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2015-2016  Tournament Season

The Texas Trails Bassmasters held 14 tournaments for the year both starting and ending at Lake O Pines. Kenny LaDuke took top honors for the year and joins the ranks of those who have there names inscribed on the Albert Jordan & Lew Conder Memorial Trophy as the Angler of the Year.

We had 7 different people win a tournament this year.Kenny LaDuke won 5. Lance Swaim, Chris Large & Tom Blackshear won 2 each. Gary Smith, Jim Brack & Rodney Ellis  won 1 each.The big stringer this year was 20.42 lbs caught by Kenny LaDuke at Lake O' Pines.  Kenny also caught the big bass of the year at Lake Tyler which weighed in at 9.85 lbs. It has been the biggest fish for this club in at least the last 10 years.A total of 432 fish that weighed 962.34 lbs. for an average of 2.23 lbs.This is a marked increase over last year by 416.44 lbs. There were 54 limits brought to the scales this year. 


The club would once again like to welcome Chris Lam to the mix

Lake              Date       FirstSecondThird       Big Bass
Lake O'Pines Nov. 22 Lance Swaim    15.55 Chris Large         14.52 Brian Jackson   12.70Chris Large         5.06
WelshDec. 11Kenny LaDuke  14.45Lance Swaim        6.94Chris Large         3.64Kenny LaDuke    4.49
Bob SandlinJan. 23Chris Large       13.59Rodney Ellis          8.79Kenny LaDuke    6.65Brian Jackson     4.83
WelshFeb. 20Kenny LaDuke   18.77Rodney Ellis          8.41Don Hampton   17.36Lance Swaim      4.53
ForkMar. 13Gary Smith           5.50Leon Davis            5.29Rodney Ellis       4.41Brian Jackson     1.72
QuitmanApr. 16Lance Swaim       7.46Tony Dougherty    7.15Billy Patton         5.25Lance Swaim      5.33
WinnsboroMay 21Tom Blackshear 13.27Danny Weems    12.06Leon Davis       10.04Tom Blackshear 4.50
Cypress 
Springs 
June 25 Jim Brack           12.42Rodney Ellis        11.70Leon Davis         9.73Rodney Ellis       6.52
HawkinsJuly 9Tom Blackshear   9.56Rodney Ellis          6.80Chris Large         6.12Tom Blackshear 4.50
HolbrookAug. 20Chris Large        15.09Lance Swaim      11.94Jim Martin         10.71Chris Large         6.31
TylerSept. 24Kenny LaDuke   20.16Jim Brack            11.13Leon Davis         7.46Kenny LaDuke    9.85
ForkOct. 23Rodney Ellis         6.42Jim Brack              6.23Don Hampton     6.02Danny Weems    1.82
Lake O'Pines Nov. 19Kenny LaDuke   16.99Chris Lam            15.13Don Hampton   11.44Kenny LaDuke    3.80
Lake O'Pines Nov. 20Kenny Laduke   20.42Tony Dougherty   14.80Don Hamtpon   14.72Kenny LaDuke    7.21

2014-2015  Tournament Season

The Texas Trails Bassmasters held 13 tournaments for the year both starting and ending at Lake O Pines. Lance Swaim took top honors for the year and joins the ranks of those who have there names inscribed on the Albert Jordan Memorial Trophy as the angler of the year.

We had 7 different people win a tournament this year. Kenny LaDuke and Lance Swaim won 3 each. Gary Smith and Danny Weems won 2 each and Tony Doughtery, Brian Jackson, and Suzie Hubbel each won one. The big stringer this year was 18.34 lbs caught by Lance Swaim at Cypress Springs followed closely by Gary Smith with 17.88 lbs. caught at Quitman. Gary Smith also caught the big bass of the year at Quitman which weighed in at 7.04 lbs.

A total of 295 fish were brought to the scales of which 289 were released back alive. That is a survival rate of 98% a little down from last year. Those 295 fish weighed 545.90 lbs. for an average of 1.85 lbs. after subtracting the dead fish penalties. This is a marked increase over last year. There were 35 limits brought to the scales this year.  Lance Swaim and Kenny LaDuke each had 7 with  Gary Smith bringing in 6 limits. Danny Weems and Don Hampton brought in 4 apiece. On the flipside there was 36 zeros and everybody had at least 1.

The club would once again like to welcome Brian Jackson and Chris Large into the fold.

Despite 26 members on the "books"  this year, participation was down per tournament. Only 3 members managed to fish all of the tournament -- Kenny La Duke, Gary Smith and Lance Swaim.. Even Don Hampton missed a tournament this year. ( his first since 1909 lol)  We had several new members join this year so lets hope that improves. Overall it was a very good year so lets keep it up and have an even better year  ahead.

