MAR 23 – Two ArmyBassAnglers prostaff teams fished the Basschamps event on LBJ and both had great days, for a little different reasons. Chuck Guthrie and Rodney Thompson had a slow start to their day as all the fish they found in practice had left those areas. They spent their day mostly throwing a Strike King swim jig tipped with a Caffeine Shad trailer and had a small limit fairly quickly. It wasn’t until very late in the event when they started culling fish, about thirty minutes before heading to weigh in. In very short order, they culled all three of their fish and ended with a 9.22 pound limit. Their quick limit came on Rage Craws and KVD finesse worms on shaky heads flipped to overhanging cover. But the best part of their day didn’t include catching and weighing in fish. In the ArmyBassAngler “support” fashion, they received a call right before heading to the scales from a stranded team; their boat wouldn’t start. So Rodney and Chuck went to weigh in early, received valuable points for the season standings, and headed back out to assist the competition. They both shared similar feelings afterwards saying, “It feels good to help out another team. Fishing and life in general isn’t so serious that competition should ever get in the way of being good samaritans.”
The father and son team of Danny and Dale Hughes also fished this tournament and placed 7th with a sack of 13.58 pounds, good enough for a $1000 check. They spent quite a lot of time together on LBJ in preparation for this event and felt pretty good going into it. After drawing boat number 174, they started having doubts that they would actually get to fish the areas where they were confident. Their plan was a little different than most, they would target pre-spawn fish rather than time consuming bedding fish. After Danny caught one almost four pounds, they went a long time without another bite. But once Dale picked up his Dobyns rod with a Strike King Swim Shad tied on, they would start consistently catching the fish in their spawning area. They caught and culled several fish in the remaining few hours of the tournament and felt like they would have a respectable finish, but was very pleasantly surprised at their 7th place. Dale summed it up by saying, “We had a game plan, we stuck to it, we never got flustered, and it worked for us today. As always, it is really a blessing to be out here fishing with my Dad, though.”
Both teams expressed their appreciation for all the great ArmyBassAngler team sponsors, but specifically appreciated their Dobyns Rods, Biobor, Strike King, Skeeter/Yamaha, and Evercast Reels. For more about the team’s sponsors, the team itself, or the Non-Profit Task Force charities they support, go to ArmyBassAnglers.com.
Total Entries: 188; Number of limits: 131; average weight was 2.85 pounds. For more information on this or any Bass Champs tournament, go to www.BassChamps.com.
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