Barnes' private boat dock (trailering allowed).

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
7.,60 lbs
Second Randy Knight
7.59 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
6.62 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught his four bass on a chartreuse/white Chatter Bait and two on a black/neon Speed Craw. Sam and Bobby did not give a report.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - December 14-15, 2013

Conditions: Strong north wind Saturday with a overcast front dropping temperatures and calmer but colder on a sunny Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-50's, clear water clarity, lake level ten feet low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and (sl-3) Sunday at Stillhouse Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Jimmy Vann
12.74 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
10.88 lbs
Third Danny Hairston
7.82 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Jimmy Vann
9.38 lbs

Patterns: Jimmy and Danny said they used Alabama rigs all day. Bob caught two bass on a Chatter Bait near rocks and two on a tx-rig Craw Pappy in tree tops.



2012 Reports

Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - January 21-22, 2012

Conditions: Strong cool north winds on Saturday, and strong south winds on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level ten feet low. Five members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Creek Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
9.97 lbs
Second Sam Fling
5.06 lbs
Third Bill Ray
3.67 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
9.97 lbs

Patterns: Bob caught his big bass near the dam in open shallow water between brush piles using a Strike King #5 sexy-shad crankbait. Sam used a mo-jo rig watermelon color trick worn near the dam to catch two bass. Bill threw a carolina-rig watermelon color Fluke in 3'-12' water near rocks to catch his two bass.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - February 11-12, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, stained water clarity, lake level eleven feet low. Four members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Cassells Boykin Park ramp. Half the participating members also fished the Federation Nation southeast region tournament there at Jackson Hill on Saturday.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
9.90 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
6.57 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
5.43 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.80 lbs

Patterns: Randy used a carolina-rig to catch his bass near the boat ramp. Ray used a medium diving red color Bandit crankbait near the boat ramp. Clyde used a carolina rig near the bridge.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - March 17-18, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, stained water clarity, lake level just back to normal after the 2011 drought dropped it to ten feet low. Eight members and a guest fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Creek Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
18.74 lbs
Second Rany Knight
18.05 lbs
Third Bill Ray
9.43 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.23 lbs

Patterns: Bob caught his limit on Sunday with a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Baby Brush Hog flipped in the small draw next to the Big Creek Park boat ramp. Randy caught his limit on Saturday using a lightly weighted Yamamoto Senko and a craw worm in the small draw next to the Big Creek Park boat ramp. Bill Ray caught two bass each day using 1/8oz watermelon color plastics, a shakey head Zoom Fluke and tx-rig Zoom Mag Worm, in the small draw next to the Big Creek Park boat ramp.


Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - April 14-15, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday, then a hard blow from the west with an approaching front after noon Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, stained water clarity, lake level just back up to normal. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Bob Barnes' boat dock.

Best-day Results:  
First Rany Knight
13.79 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
13.50 lbs
Third Marvin Konecny
8.48 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Pat Fisher
6.37 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught his limit on Sunday with a tx-rig watermelon color Zoom Fluke flipped into shallow grass in Kickapoo Creek. Bob caught his limit on Saturday using a craw-worm around the shallow side of main lake boat docks. Marvin caught his limit Saturday in Flat Creek cranking a buzz-bait shallow. Pat caught his big bass Saturday using a watermelon color Yamamoto Senko near a grass edge in Flat Creek.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - May 19-20, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and calmer Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, stained water clarity, lake level twelve feet low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Caliham State Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
19.64 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
15.90 lbs
Third Pat Fisher
14.37 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Marvin Konecny
10.62 lbs

Patterns: Marvin caught his limit and big bass on Saturday with a red bug color Zoom Big Dead Ringer and a 1/4oz spinnerbait shallow near Caliham Point. Bob caught his limit on Saturday using a swim bait and a watermelon-red color Craw Pappy in water eight feet or less. Pat caught his limit early Saturday using a Yamamoto Senko flipped around a shallow magic tree near Caliham Point.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - June 16-17, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and calmer Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, stained water clarity, lake level two-and-a-half feet low. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Fling Point private ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
14.14 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
8.77 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
7.23 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
7.03 lbs

Patterns: Randy used an alabama-rig and a crankbait in front of Fin n' Feather for some of his bass, then went south to Indian Creek and La. Island where he completed his limit and caught his big bass using a 1.25oz Oldham Jig. Clyde used a carolina-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Lizard near a grass edge where the depth drops from 12' to 26' back in Housen. Ray fished a tx-rig red-bug color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in a 22' grass-lined trench near islands and humps in the back of Housen.