Lake                  Date                First                   Second            Third                 Big Bass                
Lake O PinesNov, 23LaDuke 15.11Swaim 12.06Weems 9.78LaDuke 3.22
WelshDec. 6Weems 10.90Swaim 4.30Dollison 3.23Swaim 4.30
WelshFeb 14Hubbel 4.55Stroman 3.96Swaim 3.57Hubbel 4.55
ForkMar 14Smith 6.98LaDuke 3.86Hampton 2.13LaDuke 2.42
QuitmanApl. 14Smith 17.88Swaim 9.42Weems 9.32Smith 7.04
WinnsboroMay 9Weems 11.13Doughtery 7.46Smith 5.48Doughtery4.04
Cypress SpringsJune 13Swaim 18.34Ellis 13.95Smith 13.85Ellis 5.63
HawkinsJuly 11LaDuke 10.74Heimgarton 7.91Smith 7.45Blackshear 4.01
HolbrookAug 15Swaim 8.94Weems 6.63Fruge 4.94Weems 5.25
Bob SandlinSept. 12LaDuke 12.52Doughtery 12.13Swaim 8.82LaDuke 4.04
QuitmanOct. 10Doughtery 10.95Weems 10.87Hampton 7.24Doughtery 5.83
ForkOct.25LaDuke 4.60Ellis 4.30Jackson 3.42LaDuke 1.40
Lake O Pines 1Nov.21Jackson 13.63Swaim 10.15Large 8.91Jackson 4.84
Lake O Pines 2Nov.22Swaim 15.55Large 14.52Jackson 12.70Large 5.06


2013-2014 Tournament Season

We held 13 tournaments for the season starting at  Cypress Springs and ending at Lake of the Pines. Kenny La Duke took top honors with a total of 10 fish weighing 31.14 pounds for the two day event. He will have his name inscribed on the Albert Jordan Memorial Trophy. Kenny also won Angler of the Year honors.

We had six club members win an event this season. Kenny LaDuke won five, Tony Doughtery won four, and John Heimgarton, Don Hampton, Lew Conder, Chris Doughtery, each won one tournament.  Scott Fruge caught the seasons big bass 6.44 pounds at Lake Quitman and Kenny LaDuke netted the big string, 16.11 pounds at our season finale Lake of the Pines.

Participation was again down from the previous year but we had several new members join during the year so hopefully that rate will go up. Only three  club members managed to fish all the tournaments- Don Hampton, Kenny LaDuke and Gary Smith. Nobody can say that they didn't get blanked this year as every member blanked in at least one tournament. Dispite all this the club managed to bring to the scales a total of 283 for 456.9 pounds. That is an average of 1.61pounds per fish. It may also be noted that 279 of those fish were released back into the lakes alive. That is a survival rate of 98.6%. Well done.

Lake                         Date                                First                                Second                   Third                      BigBass       
Cypress Springs Nov. 17 2013 Heimgarton 7.81 Gary Smith 5.46Sickles 5.14 LaDuke 2.89
Welsh Dec. 21 2013 Kenny LaDuke 13.98 Gary Smith 4.08    ---- LaDuke 4.22
Monticello Jan. 18 2014 Tony Doughtery 2.22 Don Hampton 0.46    ----- Doughtery 2.22
Welsh  Feb. 15 Don Hampton 9.17 Tony Doughtery 6.78 Gary Smith 3.13 Doughtery 3.44
Quitman  Mar. 15 Tony Doughtery 10.31 Ken Gilbreath 6.50Scott Fruge 6.44 Fruge 6.44
Fork  Apl. 13 Kenny LaDuke 7.44 Don Hampton 7.35 Scott Fruge 4.26 Hampton 2.09
Winnsboro  May 24 Kenny LaDuke 14.98 Don Hampton 11.05 Tony Doughtery 10.33 LaDuke 3.60
Cypress Springs  Jun. 14 Tony Doughtery 9.51 Richard Howard 9.48Don Hampton 8.44Howard 3.48
Hawkins  Jul 12 Kenny LsDuke 9.17 Craig Watkins 7.11 Richard Howard 6.53Watkins 5.58
Holbrook  Aug 16 Tony Doughtery 8.14 Kenny LaDuke 5.90 Greg Morgan 5.54LaDuke 3.91
Bob Sandlin Sept. 13 Chris Doughtery 8.41 Greg Morgan 7.31 Scott Fruge 7.27Conder 3.92
Fork Oct. 26 Lew Conder 5.51 Tony Doughtery 4.53 Don Hampton 3.20Hampton 1.76
Lake Ol Pines Nov, 22,23 Kenny LaDuke 31.14  Lance Swaim 12.06 Danny Weems 9.78LaDuke 4.22





2012 - 2013 Tournament Season

The Texas Trails Bassmasters held 13 tournaments  for the 2012-2013 season beginning at Lake of the Pines and ending with two one day club championship tournament at Lake Bob Sandlin and Cypress Springs. Lew Conder took home top honors for the two days with a total weight of 13.16 pounds and is the first recipient of the newly created  Albert Jordan Memorial Trophy. This trophy will go to the individual that wins the club championship each year. The winner will have his/her name inscribed on it. Kenny LaDuke won Angler of the Year honors.

