Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash Tournament Results

Steven Ruschmeier of Slidell, Louisiana won the 3-day Big Bass Splash tournament with a 9.87 pounder caught Friday morning. That fish won Steven a new boat and truck, along with a cash prize. In total, over 3,000 pounds of bass were caught over the weekend.


Top 5 Finishers

  1. Steven Ruschmeier of Slidell, LA with a 9.87 pounder
    Triton 19 TrX Powered by Mercury, equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics & Power Pole; RAM Truck; Plus $7,000 CASH
  2. Ryan Hebert of Mansura, LA with a 9.71 pounder
    Nitro 18Z Powered by Mercury, equipped w/Minn Kota & Lowrance; Plus $7,500 CASH
  3. John Bowen of Hemphill, TX with a 9.54 pounder
    Triton 179 TRX by Mercury, equipped w/Minn Kota & Lowrance; Plus $2,500 CASH
  4. Orren Aden Sr. of Angleton, TX with a 9.21 pounder
    $8.000 CASH
  5. Manton Brock of Benton, LA with a 8.90 pounder
    $6,000 CASH


Bass Totals

Friday bass totals were 307 fish caught with a total weight of 1234.23 pounds.

Saturday bass totals were 289 fish caught with a total weight of 1243.19 pounds.

Sunday bass totals were 243 fish caught with a total weight of 1000.70 pounds.

839 bass were caught over the 3-day tournament totalling 3478.12 pounds.


Little Anglers Results


Mathew Palculict of El Dorado, AR placed first in the Bass category with 2.90 pounds. Eli Savell of Florien, LA placed first in Perch with 0.36 pounds.


Levi Kennedy of DeRidder, LA placed first in Bass with 2.65 pounds. Aubrey LaCaze of Many, LA placed first in Perch with 0.44 pounds. Noah Granger of Sulphur, LA placed first in Catfish with 0.63 pounds.


Taylon Carpenter of Colfax, LA placed first in Bass with 3.43 pounds. Brady Smith of Leesville, LA placed first in Perch with 0.59 pounds. Noah Granger of Sulphur, LA placed first in Catfish with 2.55 pounds. Layne Chaney of Hornbeck, LA won Crappie with 1.40 pounds.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 22)

GOOD. 74 degrees; 3.83 feet low. The tree leaves are starting to fall and the bass are starting their Fall transition following shad to the back of the creek on Toledo Bend Lake. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running. Our best bite for bass has been on a Topwater Fly popper (Coola Popper in Fire Tiger color, #2/0 hook) in the backcountry of Toledo Bend Lake. T-Bend has had a light rain for the last couple of days. Prime time for all types of topwater lures. Just a heads up… water has cooled down 15 degrees in the last 2 weeks, 74-degrees now! Bluegill perch are still hovering around their nests with the full Moon phase. You can catch these aggressive perch in shallow waters 1-3 feet under shaded banks using Mudfish 3 WT fiberglass fly rod, or an old school cane pole using a split shot and bobber with live crickets or live worms. The Crappie bite is still in deep water 17-24 feet. This week we will have the first cold front of the Fall season so the crappie should go a little shallower following the shad. Catfish bite has been slow due to the generation not running. Water levels dropping for bank fishermen. Watch your Moon phases for your best bite and times. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs) while in or around the lake. Renew your licenses and pick up the new 2021-2022 Texas Parks & Wildlife (handbook) Outdoor Annual. It’s now 114 pages. New laws and regulations.

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