Somerville - Bryan Bass Club - July 21-22, 2012

Conditions: Mild southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, stained water clarity, lake level a half foot low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Rocky Creek Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
10.14 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
7.55 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
7.34 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam used a sexy-shad color Berkley hollow-body swim bait in flooded small willow and siene bean bushes near creeks for his limit Sunday. Ray used a salt-and-pepper color Yamamoto Senko and a copper/chartreuse color Lucky Strike RC1.5 square-lip crankbait over slightly deeper flooded bushes in similar creeks for his three keepers Saturday. Bob worked a watermelon color Yamamoto Senko and flipped a watermelon-red color Yum Craw Papi around brush growing near flooded cane for his limit Sunday.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - August 18-19, 2012

Conditions: Mild southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday, with scattered rain showers. Water temperatures were in the low-90's, stained water clarity, lake level a foot low. Six members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Hookers Waterfront Lodge ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
15.72 lbs
Second Marvin Konecny
12.33 lbs
Third Sam Fling
9.03 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
6.44 lbs

Patterns: Bob caught his limit Sunday in Kickapoo Creek using a pumpkinseed color Yum Craw Papi around brush and stumps, and the big bass came on a blue-boy color crankbait on the bridge riprap. Marvin fished the creek in White Rock Saturday using a blue-fleck color worm abnd a white color spinnerbait around log piles on the banks. Sam fished in the White Rock bay area Saturday around stumps and logs using three baits - a spinnerbait, a chatterbait and a crankbait.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - September 22-23, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, stained water clarity, lake level sixteen feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and short hours (sl-1) Sunday at Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
12.28 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
8.48 lbs
Third Marvin Konecny
6.72 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
8.99 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his 3 bass and kicker Saturday flipping shallow timber in Five Fingers using various small plastic baits. He caught at least one big bass every day including practice. Ray caught a 7lb bass Saturday and 4 bass on Sunday flipping a red-bug color Lake Fork craw-worm at lucky trees in Five Fingers. Marvin (more to come).


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - October 27-28, 2012

Conditions: Strong north winds on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, clear water clarity, lake level four feet low. Seven members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and short hours (sl-1) Sunday at Fling Point private ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
9.67 lbs
Second Sam Fling
8.01 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
5.98 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught three on a crankbait and one on a jig. Sam caught five bass with a wacky worm or a drop-shot rig. Ray caught only two using pegged 1/4oz weight red-bug color Lake Fork Craw Worm or Zoom Big Dead Ringer in deeper grass around the back of Housen Bay.


Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - November 10-11, 2012

Conditions: Moderate southeast winds on Saturday and storms with a front on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the lower-70's, stained water clarity, lake level two feet low. Seven members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and short hours (sl-1) Sunday at Barnes' private dock.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
10.12 lbs
Second Marvin Konecny
8.77 lbs
Third Sam Fling
8.51 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
6.49 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught a limit using a brush-hog and a spinner-bait near Flat Creek. Marvin caught two bass using a chartreuse color Yamamoto Senko in Flat Creek. Sam caught a limit Sunday on a main lake point near Ledbetter using a chatter-bait and a Berkley Chigger Craw. He caught a 6.49lb big bass Saturday in Flat Creek.

Conroe - Bryan Bass Club - December 08-09, 2012

Conditions: Mild southeast winds on Saturday and thunderstorm late Sunday. Water temperatures were in the lower-70's, stained water clarity, lake level three feet low. Seven members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at Scotts Ridge park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
11.60 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
5.46 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
3.07 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught his limit Saturday around rocks using a StrikeKing 5X chart/blueback crankbait and a watermelon/red carolina rig. Bob caught two fish Saturday using watermelon/red Craw Pappys near some pilings. The lightning bass... Ray caught his keeper Sunday on a stump near Peach Creek when an unexpected lightning bolt hit a nearby tree; he was using a watermelon/red Lake Fork Craw on a 1/8 oz flutter hook; he threw the still hooked bass into his livewell and headed straight to weigh-in. The storm hit thirty minutes later during weigh-in.



2011 Reports

Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - January 15-16, 2011

Conditions: Moderate cool north winds Saturday with some heavy frontal-passage rain overnight, moderate warmer south wind Sunday with some mist, fairly nice for the winter season. Water temperatures were in the mid-50's, stained water clarity Saturday with some muddy run-off Sunday, lake level six inches low rising. Ten members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
19.55 lbs
Second Sam Fling
16.17 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
13.71 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.31 lbs

Patterns: Everyone caught limits one day or both for a memorable tournament weekend. Randy Knight fished 6'-7' water on the edge of main lake grass lines using a Lucky Craft RC1.5 in copper-nose perch color. Sam Fling fished various areas of the lake using a StrikeKing Baby King Shad 3" swimbait in blue-gizzard-shad color. Bob went from zero to hero on Sunday by fishing main lake grass lines using a Lewis Rat-L-Trap in rayburn-red color.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - February 12-13, 2011

