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Hamilton and Long Win First Place


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Glen Hamilton and John Long took first place honors in the World’s Oldest Open Bass Fishing Tournament held on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The Tournament was held April 28-29.

This bass tournament is different from the high dollar cash prizes that lure a lot of bass fishermen. This tournament has only one goal in mind – winning the title, “First Place – Texas State Bass Tournament”.

Several times Hamilton and Long came very close to taking top prize. Twice they placed second in the tournament. Three times they came in third.

They desciribed the area they fished as a long ridge with hydrilla out to 10 feet deep. They used a Carolina Rig and a 1/32 oz. slip sinker with a Super Fluke, watermelon color lure.

After everyone had weighed in, Hamilton and Long won First Place by a slim margin – only 1/3 of a pound.

Second place was Bill Wilcox (Burleson, Texas) and Roy Carlson (Burleson, Texas) with 21.67 pounds. Third place was Dale Rabe (Arlington, Texas), and Charles McFarland (Burleson, Texas) with 20.05 pounds.

Hamilton summed it up well when he said, “We only won by 1/3 of a pound, but it was enough.” The two Jacksonville fishermen had beat the best of the best in Texas.

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Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 3.86’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake and black/red flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks in 4–5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.