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Boatright & Maxwell Bass Champs Central Region Champions

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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: tomdoglover29@aol.com




Nick Boatright and Chad Maxwell came out on top to win over $20,000 on Lake LBJ.


Boatright and Maxwell had planned to start their day using topwater lures. “Once we were able to get to our spots, it was too late for the topwater bite,” Chad recalled. They went to their first area, and didn’t do any good so started hunting different places. “We stayed in fairly shallow areas, all less than ten feet deep.


Our third spot had brush piles and rock, and we started catching fish.” They used jigs and crankbaits throughout the day, staying on the move. Around noon, Chad latched on to their kicker fish, weighing in at 7.40 pounds on a jig in a brush pile.


“That was a big help to our limit. At one point we lost a four pounder at the boat, and couldn’t help but think about it all day. We figured it would probably take 25 pounds to win, and we may have blown it losing that fish.” 


“Our last fish of the day was on a crank bait. It was a six pounder, and we culled a 3 pounder with it.”


Jake Kennamer and Carson Conklin came out with a 2nd place win. Kennamer caught one around six pounds to christen their livewell with. “It was getting late, and we only had about 30 minutes left to fish. We decided to do a Hail Mary and head to a shallow sea wall.”


Their best five totaled 22.28 pounds for a 2nd place finish and a check for $3,500.


There was a tie for 3rd place. The father and son team of Kenneth and Jesse Fry as well as brothers Adrian and Daniel Barnes came in with 21.09 pounds.


They focused on isolated grass patches in 6’-8’ depths, and had a limit by noon. “Most of our fish were small, but we culled the rest of the day. Our better fish bit in the afternoon.” we culled up by a few pounds, but we gained five pounds off of that biggest one.” The team tied the win for 3rd place earning a check for $2,250.


Brothers Daniel and Adrian Barnes hadn’t pre-fished for the tournament, but know LBJ well. Their weight also hit 21.09 lbs for a shared 3rd place win. They received $2,250 then Skeeter Boats doubled their win for being the highest placing team fishing out of a qualified Skeeter boat.


 




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Lake LBJ Weather Forecast

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Hot

Hi: 105

Friday Night

Clear

Lo: 74

Saturday

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Clear

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Sunday

Hot

Hi: 106

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

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Lake LBJ Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 7/21: 532.59 (-292.41)



Lake LBJ Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 18)

Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs, pumpkinseed topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 6–18 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.