Conditions: Mild north winds Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-50's, stained water clarity, lake level seven feet low. Eight members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Fling Point private ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
16.34 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
16.01 lbs
Third Randy Knight
15.41 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam cranked a copper-color 3/4oz Lewis Rat-L-Trap near Housen Bay grass to catch his limit. Bob cranked a LuckyCraft 1.5 copper-perch color crankbait in 6'-8' water near grass points in Housen Bay for his five keepers. Randy said he caught his five bass using a trap, a crankbait and a suspending jerk-bait.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - March 12-13, 2011

Conditions: Moderate south winds Saturday and mild south wind Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-50's after a late cold front dropped water temperatures during the previous week, with generally stained water clarity, and lake level eight feet low. Ten members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
11.44 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
10.87 lbs
Third Larry Glover
9.44 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his limits using a watermelon-red fluke-type bait rigged mojo-style with a 1/8oz weight in grassy areas south of the bridge. Jimmy used three baits for his limit, a Long-A stickbait, a spinner-bait, and a tube-type bait. Larry caught a limit using either a red-bug color 6" Zoom lizard on a shaky-head rig or a sexy-shad color StrikeKing crankbait.


Belton - Bryan Bass Club - April 09-10, 2011

Conditions: Strong south winds Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, with generally stained water clarity around any wave action, and lake level normal. Nine members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Cedar Ridge Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bill Ray
11.26 lbs
Second Sam Fling
9.56 lbs
Third Randy Knight
8.12 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Marvin Konecny
6.09 lbs

Patterns: Bill Ray caught his limit using a 1/2oz weight carolina-rig watermelon color Zoom Fluke. Sam used a Bandit 200 blue-boy color crankbait near the dam. Randy didn't say how he caught his bass. Marvin caught the over-6 big bass on a watermelon-red color Yamamoto Senko.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - May 21-22, 2011

Conditions: Moderate south winds Saturday and Sunday with isolated showers in the area. Water temperatures were in the mid-80's, with generally muddy water clarity around any wave action, and lake level normal. Eight members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Waterfront Motel ramp, with trailering allowed after pre-launch check-in at the motel each day.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
17.40 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
16.04 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
12.12 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass None
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy did not say how he caught his bass. Bob said he cast a copper-pearch color LuckyCraft 1.5 RC crankbait in the Kickapoo area. Clyde said he used a tx-rig watermelon-red color crawworm for his keepers.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - June 04-05, 2011

Conditions: Calm to mild southeast wind Saturday and Sunday. The sunny summer air temperatures were very hot near 100, while surface water temperatures were in the upper-80's, with some areas of chalky-stained water clarity, and lake level around seven and a half feet low. Nine members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
23.16 lbs
Second Larry Glover
17.53 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
15.69 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Marvin Konecny
8.65 lbs

Patterns: Marvin said he mainly used a chartruese-pepper color Yum Dinger on a shallow hump for his limit and big bass. Larry said he used either a sexy-shad color StrikeKing 1.5 crankbait or a tx-rig red-bug color Zoom Mag Lizard on points with scattered grass. Clyde said he mostly used a shad color H2O 1.5 crankbait. All members fishing weighed limits one day and some both.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - July 30-31, 2011

Conditions: Strong southeast wind Saturday from the edge of tropical storm Don and dead calm Sunday. The sunny summer air temperatures were very hot near 100, while surface water temperatures were in the upper-80's, with some areas of chalky-stained water clarity, and lake level around nine feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
19.47 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
17.70 lbs
Third Bill Ray
16.72 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
8.38 lbs

Patterns: Bob said he used watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringers, Yum chartreuse-pepper Dingers, Luck E Craft mississippi-crack color crankbaits, Lake Fork watermelon-red craws and Berkley Chigger Craw near Calliham Point. Clyde said he used white-chartreuse color willow-colorado blade spinner baits, a shad color H2O crankbait, and Lake Fork watermelon-red craws. Bill Ray said he used a carolina-rig watermelon color fluke and lightly weighted watermelon-red color Yamamoto Senkos. There were several kicker bass over five pounds this time, Bob (8.38), Bill Ray (7.50), Randy (6.91) and Clyde (5.64). Most members weighed limits one day and some both. The key to top-three placing was having a kicker bass in your limit.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - August 27-28, 2011

Conditions: Mild southeast wind Saturday and Sunday. The sunny summer air temperatures were very hot again near 100, while surface water temperatures were in the upper-80's, with some areas of stained water clarity, and lake level around ten feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in a special summer heat 3-bass limit at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Twin Dikes ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Larry Glover
6.87 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
6.85 lbs
Third Bill Ray
6.27 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0 lbs

Patterns: Larry said he cranked a KVD 1.5 crankbait off rocky points and threw a red-bug color wacky worm for his three bass limit. Bob siad he used a crankbait at the rocks near the ramp and a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in Norris Creek for his two bass. Bill said he used a carolina-rig watermelon-red color Fluke for his three bass limit.


