Fish Tales: Texas Roundup

PVA Bass Trail Director Robert Cartlidge (right) congratulates Jim Kremer, who won the Open Division and a new Ranger Cherokee boat. He also took the Big Bass Award. Photo by Curt Beamer.
Reprinted from PN May 2001
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Mother Nature threw all she had to the anglers at the Texas Roundup bass tournament (February 16-18, in Athens, Tex.), the first stop on the 2001 PVA National Bass Trail. A massive cold front pushed through Cedar Creek Lake, Log Cabin, Tex., on Thursday, bringing torrential rains and a 30 drop in temperature, and raising the lake level to a point that made it difficult to drive boats under the bridge going to the main lake.

At the close of the team competition, only 23 pairs managed to bring 31 bass through the weigh-in line. Ernie Stacy (Bethel, Ohio) and Terri Rose (Cedar Park, Tex.) caught 9.49 lb to win the competition and $1,000. Last year's Angler of the Year runner-up, Jim Kremer (Apopka, Fla.), and his boat partner, Bobby Cole (Mesquite, Tex.), weighed in 9.47 lb to finish second; they also took the Big Bass (5.5l lb). Each received $450. Third place went to Texans Steven Copsey (League City) and David Walton (Richardson) with 6.76 lb. Each received $400.

The chilly air and water temperatures proved to be just as tough for bank anglers as for team competitors—not one person in this division caught fish on Saturday.

The fishing was better on day two. Kevin Teeman (Muldrow, Okla.), who had 4.74 lb, took first place.In addition, his 1.55-lb catfish won $300 for the Big Fish. For his achievements, Teeman earned a new Pride Mobility Victory Scooter. Teeman holds the all-time two-day catch for the Bank Competition with more than 112 lb. Second place went to David Auvenshine (Waynesboro, Ga.), who had 2.41 lb. He received $300 and a $500 gift certificate from Wilderness Inquiry. With 2.17 lb, Roy Wilson (Denison, Tex.) finished third ($250).

In the Open Division, Kremer found the only limit for the entire weekend, weighing in five bass for 15.73 lb. Kremer also won the division's Big Bass with a 5.10-lb fish. He received a fully loaded Ranger Cherokee Bass Boat with a 90-hp Mercury Outboard Motor and a MotorGuide Trolling Motor. Kremer's boat partner, Cole, won $1,000 and a new MotorGuide Trolling Motor. Second place went to Team Challenge's Jimmy Lankford (Henry, Tenn.), who weighed in three bass (8.83 lb). Like Kremer, Lankford fished spinner baits in flooded grass. Lankford won a Friendly Robotics Robomower; his partner, Will Johnson (Cisco, Tex.), earned $750. Douglas Price (Corinth, Miss.) took third with two bass weighing 6.41 lb. Price won $600 as well as a $50 Sportaid gift certificate. His partner, Harold Meroney (Point, Tex.) also won $600.


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