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Joe Beebee Catches 10 Bass Weighing 27 lbs, 14 oz.


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:

Joe Beebee of The Woodlands won the Cowboy Division finale on Toledo Bend Lake with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 14 ounces. Fishing in shallow water, he took come a first-place prize of $5,632.

Beebee caught his fish in 2 feet of water or less, but there was deep water nearby, the key to his success. He primarily caught his fish on two lures – frogs and Texas rigs.

Craig Strickland, a Lumberton native, finished second in the Co-angler division. He caught eight bass over two days for a total weight of 18 pounds 10 ounces, netting him $1,408 in prize money.

For complete results, go to Below are the top 10 finishers in the Beebee's and Strickland's divisions:

Cowboy Division
1. Joe Beebee, The Woodlands, Texas, 10 bass, 27-14, $5,632
2. Travis Kelehan, Lafayette, La., 10 bass, 27-1, $2,816
3. Glen Freeman, Zwolle, La., 10 bass, 27-0, $2,077
4. Darold Gleason, Many, La., 10 bass, 26-15, $1,414
5. Thomas McMillan, Choudrant, La., 10 bass, 25-15, $1,126
6. Stephen Reitzell, Colfax, La., 10 bass, 25-5, $1,033
7. Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., seven bass, 24-1, $939
8. Derrick Fontenot, Krotz Springs, La., 10 bass, 23-15, $845
9. Jame Dubroc, Bunkie, La., nine bass, 23-2, $751
10. Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La., 10 bass, 22-11, $657

Co-angler Division
1. Russell Lewis, Pineville, La., seven bass, 20-3, $3,183
2. Craig Strickland, Lumberton, Texas, eight bass, 18-10, $1,408
3. Randy Pewthers, Pearland, Texas, seven bass, 18-1, $1,141
4. Fred Martin, North Little Rock, Ark., eight bass, 17-12, $707
5. Bobbie Moore, Temple, Texas, five bass, 16-8, $563
6. Lindy Hadley, Sam Rayburn, Texas, six bass , 16-3, $516
7. Douglas Littleton, New Caney, Texas, seven bass, 16-0, $469
8. Ben Faucheaux, Natchitoches, La., eight bass, 15-15, $422
9. Elbia Ebert, Porter, Texas, five bass , 14-8, $375
10. James Callaghan, De Berry, Texas, seven bass, 13-7, $329

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GOOD. Water slightly stained; 61 degrees; 7.00’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and spinners. The best largemouth habitat is vegetation and creek channels along the Sabine Forrest. Striped bass are good on topwater, rattle traps, and spoons on humps and along river channels. White bass are fair on spoons and small crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Crappie are good around on jigs and live minnows.