A 30 degree morning at Lake Livingston’s Waterfront Marina greeted 50 young anglers and 25 boat captains representing high school’s as far away as the Dallas area last Saturday morning. The Splendora High School Bass Team played host to one of the first ever Student Angler Federation (SAF) tournaments held in our area and despite the rather unseasonable cold, many of those young anglers found exactly what they came for, some early spring Lake Livingston bass. Many of the young anglers, having little to no experience on Lake Livingston, knew they would have to move around the lake to find that magic spot but Mother Nature had other plans when she cut loose her north winds that gusted up to 35mph, which made moving up and down the main lake nearly impossible. Post frontal conditions and high blue bird skies are notorious for shutting down the bite but just like always, someone always finds the bass. Some of the anglers elected to stay put in the Kickapoo area while others decided to “trailer” to different places on the lake to avoid the brutal winds and dangerous waves. Either way, they had to be back by 3pm to weigh in their catches.
Upon return, anglers and boat captains found a large crowd, some hot BBQ, cold drinks, hundreds of door prizes, a rod and reel raffle, and a flipping contest to test the young anglers skills.
The flipping contest winners were Austin White of Lumberton HS 1st place and Chris Talley of Splendora HS 2nd place. Austin received a 50 dollar Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and Chris received a 25 dollar Academy Gift Card.
The raffle winner was “future wildcat angler” Tyler Johnson of Splendora. Tyler won an ABU Garcia Veritas Rod and and an ABU Garcia revo premiere S reel retail valued at $230.00 and courtesy of Mr Mark Budzie, the owner of Waterfront Marina at Kickapoo Creek on Lake Livingston.
Hundreds of door prizes were also drawn for as every single boat captain and angler received them courtesy of all of our sponsors and contributing parents.
The 5th place team of Clay Nash and Wyatt Frankens of Corrigan HS had 3 fish which weighed 6.6 lbs. They both received 40 dollar Academy Gift Cards.
The 4th place team of Gary Hardin and Stephen Davis of Splendora HS had 3 fish which weighed 7.07 lbs. they both took home 60 dollar Acadmy Gift cards.
The 3rd place team of Brady Schnautz and Anthony Cutia of Conroe HS had 3 fish which weighed 7.56 lbs. They each received 3rd place trophies donated by Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs donated by KB fishing products, and their rods from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora.
The 2nd place team of Damon Machost and Justin Watts of Royse City HS had 5 fish which weighed 11.1 lbs. They each received 2nd place trophies, courtesy of Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs courtesy of KB Fishing Products, 2 custom made rods from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora, and 2 Bass Pro Shop Pro Qualifier reels.
The 1st place team of Alisa Moore and Dakota Cline of Lumberton HS had 5 fish which weighed 13.12 lbs. They each received 1st place trophies, donated by Eastex Iron Works, tackle packs donated by KB Fishing products, Abu Garcia Veritas Rods and Abu Garcia Revo premiere S reels donated by Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora.
The first place boat captain received 2 deep cycle Interstate marine batteries courtesy of Jerry’s Garage in New Caney.
Big Bass Winner was Brady Schnautz of Conroe HS with a 4.33 lb bass. His reward was an awesome looking glass trophy donated by Eastex Iron Works and a custom made “Texas A&M” maroon shallow cranking rod from Wayne’s Custom Rods and Reel Repair in Splendora. Wayne also donated the “maroon” Quantum reel to match.
|Angler Names||School||No. of Fish||Total Weight||Big Bass|
|Alisa Moore-Dakota Cline||Lumberton||5||13.12||3.38|
|Damon Machost-Justin Watts||Royse City||5||11.1|
|Brady Schnautz-Anthony Cutia||Conroe||2||7.56||4.33|
|Stephen Davis-Gary Hardin||Splendora||3||7.07|
|Wyatt Frankens-Clay Nash||Corrigan Camden||3||6.6||3|
|Jay Lawson- Kade Bentley||Corrigan Camden||2||4.78|
|Tori Lipscomb-Luke Hodgkinson||Lumberton||2||4.37|
|Colton Bates/Cody Gantt||Deweyville||2||4.2|
|Chris Talley-Michael Partain||Splendora||2||3.56|
|Jake Hieser-Tate Dailey||Lumberton||1||2.54|
|Maddi Smith-Chad Venable||Lumberton||1||2.2|
|Jordan Burns-Colt Ryan||Lumberton||1||2.08|
|Jordan Bell-Kaleb Belk||Lumberton||0|
|Josh Wellons-Dalton Tomplait||Lumberton||0|
|Austin White-Jarrod Boutwell||Lumberton||0|
|Hunter Goodrum-Cody Risinger||Splendora||0|
|Colton Sims-Zach Johnson||Lumberton||0|
|Elliott Pipps-Timmy Sowell||Lumberton||0|
|Cody Young-Meagan Mcgee||Lumberton||0|
|John Jay Jr-Weston Thomas||Conroe||0|
|Kelsi Wion-Sydney Rushing||Lumberton||0|
|avg team weight by school|
Logo courtesy Student Angler Federation