We had seven club members and one guest win a tounament this season - Albert Jordan (3), KennyLaDuke (2), Lew Conder (2), Don Hampton, Dean Stroman, Gary Smith, Scott Fruge, and John Heimgarton and guest Paul Lamont.  Lew Conder had the big string this year with a very nice catch of 15.44 pounds at Winnsboro and Albert Jordan caught the big bass of the season with a hefty 9.51 lunker from Lake Fork.

The club brought to the scales a total of 329 bass for a total weight of 542.06 pounds. That works out to an average of 1.65 pounds per fish. Kenny LaDuke, our Angler of the year,  weighed in 50 of those fish for 89.26 pounds. Don Hampton had 47 for 74.38 pounds. Hayden Sickles brought to the scales 42 fish weighing 67.80 pounds, Tony Doughtery 39 fish for 53.92, Lew Conder 32 fish for 54.03 pounds and Gary Smith also 32 fish for 53.12 pounds,  were the only anglers to catch more than 30 fish for the year.

Participation this year was down from previous years. Only four club members fished every tournament - Don Hampton, Gary Smith, Kenny LaDuke and Tony Doughtery. No angler managed to catch a fish in every tournament with Lake Gilmore doing the most damage as only Dean Stroman was able to net a keeper. We did manage to finish the season strong however with the addition of three new members. We would like everyone to welcome Craig Watkins, Dave Settle and our first female member Suzie Hubbel.

Lake                           Date            1st - Weight                     2nd - Weight                    3rd - Weight              
Lake of the PinesNov 11     Paul Lamont - 9.31   Don Hampton - 6.37     Haden Sickles - 5.52
WelshDec 8     Albert Jordan - 10.83   Kenny LaDuke - 6.96     Gary Smith - 6.35
MonticelloJan 12     Albert Jordan - 5.98   Kenny LaDuke - 5.80     Don Hampton - 4.86
Bob SandlinFeb 16     Kenny LaDuke - 12.04   Don Overstreet - 11.77     Haden Sickles - 9.79
QuitmanMar 9     Don Hampton - 7.67   Lew Conder - 7.45     Albert Jordan - 5.04
ForkApr 28     Albert Jordan - 11.15   Kenny LaDuke - 8.24     Don Hampton - 7.83
Cypress SpringsMay 25     Dean Stroman - 14.98   Kenny LaDuke - 10.65     Haden Sickles - 8.83
WinnsboroJun 9     Lew Conder - 15.44   Don Hampton - 14.24     Haden Sickles - 11.96
HawkinsJul 20     Kenny LaDuke- 13.95   Tony Doughtery - 7.26     Don Hampton - 7.22
GilmerAug.24       Dean Stroman-3.32           -      -
HolbrookSept.14     Gary Smith - 8.40    Don Hampton - 8.30     Kenny La Duke - 8.09
ForkOct.27     Scott Fruge - 5.58    Tony Doughtery - 5.46     Kenny LaDuke - 4.19
Bob SandlinNov.16     Lew Conder - 8.50    Haden Sickles - 6.49     Don Hampton - 5.80
Cypress SpringsNov. 17     John Heimgarton-7.81     Gary Smith - 5.46     Haden Sickles 5.14

