Lake Amistad Final Day Roundup

There was a certain buzz around the lake on Sunday morning.  There were 12 guys hitting the lake with a Legitimate chance of breaking Rojas’ 108lb record.  There was a little wind which will help the reaction bite and calm enough not to interfere with the sight fisherman.   Not too mention Day 3 had just produced the biggest bag of the tournament this far.  We also are inching closer to a full moon, which usually moves more fish onto the beds.

I got into some early fish on Secrtet Weapon Spinnerbaits  and Lucky Craft Pointer 100’s, biggest was 4-12 and my partner got a 5-11 on a Power Jerk Shad .  We hit a mid day lull and then finally found a cove with some fish on beds.  We each caught a couple ranging from 2-4lbs.  Then we saw her!!! She was about 7ft deep on a bed in the middle of small cove, with a male that was about 3.5lbs.  My partner accidentally caught the male, which probably made catching the female more difficult than needed.  It took use about 45 minutes to get her to bite.  She finally fell for a White 8″ Lake Fork Top Dog Lizard .  She measured 25″ length & 17″ girth and tipped the scales at 8lbs 3oz.
 
It was extra exciting, because I caught her just 5 minutes before we had to load the boat and head in for the final day weigh-in.  It simulated a tournament situation.  We made to the weigh area just in time for the national anthem.  The Top 12 were all lined up in their boats.  They made announcement that all 12 anglers had their limits and no dead fish, which amplified the buzz.  One by one they crossed the stage taking turns in the hot seat.  Then Ish broke things open with 23-08 bag anchored by the Purolator Big Bass for the day – 9-00, see picture of big bass lower left.

  
You can also see Ish Monroe hoisting his trophy on the Jumbo Screen.  Ish gave Props to Reaction Innovations and his Vixen Topwater .  They also showed KVD throw his spinning rod in the lake after losing a giant that came unbuttoned sight fishing.  It was very exciting to watch it all happen, much better than what you see on Saturday mornings.  I highly recommend attending a BASS weigh-in if you get the chance.  This is my 2nd, the first was KVD’s E-50 victory on Lake Wissota.  Notice that the top 3 anlgers were all from California, this lake fishes supposedly fishes similar to Clear Lake out in California.  I have more pictures that were taken at the weigh-in and other bass that my fishing party caught that I will post in another post(s). See Tournament Stats Below:
 
Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Ishama Monroe          Hughson, Calif.        20 104-08  310  $103,000.00
  Day 1: 5   25-11    Day 2: 5   21-04    Day 3: 5   34-01    Day 4: 5   23-08  
2.  Fred Roumbanis         Auburn, Calif.         20 101-13  295   $31,000.00
  Day 1: 5   24-04    Day 2: 5   28-13    Day 3: 5   20-11    Day 4: 5   28-01  
3.  Mike Reynolds          Modesto, Calif.        20  99-04  290   $25,000.00
  Day 1: 5   20-06    Day 2: 5   26-00    Day 3: 5   28-00    Day 4: 5   24-14  
4.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, La.          20  98-05  285   $18,000.00
  Day 1: 5   25-09    Day 2: 5   28-15    Day 3: 5   22-01    Day 4: 5   21-12  
5.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, Ala.           20  97-03  280   $17,000.00
  Day 1: 5   27-14    Day 2: 5   22-00    Day 3: 5   25-06    Day 4: 5   21-15  
6.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, Mich.       20  97-00  276   $15,500.00
  Day 1: 5   27-03    Day 2: 5   22-09    Day 3: 5   27-06    Day 4: 5   19-14  
7.  Alton Jones            Waco, Texas            20  95-06  272   $15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   23-13    Day 2: 5   29-10    Day 3: 5   23-02    Day 4: 5   18-13  
8.  Gary Klein             Weatherford, Texas     20  94-03  268   $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   25-15    Day 2: 5   26-03    Day 3: 5   19-13    Day 4: 5   22-04  
9.  Ken Cook               Lawton, Okla.          20  93-07  269   $15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   31-10    Day 2: 5   17-01    Day 3: 5   22-15    Day 4: 5   21-13  
10. Matt Reed              Madisonville, Texas    20  91-03  260   $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   31-08    Day 2: 5   20-14    Day 3: 5   24-06    Day 4: 5   14-07  
11. Edwin Evers            Talala, Okla.          20  87-13  262   $12,500.00
  Day 1: 5   25-04    Day 2: 5   29-14    Day 3: 5   19-00    Day 4: 5   13-11  
12. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu, Ariz.     20  82-06  254   $12,300.00
  Day 1: 5   27-05    Day 2: 5   25-15    Day 3: 5   18-02    Day 4: 5   11-00  
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
1   Pete Ponds              Madison, Miss.            10-05  $1,000.00
2   Gary Klein              Weatherford, Texas        10-05  $1,000.00
3   Ishama Monroe           Hughson, Calif.            9-05  $1,000.00
4   Ishama Monroe           Hughson, Calif.            9-00  $1,000.00

Purolator Big Bass of Tournament
     Gary Klein              Weatherford, Texas        10-05    $500.00
     Pete Ponds              Madison, Miss.            10-05    $500.00

Busch Heavyweight
Day
1   Ken Cook                Lawton, Okla.             31-10  $1,000.00
2   Jimmy Mize              Ben Lomond, Ark.          31-14  $1,000.00
3   Ishama Monroe           Hughson, Calif.           34-01  $1,000.00
4   Fred Roumbanis          Auburn, Calif.            28-01  $1,000.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1      102       521      1932-00
2      101       517      1938-14
3       49       249       948-07
4       12        60       242-00
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        264      1347      5061-05

Tight Lines,
Rich
www.richlindgren.com
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