– Lake Travis, A highland reservoir on the Colorado River in Central Texas, and the first stop in the 2019 seasonof the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. It’s early March and thelake is transitioning into a springtime pattern. But as series of recent cold fronts have pushed through and what the fish are doing is anybody’s guess. – These cold fronts coming through ’bout every three days right now, the water temperature keeps warming up. During the warmingtrend the fish move up,they get ready to spawn. In fact we did see threefish on the beds today, which I totally didn’t expect. – Yeah, they’re wanting to move up. Get some sunshine and like everybody else knows,they’re right there on the edge. – At some point sun’s gonna come out, it’s gonna warm up, it’s gonna bust loose. – Well I tell ya it would be great if we got a warming trend, but we did not get that this week. So it’s gonna set up a little bit difficult for some of the guys, but the opportunity’s definitely out there. Expect some big bags to be brought up. – Whoever wins it will deserve it I promise you. – We’ve got a full fieldfishing for more than $100,000. The road to the championship starts right nowon the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. – Okay we’re gonna get this thing going, we’ve got boat number one ready to go. I’m gonna give you an official time check. If you’re in the first flight boats one through fifty your check-in time is three o’clock, it is 7:15, 7:15. – Welcome to Jones Brothers Park on Lake Travis for the first launch of the season. We’ve got 220 teams on the water, fishing for a total purse of $104,905 including a Triton 189 TRX powered by a 150 horsepower Mercury motor for first. If the winning team takes advantage of the contingency programs, they’ll be automatically upgradedto a 19 foot boat witha 200 horsepower motor. Okay, moving right intotournament coverage, let’s get the season started with Colt Farris and Taylor Hardin. They’re starting their day close to take-off, fishing rocks and docks along a series of shallow bags. – Crack has been pretty good, we’ve got a pattern down so that’s good. But we haven’t gotten to explore much of the lake,but every time we get ona certain type of bank we catch two or three fish so that’s been good. – Man this morning’s slow it’s. . . we’ve only been at it about an hour now so I mean it’s slower than I’d like, but even during practice the late bite has been better. – Yesterday we caught fish from two foot all the way down to 35 foot so this lake’s chock full of fish. – I think he’s gonna keep spite. There we go right there. It’ll be close won’t he? Maybe thirteen and a half. – Oh my god he keeps. – Oh he keeps, wow. There’s number one. Number one is a small one but we’ll take it. Well we got one and we’re gonna need four more and probably a good one to get up there and whatnot. You know our goal since wedon’t know this lake very well, is just start out try to get around 10 or 12 pounds. Looking at past tournaments on this lake, that should put us in pretty good shape to get a check. If we get any other big ones, that’s just put us higher in the standings and whatnot. So that’s our goal. – Moving on we’ll head north and check in withGraden Hansen and Chris Digino. They’ve got their ranger boat offshoreon a staging pointthey found in practice. – So we both came up here two weekends ago, spent the day together and then came up here last weekend with my son. Put in two full days. This is a unique formatin that everybody only gets one day of practice. So we each brought a boat, split up and tried to cover twice as much water. So you know we’ve got plenty of water to run today. We’re gonna run out of time before we run out of spots. I don’t know if there’s gonna be fish on any of then, but we’ve got plenty of places to hit. – Yeah this spot yesterday I’d come up here. Graden found some good fish down south, which we’ll end up at, but found this late in the day yesterday, figure we’d run to it in the morning, see if they wanted to feed early. But from what we’ve been catchingas far as average size, the bigger fish were sitting here staging. In two casts I have three and a five, so definitely had some good fish on it, they just haven’t decided to fire just yet. By the looks of everybody elsedotted these points it’spretty much the deal if you’re gonna get some bigger fish instead of that run-of-the-mill ten pounds that you’re probably gonna see a lot of, I think one extra four-pounder will go a long way. – Early predictions indicate it’ll take at least 12 pounds to get a check, with bags over 20 expected to win. Pressing on we’ll continue with tournament coverage with Terry Peacock and Tim Cline, fishing out of a Nitro Z21. – Now we’re starting out runningthe