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Date: May 12, 2007
Region: 2007 North region
Tournament: Cedar Creek #2 2007
Tournament Trail: 2007 Bass Champs Tournament Trail
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Tommy Hasty and Johnny Vanover weigh in 5 with a 10.98 Kicker, and take home $21,000 at Bass Champs on Cedar Creek!
By: Patty Lenderman

Tommy Hasty and Johnny Vanover weigh in 5 with a 10.98 Kicker, and take home $21,000 at Bass Champs on Cedar Creek!
by Patty Lenderman

The Bass Champs North Region started out their 2007 season on Cedar Creek in February, then came back on May 12 for their fourth event. 186 teams enjoyed a 108% payback of $52,250. While weights were tight past second place, Tommy Hasty and Johnny Vanover had a cushioned margin, winning by more than two pounds! They also won Big Bass with a double digit monster.

Cedar Creek has changed a lot since February. The lake is a lot higher, so for those that haven’t been here in a while it was a whole new ball game. The day was hot, with high pressure, blue bird skies and very little wind. For many, it was tough to find a bite taking all day to put a limit together.

How does it feel to win 1st place and $20,000? According to Johnny Vanover, it felt “finer than a frog hair!” Johnny and Tommy Hasty brought in the heaviest sack, weighing 18.88 lbs. “We started out in the same spot we fished in February” Johnny said. “We didn’t do real well there in February, but it is a real good spot for pre and post spawn bass.” He described it as a hump where two creeks crossed. “We sat in about 15' and threw up to about 10'. We were out in the main lake, a couple of hundred yards from the closest bank.” They were using a Carolina rigged watermelon french fry. “About the third cast, I hooked our big one. I knew as soon as I set the hook that it was a good fish, but I didn’t know she was that big! I told Tommy to get the net, and had to back off the drag a couple of times while trying to bring her in.” She weighed 10.88 lbs, winning Big Bass of the tournament. Throughout the day, they hit about 10 different spots, with four producing for them. Taking 1st place is quite a come-back for this team, finishing in the 20's last event. “I’m going to buy a new boat motor with this!” John stated. “Now we’re ready for Richland Chambers. I’d also like to thank the crew of Bass Champs for taking the time to retrieve our big bass out of the tank for pictures. It took a while to catch her!”

Michael & Rob Burns brought in the 2nd place limit weighing 16.70 lbs. “We hadn’t been out on this lake since the last Bass Champs tournament in February” Rob explained. “We drew a high number (for take-off), and so we just went out looking for a place to fish where there wasn’t another boat. We fished the dam, some docks, and some more docks.” Their day started out slow, not catching any keeper fish the first part of the morning. “Finally, around 9:00, we boated our first keeper. We planned on catching post spawn fish on cranks and topwater baits. There wasn’t much of a topwater bite, we caught most of them on crank baits.” At that point they targeted docks, secondary points and rip rap. We finally wrapped up a limit around 1:30. We weren’t worried, we knew we would wrap up a limit. The only cull we were able to make was with a three pounder, throwing back a 14".” They won $3,000 for their 2nd place finish.

Less than 1/4 of a pound behind them was Cory Waldrop and Craig Waltrop with 16.44 lbs, taking a 3rd place win. Corey said “We hadn’t had any pre-fishing. In fact, we hadn’t been on the lake for a year and a half! Mostly we focused on transition points and rocky places in 8'-12'.” They were using jigs and Texas rigged power worms. “It was a bad day of execution, but enough to make a check so I guess overall it was a pretty good day. We had three main areas that we wanted to hit, and ended up going to six or seven (spots). We had our limit in the boat by 9:30 and didn’t cull a singe time. All we had was three solid fish and two swimmers.” They would like to thank their sponsors Custom Angler Rods and Legend Boats. Bass Champs presented them with a $2,000 check.

Top Teams:
1st $20,000 18.88 lbs Tommy Hasty & Johnny Vanover
2nd $ 3,000 16.70 lbs Michael Burns & Rob Burns
3rd $ 2,000 16.44 lbs Corey Waldrop & Craig Waltrop
4th $ 1,200 16.12 lbs Trevor Romans & Les Kennedy
5th $ 1,100 15.32 lbs JD Laughery & Tommy Climer
6th $ 1,050 14.82 lbs Shonn Blassingame & Shane Elmore
7th $ 1,040 14.80 lbs Charlie Yowell & Lee Yowell
8th $ 1,030 14.78 lbs Bryan Tucker & Paul Chadwick
9th $ 1,020 14.74 lbs John Adams & Greg Fleming
10th $ 1,005 14.34 lbs Mitchell Hulsey & Randy Hulsey
10th $ 1,005 14.34 lbs Steve Schiele & Poncho Newton
........and last in the money........
25th $ 500 11.46 lbs Dewey Leggett & Greg Jarman

Big Bass $1,000 10.98 lbs Tommy Hasty & Johnny Vanover

Skeeter Bonus $1,020 John Adams & Greg Fleming
Allen Samuels Bonus $2,000 Michael Burns & Rob Burns
Line-X Bonus $1,000 Michael Burns & Rob Burns
Fun-N-Sun Bonus $ 500 Michael Burns & Rob Burns

With only one tournament to go, the points standings couldn’t be much tighter. The top six teams are:
786 pts Michael Burns & Rob Burns
762 pts Shonn Blassingame & Shane Elmore
745 pts Brad Morris & Kevin Hatcher
743 pts Allen Shelton & Scott Dean
742 pts Scotty Wenzel & Robert Case Jr
714 pts Eddie Ramsey & Michael Edgett

The last tournament for the North Region will be June 23 on Richland Chambers at Oak Cove. The Championship will be a two day event, October 20-21.

What to do between June and October? Sign up now for the Dodge Mega Bass hourly big bass tournament on Sam Rayburn July 29. Ten places will be paid each hour, and the angler with the top bass each hour will receive a brand new Dodge pick up truck!

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