Amistad - Bryan Bass Club - September 10-11, 2011

Conditions: Moderate southeast wind Saturday and Sunday. The sunny summer-like air temperatures were in the 90's, while surface water temperatures were in the upper-80's, with good water clarity, and lake level around five feet low. Five members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and early (sl-2) Sunday at the Box Canyon ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
14.67 lbs
Second Sam Fling
11.50 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
11.32 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0 lbs

Patterns: Marvin said he cast a chartreuse color Yum Dinger at primary points for his five bass limit. Sam said he cranked a chrome color Lewis Rat-L-Trap and a gold color Yo-Zuri in a shallow cove with several ridges, and cast a carolina-rig Zoom Big Dead Ringer. Bob said he used a wacky worm and a chartreuse color Yum Dinger on primary points.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - October 08-09, 2011

Conditions: Moderate southeast wind Saturday and calmer Sunday. The air temperatures were in the 90's, while surface water temperatures were in the mid-80's, with some areas of stained water clarity, and lake level around eleven feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Twin Dikes ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
14.32 lbs
Second Sam Fling
10.45 lbs
Third Marvin Konecny
3.78 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
7.35 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he came across one lucky brush pile that produced six bass using a tx-rig watermelon-red color craw worm for his limit, the only one in the club this time. Same caught two of his three bass using a chrome blue color Lewis Rat-L-Trap and his big one pitching a red-bug color Zoom Ol' Monster into a brush pile. Marvin pulled a tx-rig red-bug color worm along the edge of a submerged creek channel.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - November 12-13, 2011

Conditions: Brisk south wind Saturday and Sunday after a cold font Friday. The air temperatures were in the 70's, while surface water temperatures were in the high-60's, with some areas of stained water clarity, and lake level around eleven and a half feet low. Eight members fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
19.75 lbs
Second Randy Knight
19.71 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
16.75 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
8.74 lbs

Patterns: Sam cranked a white color chatter-bait around shallow timber. Randy pitched small black-neon color Critter Craws and Guido-Bugs around shallow timber. Ray used a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in 1-4 foot water near grass/timber.


Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - December 10-11, 2011

Conditions: Brisk north wind Saturday and Sunday during a damp cold font. The air temperatures were in the upper 50's. Surface water temperatures were unusually low in the mid-50's thoughout the lake because the plant had not generated for a month. There were many areas with shallow grass and some areas of stained water clarity from the wind, and the lake level was around three feet low from the summer/fall drought. Six members braved the weather for the club tournament, weighing in at normal times (sl-3) Saturday and Sunday at the Coleto Creek Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
15.41 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
10.48 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
10.13 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
7.02 lbs

Patterns: Sam said he bounced a chatter-bait around shallow timber in a cove off the Coleto Creek arm. Ray said he used a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in 3'-8' in grass near the power plant intake for his limit. Bob said he worked a swim bait near shallow grass way up Coleto Creek for his limit.



2010 Reports

Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - January 16-17, 2010

Conditions: Moderate cold north winds Saturday, calmer Sunday with winds picking up in the afternoon. Water temperatures were in the mid-40's, stained water clarity, lake level two feet low. Sixteen members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Monterey Park.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
8.24 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
2.79 lbs
Third Larry Glover
2.17 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Randy Knight finished in sixth place in the Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region tournament, drawing a check on Saturday.

Patterns: Randy Knight caught two bass early Saturday using a carolina-rig and a lipless crankbait. Jimmy caught a bass on a lipless crankbait early Saturday. Larry caught a bass on a carolina-rig red-bug color Zoom Big Dead Ringer.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - February 06-07, 2010

Conditions: Mild north winds Saturday, calmer Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-40's, stained water clarity, lake level two feet low. Only six members and guests fished the cold club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Fling Point.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
8.24 lbs
Second Randy Knight
4.30 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
3.40 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Sam Fling
6.22 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught two bass using a Zoom Ol' Monster red-bug color worm and a lipless crankbait in Housen Bay. Randy Knight did not report about how he caught his two bass. Clyde said he used a mojo-rig red-bug color Zoom Big Dead Ringer near grass for his nice keeper. Fishing conditions were affected by recent severe cold fronts, however the few club members braving the weather ate very well at Fling Point.


