ArmyBassAnglers Pros Randy Sitz and Chuck Guthrie traveled 28 miles in their Yamaha powered Skeeter ZX225 to their start place down below Big Sandy Creek. Guthrie was fishing a 1oz slab from Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle in 40 ft. of water utilizing a Castaway XP3 Series Long Range Launcher while Sitz went for his trusty Castaway Skeleton Drop Shot Rod paired with an Ardent reel with braided line and a fluorocarbon leader. The bite was slow but Guthrie & Sitz managed to coax a couple of fish off the steep ledge before heading to the mid lake region to focus on main lake points and humps as the fish were starting to move into the early spring patterns. “Conditions were pretty tough today with 20-30 mph winds but with the help of our OTB shoes, ABA gear and the Skeeters ability to slice right thru the water and keep us dry was critical,” stated Guthrie.
At the conclusion of the day Guthrie & Sitz managed 4 keepers totaling 8.98 lbs, a mere 3 lbs out of the money, and had a fish on that “spit the hook” and got away which would have been enough. “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching,” joked Sitz at the weigh-in. Despite the disappointment Sitz & Guthrie still secured critical points towards the Bass Champs Championships this coming fall and managed a 52nd place finish out of 220 boat field filled with some of the toughest Texas Anglers around.
The ArmyBassAnglers Team of Ron Seevers & Al Pemberton weren’t so lucky only weighing in one fish, which was believed to be the smallest legal fish in Bass Champs history! Rest assured Bass Champs President Chad Potts took complete advantage of the opportunity to have some fun at their expense all while using the opportunity to raise awareness for the Warrior & Family Support Center.
Be sure to tune in live to ESPN February 19th-22nd as the entire ArmyBassAnglers Team makes its national appearance at the 2009 Bassmaster Classic as the ceremonial launch boats for this year’s Classic. Also, be sure to drop by the Classic Expo and meet the ABA Pros and swap a few “War Stories” & tall “Fishin Tales.” For more information on the Classic and all the activities visit www.ArmyBassAnglers.com and follow the Classic banner to all information—HOOAH!