In mid-May, The Bass Connection represented its sponsors at the annual Legends Boats big bass tournament on Lake Fork, Texas. With the water a few feet over pool and a tremendous spawn concluding, the majority of lake experienced a burst of post-spawn activity.
Hungry, feeding, aggressive Florida-strain largemouth bass, concentrated in spawning flats and creek channels … It doesn’t get much better than that. Lake Fork is known for producing massive tournament sacks, but with a slot restriction, it can be a difficult task to catch “overs” and “unders” for big bass tournaments – at least on a consistent basis for a three-day tournament.
Jeremy Williams, President of Operations for The Bass Connection, hooked up with Chase York for the tournament. Both are members of Team Kistler Rods, so it was truly was a Team Kistler combination. Fellow Kistler Rods team member Kevin Lettau, too, fished the event. All three Kistler Rods devotees did extremely well, catching a plentitude of 6-8lb bass (though 99% of these bass were 22.5-23.25″ – just short of the 24″ slot requirement).
On Day 1, Jeremy Williams and Chase York put together an insane sack of largemouth bass. Their best five pushed 38lbs, each of the bass falling short of the 24″ requirement. It’s hard to throw back 6-8lb bass, especially when skinnier 24″ bass win money. On Day 2, as the wind picked up, the bite was more sporadic than Day 1; however, Jeremy Williams, using a popper topwater frog, lost a huge fish that felt and looked like a 10+lb largemouth bass when the front of his frog (the ring portion) was hung up on a laydown and when he pulled the massive bass and lure, the frog folded up and released the fish. It was definitely a winning fish, so the moment stung quite a bit.
During the event, Jeremy Williams, Chase York, and Kevin Lettau used Kistler Rods’ Magnesium TS, KLX, and Helium series rods. It was a fantastic tournament with a ton of catching, and the networking was tremendous, as well. If you have the opportunity to visit Lake Fork during May, post-pone your trip until you can attend the Legends tournament: it’s one of the best big bass tournaments in Texas, without a doubt.