TEXAS TEAM TRAIL PRESENTED BY CABELAS WRAPS UP THIRD EVENT OF 2013 AT BELTON LAKE
Winning team takes home over $35,000 in cash and prizes
NORMAN, Okla. (May 6, 2013) Mark Mueck, of Livingston, Texas, and David Curtis, of Trinity, Texas, brought 17.12 pounds of bass to the scales to win the third event of the 2013 season of the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabelas on May 4 at Belton Lake. The winning anglers took home a new fully-rigged Ranger Z119 boat with a motor and trailer package, valued at $35,000.
Unfamiliar with Belton Lake, the team fished the lake before the cut-off date. This experience was crucial to the teams success.
During practice the fish were really biting, said Mueck. We probably caught 40 to 50 fish a day before cut-off. That helped us a lot, considering neither one of us had been there before.
Starting at the south end of the lake in clear water, the team caught three keepers on points with crankbaits and umbrella rigs. Working their way to the north end of the lake, the anglers had their limit by 8 a.m. and culled 10 bass throughout the day.
It takes the pressure off of you knowing you already have your limit, said Mueck. We had a five-pound largemouth but its incredible how many smallmouth are in that lake. We probably caught 10 smallmouth during the day and weighed two in our bag.
Taking part of the Ranger Cup program, the anglers upgraded from the original first-place prize, a Triton 18XS, to a Ranger Z119. The team also won an additional $1,470 in Anglers Advantage cash and the $500 Cabelas Angler Cash gift card.
Second-place finishers Randy Grounds, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and Allen Gass, of Llano, Texas, weighed 15.09 pounds to win $4,050, plus and additional $1,078 in Anglers Advantage cash. The team brought in the largest bass of the event (6.48 pounds), earning $810 for the Big Bass Award.
Russell Cecil, of Willis, Texas, and Todd Castledine, of Nacogdoches, Texas, took the $2,430 third-place prize for their 14.73 pounds of bass. The duo added $1,480 in contingency prize winnings.
This win catapulted Mueck and Curtis to the top spot in the TXTT Team of the Year standings with 554 points. Russell Lee and Landan Ware are a close second at 533 points with Stephen Johnston and Dick Newberry right on their heels at 529 points.
The Belton Lake event was the third of four 2013 qualifying events that guarantee a fully-rigged, 18-foot tournament-equipped bass boat package as first place prize in this case a Triton 18XS with an Evinrude 150 HO package, valued at $30,000.
The next stop for the Texas Team Trail is Cedar Creek Lake on June 1. Competitors who register for the Cedar Creek Lake event by midnight of Thursday, May 30, will be allowed to pre-fish on Friday, May 31, and entered into a drawing for a Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor.
For additional information, anglers are encouraged to call 210-788-4143 or check out the TXTT website at www.texasteamtrail.com. Site visitors can register for events, review the television schedule, get official Texas Team Trail gear, view results and learn more about whats in store for 2013.
Along with title-sponsor Cabelas, Texas Team Trail has also welcomed Lucas Oil®, Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Triton Boats, Evinrude®, Minn Kota®, Talon, RAM Trucks, Lowrance, Power-Pole, General Tire, Boaters Insurance®, Amphibia, Protect the Harvest and Arctic Ice as official partners.
For full results, please go to www.texasteamtrail.com/tournaments/events-results.
2013 Scheduled Events
June 1 Cedar Creek Lake
October 12-13 Falcon Lake