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Date: April 25, 2015
Region: 2015 South Region
Tournament: Lake Falcon #2
Tournament Trail: 2015 Bass Champs Tournament Trail
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Rick Sheen and Mike Harmon secure win, Angler of the Year title on Falcon with 23.58 pounds
By: Conor Harrison

Austin angler Rick Sheen and his partner, Mike Harmon, Bastrop, caught a limit early, then had a few afternoon culls that pushed them to the top of a crowded Falcon Lake leaderboard to win the fourth event of the Bass Champs South Regional with 23.58 pounds.

Along with the win and a check for $20,000, the pair took home Angler of the Year honors after three top-10s in four events in the Southern Region.

“We were throwing crankbaits and Carolina rigs in 15 to 18 feet of water,” Sheen said. “We targeted rocky, secondary points. We caught a good one early (7.5 pounds) and finished our limit early. We had two culls later in the day — Mike caught a 6 at 1:30, which was really a critical cull for us. We traded a 3 for a 6 and that was the difference.”

The anglers had to beat out 135 other teams to claim their piece of the $42,350 payback. All told, Bass Champs paid back 106 percent to anglers.

The pair had no idea if they’d done enough to win the tournament on the ride in, but figured they had a good enough day to secure Angler of the Year, which was the main goal heading into the tournament.

“You’re on Falcon, you never know when someone is going to bring in 30 or 35 pounds,” Sheen said. “We always want to win the tournament, but Angler of the Year was the goal coming in. We knew we would have a good sack for that.”
And they did. Their 23.58 bested the second-place team of Brian Hall, Bronte, and Jacob Beck, Cristoval, who brought five fish weighing 22.87 pounds, including a 7.73-pound kicker.

Sheen and Harmon said he wanted to thank Legend Boats, Awesome Boats and Motors, Ranger, Mercury, Lew’s Rods and Reels, Simiago Rods, X-cite baits and both of their wives for allowing them to go fishing.

Hall and Beck said they caught their fish on top-waters.

“We fished mostly top-water,” Beck said. “The big fish were caught flipping trees. It was a middle-of-the-day bite anywhere from 2 to 15 feet.”

Beck said the pair started fishing deep and moved up as the day wore on.

“There wasn’t a lot of action early,” he said. ‘Then it picked up about 11. We know the lake pretty well, so we were just fishing points — we threw wherever we saw a good point.”

The teammates were quick to thank their wives, along with Grumpys Baits and Proline Trolling Motors.

Although several big bass over 8 pounds were caught, the big fish of the tournament went to solo angler Bobby Collums, with a 9.06-pound bass.

Collums, who hadn’t been on the lake in several months, decided against his usual tactics of fishing the Mexican side of the lake.

“There are a lot of commercial fishermen in Mexico, and I usually fish over there, but the old bank lines where the lake has come up were just so hard to walk away from,” Collums said. “For Falcon to have grass, that never happens.”

Collums said his big bass came at 9 a.m., and it was the only fish he caught all day.
Twenty-three teams caught sacks weighing more than 15 pounds. Bass Champs paid to 18th place — 16.06 pounds.

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