Weight: 12.93; Lochness Lures Big Bass - 4.01 Pattern: Largemouth bass up shallow on flats (3 feet) Baits: Black/blue jig with Zoom Super Chunk & watermelon Senko
How it Happened: This team spent time on both the Barbee Chain and Lake Tippecanoe. Interestingly, though, their biggest
3rd Place: Trevor Paulus & Dave Selig Weight: 12.62
Pattern: Outside weed edges between 12-16 feet of water
Baits: Jigs and hollow-bellied frog
How it Happened: The 2018 West Division Champions have reclaimed the lead in the Standings. Their 3rd Top 5 finish of the season has them in position to go Back-to-Back.
4th Place: Matt Hoffer & Brad Hoffer
Weight: 12.86 Pattern: Inside and Outside weed lines
Baits: CYC Lures RGA Buzzbait and CYC Lures football jig How it Happened: They focused on the inside edge of weed lines early with the buzzbaits and caught 3 keepers before settling on the outside edge. There they threw the jigs to the outside edged and
"It was a grind," claimed Paulus. It took 90 minutes to score their first keeper, but that was a 3-pounder. They focused on a trio of outside weed lines and finished their limit at 11:00. They culled twice afterwards.
5th Place: Larry Stanley & Dave Terry
Weight: 12.24; 2nd Big Bass - 3.70
Pattern: Post spawn largemouth bass in shallow water Baits: Texas rigged Powerworm, Drop Shot Rig and Beaver
How it Happened: Their first fish was the second biggest of the tournament, which fell for a worm. The fish came from a flat. Before leaving they caught 2 more on the worm and another on a drop shot.
They did some junk fishing after that. "We caught our fifth keeper," reveals Stanley, "from a channel." They then caught 4 more fish by flipping beaver baits into different stretches of lily pads. Winnings: $210
came from Grassy Creek between the lakes. Schoettmer recalls, "Rich Paton and Dave Morrow had just fished a stretch of pads in the creek and we were idling behind then. That's when David pitched his jig in and caught the big bass. It was great to do it in front of them!"
Most of their fish came on the flats with sporadic weeds. Schoettmer notes that the weeds had to be clean - "clear of the slime from the weed kills."
Winnings: $475 + 400 = $875
boated 7 more keepers. "Since this was just our second time there, " Matt said, "we didn't have many spots to run to. I think that helped because we stuck to an area instead of going blind somewhere else." He added, "We weren't catching many, but the ones we caught were solid keepers."
How it Happened: Neither Kafka or Bontrager had been to Barbee in 2019, so they began on a weed line that produced for them years ago. Immediately they began getting bit on the inside edge with a 9K Elite Lures Chatterbug. It took just 90 minutes to have a limit.
As that bite dissipated, they moved to the outside edge and whacked them pitching the aforementioned jigs to the edge. In all they caught 40 keepers. All fish came in a 100 yard stretch.
Other Teams in the Money
6th Place:Jeff Geller and Clint Gradeless (left) scraped together an 12.05 pound limit to win $185.
7th place: Former FLW Tour professional, Chip Harrison, and Paul Hollabaugh weighed 11.65 pounds and won$110.
8th Place: Brad and Clay Sterling scored their second check of the season with an 11.47 pound limit and won $120.
9th Place: Fishing solo did not stop Kyle Kaser from weighing 10.97 pounds, which places him in 3rd Place. He won $90.
10th Place: The final check went to Lance Angus (pictured) and Brandon Randal. They pieced together a 10.95 pound limit and won $80.