Belton - Bryan Bass Club - March 13-14, 2010

Conditions: Mild south winds Saturday, picking up on Sunday afternoon. Water temperatures were in the upper-50's, stained water clarity, lake level dropping to normal after weeks of high water. Only eight members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Begonia boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
16.18 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
13.72 lbs
Third Sam Fling
10.22 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass none
0.00lbs

Patterns: Randy caught four bass late Saturday by switching to shad color crankbaits off main lake points. Clyde culled to five bass using a variety of baits but caught his better bass using crankbaits Saturday. Sam caught his five bass limit using white crankbaits off main lake points Saturday morning. Randy placed first and Clde third in the Southeast Region Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation tournament Saturday.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - April 24-25, 2010

Conditions: Moderate south winds Saturday, increasing to strong on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, stained water clarity up river, lake level recently rising four feet to three feet low. Only seven members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at South Shore boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Richard Sebesta
8.93 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
8.07 lbs
Third Randy Knight
7.18 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass none
0.00lbs

Patterns: Richard caught three bass in 3'-5' water using a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer. Bob culled to five bass using a sexy-shad color StrikeKing #5 crankbait in 7' water and a shaky-head rig Zoom Big Dead Ringer on the edge of grass near trees. Randy caught two bass using shad color crankbaits off main lake points.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - May 15-16, 2010

Conditions: Moderate south winds Saturday, calming on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-70's, muddy water clarity, lake level normal. Only seven members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at the main lake 190 bridge rv park's boat ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
16.31 lbs
Second Randy Knight
13.71 lbs
Third Fling/Glover tie
12.18 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
6.53 lbs

Patterns: Bob culled to five bass using a sexy-shad color StrikeKing #5 crankbait in the shallow ater of Kickapoo Creek. Randy caught his big bass using a yellow-magic topwater first thing in the morning and added three more bass either cranking or flipping. Sam caught his bass limit off a boat dock in White Rock Creek using a black-red color Berkley Crazy Legs Critter Craw. Larry used a Gene Larew Super Craw in Kickapoo Creek for his limit.


Limestone - Bryan Bass Club - June 26-27, 2010

Conditions: Mild to moderate south winds both days. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, stained to clear water clarity, lake level rising to normal after months of slightly low water. Ten members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at BRA #2 county park by the dam.

Best-day Results:  
First Jimmy Vann
9.83 lbs
Second Sam Fling
9.20 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
8.65 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass none
0.00lbs

Patterns: Jimmy boated four bass Saturday using a blue color Bandit crankbait and a black-blue color jig fishing scattered locations. Sam used a drop-shot rig near certain boat docks for four bass Sunday after Clyde shared how he caught fish Saturday. Clyde used a drop-shot rig watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer for three bass Saturday, two by big trees and one by a dock.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - July 17-18, 2010

Conditions: Mild hot south winds both days. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, clear water clarity main lake, lake level one foot over normal pool. Twelve members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Stillhouse Hollow Park by the dam.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
10.40 lbs
Second-Third (tie) Jimmy Vann
6.57 lbs
Second-Third (tie) Shane Howell
6.57 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass none
0.00lbs

Patterns: Sam used white spinnerbaits up-river for his five bass limit. Shane caught three nice bass using a surface Pop-R early then jigs and watermelon/red color shaky-head rigs later around the few patches of main-lake grass. Jimmy flipped a waterrmelon color tube in shallow cover for four keepers.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - August 28-29, 2010

Conditions: Mild hot southeast winds both days. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, slightly stained water clarity main lake, lake level five feet low. Thirteen members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Cassells Boykin Park. Turned out that five foot low was not a good depth for using the new park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Jimmy Vann
17.00 lbs
Second Zack Ward
15.00 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
14.00 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Zack Ward
8.00+lbs

Patterns: Jimmy caught two on a spinner-bait and two on a black/blue color jig. Zack fished deeper using a watermelon-red color trick worm rigged either on a shaky-head or a carolina-rig. Bob fished six foot grass with a Zoom Ol' Monster watermelon-red color worm or a StrikeKing #5 sexy-shad color crankbait.


Lake Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - September 25-26, 2010

Conditions: Mild cool northwest winds both days. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, slightly stained water clarity main lake, lake level one foot low. Eight members and guests fished the club tournament, with trailering launch permitted, and take-off and weigh-in at normal times (safe light to 3pm) Saturday and Sunday at Bob Barnes boat dock.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
13.41 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
13.05 lbs
Third Randy Knight
12.55 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Randy Knight
7.19 lbs

Patterns: Clyde said he fished big trees in the main lake area in 2'-6' depths using a tx-rigged Zoom Ol' Monster Worm in a variety of colors and a pumpkin-seed color craw-worm. Jimmy reported that he used a balck/blue color jig around boat docks. Randy arrived later at this meeting and did not give a report.


