Roberts Wins on Sam Rayburn
Darren Roberts of Nacogdoches, Texas won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Texas Southeast tournament, held June 18th on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Running out of Twin Dikes Park near Jasper, Texas, Darren caught five bass weighing 25.03 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.61-pound kicker.
“What a day,” Roberts said. “I was on a good bite. I spent the entire day flipping to isolated bushes and deep brush off of a creek channel. I was using a Strike King Rodent and a Denali Rod. The quality of fish I found was pretty consistent all day and I was very fortunate. On the way back to the ramp we had that storm blow in and it got extremely rough out there by my Mercury Outboard and Bass Cat didn’t let me down." For the Boater Division victory, Roberts took home a check for $5,080.
In second for the Boaters, Scott Bailey of Longview, Texas landed a five bass limit weighing 19.18 pounds. “Practice yesterday did not go very well. I was fishing deep looking at a few places I thought would hold some fish and I couldn’t put anything together so today I just went fishing. I tried some shallow spots early and was able to put some fish in the boat so I stuck with the pattern and was able to cull up to what I brought in and it turned out pretty good. Sometimes it pays off to not have a game plan and that’s what happened today,” Bailey said. He collected $1,575 for the effort.
Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, Louisiana took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 18.53 pounds to earn $1050. “I was fishing shallow and I committed to it all day. I was flipping bushes and there was a little bit of hay grass around them. I caught about 30 fish today and I just had to weed through them and find the quality ones. I had a pretty good day,” LeBrun said.
Finishing fourth, Clint Lipham of Conroe, Texas landed a five bass limit weighing 17.30 pounds.
Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas rounded out the top five Boaters with a five bass limit weighing 17.21 pounds topped by a 4.15-pound kicker.
The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Ronnie Bickham of Brookeland, Texas weighing 7.81 pounds. Ronnie pocketed $790.
In the Co-Angler Division, James Dutton of Hemphill, Texas won with three bass weighing 11.44 pounds.
“We were flipping grass today with sweet beavers. I had a great day. Anytime you come out with a win is a great day. I had 8 bites today and caught them all. 6 of them were keepers and I culled a few times to get the 3 that I weighed in,” Dutton said. He sealed his victory with a 6.48-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,730 for first place Co-Angler and an additional check for $235 for Big Bass.
Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Nathan Whorton of Lake Charles, Louisiana brought in a three bass limit weighing 10.86 pounds. “We were flipping grass too. I changed baits a few times but they were all creature baits and I caught around 10 fish today. I culled quite a bit but I was happy to get as many bites as I did.,” Whorton said. He collected $575 for the effort.
Chase Hux of New Braunels, Texas placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 10.82 pounds to earn $383.50. “I had a great time today. We caught a lot of fish. Honestly I didn’t count them but having to cull is a good problem. We were flipping bushes with a sweet beaver and a ¾ ounce weight.” Hux said.
In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Robert Bean of Daisetta, Texas brought in three bass weighing 10.73.
Henry “Bo” Trotty of Kountz, Texas finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 10.57 pounds topped by a 6.03-pound kicker.
Slated for July 23rd, the next divisional tournament will be held on Toledo Bend Reservoir out of Fin and Feather Resort near Hemphill, Texas. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017.
For more information on this tournament, call Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at (256)230-5627 or ABA at (256)232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com.
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