Splendora TX High School Hosts Open on Lake Livingston

SAF_1c copyA 30 degree morning at Lake Livingston’s Waterfront Marina greeted 50 young anglers and 25 boat captains representing high school’s as far away as the Dallas area last Saturday morning. The Splendora High School Bass Team played host to one of the first ever Student Angler Federation (SAF) tournaments held in our area and despite the rather unseasonable cold, many of those young anglers found exactly what they came for, some early spring Lake Livingston bass. Many of the young anglers, having little to no experience on Lake Livingston, knew they would have to move around the lake to find that magic spot but Mother Nature had other plans when she cut loose her north winds that gusted up to 35mph, which made moving up and down the main lake nearly impossible. Post frontal conditions and high blue bird skies are notorious for shutting down the bite but just like always, someone always finds the bass. Some of the anglers elected to stay put in the Kickapoo area while others decided to “trailer” to different places on the lake to avoid the brutal winds and dangerous waves. Either way, they had to be back by 3pm to weigh in their catches.

Upon return, anglers and boat captains found a large crowd, some hot BBQ, cold drinks, hundreds of door prizes, a rod and reel raffle, and a flipping contest to test the young anglers skills.

The flipping contest winners were Austin White of Lumberton HS 1st place and Chris Talley of Splendora HS 2nd place. Austin received a 50 dollar Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and Chris received a 25 dollar Academy Gift Card.

The raffle winner was  “future wildcat angler” Tyler Johnson of Splendora. Tyler won an ABU Garcia Veritas Rod and and an ABU Garcia revo premiere S reel retail valued at $230.00 and courtesy of Mr Mark Budzie, the owner of Waterfront Marina at Kickapoo Creek on Lake Livingston.

Hundreds of door prizes were also drawn for as every single boat captain and angler received them courtesy of all of our sponsors and contributing parents.

Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair

Polar Rig Specialties

Squier Mechanical

Jayco Steel


CKG Services

Jerry’s Garage

Eastex Iron Works

Peak roofing

Waterfront Marina

Big State Fabrication

Teel Paving

Splendora Café

Tutor Custom Taxidermy

Color Me Beautiful Salon

AS Quality Fence

Mcclain Trailers

KB Fishing Products

Tournament Results

The 5th place team of Clay Nash and Wyatt Frankens of Corrigan HS had 3 fish which weighed 6.6 lbs. They both received 40 dollar Academy Gift Cards.

The 4th place team of Gary Hardin and Stephen Davis of Splendora HS had 3 fish which weighed 7.07 lbs. they both took home 60 dollar Acadmy Gift cards.

The 3rd place team of Brady Schnautz and Anthony Cutia of Conroe HS had 3 fish which weighed 7.56 lbs. They each received 3rd place trophies donated by Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs donated by KB fishing products, and their rods from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora.

The 2nd place team of Damon Machost and Justin Watts of Royse City HS had 5 fish which weighed 11.1 lbs. They each received 2nd place trophies, courtesy of Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs courtesy of KB Fishing Products, 2 custom made rods from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora, and 2 Bass Pro Shop Pro Qualifier reels.

The 1st place team of Alisa Moore and Dakota Cline of Lumberton HS had 5 fish which weighed 13.12 lbs. They each received 1st place  trophies, donated by Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs donated by KB Fishing products, Abu Garcia Veritas Rods and Abu Garcia Revo premiere S reels donated by Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora.

The first place boat captain received 2 deep cycle Interstate marine batteries courtesy of Jerry’s Garage in New Caney.

Big Bass Winner was Brady Schnautz of Conroe HS with a 4.33 lb bass. His reward was an awesome looking glass trophy donated by Eastex Iron Works and a custom made “Texas A&M” maroon shallow cranking rod from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora. Wayne also donated the “maroon” Quantum reel to match.

Angler Names School No. of Fish Total Weight Big Bass
Alisa Moore-Dakota Cline Lumberton 5 13.12 3.38
Damon Machost-Justin Watts Royse City 5 11.1
Brady Schnautz-Anthony Cutia Conroe 2 7.56 4.33
Stephen Davis-Gary Hardin Splendora 3 7.07
Wyatt Frankens-Clay Nash Corrigan Camden 3 6.6 3
Jessica Burke Lumberton 3 4.83
Jay Lawson- Kade Bentley Corrigan Camden 2 4.78
Tori Lipscomb-Luke Hodgkinson Lumberton 2 4.37
Colton Bates/Cody Gantt Deweyville 2 4.2
Chris Talley-Michael Partain Splendora 2 3.56
Jake Hieser-Tate Dailey Lumberton 1 2.54
Maddi Smith-Chad Venable Lumberton 1 2.2
Jordan Burns-Colt Ryan Lumberton 1 2.08
Trey Kinard Splendora 1 1.8
Jordan Bell-Kaleb Belk Lumberton 0
Josh Wellons-Dalton Tomplait Lumberton 0
Austin White-Jarrod Boutwell Lumberton 0
Hunter Goodrum-Cody Risinger Splendora 0
Colton Sims-Zach Johnson Lumberton 0
Elliott Pipps-Timmy Sowell Lumberton 0
Cody Young-Meagan Mcgee Lumberton 0
John Jay Jr-Weston Thomas Conroe 0
Kelsi Wion-Sydney Rushing Lumberton 0
Bowden-Freeman Spring 0
33 75.81
avg weight 2.3
avg team weight by school
Royse City 11.1
Corrigan Camden 5.69
Deweyville 4.2
Conroe 3.78
Splendora 3.1
Lumberton 2.24
Spring 0

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For more info on HS fishing, please contact Paul Squier at Splendora High School 281-689-8008 or email him at psquier@splendoraisd.org or visit www.highschoolfishing.org for membership information.