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Date: February 16, 2013
Region: 2013 East Region
Tournament: Lake Sam Rayburn #2
Tournament Trail: 2013 Bass Champs Tournament Trail
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Garrie and Triana rack up back to back wins at Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn
By: Jeff Reedy

Saturday February 16 was a cold and windy day, but Jonathan Garrie and Wayne Triana would not be denied their second consecutive win at Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn. With 207 boats participating, they brought in 3 fish weighing 19.65 lbs with a 9.33 lb kicker to take home over $15,000! This brings their total Bass Champs winnings on Sam Rayburn this year to over $30,000 with over 40 lbs weighed in through the first two tournaments.

Of the 207 boats registered 149 of them weighed in with a total weight on the day of over 1350 lbs of fish. Most of the fishermen commented that it was a cold day on the lake with the morning temperatures in the middle 30’s and with the wind blowing it seemed much colder as witnessed by the white capping in the cove at the Umphrey Pavilion where the weigh in took place. As the growing crowd waited all were vying for a spot in the sun to stay warm.

Garrie and Triana had a few spots in mind to hit. “The first area we went to was really rough with the wind. We were taking waves over the nose of the boat.” They caught a lot of small fish there, using a 6th Sense prototype crank bait. Jonathan did land a 3# and Wayne caught a 6#. “We went to a new spot that we found a few weeks ago. That’s when Wayne caught our kicker (9.33 lbs). After that we headed to another spot we wanted to hit, but another boat was already there.” They decided to head back down the lake and try another area. “We pulled some small ones out, but had a three pounder still in the livewell we needed to cull.” Going to their ‘honey hole’, a deep ledge that drops from 12’ to 50’ by the main river channel, they caught a four pounder to cull their smallest fish with. “The Lord has really blessed us. We’ve been very fortunate to hit the right places at the right times to be able to catch these fish.” Bass Champs presented them a 1st place check for $15,000 then they also won the Sure-Life bonus for an additional $200. They want to again thank Bass Champs for the great tournament trail and of course 6th sense lures and Custom Angle rods.

It was close as Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo brought in a contender sack, just ounces behind the 1st place team with a weight of 19.38 lbs winning $5,000 for second place. The pair was fishing in 3 to 6 feet of water with rattle traps and caught 8 fish in the 5 to 6 pound range during the day. “The water temperature was 55-56 degrees. We were looking for spawning areas, then backing out where they would be staging for it.” They used a ½ ounce River 2 Sea red Tungsten Vibe exclusively all day. “By 7:45 we had three six pounders in the boat. None of those went with us to the weigh in.” The fish they caught after their initial limit were so close in weight they had to use the balance beam to determine what to cull. At one point Cory had a fish on that may have been that few ounces more they needed, but at the last second pulled off of the hook. He felt like this fish could have put them over the top for the win. They were awarded $5,000 for their 2nd place win. Their sponsors include: Castaway, Daley’s Hunt N Fish, West LTD, Premier Yamaha, River 2 Sea, Showtime Signs, G&G, Ranger, MinnKota, Humminbird, Yamaha and Sunline.

The big bass of the day brought many ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the crowd as the team of Norman Land and Travis Moore weighed in their fish. As the scale registered the weight it was an 11.59 lb bass that no one came close to for the rest of the day. Their total weight with 3 fish was 14.28, landing the team in 6th place overall. When Travis got the bite, he knew he had a big fish on. “We were fishing various drains with rattle traps,” Travis reported. “The bite had been slow until this one hit at 11:30 in the morning.” They took home a lot of winnings, starting with $1,000 for Big Bass, another $1,000 for 6th place, plus the Revo and Costa Del Mar bonuses.

Top 10 teams:
1st 19.65 lbs $15,000+ Jonathan Garrie & Wayne Triana Jr
2nd 19.38 lbs $ 5,000 Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
3rd 16.93 lbs $ 3,000 Wilson Burton & Kegan Kavander
4th 16.66 lbs $ 2,000 William Eddleman & Ben Matsubu
5th 16.55 lbs $ 1,500 Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith
6th 14.28 lbs $1,000+ Norman Land & Travis Moore
7th 14.12 lbs $1,000 Jason Bonds
8th 13.91 lbs $1,000 Michael Lowery & Lance Lowery
9th 13.66 lbs $1,000 Kyle Rowe & Vincent Neal
10th 13.31 lbs $1,000+ Lorin Lively & Tom Arnall
and last in the money
27th 11.11 lbs $1,000 Brandon Flowers & Todd Preston

Bass Champs sponsors added even more winnings to these teams:
Skeeter bonus ($1,000) Lorin Lively & Tom Arnall
Sure Life ($200) Jonathan Garrie & Wayne Triana Jr
Revo Reel (Revo) Norman Land & Travis Moore
Costa Del Mar ($200) Norman Land & Travis Moore

With three events remaining for the East Texas Region teams, the top five points leaders for the Anglers of the Year race are:
427 pts Jonathan Garrie & Wayne Triana Jr
422 pts Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith
419 pts Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
419 pts William Eddleman & Ben Matsubu
403 pts Martin Elshout & Mark Price

The remaining schedule for Bass Champs East Region is March 16, April 13, and the final tournament is June 15 all at the Umphrey Family Pavilion on Sam Rayburn.

Don’t forget to sign up for the 5th Annual Dodge Mega Bass tournament on Lake Fork April 7th! The top 15 bass will be awarded each hour, and the angler catching the biggest fish each hour will win a brand new Dodge Ram pick up truck! The angler who catches the biggest bass of the tournament will also be awarded a new Skeeter ZX 190. For more information click to www.BassChamps.com or call 817-439-3274
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