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Bedding Bass was the key to win for:
Hibler and Christian at Bass Champs on Lake Travis

by Skeeter Bass Champs Staff Writer Patty Lenderman

Hefty winds, high waves and biting bass were ready and waiting for 205 teams fishing the 2nd Central Texas Skeeter Bass Champs event on Lake Travis.  The winds wailed as much as 25 miles per hour, challenging the site fishermen to be able to see the coveted bedding bass.   

Randy Hibler and Randall Christian won 1st place with 15.68 lbs.  “We caught the majority of our fish on a white 3/8 oz tandem spinnerbait, white flukes and chrome-blue jerk baits.  It took us until 9:30 to get a limit in the boat.  After that, we sight fished and tried to upgrade” Randy explained.  Most of their fish were caught in bends of creeks, throwing in 0-8' of water.  They also won Big Bass honors with their 7.58 lb kicker fish.  “We caught our big bass late in the day, that’s what put us over the edge.  At 3 p.m. we ran across her, in about 9' of water.  She was really hard to see.  We caught the male first, he weighed about 2 lbs and we culled a smaller fish with it.  After that we put the bigger one in the boat. If it wasn’t for that fish, we would have only had about 8 or 9 pounds.”  They caught both of their bigger bass on an 8" pumpkinseed / chartreuse lizard, stating that “there’s no reason to get fancy”.  They won the 1st place package of a Skeeter SX 190 powered by a Yamaha 150 V-Max motor valued at $ 30,500.  They also took home another $1,000 for big bass honors.  

Coming in 2nd place with their highest finish so far in a Bass Champs event was the team of Paul Carmen and Dale Read who took home a $2,500 check.  They put their initial limit in the boat in just 30 minutes.  It was a small limit, only weighing about 8 pounds.  Throwing weightless green pumpkin Senko’s all day, they continued to catch and cull more fish, working their total up to the 10 pound mark.  Finally, it was getting close to time to weigh in, and Dale suggested to Paul to fish some docks with deep water, up to 40 feet.  There they caught some better fish after 2:00, putting their final weight to 15.14 lbs.  Paul said “This is on of the best tournament trails I’ve ever fished.  The whole staff is a real nice bunch of people.  We always have fun whether we win or not.”   

This is the first year for Daniel Barnes and his brother Adrian to fish Bass Champs.  They pre-fished a week before the tournament, and found where some good bass were holding.  They began their day today throwing weightless baby bass colored Senko’s in the brush.  It only took 15 minutes to put a limit in the boat!  After catching a limit, they started sight fishing for bedding bass.  This wasn’t easy, with the high wind and waves it was hard to see.  The bite slowed down quite a bit, but stayed steady throughout the day and they were able to cull three times for a final weight of 14.22 lbs, winning a check for $1,600.

Over the past two years, over $100,000 has been paid back in Skeeter bonuses. To win this bonus, all you have to do is be the highest finishing team owning and fishing from a qualified Skeeter boat. Skeeter then matches the bonus winners earnings up to $5,000. There are several ways to win at Bass Champs. There are trivia questions, a flipping contest, smallest fish award, and several open drawings. The crowd is encouraged to participate with the trivia questions and the open drawing that you can qualify for by purchasing a ticket. At each event, a different organization brings workers and volunteers to help with the weigh in. Bass Champs and their sponsors provide the prizes to be drawn for. At this event, over $1,300 worth of prizes were up for grabs benefiting the Lago Vista Lions Club and as always Bass Champs matched the funds up to $500. 

This is the 2nd Central Texas 2005 event, the next one will be April 2nd on lake LBJ out of Tropical Hideaway.  Don’t miss another opportunity, sign up now and join the fun, win the money and the prizes at Bass Champs.  For more information, call 817-439-3317, or visit

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