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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Copperas Cove Bass Club holds annual Memorial Tournament

Copperas Cove Bass Club holds annual Memorial Tournament

By JACK JOHNSON

Special to the Leader-Press

MARBLE FALLS – Each year the Copperas Cove Bass Club sponsors an annual Memorial Tournament to remember its past members that have departed the club to fish the grand lakes in the sky. Those members have helped form the Copperas Cove Bass Club into what it is today and the tournament gives the current members opportunity to remember them as we fish and thank them for what they did to help form our great organization.

For current members to be able to fish the memorial tournament they must have attended at least six of the previous year’s monthly tournaments and have shown a desire to compete and build a better club. The Club believes that by achieving those requirements we are showing our founding parted members that WE too are trying to make Copperas Cove Bass Club even better.

The eligible members meet the night before the scheduled tournament at Lit’ Tex restaurant to prepare a ballot for which lake each individual member would like to fish the tournament upon. All the ballots are then placed in a ballot bucket and one of the Lil’ Tex waitress’ draws the ballot to determine which lake the club will fish the next day. This does not allow any member to have any advantage by pre-fishing the lake and determining where the greatest concentrations of fish are located.

This year the ballot drawn was for Lake LBJ with the launch site being the Ramp at the Dam and the tournament hours being from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The club faced partly cloudy skies with light to moderate winds out of the south west between 5-15 mph. Almost a picture perfect day so we thought. Starting sequences were drawn at the ramp and the Club President, Randy Fesler, served as the Tournament Director. Because LBJ had been fished by every member before,  each had their own special starting place that they raced to begin the tournament; each hoping that his spot was the right one to catch a limit and possibly win the tournament.

Well with the picture perfect weather it also brought out all the jet skies, pleasure boats, pontoons and skiers which presented a problem for many of the fishermen to successfully work their spots on the lake.

At 3:00 p.m., all the members returned to the launch site to load their boats and begin the weigh-in. It was a shocking weigh-in for everyone!

Of the 14 members that fished only half weighed in any fish. The seven that did weigh fish caught 24 keeper fish weighing in at a whopping 64 pounds and 2 ounces.

First place went to Stephen Mallett, of Copperas Cove, with a huge sack weighing in at a massive 22 pounds 2 ounces. Steve caught the majority of his fish on a Baby Brush Hog in watermelon red in his highly secret spots on the lake. Congrats Steve!

Steve also had the Big Bass for the tournament that weighed in at 7 pounds 14 ounces. Now that’s a “hog.” Steve said that he felt like he broke his wrist when he set the hook on this monster.

Second place went to Rick Counter, of Copperas Cove, with 13 pounds and 2 ounces. Congrats Rick!

Third place went to Rick’s partner Johnny Hull, of Copperas Cove, with 9 pounds and 2 ounces.

We hope that this day of member fellowship and these results will show our fellow members that have departed us, that their memory is still alive and well in the Copperas Cove Bass Club.

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