Lake Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - October 09-10, 2010

Conditions: Mild south winds both days, some early morning fog. Water temperatures were in the lower-80's, muddy to stained water clarity main lake, and normal lake level. Eleven members and guests fished the club tournament, with trailering launch permitted, and take-off and weigh-in at a variation on normal times (first cast 7am, weigh-in 3pm) Saturday and Sunday at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle parking lot.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
13.24 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
11.80 lbs
Third Larry Glover
9.57 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy said he caught four bass on a sexy-shad color LuckyCraft square-bill crankbait and one bass on a carolina-rig. Clyde said he used a citrus-shad color StrikeKing crankbait and a watermelon-red color craw-worm. Larry worked boat docks in 4'-6' water using a 3/16oz tx-rig red-bug color Zoom Mag II worm.


Coleto Creek - Bryan Bass Club - November 13-14, 2010

Conditions: Moderate north winds both days following a mild rainy front. Water temperatures were in the lower-70's, stained water clarity, and normal lake level. Nine members and guests fished the club tournament launching at the lake park, with normal launch and weigh-in times.

Best-day Results:  
First Marvin Konecny
17.61 lbs
Second Jimmy Vann
16.46 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
14.63 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Marvin said he mainly used a white color 3/8oz spinner bait with a willow/colorado blades, and also pitched a worm in the area around the Coleto bridge. Jimmy said he used several baits in the same area, like a white/yellow color spinner bait, a surface frog, and a red-ear perch color lipless crankbait. Clyde said he used several baits up the Coleto arm, like StrikeKing or H2O crankbaits, a watermelon/red color craw-worm, and a white color spinner bait. All participants reported culling and limits for a remarkable trip.


Lake Belton - Bryan Bass Club - December 04-05, 2010

Conditions: Mild Saturday and moderate north winds on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's, clear to stained water clarity, and 3 foot low lake level. Twelve members and guests fished the club tournament, with launch and weigh-in from the Begonia/Arrowhead-Point ramp at normal times on Saturday and Sunday.

Best-day Results:  
First Jimmy Vann
4.58 lbs
Second Ray Rippstein
3.47 lbs
Third Danny Hairston (g)
2.86 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass N/A
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Jimmy said he caught his two keepers on Sunday using a watermelon/red color Zoom Brush Hog and a shallow Bandit crankbait. Ray said he caught two keepers each day on a plum/apple color Zoom Ol' Monster worm and a watermelon/red color Big Bite Kriet Kreature bait. Danny caught a keeper by pitching a Yamamoto Senko at a shallow stump. Few keeper bass were caught over both tournament days.



2009 Reports

Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - January 10-11, 2009

Conditions: Moderate north winds in the afternoons and partly cloudy skies. Water temperatures were in the low-50's, stained water clarity, lake level three feet low. Nine members and associates fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Fling Point while some weighed in Saturday at Cypress Bend along with Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
15.92 lbs
Second Sam Fling
11.11 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
8.25 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Randy Knight tied for third place in the Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region tournament, drawing a check on Saturday.

Patterns: Randy Knight ran north to the 1215 area using the new toledo-gold color Bill Lewis Rat-l-trap in shallow 3'-5' guts for a limit on Saturday. Sam Fling fished a cut in Housen Bay using a gold color Rogue near grass edges in a shallow creek for a limit Saturday. Bob Barnes couldn't remember how or what he used to catch his four bass on Saturday but concluded maybe the story this time should be that it was a 5/8oz shaky-head rigged trick worm in some color out of a creek drop-off near community hole north of Housen Bay, yep that's it and he's stickin' to it.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - February 21-22, 2009

Conditions: Strong winds and partly cloudy skies. Water temperatures were in the low-60's, stained water clarity, lake level six-to-seven feet low. Eleven members and guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Cassells Boykin county park while some weighed in Saturday at Jackson Hill corps park along with Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
14.94 lbs
Second Richard Sebesta
8.42 lbs
Third Mikel Stephens
6.07 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Randy Knight finished in sixth place in the Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region tournament, drawing a check on Saturday.

Patterns: Randy Knight cranked a "rayburn-red" color one-knocker Excalibur lipless crankbait near the Canyons for his limit. Richard Sebesta used the same bait in Veach Basin for his three keepers. Mikel Stephens used the same bait near Monterey Park for his two bass.


Amistad - Bryan Bass Club - March 21-22, 2009

Conditions: Mild Saturday and strong north winds on Sunday with partly cloudy skies both days. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, clear water clarity in main lake, lake level just over a foot high. Nineteen members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Diablo East national park, with trailering permitted by the tournament director on Sunday for safety.

