Jason Stafford and John Ratliff Win the Faith Angler Network Lake LBJ event with 18.65 pounds
What a wonderful day to be on the water, with calm winds and mid 80 degree weather made the FAN tournament on Lake LBJ one to remember, especially after the near freezing event we had a month earlier.
It was even a more excited day for the Team of Jason Stafford of Burnett, TX and his partner John Ratliff of Kingsland, TX. As they would ultimately bring in the heaviest limit of bass at 18.65 pound include the big bass of the day weighing in at 8.7 pounds.
Jason told me “There was something special going on that day” “During the Friday evening meeting we were challenged to ask God to revel himself to us and before we took off I said a prayer, I need some help today” Jason told me that they had not planned on fishing this year, due to his wife is expecting their first child and the funds were had to come by, although he really likes fishing LBJ and wanted to fish the FAN tournament. “The whole day was different “Jason said. “ We were fishing some docks, and while I was trying to get a good angle a particular dock. John cast off the other side and got bit right away, then cast again and other keeper took his bait. We stumbled open a small rock pile that we never knew about” Jason continues to tell how this day was just different, “We went to another area that usually produces one or two small fish, and I have never caught anything over 3 pounds. Well, today the first fish we pulled out of this area was our biggest bass and the biggest bass of the tournament”. Jason told me they primarily fished in 6” to 6’ of water all day.
Jason concluded with the same statement he started “There was something special about this day, I asked God for some extra help today and we ended up winning “
Jason also added “I really enjoy fishing with FAN, out of all the events we fish FAN makes us feel like more than just a boat number, we really enjoy everyone, and Jeff and the staff treat everyone right”
John Ratliff and Jason Stafford
We had 28 teams participate on the second stop of the Faith Angler Network trail –
|1||Jason Stafford – John Ratliff||5||18.65||8.7||18.65|
|2||Rex Wheeler – John Weatherly||5||17.95||6.43||17.95|
|3||Charles Whited – Lee Beuershaus||5||17.65||17.65|
|4||Dale Read – Brian Booker||5||17.12||4.76||17.12|
|5||Justin Pollei – Garrett Nelson||5||15.94||6.77||15.94|
|6||Allen Gass – Randy Grounds||5||13.39||3.89||13.39|
|7||David Gandaria – Brian Washburn||5||12.84||4.36||12.84|
|8||Tom Pugh – John Perry||5||12.83||12.83|
|9||Jayson Kisselburg – Lake Kissel||5||11.9||11.9|
|10||Bud Croom – Matt Millard||5||11.2||4.89||11.2|
|11||Lance Hale – Deborah Rebisz||3||10.73||7.64||10.73|
|12||Shawn Markgraf – Terry Kircus||5||11.03||0.5||10.53|
|13||Tony Fedinando – Randy Vaughn||5||10.51||10.51|
|14||David Bueche – Alexander Meine||5||10.5||10.5|
|15||Tim McNeal – Dwayne Kinley||5||10.47||10.47|
|16||Lance Dillard – Blake Dillard||5||10.15||10.15|
|17||Jacob Meredith – James Meredith||5||9.19||9.19|
|18||Jacky Roberts – Lee Roberts||5||8.81||8.81|
|19||Lance Wenmohs – Mike Clark||5||8.39||8.39|
|20||Jeff Douglas – Chase Gray||4||8.14||8.14|
|21||Brian Tate – Josh Wallace||4||7.69||7.69|
|22||David Stephens – Clifton Watter||4||7.53||7.53|
|23||Steve Wilson – Raymond Cantu||4||7.2||7.2|
|24||Bill Shelnutt – Dave Titus||4||7.15||7.15|
|25||Dustin Maynard – Shelby Floyd||5||6.86||6.86|
|26||Tom Martens – Kyle Jud||3||6.18||6.18|
|27||Cody Beyer – Ryan Beyer||5||7.12||1||6.12|
|28||Bob Bingle – Jane Bingle||3||5.93||3.21||5.93|
|29||Logan Clark – Nick Steffek||2||4.72||4.72|
|30||Earl Loggians – Leisha Loggians||2||3.61||3.61|
|31||Dwight Abshire – Kellie Abshire||2||2.99||2.99|
|32||Jacky Condon – Amanda Erickson||1||1.78||1.78||1.78|
|33||James Ackerman – Chris Crow||0||0||0|
|33||David Millard – Chuck Millard||0||0||0|
|33||Ronny Maynard – Andy Nuyen||0||0||0|
|33||Craig Gilbert – Dexter Thompson||0||0||0|
|33||Randy Sitz – Ron Seevers||0||0||0|
|33||Melissa Moeller – Matt Moeller||0||0||0|
TOTAL TEAMS: 38 AVE. FISH/TEAM: 3
TOTAL FISH WEIGHED: 136
TOTAL FISH RELEASED: 135 99.3 %
314.65 lbs. AVE. WEIGHT/TEAM: 8.28
AVE. WEIGHT/FISH: 2.31
8.70 Jason Stafford – John Ratliff
Congratulations to Jason Stafford and John Ratliff for their win on Lake LBJ they took home $1617.00 for first place, $228 for Big Bass, and the Side Pot ($25 ENTRY) 362.50 for a $2207 in total earnings.
We paid 8 places, 8th place earned $186.00 .
38 entrees $5700.00
Payout at ramp -$4224 plus Big Bass $380 = $4604 81%
Total Bonus earmarked for this event $760 94% total payback to anglers.
AOY Bonus YTD
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