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Date: April 13, 2013
Region: 2013 East Region
Tournament: Lake Sam Rayburn #4
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Arkansas team wins 1st place at Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn
By: Patty Lenderman

Bass Champs payback just keeps getting more incredible. In the fourth of five tournaments for the East Texas Region on April 13, 2013 anglers enjoyed a whopping 122% payback percentage. Arkansas anglers Scotty Villines and Charles Jones championed the event taking home over $20,000.

Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend have been pounded with multiple events running simultaneously, but 140 teams chose Bass Champs to stake their money in and $46,550 was paid back to the top 20 teams in cash and prizes.

Sam Rayburn is in great shape, only just a little more than a foot below full pool. Weather conditions were picture perfect with temperatures in the upper 70’s and not a lot of wind. After a full day of fishing, the teams began to trickle in to the scales to weigh their catch.

Charles Jones and Scottie Villines brought in the heaviest three fish limit of the day weighing in at 17.50 lbs, anchored with a 6.12 lb kicker. They had driven eight hours from Arkansas to participate in this event and it paid off big for them. “We started off fishing in shallow water, and caught several small bass,” Jones explained. They decided to head to deeper water to see if better bass were there. “We fished a big flat that had some brush on it next to deeper water.” The flat was 14’ deep and dropped out to 30’. Using Strike King 6XD crank baits in a citrus shad pattern, within 30 minutes they boated a limit. “Scottie caught all three of our fish. It took us until 1:00 to put a limit together. We caught a small one in shallow water, culled it, then at 2:00 he caught our kicker.” Oddly enough, Charles had a dream the night before. “I dreamed we won this tournament. I could see it clear as day. On stage, being presented with all of the 1st place winnings. I didn’t tell Scottie about it until after he caught our second keeper. After he caught the big one, I told him we may actually have a chance at winning this thing!” Bass Champs presented the duo with the guaranteed 1st place check for $15,000. They were also the highest finishing team in a qualified Skeeter boat for an additional $5,000 check. Sure Life rounded out their day with another $200 for using the product in their livewell.

Martin Elshout and Mark Price made a good run at 1st place, winning 2nd with their 16.49 lb limit. They too started out in shallow water and obtained a small limit using frogs and speed craws. “We decided to head to deeper water and threw Carolina rigged brush hogs on a point.” That’s when Martin caught the Big Bass of the tournament, weighing in at 9.44 lbs. “Mark caught our next best bass on another point using the same bait. After that, we probably caught twenty more, but nothing over 2-1/2 lbs.” Their 2nd place win got a check for $5,000. Having the biggest bass of the tournament they were awarded another $1,000. They were wearing Under Armour and Costa Del Mar sunglasses, each worth another $200 check for a total payday of $6,400.

3rd place was won by Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo with 14.40 lbs. “We had a good day. We stayed on points ranging from 12’ to 15’ deep and used Carolina rigs and football jigs.” Rusty caught their first fish, a five pounder, on a football jig. Cory finished up their limit with a four and a six pounder using the Carolina rig. “We lost a nice one around 11:00 that would’ve helped us. The rest of the bass we caught were Kentucky’s.” Bass Champs presented them with a $3,000 check and they would like to thank West LTD, Premier Yamaha, Sunline, Ranger, Show Time Signs, Castaway rods, Daley’s Hunt ‘n Fish, River 2 Sea, G & G Enterprise, Costa Del Mar, Humminbird and MinnKota.

The final East Region tournament will be held June 15 back at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. For those gunning for the Angler of the Year title, the race is still too close to call before the outcome of the final event. The top five in the points race are:
727 pts Martin Elshout & Mark Price
724 pts Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
718 pts Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith
664 pts Lance Duff & Cole Costlow
652 pts Eric Hunt & Ricky Guy

In the mean time, there are still a few opportunities left to win big money in other Bass Champs regions. All Bass Champs tournaments are open to anyone who would like to fish.
April 20 (North Region) Ray Roberts
April 27 (Central Region) Belton
May 4 (South Region) Amistad
May 11 (North Region) Tawakoni
May 18 (Central Region) Belton
June 1 (South Region) Falcon
June 22 (North Region) Ray Roberts
June 29 (Central Region) Belton
July 13 (North Region) Cedar Creek

Bass Champs offers even more opportunities to make some big money with other events:
June 8-9 20th Annual Skeeter Owner’s Tournament Lake Fork
October 19-20 8th Annual Berkley Big Bass Lake Fork

Don’t miss out – sign up today. Visit www.BassChamps.com or call 817-439-3274 for more information.
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