West Texas Team Trail
WTTT 2013 Championship on O.H. Ivie
The team of Denison & Markham only had a total of 5 fish for two days. But, if you dream of 5 fish to weigh in, these were the ones. Kendall Davis, the brother-in-law of Denison, filled in for Markham after he went through surgery on his hand (after breaking it) and couldn’t even close his hand. What a tournament for Kendall, as he caught his largest bass ever. She pushed the scales to 11.07 pounds and took overall big bass honors of the tournament. Their 5 fish weighed a whopping 43.09 pounds. That’s an average of 8.61 pounds per fish!!
The father and son team of Ward & Ward put up a tough fight for the win and only lost the title by 3/100 of a pound. Their 9.51 beauty on day 2 pushed their final weight to 43.06 pounds on 10 fish.
The team of Hall & Jackson took big fish honors on day two with a fatty that pushed the scales to 9.75 pounds. They were able to take home $200 because of Terry Rose (Outdoor Specialties of Eastland) having donated the prize fund to make it possible to pay prize money for big bass on Saturday and also big bass on Sunday.
Terry Rose also donated 2 gallons of oil that were awarded by drawing to the team members. Be sure and see Terry for all your boat repairs and accessory needs. He’s also your West Texas Ranger and Stratos dealer. He will make any WTTT member a deal they can’t refuse!
We paid out and gave away a total of $4176 in money and products at the championship. This amounted to a 112% payback. We paid back 100% of the entry fees of the championship tournament, the 20% held back from each tournament and the merchandise of oil and worms. This doesn’t even count the $400+ in trophies that were handed out.
I want to thank all the teams that fished with us in 2013. It was a great season of exciting finishes and some HUGE bass hitting the scales. It was fun to see all the double digit and the beautiful 8 and 9 pound fish hit the scales.
I have attached some of the pictures I took at the tournament. I apologize if I didn’t remember to take your picture with a big fish or stringer. As all of you saw, I tried to have a super fast weigh-in to help all of you guys with the heat we all endured.
I want to thank each and every team for the superb fish care shown by everyone this year. As the tournament director, it’s my job to see that these fish are released healthy to live to fight on the line of another angler in the future. Thank you to all the teams that brought fish in to me for weighing in during the day to reduce any stress to these monsters that were brought to the scales.
WTTT 2013 Regular Season
First off let me thank each and every one of you that fished with us this year. This was our last regular tournament of the 2013 season. The next tournament is the championship tournament on June 29th and 30th.
To all the teams that qualified to fish the championship tournament, be sure and remember that the lake is off limits that week!! There is NO prefishing on the Friday prior to the tournament because of complaints from those that couldn’t get off of work in the past.
It was a tough race this year for the Angler Of The Year title. I knew it would come down to the final tournament of the season before anyone knew who would win. Hallford and Gregory held the #1 spot most all year, but were beat out with an awesome finish by the father and son team of Seale and Seale. They were able to take the win today on Ivie with 28.15 pounds and jump to the top for the AOY title. Congrats out to everyone for the hard work they showed in trying to win this coveted title.
It seems it was “Father and Son” weekend as the father and son team of Ward & Ward took second place with 24.55 pounds. Their big fish pushed the scales to 8.63 pounds.
The biggest fish of the tournament was caught by the team of Hall & Jackson. The beauty weighed in at 9.58 pounds and put their total weight at 20.60 pounds.
Harmon and Baldwin had another beauty that came in at 8.86 pounds and put their total weight at 19.50 pounds.
Sam Hightower broke his 8 pound jinx with a beauty that weighed in at 8.36 pounds.
The teams listed on the Ivie tally sheet as a “zero weight” turned their fish loose at the ramp, rather than stress the fish out with weighing them in, once they saw they didn’t have enough weight to place.
Attached are the final 2013 AOY standings sheet and the Ivie tournament results sheet.
The teams listed in bold lettering and that have an # sign by their name are eligible to fish the championship tournament. A team MUST fish 4 of the 6 tournaments to be eligible to fish in the championship tournament. We have a total of 13 teams eligible to fish the championship.
The following is a breakdown of the funds that will be paid out at the championship. We will pay $200 for the biggest fish of the tournament and two (2) places, First and Second place. We pay one place for every 5 teams in a tournament. So, this will mean two places will be paid out.
Championship Entry Fees $2,100
A total of 68 entries were paid in the 6 tournaments of 2013. 20% was held out of each entry to go to the championship fund. This amounts to $2,040 and makes the total payout $4,140
So, we will be paying out this amount, if all the eligible teams come to the championship.
Big Fish Saturday $200
Big Fish Sunday $200
First Place (60%) $2,245
Second Place (40%) $1,495
Thanks & Tight Lines!