2011 - 2012 Tournament Season

 Lake Date            1st - Weight                    2nd - Weight                      3rd - Weight           
Bob SandlinNov 19    Gary Smith - 12.06   Albert Jordan - 12.04   Kenny LaDuke - 12.02
WinnsboroDec 10               -              -                  -
MonticelloJan 8    Albert Jordan - 4.80   Scott Fruge - 3.30   Ken Gilbreath - 3.18
WelshFeb 11    Don Hampton - 6.21   Kenny LaDuke - 3.18    Scott Fruge - 2.80 
QuitmanMar 10    Don Hampton - 15.81   Albert Jordan - 9.36   Kenny LaDuke - 7.11
ForkApr 22    Jake Dollison - 7.87   Kenny LaDuke - 5.96   Scott Fruge - 4.94
Cypress SpringsMay 13     Albert Jordan - 14.68       Jake Dollison - 9.48   Haden Sickles - 9.28 
TawakoniJun 23    Haden Sickles - 8.26   Don Overstreet - 8.17   Don Hampton - 7.70
HawkinsJul 21    Dean Stroman - 11.72   Albert Jordan - 8.74   Kenny LaDuke - 8.35
WinnsboroAug 11    Kenny LaDuke - 13.28   Don Overstreet - 9.88   Albert Jordan - 7.10
Bob SandlinSep 8    Haden Sickles - 9.31   Don Hampton - 8.92   Kenny LaDuke - 8.64
Lake of the PinesNov 10    Kenny LaDuke - 9.34   Don Hampton - 8.43   Scott Fruge - 7.85
Lake of the PinesNov 11    Paul Lamont - 9.31    Don Hampton - 6.37   Haden Sickles - 5.53

2010 - 2011 Tournament Season

Texas Trails Bassmasters held thirteen tournaments this season, beginning in November 2010 at Lake Cypress Springs and ending with two one-day events at Lake Quitman in November 2011.  Participation ranged from a high of 13 at both Monticello in January 2010 and Lake of the Pines in March, to a low of eight at Bob Sandlin in September.  The average attendance was slightly more than 11 anglers, down about one from 2009 – 2010.  Five members – Lew Conder, Don Hampton, Albert Jordan, Don Overstreet, and Gary Smith – entered every tournament.

 We had eight different winners in the thirteen events: Kenny LaDuke (4), Dean Stroman (3), and Lew Conder, Jake Dollison, Scott Fruge, Albert Jordan, Chuck Rizzuto, and Dave Settle one eachDon Overstreet achieved the distinction of weighing at least one bass in all 13 tournaments.  Dean Stroman, eight tournaments; and Kenny LaDuke, seven tournaments, weighed at least one fish in every tournament they entered; no one with more than three tournaments fished achieved this milestone.

The big stringer of the year was 22.20 pounds weighed by Dean Stroman at Lake of the Pines in March. The heaviest string ever weighed in Texas Trails history (125 tournaments) remains 22.21 pounds weighed at Quitman in March 2006.  The big bass of this season was a 7.71 pound lunker caught at Lake of the Pines by Dean.  The biggest winning margin of the year was 8.12 pounds by Dean Stroman at Welsh in December and the smallest victory margin was a scant 0.01 pounds posted by Don Stapleton at Hawkins in July. 

Eight anglers weighed more than 30 fish for the season: Albert Jordan, 53; Lew Conder, 48; Don Hampton, 44; Don Overstreet, 43; Chuck Rizzuto, 38; Haden Sickles, 36; Dean Stroman, 32; and Gary Smith, 31.  Of anglers fishing all events, Albert Jordan had the highest average weight per bass at 2.00 pounds each, followed by Lew Conder, 1.78; Don Hampton, 1.76; Don Overstreet, 1.54; and Gary Smith, 1.54. Angler of the Year Albert Jordan weighed in 105.79 pounds, besting Dean Stroman by almost 14 pounds. 

Over the course of the season the club weighed 458 fish totaling 847.97 pounds, and average weight of 1.85 pounds.  Almost 97% of the bass were released alive to fight again.  Sixty-five limits were achieved, as well as 23 water hauls.  Anglers recording limits during the season were Albert Jordan, 10; Lew Conder, 8; Don Hampton, 6; Chuck Rizzuto, 6, Kenny LaDuke, 5; Don Overstreet, 5; Scott Fruge, 4; Haden Sickles, 4; Gary Smith, 4; Dean Stroman, 4; Jake Dollison, 2; Don Stapleton, 2; Dave Wylie, 2; Brad Drake, 1; Dave Settle, 1; and Guests, 1.    
 

