Colton Sims and Zachary Johnson win the Lumberton SAF Open! school fishing in South East Texas got off to a great start on February 2, 2013 as 48 teams took to the water of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  Participants from 10 different schools were greeted by a chilly morning, but by the 3 pm weigh in temperatures had risen to near 70 degrees.  Teams from Rains High School, Genoa Central, Sulphur Springs, Carthage, Deweyville, Mansfield Legacy, Splendora, Royse City, Corrigan-Camden, and Lumberton blasted off at 6:50 and from all reports enjoyed a great day on the water.

Nine teams were able to bring a 5 fish limit to the scales while only seven teams failed to weigh in a fish.  The Lumberton team of Colton Sims and Zach Johnson came out on top with a limit weighing 15.57 pounds.  They reported catching their fish over grass in 8 to 10 feet of water.  According to Sims, “the fish bit late, we did not have a keeper until after 11:30.”  When asked about the winning technique, Johnson said “we were throwing Rat L Traps.”  Colton was also the winner of the big bass award with a bass weighing 6.24 pounds.  For their efforts, they each took home a brand new American Rodsmiths rod and a $50 gift certificate to Premier Yamaha.  For catching the big bass, Sims was awarded a new Lews Speed Spool reel donated by R1 Bass and another rod from American Rodsmiths.

Second place went to another Lumberton team.  The team of Alisa Moore and Dakota Cline weighed in only 4 fish but they tipped the scales at 14.18 pounds.  Cline reported, “We fished Rat L Traps along the edges of creeks in 9 feet of water.”  “Most of fish bit early in the day,” according to Moore.  By placing second, they each received a new rod and reel combo donated by County Home and Ranch and a gift certificate to Academy.

IMG_4274Rains High School captured third place with a limit weighing 13.34 pounds.  The team of Jackson Case and Chance Cobb reported catching their fish in water about 6 feet deep.  According to their boat captain, they rotated through a set of drains and caught their fish on Rat L Traps.  Case and Cobb each received a new tackle box courtesy of County Home and Ranch as well as a casting reel provided by Lumberton High School.

While Rat L Traps seems to be the bait of choice for the winners, others reported catching fish on flukes, crank baits, and spinner baits.  Total there were 109 bass weighed in for a total weight of 257.34 pounds.  I am happy to report that all fish were released back into Sam Rayburn to fight another day.

Lumberton High School would like to thank all of its sponsors for enabling us to host such a tournament.  They include:  West LTD, Orange County Building Materials, BOMAC, Integrated Technology and Security, LLC., State Farm Insurance Randy Hicks, Brock Services, E2 Baits, HMT Tank Services, STI group, Stanley Lures, Premier Yamaha, R1 Bass, World Cade Technology, Rat-l-Trap, Jeane Tackle, Rollins Real Estate, BeAed. ICO Polymers, County Home and Ranch, Transit Mix, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lake Fork Tackle, Klint’s Reel Repair,  Santone lures, American Rodsmiths, All Terrain Tackle, IOC Polymers, Universal Coin and Bullion, Market Basket, and HEB.

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Team # Participants School # of Fish Team Weight Big Bass
12 Colton Sims/Zachary Johnson Lumberton 5 15.57 6.24
13 Dakota Cline/Alisa Moore Lumberton 4 14.18 5.31
21 Jackson Case/Chance Cobb Rains 5 13.34 4.77
14 Damon Machost/Justin Watts Royse City 5 12.98 4.14
33 Mason Maeker/Haden Scikles Sulphur Springs 4 12.5 4.18
38 Stephen Davis/Gary Hardin Splendora 5 12.36 5.05
3 Branton Halcumb/Bailey Bullock Carthage 5 11.96
7 Chris Talley/Michael Partain Splendora 5 10.24
37 Shane Spence/Logan Gunter Lumberton 5 9.78
36 Ryan Satterfield/Jordan Lemley Genoa Central 4 9.51 3.44
16 Dillion Gossett/Hunter Dickens Rains 5 9.3
9 Collin Gunter/Remington Carbaugh Lumberton 5 9.21
2 Austin White/Jarrod Boutwell Lumberton 4 8.65
46 Wyatt Frankens/Clay Nash Corrigan-Camden 4 8.07
6 Carla Bates/Jalyn Norsworthy Dewyville 3 7.87 2.87
20 Hunter Goodrum/Cody Risinger Splendora 4 7.35
18 Dustin Grammer/Austin Cutchall Genoa Central 3 6.57
25 Josh Wellons/Dalton Tomplate Lumberton 3 6.5
45 Waymon Liles/Bryan Jacks Carthage 3 6.36
34 Mitchell Brown/Trevor Knox Dewyville 2 6.28 4.85
41 Trent Salter/Tyler Miranda Dewyville 2 5.42
30 Kyle Dragulski/Tyler Woods Mansfield Legacy 2 5.1
28 Kamron Langford/Austin Palmore Genoa Central 2 4.51
15 Dilan House/Nick Grell Rains 2 4.43
5 Canan Jones/Jessica Burke Lumberton 2 3.84
47 Connor Burkland/Cole Fricks Genoa Central 1 3.42
32 Maddi Smith/Chad Venable Lumberton 1 2.77
29 Kealey Nicholson/Bethany Butler Dewyville 1 2.7
23 Jay Lawson/Kade Bentley Corrigan-Camden 1 2.54
26 Joshua Tucker/Cody Box Sulphur Springs 1 2.52
39 Timothy Sowell/Elliot Pipps Lumberton 1 2.46
19 Hunter Coleman/Cody Risinger Splendora 1 2.3
10 Colt Ryan/Jordan Burns Lumberton 1 2.29
27 Justin Lobaugh/Cody Dobson Rains 1 2.16
4 Cadie Lawrence/Marinna Collins Carthage 1 2.05
31 Luke Hodgkinson/Tori Lipscomb Lumberton 1 1.9
17 DJ Beard/Owen White Lumberton 1 1.85
8 Cody Young/Corey Ortego Lumberton 1 1.72
44 Tyler Ozment/Zach Ruff Lumberton 1 1.69
22 Jake Hiser/Robert Brock Lumberton 1 1.61
11 Colton Bates/Cody Gantt Dewyville 1 1.48
1 Andrew Forsman/Tristan Fairchild Sulphur Springs
24 JD Head/Justin Journeay Dewyville
35 Nick Buell/Trevor Yaste Carthage
40 Tori Drake/Megan McGee Lumberton
42 Troy Corder/AustinStevison Dewyville
43 Tyler Cagle/Koby Yoder Carthage
48 Bell Jordan/Belk Kaleb Lumberton