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Colton Sims and Zachary Johnson win the Lumberton SAF Open!

lumberton.high.school.alumniHigh 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 #ParticipantsSchool# of FishTeam WeightBig Bass
12Colton Sims/Zachary JohnsonLumberton515.576.24
13Dakota Cline/Alisa MooreLumberton414.185.31
21Jackson Case/Chance CobbRains513.344.77
14Damon Machost/Justin WattsRoyse City512.984.14
33Mason Maeker/Haden SciklesSulphur Springs412.54.18
38Stephen Davis/Gary HardinSplendora512.365.05
3Branton Halcumb/Bailey BullockCarthage511.96
7Chris Talley/Michael PartainSplendora510.24
37Shane Spence/Logan GunterLumberton59.78
36Ryan Satterfield/Jordan LemleyGenoa Central49.513.44
16Dillion Gossett/Hunter DickensRains59.3
9Collin Gunter/Remington CarbaughLumberton59.21
2Austin White/Jarrod BoutwellLumberton48.65
46Wyatt Frankens/Clay NashCorrigan-Camden48.07
6Carla Bates/Jalyn NorsworthyDewyville37.872.87
20Hunter Goodrum/Cody RisingerSplendora47.35
18Dustin Grammer/Austin CutchallGenoa Central36.57
25Josh Wellons/Dalton TomplateLumberton36.5
45Waymon Liles/Bryan JacksCarthage36.36
34Mitchell Brown/Trevor KnoxDewyville26.284.85
41Trent Salter/Tyler MirandaDewyville25.42
30Kyle Dragulski/Tyler WoodsMansfield Legacy25.1
28Kamron Langford/Austin PalmoreGenoa Central24.51
15Dilan House/Nick GrellRains24.43
5Canan Jones/Jessica BurkeLumberton23.84
47Connor Burkland/Cole FricksGenoa Central13.42
32Maddi Smith/Chad VenableLumberton12.77
29Kealey Nicholson/Bethany ButlerDewyville12.7
23Jay Lawson/Kade BentleyCorrigan-Camden12.54
26Joshua Tucker/Cody BoxSulphur Springs12.52
39Timothy Sowell/Elliot PippsLumberton12.46
19Hunter Coleman/Cody RisingerSplendora12.3
10Colt Ryan/Jordan BurnsLumberton12.29
27Justin Lobaugh/Cody DobsonRains12.16
4Cadie Lawrence/Marinna CollinsCarthage12.05
31Luke Hodgkinson/Tori LipscombLumberton11.9
17DJ Beard/Owen WhiteLumberton11.85
8Cody Young/Corey OrtegoLumberton11.72
44Tyler Ozment/Zach RuffLumberton11.69
22Jake Hiser/Robert BrockLumberton11.61
11Colton Bates/Cody GanttDewyville11.48
1Andrew Forsman/Tristan FairchildSulphur Springs
24JD Head/Justin JourneayDewyville
35Nick Buell/Trevor YasteCarthage
40Tori Drake/Megan McGeeLumberton
42Troy Corder/AustinStevisonDewyville
43Tyler Cagle/Koby YoderCarthage
48Bell Jordan/Belk KalebLumberton