Lake James
May 21st, 2016
6:30 - 1:30

1st Place:  Frank Randol and Doyle Randol

For the ​​second tournament in a row the Randol brothers are at the top of the R and B Bass Circuit. Besting their second place finish on Hamilton the dynamic duo came home with top honors this week.  For their efforts they brought home $700 plus they will receive a Certificate from Rod Bender Baits.


2nd Place:  Mike Elsea

The Indianapolis native made the drive up north and proved that being the call boat doesn't represent much of a disadvantage.

​​Mike brought 13.81 lb. to the scales with a 3.81 lb. big bass covering his gas with $428 in cash.
3rd Place:  Mike Lytle and Colin Maple

Mike and Colin started their day in N. Snow Bay blind casting a centipede at and around piers. This is the tactic that got them their biggest fish of the day a 4.09 pounder.

Later in the day the team made their way to Lake James where they targeted bedding fish under docks using a Beaver. Not worrying about large numbers of fish but rather the quality fish they ​​​brought 12.72 lb. to the scales with a 4.09 lb. big bass and a $272 pay day.

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4th Place:  Kyle Kaser and Mike Kaser
Kyle and Michael brought 11.23 lb. in with a big bass of 3.33 pounds netting them a check for $194.

5th Place:  Bear Griva and Mike Klavinski
The team brought 10.38 lb. to the scale the largest of whight the largest of which was 3.32 pounds and ended up taking home $136.

6th Place:  Heath Wagner and Andy Buss
For the second tournament in a row school was in session. To bad the pupal played hookey. Heath  brought 9.65 Lb. in five fish to the scales with a big bass of 2.45 Lb.
The team ended up taking home $117.

7th Place:  Rick Sawer and Denny Cook 
Rich and Denny hit again with 14.64 Lb. in five fish to the scales with a big bass of 3.35 Lb.
The team ended up taking home $97.

2nd Big Bass : Aaron Krider and Bob Bruick

Aaron and Bob brought in the second largest fish of the day at 4.77 lb and were rewarded with a $74 pay check.

The Rocky Brook Award: 
​Greg Mangus and Kevin Fletcher

​​Greg and Kevin placed 8th with 8.5 pounds with a big bass of 3.10 pounds.
16th Place in 2016: 
​Kevin Rathke and Don Amari
Sponsored by Schnelker Marine and ProX Outfitters, the team that finishes 16th in each Eastern Division Tournament of the R & B Bass Circuit will win a $25 gift card. The card may be used at either Schnelker Marine or Pro X Outfitters rather in store or online. 

​​Kevin and Don placed 16th for the second tournament in a row. This time the team weighed in with 4.43 Lb.
Second Tournament for the Eastern Division
The R & B Bass Circuit Eastern Division hit Lake James on May 21st with 37 boats. Although not perfect weather, and many reported they didn't know exactly what to do to catch fish without the rain, snow and freezing cold weather.  In the end anglers reported that not only is the fishing better in the east but the weather is too.

​It took 15.51 Lb. to win, and participants weighed in 80 bass and 166.52 pounds of fish averaging over 2.0 pounds each.​​
Big Bass :  Also for the second tournament in a row, the Randol's have demonstrated not only their fishing skill but have brought to the scales a Bass over 5 pounds. taking top big bass honors again. Todays catch was 5.33 slightly larger the Hamilton's 5.15 lb. fish netting the two another $296.00 in prize money.

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The two split the lake up pre fishing. Doyle concentrated on Little Otter, Big Otter and Snow lake, while Frank scouted James and Jimmerson all the way back to the Nevada Mills​​ Dam. They hunted down and marked the location of bedding fish to target come tournament day.

They started fishing on the Otter end of the chain. Early in the morning Frank was working a bed using a watermelon centipede and Doyle was casting parallel to the shore when Doyle hooked their largest bass of the day. The fish bit a Pig and Jig and got to spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with her relatives from around the chain of lakes.  They had their first limit in the boat early before moving on to the bigger lakes. 

Not staying on one fish for too long the brothers fished from Little Otter all the way through to the Nevada Mills Dam​. Frank said they boated around 26 keepers sorting several along the way. ​​