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TEAM TOURNAMENT
Date: March 8, 2008
Region: 2008 North Region
Tournament: Lake Tawakoni
Tournament Trail: 2008 Bass Champs Tournament Trail
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Wenzel & Case win Bass Champs on a very cold lake Tawakoni
By: Patty Lenderman

It was a battle of wills – man against fish and extremely cold weather March 8th on Tawakoni. Nearly 400 anglers from the North Region hit the lake, fishing for more than $50,000 paid back in cash & prizes. Scotty Wenzel & Robert Case Jr brought in the top weight and won $20,000!

The conditions were challenging to say the least. Anglers were faced with Air temperatures in the lower 20’s in the morning, lake levels rising with recent rains, water temperature dropping, and bass that seemed to be hyper sensitive. Several teams hit deeper water trying to find an elusive bite, the winning stringer was found in the brush.

There were only two limits brought in, a testament to the tough conditions these teams tried to outwit and overcome. Scotty Wenzel and Robert Case Jr. brought in the heaviest sack at 21.54 lbs, figuring they would probably get a check but had no thought that they would win! “We were just flipping heavy cover, grass mostly, with Lake Fork Tackle craws. There were about 15 other boats in the first area we tried, and we decided there was just too much pressure in that spot. We moved north to 2 mile bridge. The water was stained. Our hands were really cold, but the bite was so light we couldn’t fish with our gloves on” Scotty explained. “When we felt a bite and pulled up on the bait, the fish would just let go. I told Robert ‘you know, I think we’re just movin’ too fast’. So, we let our baits just sit. It was a battle of wills between us and the fish.” They managed to catch six keepers, one short fish, and they broke off on a big bass. “All of our fish were close to five pounds. We had one three pounder we just couldn’t get rid of. I thought sure we needed a kicker to win today.” They won 1st place with nearly a two pound margin, taking home $20,000.

Franky Morgan and Paul Erickson brought in the only other limit, weighing in 19.64 lbs to win 2nd place. They were presented with a $3,000 check.

A father & son duo placed 3rd with four fish weighing 13.78 lbs. “We just got lucky first thing in the morning” Chris explained. “We caught a pretty good fish in the back of a pocket about 3’ deep. About 30 minutes later we caught another.” They were using black & blue finesse jigs. “The rest of the day we just kept targeting those same type of areas, but we didn’t get but one bite on a spinnerbait until 3:00.” That’s when they caught their 4th and last fish. “We had a kicker on the line there at the end, but lost him.” Their 3rd place finish won a check for $2,000.

Rounding out the top 10:
4th $1,200 13.24 lbs Terry Peacock
5th $1,100 12.52 lbs Eric Gandy
6th $1,050 12.30 lbs Rich Dalbey & Andy Coffman
7th $1,040 11.70 lbs Floyd Lesiker & Ricky Sanders
8th $1,030 11.46 lbs Shane Moore & Charlie David
9th $1,020 x 2 11.30 lbs Matt Mayfield & Brian McCarty
10th $1,010 10.50 lbs Phill Wood & Paul Proctor
and last in the money
25th $ 500 7.02 lbs Lee Batson & Mick Batson

Big Bass: $1,000 8.02 lbs Phill Wood & Paul Proctor

That’s not all - Bass Champs Sponsors paid out even more!
Bonus Money
Skeeter Bonus $1,020 Matt Mayfield & Brian McCarty
Line-X of N TX $1,000 Terry Peacock
Fun N Sun $ 500 Matt Mayfield & Brian McCarty
Allen Samuels Dodge $2,000 Charlie Yowell & Lee Yowell

The North Region will head to Lake Lewisville for tournament #3 April 19. There are several events to cash in on before then!
March 15 – South Region fishes Choke Canyon
March 29 – 1st annual Dawson Marine Big Bass tournament on Sam Rayburn
April 5 – Central Region will head to LBJ
April 12 – East Region on Sam Rayburn

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