Lake                           Date        1st - Weight                    2nd - Weight                       3rd - Weight          
Cypress SpringsNov 20  Albert Jordan - 12.04   Don Hampton - 10.49   Don Overstreet - 8.31
WelshDec 11  Dean Stroman - 14.61   Dave Settle - 6.49   Gary Smith - 3.66
MonticelloJan 15  Scott Fruge - 5.61   Dean Stroman - 5.53   Don Hampton - 5.30
WelshFeb 12  Dave Settle - 6.59   Dean Stroman - 6.26   Scott Fruge - 6.05
Lake of the PinesMar 5  Dean Stroman - 22.20   Scott Fruge - 17.29   Don Hampton - 16.47
ForkApr 10  Jake Dollison - 5.67   Haden Sickles - 5.18   Albert Jordan - 3.48
QuitmanMay 21  Kenny LaDuke - 17.11   Dean Stroman - 11.42   Lew Conder - 10.91
WinnsboroJun 11  Kenny LaDuke - 15.69   Albert Jordan - 13.18   Dean Stroman - 12.41
HawkinsJul 9  Kenny LaDuke - 10.57   Don Stapleton - 10.08   Don Hampton - 9.50
Cypress SpringsAug 20  Dean Stroman - 14.90   Haden Sickles - 10.66  John Heimgartner - 9.03
Bob SandlinSep 17  Kenny LaDuke - 17.05   Albert Jordan - 11.01  Scott Fruge - 8.48
QuitmanNov 5  Chuck Rizzuto - 8.87     Albert Jordan - 8.34  Kenny LaDuke - 6.56
QuitmanNov 6  Lew Conder - 10.74   Albert Jordan - 7.91  Don Hampton - 7.90

2009 - 2010 Tournament Season

Texas Trails Bassmasters held thirteen tournaments this season, beginning in November 2009 at Lake Tyler and ending with two one-day events at Lake Tyler in October 2010.  Participation ranged from a high of 16 anglers at Monticello in January to nine fishermen at Lake Tyler in October.  The average attendance was more than 12 anglers. Seven  members –  Lew Conder, Jake Dollison, Scott Fruge, Don Hampton, Albert Jordan, Don Overstreet and Haden Sickles  – entered every tournament.  We had nine different winners in the thirteen events:  Don Hampton (3), Albert Jordan (2), Dean Stroman (2), Jake Dollison, Shane McCollum, Don Overstreet, Dan Roach, Dave Settle and Gary Smith.  Scott Fruge and Don Hampton achieved the milestone of weighing at least one fish in every tournament this season.  The big stringer of the year was 20.49 pounds weighed by Don Hampton at Quitman on May 2nd.  This was the second heaviest stringer weight in Texas Trails history (110 tournaments), surpassed only by a 22.21 pound bag weighed at Quitman in March 2006.  Don’s big string also included a 9.61 pound lunker, the heaviest bass ever weighed in a Texas Trails tournament.

Six anglers weighed more than 30 fish for the season, accounting for more than 58% of fish brought to the scales – Jake Dollison, 34; Scott Fruge, 41; Don Hampton, 49; Albert Jordan, 48; Don Overstreet, 40; and Haden Sickles, 38Dean Stroman had the highest average weight per bass at 3.01 pounds.  Of anglers fishing all the events, Don Hampton had the highest average weight per bass at 2.26 pounds, followed by Lew Conder at 2.17 pounds, Albert Jordan at 2.08 pounds, Jake Dollison at 2.01 pounds, Don Overstreet at 1.92 pounds, Scott Fruge at 1.86 pounds and Haden Sickles at 1.73 pounds.  Angler of the Year Don Hampton weighed in 110.98 pounds, besting second place angler Albert Jordan (99.81 pounds) by just over 11 pounds. 

Over the course of the season the club weighed 429 fish totaling 844.57 pounds, an average weight of 1.97 pounds.  Almost 98% of the bass were released alive to fight again.  Forty-six limits were achieved, as well as 31 water hauls.  Anglers recording limits during the season were Albert Jordan (8), Jake Dollison (5), Scott Fruge (5), Don Hampton (4), Don Overstreet (4), Haden Sickles (4), Dave Settle (3), Jim Canon (2), Brad Drake (2), Shane McCollum (2), Dean Stroman (2), Lew Conder, John Heimgartner, Dan Roach, and Gary Smith (a guest also recorded one limit).  The “average” angler caught 2.68 bass per tournament over the season. 

Quitman in May was the most productive normal limit lake for total weight; the club weighed 44 fish weighing 130.70 pounds, an average of 2.97 pounds per bass.  Winnsboro was close behind with an average weight per bass of 2.73 pounds.  Lake Welsh produced average weights over three pounds – 3.22 pounds in December 2009 and 3.18 pounds in February 2010, but the catch rate was less than one per angler.  Tawakoni in August 2010 was also tough fishing, producing only 15 bass for 13 anglers.  The biggest margin of victory was Don Hampton’s 8.49 pound lead at Welsh in February, followed closely by Don Overstreet’s 7.53 margin at Welsh in December.  The smallest margins were Shane McCollum’s .52 pound victory at Monticello and Jake Dollison’s .59 win at Fork in April.  

