Kemps take Saturday Shootout
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Thirty-two boats fished a Saturday edition of the weekly Sabine River
Shootout and posted some very solid numbers in spite of the weekend
fishing pressure.Seventeen teams finished the day with a reason to weigh
in and fourteen of their fish topped the three pound mark!
Brent and Chad Kemp enjoyed the day about ten ounces more than the
second place team of Gavin Deshotel and Dagan Bradshaw.The Kemps weighed
16.46-pounds while the second place team finished the outing with a
15.83-stringer.The third place team of Kenny Fusilier and Nathan Paul
cashed the third place check with a solid 14.81-pound bag.
Dehotel and Bradshaw eased a little of the sting of their narrow loss by
taking home the big bass pot as well.Their winning bass weighed in a
very respectable 5.49-pounds.The duo hadn’t lost in a month making their
second place finish something they were unaccustomed to.
The weekly team events continue to grow and that fact has not been lost
on local sponsors.If you would like to try your hand at a little
competitive bass fishing this is a great place to start.
Mary Lynn LeJeune celebrated her tenth birthday Sunday afternoon fishing
the river with her Uncle Saul and it turned out to be a very special day
for both of them.“We caught enough goggle-eye to have a fish fry that
night,” said Mary Lynn, “and I caught the biggest bass of my life!”
Saul said they were fishing the Burned Out bridge area with small
crawfish under a cork when she hung the big fish.“I thought it was a
grinnel until it jumped.When I saw it was a bass I got more excited than
Her birthday fish weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces on the grocery store
scales.“I knew I was going to get the fish mounted the minute it landed
in the bottom of the boat,” said the very proud Uncle.“We’ll never
forget this birthday!”
The annual CCA S.T.A.R. tournament is in full swing and while nearly
every category is still wide open, a couple of them will be hard to
beat. Eight year old Rowdy Hanks of Kountz put a 6-pound 12 ounce
gafftop on the board early and will now have his parents sweating out
his possibility of winning a $50,000 scholarship all summer.
In the 11 to 17 age division, Andrew Larson of Danbury is in the lead in
the Upper Coast Trout Division with a 7-pound 10 ounce speck.Because big
trout have been a little hard to come by on the upper coast the past few
years that fish could also be hard to beat.Don’t tell that to his little
brother, however, as he is currently holding down second place with a
lot of summer remaining.
Curtis Widener of Sargent has also posted an early flounder in the Teen
Division that just may win him $25,000 in college money.His flounder
tipped the scales at 6 pounds 5 ounces.
In the adult division, Mike Fesco of Sour Lake may well have already
have laid claim to the gafftop prize money with a whopping 8-pound
2-ounce fish. Of the few leading fish at this point, Mike’s gafftop will
undoubtedly be the hardest to beat.
A double digit trout is leading the lower coast and an 8-pound 7-ounce
fish is leading the Upper Coat.Any of these weights can be bested over
the summer and there is a ton of money still up for grabs.Only two of
the tagged redfish have been caught thus far.
The white perch bite is still strong on both Rayburn and Toledo Bend.
Milton and Ronnie Carrol apparently don’t know what the hell they are
doing when it comes to catching crappie over a brush pile, but they had
a good day in spite of themselves last Friday.
“We only caught two white perch,” said Milton, “but we filled up an ice
box with bream and catfish.” That could only happen to the Carrols.There
problem could have been that they thought they found some brush in eight
feet of water and they were fishing with crickets!
The folks that are doing it right are catching pretty easy limits of
crappie up to a pound and a half.On both lakes the reports I got were
that shiners were working much better than jigs.