TABC Comes Up Short at Big Bass Factory
The Texas Anglers Bass Club took to the waters of Lake Austin in full force for the second club tournament of the year on 15 February. Although love was in the air just one day earlier, the green bass of Lake Austin played hard to get, and certainly got the best of TABC on this day. The boat ramp at the 360 bridge was full of optimism this particular Sunday morning however, that optimism quickly turned to frustration as livewells remained empty and anglers increasingly scratched their heads at the lack of quality bites. Not a single five fish limit was brought to the scales by the anglers of TABC and most had to make do with only one or two keeper fish. The conditions leading up to the competition seemed primed for big weights but apparently the lunkers of Lake Austin failed to get the memo. Warm stable weather was present throughout central Texas for over a week leading up to the event. Barometric pressure was dropping slightly and a nasty cold front was forecast to hit the area the following the day. Water temps were a healthy 58 degrees at launch, a twelve degree improvement from the 46 degree temps a mere ten days prior. The water warmed to just shy of 60 degrees by mid day and lethargic winter time fish should have been on the move and actively feeding for the impending spawn. Cloudy skies dominated the horizon giving the giants that inhabit this lake all the more reason to actively search for a pre spawn meal. Winds were calm throughout and although the crystal clear waters of Lake Austin are a thing of the past, the clarity on the main lake was still very good. Even though all the pieces of the puzzle seemed to be in place the fish still have a say, and unfortunately they don't always do what they "should" do. When the contest mercifully came to a close late in the afternoon, first place was decided by mere ounces. Duane and John bested the second place team by 4 tenths of a pound with four fish for a weight of 10.6 lbs. Seth and his guest Rome put three fish on the scales for 10.2 lbs while Bryan and his guest Daniel won the bronze medal with five fish for 8.8 lbs. Duane also won big bass honors with a 3.6 lb largemouth. Ten boats and 18 anglers caught 26 fish for a total tournament weight of 54.4 lbs. The average bass weight was 2.09 lbs. Congratulations to Duane and John for a hard fought win! In March TABC will look to erase the memories of Lake Austin by turning their attention to the windy waters of Lake Stillhouse Hollow. Mid March should be smack dab in the middle of the spawn which always makes for exciting fishing. Stillhouse is loaded with hydrilla, standing timber, and no shortage of rocks, so anglers should be able to fish to their strengths. Good luck to everyone at Stillhouse...especially if you're riding in the black and white bug!