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Date: March 20, 2010
Region: 2010 South Region
Tournament: Lake Amistad #2
Tournament Trail: 2010 Bass Champs Tournament Trail
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Tim Griffin goes Solo to top 171 teams on a windy Lake Amistad winning over $20,000 at Bass Champs
By: Patty Lenderman

It is the mid-way point for the South Region of Bass Champs, having the third of five events on Lake Amistad March 20, 2010. The wind was brutal, seeing gusts over 40 mph making it tricky to get to and stay on targeted fishing spots. Tim Griffin did it all by himself and topped the field to win $20,200.

Winter does not want to give up yet, and another strong cold front barreled into Texas Saturday. As it did, strong sustained winds gave anglers no relief and nowhere to hide on Amistad. Never the less, 12 sacks breaching the 20 pound mark were brought in, and several big bass were registered, including one over 10 pounds.

Tim Griffin came in by himself this event, his partner (brother) James could not make it. Tim had his work cut out for him. “Right away I had trolling motor problems,” he recollected. Without a trolling motor, battling the wind and waves, he secured his boat in the trees. “I found beds, but there were no fish in them.” Figuring that they couldn’t be far, he targeted the creek next to the bedding area. “The fish were finicky. The weather actually helped, it made me slow down.” Using a watermelon/green pepper Skinny Dipper, through the course of the day he got 10 bites, the best five weighing 26.16 lbs, anchored by an 8.36 lb kicker, to win 1st place and $20,000. He received an additional $200 for using Sure Life products in his livewell. “I’d like to thank Don Bradshaw for helping me practice on this lake. He showed me that light line is the key.”

Alton Jones, Jr and David Ridley III came in a close 2nd with 25.86 lbs. They didn’t get to do any pre-fishing, but is familiar with the lake and had a good idea where to go. “It definitely took teamwork today,” Alton stated. “We went to the back of a ditch, and I had to work the boat to keep it in place while David went to the front to catch the fish.” Using a swim bait, the bite was fast and furious. “We had our weight by 8:20, other than one cull at 11:00.” The team won $3,000 for their 2nd place finish, then doubled their winnings to $6,000 fishing out of a qualified Skeeter Boat for the bonus. “On a day like today, I really have to hand it to Griffin for winning 1st place all by himself. We’d also like to thank Kendall Lovett of Lovett & Assoc. for his support, and Bass Champs for putting on these events. We had a great time!” Alton would also like to say happy birthday to his partner (Monday).

24.66 lbs took 3rd place, caught by Charles Whited and Jeffrey Piel. “It sure was windy, but we had a good day!” Jeffrey said. Initially the team went to a drain and caught a few. They weren’t getting the bites they were looking for there, so headed to deeper water, 15’-20’, among big trees. “We boated a limit, about 16 pounds, by 10:00. The bite got better for us as the day and the water warmed up. After lunch we were able to cull almost all of them.” They used up every ounce of their trolling motor batteries to attain their creel, enjoying a $2,000 payday for their efforts.

Andrew Upshaw caught the Big Bass of the day fishing with Ben Matsubu weighing 10.24 lbs. Living so far away on the other side of the state, the team has yet to be able to pre-fish for this region. “There was nowhere to hide from the wind. It was everywhere!” Using a Talon football head jig with a Gary Yamamoto green pumpkin Hula Grub, they went to deep rocks 24’ deep with scattered brush. It was around 10:00 when he made this catch winning $1,000 for it. The team struggled for their limit, catching their last two with their last three casts of the day! Their limit totaled 19.14 lbs, a 16th place overall finish for another $750. They also won the $200 Costa bonus. They would like to thank American Rodsmiths, Gary Yamamoto Custom Lures, Talon, Costa, Legend, Mercury, Xcite Baits and Izor line for their support.

Twenty three places were paid in this event, the last place won by Tim Montz and David Heuring with 18.48 lbs for $500.

Tournament Statistics:
Total Entries: 171 Teams
Total Collected: $44,460
Total Payback (C & P) $47,600
Payback Percentage: 107%

Update on the Anglers of the Year race:
595 pts Terry Oldham & Jaime Buitron
567 pts Tim Reneau & Judy Churchill
559 pts Charles Whited & Jeffrey Piel
559 pts (tie) Andrew Upshaw & Ben Matsubu
547 pts Tom Gridley & Scott Meads

Only two tournaments left for the South Region! May 1 and May 22, both on Choke Canyon. In the mean time, Bass Champs staff and crew will pack up their gear and head to Sam Rayburn for the third in the series for the East Region March 27.

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