 Lake                   Date      1st - Weight      2nd - Weight      3rd - Weight
TylerNovDan Roach - 12.50          Don Hampton - 11.65    Albert Jordan - 9.02       
WelshDecDon Overstreet - 12.85Dean Stroman - 5.32Don Hampton - 4.95
MonticelloJanShane McCollum - 5.08Albert Jordan - 4.56Dave Settle - 4.20
WelshFebDon Hampton - 12.29Scott Fruge - 3.80Shane McCollum - 3.52
Lake of the PinesMarDean Stroman - 17.74Scott Fruge - 12.95Don Hampton - 12.07
Fork AprJake Dollison - 7.98Haden Sickles - 7.39Mac McDaniel - 6.02
QuitmanMayDon Hampton - 20.49Don Overstreet - 18.01Lew Conder - 14.31
Cypress SpringsJunDean Stroman - 12.88Jake Dollison - 11.98Jim Canon - 10.39
WinnsboroJulAlbert Jordan - 15.14Haden Sickles - 14.41Gary Smith - 10.93
TawakoniAugDon Hampton - 5.10Lew Conder - 4.16Albert Jordan - 3.65
Bob SandlinSepDave Settle - 11.41Albert Jordan - 10.09Don Hampton - 8.92
TylerOctGary Smith - 11.01Scott Fruge - 9.92Albert Jordan - 8.17
TylerOctAlbert Jordan - 15.32Don Overstreet - 9.16Dave Settle - 7.37

2008 - 2009 Tournament Season

Texas Trails Bassmasters held fourteen tournaments this year, beginning in November 2008 at Lake Winnsboro and ending with our two one-day events at Lake Tyler in November 2009.  Participation ranged from a high of 19 anglers at Monticello in January to nine fishermen at Lake Fork in October.  The average attendance was around 12 anglers, significantly higher than the average of about seven the past year.  Four members –  Jim Canon, Lew Conder, Don Hampton, and Albert Jordan  – entered every tournament.  We had eight different winners in the fourteen events:  Don Hampton (3), Albert Jordan (3), Brad Drake (2), Dean Stroman (2), Jim Canon (1), Don Overstreet (1), Kelly Perry (1), and Jeff Plunkett (1).  Don Hampton and Albert Jordan achieved the milestone of weighing at least one fish in every tournament this season.  This big stringer of the year was once again claimed by Albert Jordan with his 19.29 limit at Winnsboro (which also produced Albert's big string in May last year) in August.  Albert also had the big bass of the season with a 6.29 lunker at Winnsboro in August.
 
Six anglers weighed more than 30 fish for the season, accounting for more than 54% of fish brought to the scales – Albert Jordan, 58; Don Hampton, 50; Lew Conder, 38; Jake Dollison, 37; Jim Canon, 35; and Haden Sickles, 31.  Dean Stroman had the highest average weight per bass at 2.66 pounds, but of anglers fishing at least half the tournaments Albert Jordan averaged 2.26 pounds per fish weighed.  Angler of the Year Albert Jordan weighed in a massive 131.08 pounds over the season, besting second place Don Hampton (105.69 pounds) by more than 25 pounds.

Over the course of the year the club weighed 456 fish totaling 878.70 pounds, an average weight of 1.93.  Almost 96% of the bass were released alive to fight again.  Fifty limits were recorded, as well as 36 water hauls.  Anglers recording limits during the season were Albert Jordan (9), Don Hampton (6), Lew Conder (5), Jake Dollison (4), Don Overstreet (4), Brad Drake (3), Kelly Perry (3), Haden Sickles (3), Jim Canon (2), Scott Fruge (2), Mark Johnson (2), Dean Stroman (2), Bob Bryan (1), Jeff Plunkett (1), Chuck Turner (1), and Jack White (1).  The “average” angler caught 2.65 bass per tournament over the season.

Bob Sandlin in September was far and away the most productive lake for total weight; the club weighed 50 fish weighing 99.14 pounds, an average of 2.86 pounds per bass.  Lake Welsh produced average weights over three pounds – 3.53 in December and 3.41 in February.  Other than Welsh, Winnsboro in August had the best average bass at 2.86 pounds.  Hawkins in July was tough, producing only 17 fish for 12 anglers.  Fork in October and Monticello in January were also a tough tournaments, with anglers bringing in an average weights of only .75 pound and .95 pound respectively.  The biggest margin of victory was Brad Drakes’s 6.97 pounds at Cypress Springs in June, followed closely by Albert Jordan’s 6.47 pound margin at Winnsboro in August.  Kelly Perry squeaked out a .13 pound win at Monticello in January.

