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Father and son Rick & Adam Clark came out on top at Bass Champs Tournament


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Father and son Rick & Adam Clark came out on top winning over $25,000 at the Bass Champs Central Region Tournament held at Lake LBJ on March 4. Rain and cool temperatures made for a challenging day weather wise, but some solid caches came to the scales at weigh-in time.

Patty Lenderman for Bass Champs reports that Adam Clark said he was the least prepared for the tournament than he has been in twenty years of fishing. He said his dad and he were just letting the fish tell them how to fish.

They started out in pre-spawn areas, and used jigs all day long in depths 1’-15’ deep. Throughout the day, they fished docks, coves, and points, just following their instincts. They culled several times but their last cull was the one that put them over the top. “We landed a 7 pounder there at the end and culled a two pounder with it,” said Adam Clark. That gain of five pounds made a huge difference in their finish.

Their total five fish weight was 26.75 pounds.

Charles Whited and Bill Polkinghorn took second place win with a 23.85 lb limit. They were fishing the outer grass edges with Forge crank baits and magnum flukes by Livingston Lure School Master. They estimated they caught between 18-20 fish all day.

There were several double digit bass weighed in. Mike Grounds and Brad Dobbs had a 10.34 lb kicker that anchored their third place overall win. An 11.49 trophy took the Big Bass crown, caught by Nick Boatright fishing with Chad Maxwell. Boatright said he was casting to a bank at a creek ledge with a Texas rigged Senko. He got the bite in about eight feet of water.

And the rest of the news …
Total Entries: 221 Teams
Total Collected: $63,900
Total Payback (C&P): $68,360

Total Fish: 870
Total Weight: 2,527.29
Average Weight: 2.90
Number of limits: 157
Number of zero's: 40 … full results on

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