Best-day Results:  
First Ray Rippstein
10.75 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
10.36 lbs
Third Bill Rule
9.53 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Bill Rule finished at 67th place (best among the club's six representatives) in the Texas BASS Federation Nation State Championship tournament during the next week, with its final competition day cancelled to due high wind.

Patterns: Ray Rippstein swam a lightly weighted watermelon-red color Zoom Big Dead Ringer in shallow off-color water in the back of main lake coves near marker 4 on Saturday. Bob used watermelon-red colors wacky-worm rigged Zoom Trick Worms and tx-rigged Lake Fork craws in clear-water coves near marker 4 and the bridge on Saturday. Bill Rule used shaky-head rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Trick Worms in the Devils River area on Sunday.


Belton - Bryan Bass Club - April 18-19, 2009

Conditions: Thunderstorms with heavy rain Saturday clearing after noon, then strong north winds on Sunday with clear skies. Water temperatures were in the mid-60's, clear water clarity in main lake, lake level two-and-a-half feet low. Sixteen members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Begonia park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
14.23 lbs
Second Sam Fling
12.06 lbs
Third Randy Knight
8.71 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Clyde Wilkerson finished at 5th place in the Texas BASS Federation Nation Southeast Region tournament, drawing a check Saturday.

Patterns: Clyde threw a StrikeKing crankbait along steep bluffs with ledges at 8-10 foot that had brush/trees. Sam threw a sexy-shad color Strike King Number 5 crankbait around rocks andt trees/brush in 2-8 foor water. Randy used a blue-back color Lucky Craft crankbait.


Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - May 16-17, 2009

Conditions: Moderate south wind and sunny skies Saturday, then strong north winds on Sunday with an early rain. Water temperatures were in the mid-70's, muddy water clarity in main lake and coves, lake level normal. Nine members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Kickapoo Bait and Tackle. Trailering for launch was permitted this time for weather conditions.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
12.46 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
11.51 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
8.81 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.0 lbs

Patterns: Sam chunked a white-white spinner bait around lots of shallow cover in the White Rock area, culling a first place limit on Saturday. Bob used a Bandit crankbait and a tx-rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Baby Brush-hog around some deeper docks with brushpiles in the Kickapoo area, also culling to a penalty-limit on Saturday. He went home the next day but shared his pattern with Richard so he and his son could have some fun Sunday. It seemed to work, because Richard weighed in 8.58 lbs and son Brent (who was not fishing the tournament) weighed in 11.47 lbs on Sunday. Clyde slowly worked some rocks near wind-protected Bethy Creek with a shaky-head rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Trick Worm for three good keepers on Sunday during the bad weather.


Sam Rayburn - Bryan Bass Club - June 06-07, 2009

Conditions: Mild south wind and sunny skies Saturday, then more moderate south winds on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's, stained water clarity in main lake and coves, lake level two feet low. Ten members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Monterrey Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
15.64 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
10.31 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
10.23 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Clyde Wilkerson
8.93 lbs

Patterns: Sam flipped willows with a black/red color Berkley Chigger Craw and cast a brown/orange color Bandit 200 series crankbait in 6-10 foot water near the Black Forest and the Canyons, culling a first place limit on Saturday including a huge 8.39lb bass. Bob threw a StrikeKing #5 sexy-shad color crankbait and a tx-rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Baby Brush-hog around willows in the Canyons and Pophers Creek, also culling to a four-bass limit on Sunday. That's right, he culled one bass too many and suffered through a lot of jokes after weigh-in. Clyde slowly worked a Zoom watermelon-red color wacky-worm in areas near Monterrey Park for his two bass, including the big kicker. Clyde caught an 8.93lb big bass on Sunday, edging out Sam's 8.39lb bass from Saturday.


Choke Canyon - Bryan Bass Club - July 25-26, 2009

Conditions: Mild hot south wind and sunny skies Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the upper-80's, clear water clarity in main lake and coves, slightly stained up creeks or river, lake level eight feet low. Twelve members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Calliham Park ramp.

Best-day Results:  
First Bob Barnes
19.06 lbs
Second Sam Fling
17.80 lbs
Third Ray Rippstein
15.70 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass Bob Barnes
7.42 lbs

Patterns: Bob covered grass on a main lake point with a sexy-shad color Lucky Craft 6-8ft crankbait for his larger bass then finished his limit in creeks with soft plastic baits. Sam flipped hardwood in creeks with a black/red color Berkley Chigger Craw for his limit. Ray cast a watermelon/red or plum color Zoom Big Dead Ringers near hardwood and creek bend drop-offs for his limit.