2007 - 2008 Tournament Season

Texas Trails Bassmasters held sixteen tournaments this year, beginning in September 2007 at Lake Fork and ending with our two one-day events at Lake Tyler in October.  Participation ranged from a high of 11 anglers at Winnsboro in May to five fishermen at Tyler.  The average attendance was around seven anglers.  Three members – Lew Conder, Don Hampton and Albert Jordan  – entered every tournament.  We had seven different winners in the sixteen events:  Albert Jordan (4), Lew Conder (3), Don Hampton (3), Mark Johnson (2), Jack White (2), Curtis Jordan (1), and Kelly Perry (1).  No angler achieved the milestone of weighing at least one fish in every tournament this season.  This big stringer of the year was claimed by Albert Jordan with his 18.77 limit at Winnsboro in May.  Big bass honors went to nine fishermen this season, with Albert Jordan leading the field with his 7.47 pounds at Hawkins in July.  Of particular note is Jack White’s .9 lunker that took big bass at Monticello in January. 

Five anglers weighed more than 20 fish for the season, accounting for more than 76% of fish brought to the scales – Albert Jordan, 53; Don Hampton, 49; Lew Conder, 34; Kelly Perry 31; and Mark Johnson, 30.  Jeff Davis had the highest average weight per bass at 3.38 pounds, but of anglers fishing at least half the tournaments Albert Jordan averaged 2.11 pounds per fish weighed.  Albert Jordan weighed in a massive 111.57 pounds over the season, besting second place Don Hampton (88.88 pounds) by more than 22 pounds. 

Over the course of the year the club weighed 264 fish totaling 494.12 pounds, an average weight of 1.87.  Almost 97% of the bass were released alive to fight again.  Twenty-four limits were recorded, as well as 28 water hauls.  Anglers recording limits during the season were Albert Jordan (6), Don Hampton (5), Kelly Perry (3), Jack White (3), Lew Conder (2), Mark Johnson (2), Curtis Jordan (1), Mac McDaniel (1), and Chuck Turner (1).  The “average” angler caught 2.24 bass per tournament over the season. 

Winnsboro in May was far and away the most productive lake for total weight (last season the best month was May, but at Lake Quitman); the club weighed 25 fish weighing 68.33 pounds, an average of 2.73 pounds per bass.  At Cypress Springs in June the club weighed 29 fish weighing 49.79 pounds.  Lake Welsh produced average weights over three pounds – 3.40 in December and 3.37 in February.  Other than the power plant lakes, Hawkins in July had the best average bass at 2.96 pounds.  Tawakoni in October 2007 was tough, producing only two fish for six anglers.  Monticello was also a tough tournament in January 2008, with anglers bringing in an average weight of only .63 pounds.  The biggest margin of victory was Albert Jordan’s massive 10.15 pounds at Welsh in December, followed closely by his 10.12 margin at Winnsboro in May.  Lew Conder squeaked out a .04 pound win at Welsh in February and Jack White squeezed into first by .05 pound at Monticello in January.

Lake  Date  1st - Weight  2nd - Weight  3rd - Weight
Fork  9-09-07  Curtis Jordan - 7.24  Mac McDaniel - 6.08  Albert Jordan - 5.96
Tawakoni10-27-07  Lew Conder - 2.88  Albert Jordan - 2.18              -
Winnsboro11-10-07  Mark Johnson - 9.73  Curtis Jordan - 5.18  Lew Conder - 4.79
Welsh12-08-07  Albert Jordan - 13.58  Lew Conder - 3.43              -
Monticello 1-05-08  Jack White - 3.07  Don Hampton - 3.02  Albert Jordan - 2.73
Welsh 2-16-08  Lew Conder - 10.52  Dean Stroman - 10.48  Albert Jordan - 10.21
Quitman 3-22-08  Kelly Perry - 9.25  Jeff Davis - 3.20  Don Hampton - 1.99
Fork 4-06-08  Don Hampton - 8.58  Albert Jordan - 4.56  Lew Conder - 3.34
Winnsboro 5-10-08  Albert Jordan - 18.77  Kelly Perry - 8.65  Mark Johnson - 8.58
Cypress Springs 6-15-08  Don Hampton - 11.04  Albert Jordan - 10.21  Kelly Perry - 8.07
Hawkins 7-12-08  Albert Jordan - 14.52  Don Hampton - 12.24  Lew Conder - 5.25
Bob Sandlin 8-23-08  Jack White - 11.37  Lew Conder - 8.49  Albert Jordan - 5.70
Tawakoni 9-20-08  Don Hampton - 7.87  Mac McDaniel - 3.65  Lew Conder - 1.74
Fork10-05-08   Albert Jordan - 7.12  Chuck Turner - 6.42  Don Hampton - 5.48
Tyler 10-18-08  Lew Conder - 8.96  Don Hampton - 8.70  Albert Jordan - 7.90
Tyler10-19-08  Mark Johnson - 11.71  Kelly Perry - 8.48  Don Hampton - 7.57

