Despite high winds and rough lake conditions, Lee Yowell of Ennis and Brian Schott of Longview stuck by their plan to fish docks and were rewarded with a win in the Bass Champs North Region tournament.
The pair caught a five bass limit for a total of 16.96 pounds.
“We planned to hit docks all day,” Schott said. “We were fishing with spinnerbaits, square-billed crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps all day. About every tenth dock, we’d catch a keeper. It seemed to be the docks that had 2- to 4-feet of water were holding bass.”
Winning by a mere ounce and a half, Bass Champs presented the team with the guaranteed first place check for $20,000.
Jeremy Zmolik of Mabank and Strider Browning of Gun Barrel City came home in second place.
“We found a few spots in the backs of coves where the water was a little warmer,” Zmolik said. “The fish were in shallow water.
Bringing in 16.71 lbs, they enjoyed a $3,000 check for their second place finish.
Brothers Mike and Rob Burns from Lucas and Plano, finished in third place, followed by Lee Batson and Jason Greer, both from Forney.