Lake Livingston - Bryan Bass Club - August 22-23, 2009

Conditions: Mild hot south wind and partly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday. Water temperatures were in the lower-80's after a mild front, with stained to muddy water clarity in main lake and coves, and lake level six inches low. Eleven members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Kickapoo Bait and Tackle store after trailered launches.

Best-day Results:  
First Randy Knight
10.28 lbs
Second Clyde Wilkerson
9.25 lbs
Third Bob Barnes
8.84 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Randy caught 4 bass near Kickapoo cranking a one-minus chartreuse/white crankbait shallow and flipping a blue-flake color Berkley power worm. Clyde caught 3 nice bass near Kickapoo and south using a sexy-shad color crankbait in open water and flipping a Berkley chigger-craw in shallow log-jams. Bob caught a 4 fish bob-limit around Kickapoo (his limit can count four if you know the inside joke from an earlier tournament) on separate baits, one hit pulling a spinnerbait past flooded bean bushes, one hit a Lake Fork craw near a dock, one bit using a Berkley chigger craw in hyacinth mats, and one using a Zoom Baby Brush-hog in a deep-dock brush pile.


Toledo Bend - Bryan Bass Club - September 12-13, 2009

Conditions: Breezy north front Saturday and moderate east winds Sunday. Water temperatures were in the lower-80's after a mild front, with stained water clarity in main lake and coves, and lake level 3.5 feet low. Eight members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Fling point.

Best-day Results:  
First Larry Glover
9.80 lbs
Second Sam Fling
9.57 lbs
Third Clyde Wilkerson
9.17 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Larry did what Clyde did (fishing together in Clyde's boat). Sam used a red-bug color Zoom Ol' Monster worm at the community hole in Hausen for his limit. Clyde caught his 5 bass limit using a watermelon/red color drop-shot rigged Zoom Big Dead Ringer near islands in Hausen Bayou.


Stillhouse Hollow - Bryan Bass Club - October 03-04, 2009

Conditions: Moderate south wind and cloudy skies Saturday with a change to mild west wind and heavy rain Sunday morning. Water temperatures were in the upper-70's with clear water clarity in the main lake, and lake level six inches low. Nine members and associates/guests fished the club tournament weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday over at River's Bend park instead of Stillhouse park (for an unknown reason, the Corps changed our approved location from uncrowded Stillhouse park to very crowded conditions at River's Bend where two additional clubs had tournaments).

Best-day Results:  
First Sam Fling
5.08 lbs
Second Don Williams
4.90 lbs
Third Bill Ray
3.10 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Sam caught his three keepers on a silver-gold color Yo-Zuri lipless crankbait and a sexy-shad color StrikeKing Series 4 crankbait on a flat with a creek drop-off running through it. Don caught his single keeper on a sexy-shad color StrikeKing Series 3 crankbait on a half-hump. Bill used a watermelon-red color carolina-rigged Zoom Fluke near the eadge of a flat to catch his single keeper. Most members caught large numbers of baby bass with only seven keeper bass weighed in over two days.


Palestine - Bryan Bass Club - November 09-10, 2009

Conditions: Mild conditions on Saturday with a southern front bringing rain at the end of the tournament on Sunday. Water temperatures were in the low-70's with stained water clarity, and lake level at normal pool. Thirteen members and associates/guests fished the club tournament with approved trailering launches and weighing in at normal times Saturday and Sunday at Bob's cove.

Best-day Results:  
First Larry Glover
9.74 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
9.61 lbs
Third Richard Sebesta
7.13 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Larry used a 4-6ft diving crankbait in sexy-shad color casting between boat docks or slowly working a tx-rig red bug color Zoom lizard to catch his four bass. Bob worked a shaky-head rigged watermelon-red color Zoom Vibra Tail worm around a few boat docks near the old folks playground area, catching a limit in a small area. Richard fished a shaky-head rigged Zoom Trick Worm around boat docks in Berryville cove for his four bass.


Limestone - Bryan Bass Club - December 05-06, 2009

Conditions: Cold wind Saturday and cold drizzle Sunday made for a typical club winter weekend. Water temperatures were in the upper-60's with stained water clarity and level at normal pool. Seven members or guests fished this tournament.

Best-day Results:  
First Clyde Wilkerson
4.99 lbs
Second Bob Barnes
2.52 lbs
Third Randy Knight
2.32 lbs
Over-6 Big Bass NA
0.00 lbs

Patterns: Clyde caught his two bass on a wind blown rocky point using a white crankbait and a tx-rig redbug color Zoom Big Dead Ringer. Bob caught his single bass by a dock using a tx-rig watermelon-red color Zoom Baby Brush Hog. Randy's single bass came on a white spinnerbait fished in three foot water in Running Branch.



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