2006 - 2007 Tournament Season

Texas Trails Bassmasters held thirteen tournaments this year, beginning in September at Lake Winnsboro and ending with our two one-day events at Richland Chambers in August.  Participation ranged from a high of 15 anglers at Quitman in May to seven fishermen at Richland Chambers.  The average attendance was 11 anglers.  Five members – Lew Conder, Don Hampton, Mark Johnson, Albert Jordan, and Mac McDaniel – entered every tournament.  We had seven different winners in the thirteen events:  Don Hampton [4], Fork (October), Bob Sandlin, Welsh, and Quitman (May); Lew Conder [2], Quitman (November) and Richland Chambers; Jeff Davis [2], Winnsboro and Monticello; Mark Johnson [2], Gilmer and Cypress Springs; Harold Burns, Fork (April); Albert Jordan, Richland Chambers; and Kelly Perry, Caddo.  No angler achieved the milestone of weighing at least one fish in every tournament this season.  The big stringer of the year was claimed by Don Hampton with his 15.89 limit at Bob Sandlin in January.  Big bass honors went to nine fishermen this season, with David Mann leading the field with his 7.72 lunker at Cypress Springs in July.

Seven anglers weighed 25 or more bass for the season, accounting for almost 71% of fish brought to the scales – Don Hampton, 36; Kelly Perry, 32; Lew Conder, 31; Albert Jordan, 31; Sam Hooten, 27; David Mann, 27; and Mark Johnson, 26.  Don Hampton had the highest average weight per bass – 2.29 pounds – of all anglers fishing six or more tournaments..  Don weighed in a total of 82.60 pounds of bass at the thirteen tournaments, besting second place Lew Conder in this category by almost 24 pounds. 

Over the course of the year the club weighed 296 fish totaling 525.15 pounds, an average weight of 1.77.  More than 98% of these fish were released alive.  Twenty-six limits were recorded, as well as 43 water hauls.  Five members had three or more limits – Don Hampton, 5; Sam Hooten, 4; Lew Conder, 3; Jeff Davis, 3; and Kelly Perry, 3.  The “average” angler caught 2.18 bass per day over the season. 

Quitman in May was far and away the most productive lake (last season the most productive lake was also Quitman, but in March); the club weighed 38 fish weighing 79.55 pounds, an average of 2.09 per bass. However, Monticello again produced more numbers (51 bass, 50.46 pounds, .99 average) and Welsh repeated (9 bass, 34.76 pounds, 3.86 average) the best average.  Other notable lakes for the season were Winnsboro in September (20 bass, 44.87 pounds, 2.24 average) and Bob Sandlin in January (25 bass, 61.60 pounds, 2.46 average).  Notorious was Gilmer in June, which produced one bass for 10 anglers; at least it was a good one, weighing 3.63 pounds.  The largest winning margin was Don’s 5.40 pound advantage at Welsh, and Harold Burns squeaked out his Fork win in April by .07 pound. 

LakeDate    1st - Weight    2nd - Weight    3rd - Weight 
Winnsboro 9-16-06  Jeff Davis - 12.00  David Mann - 10.31  Don Hampton - 8.75
Fork10-15-06  Don Hampton - 9.12  Lew Conder - 5.90  Jeff Davis - 5.85
Quitman11-11-06  Lew Conder - 11.73  Sam Hooten - 9.52  Mike Turek - 8.74
Monticello12-9-06  Jeff Davis - 6.94  Don Hampton - 6.40  Sam Hooten - 5.36
Bob Sandlin1 -20-07  Don Hampton - 15.89  Albert Jordan - 13.10  Kelly Perry - 9.78
Welsh 2-10-07  Don Hampton - 12.15  Mark Johnson - 6.75  Harold Burns - 6.32
Caddo 3-24-07  Kelly Perry - 5.52  Mike Turek - 4.30  Lew Conder - 3.99
Fork 4-29-07  Harold Burns - 8.54  Mark Johnson - 8.47  Curtis Jordan - 4.87
Quitman 5-12-07  Don Hampton - 13.11  Lew Conder - 11.89  Kelly Perry - 9.57
Gilmer 6-9-07  Mark Johnson - 3.63              -              -
Cypress Springs 7-14-07  Mark Johnson - 10.96  Don Hampton - 9.78  Sam Hooten - 9.57
Richland Chambers 8-11-07  Lew Conder - 5.51  Albert Jordan - 4.38  Kelly Perry - 2.89
Richland Chambers 8-12-07  Albert Jordan - 8.15  Lew Conder - 5.14  Mark Johnson - 4.53