back of these pockets, to see if we can’t catch some fish that might’ve moved up during the night. Yesterday first time Tim and I ever been on this lake but there’s a lot of male fish back in the back of these pockets yesterday. Tim’s throwing a wacky rig and I’m throwing a little swim bait. We tried to make a spinner bait,we tried to make it workyesterday and we just couldn’t. We couldn’t get it to happen, we had to really, really I guess call finesse type of fishing that we like to do this is a lot cleaner water. The main thing for us yesterdayis when we run back this far is water temperature is two degrees warmerhere than it was anywhere else. So that was actually really the biggest key for us. It makes ’em move up a little bit,makes a little bit more active. There was no sunshine yesterday and then I don’t think we’re gonna have any today. It’s gonna kinda be. . . – Well maybe not. Look at that, 15 incher!- That’s the first one. That’s what we figured it was gonna be, it’s gonna be numbers. Catch eight or ten then catch one big enough to keep. Just hopefully in them numbers there’s one of them that’s— Seven or eight pounds. – Yes, one big one. – It’s still early,we’re seeing a few fish caught. Expect to see more as the day warms. And if the sun manages to come out and the water temperature creeps closer to 60 degrees that shallow bite should really pick up. The Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s 2019 season is just getting started. Coming up in May, we’ve got back-to-back single day tournamentson Sam Rayburn. For information and registrationhit us up at TexasTeamTrail. com The Texas Team Trail is presented to youby Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, Your adventure starts here! By Lucas Oil, title sponsor of our Angler of the Year program, and by Ranger Boats, Still building legends one at a time. Welcome back to Lake Travis, a highland lake noted for it’s deep rocky ledgesand clear water. In recent times like many lakes in the region, Travis was down more than 50 feet. After a long drought thelake flooded in 2018, giving new life to the cental Texas fishery. That said, teams have struggled to locate or pattern the big females that should be stagingto move shallow. – You know our pre-fishing day it was. . . Caught a lot of fishbut nothing of any size. We did a lot of lookingfor bedding fish and seen quite a few but. . . I’m pretty sure this tournament’s not gonna be one sight fishing. I mean we never seen a fish over two and a half pounds. – There’s gonna be a lot more of a finesse pattern happening on Lake Travis. I can guarantee you the person that finds the fish or that wins this tournament is gonna be won within the last two hours of the event. Because as the day goes on that bites getting so much better for all of use. – It kinda reminds me ofthe old day at Amistad when it was down real low and the water come up real high there’s a lot of trees in that 12 to 16, 18 feet of water. We caught some out a little bit today, and we caught some way up and we really had more bites than what I thought. They were talking about it being 70 degrees today and I don’t think it’s got out of the 50’s all day and gotta chance of rain tomorrow. So with it dark, overcast thoseshallow fish are gonna bite. – Getting back into tournament coverage, we’ll catch up with Cody Greaney and Matthew Moccia, one of the few teams we’ve come across with a limit. They’re running the shoreline looking for fish that’ve just moved up and are holding around the flooded vegetation. – Tucked up in that growth,the lake was down andall this stuff grew up, we never had that on Lake Travis. And we’d notice that acouple these spawn fish, you’ll see this bright bed and that fish’ll be tucked up in that dark stuff. – While Cody keeps an eye on the shallows, Matthew’s throwing an Alabama rig into deeper water,kind of a one-two punch. – Just kinda trying to hit these drop-offs, and hit the area that he’s not hitting up shallow and cover as much water as possible. – Got him? Good. – Eh. – You need help. – Yeah, what ya think?- Good. – Good job Holmes. I told you I know they’re here. – For sure, yeah. Well that’s our small one on that side. – With five in the livewell, Greaney and Moccia are cooing. At the end of the day,every ounce gained couldtranslate into cash. – This one right here. – Oh okay, the one on the right?- Yeah. – That was an easy coel good job! Swim, swim free little buddy. – It’sgetting close to midday and we’re getting reports of intermittent rain across the lake and now it’s doubtful that these clouds will break before the 3:00 p. m. check-inComing up we’ll continuetournament coverageand then we’ll head backto Jones Brothers Park for weigh-in where there’s more than one hundred thousand dollars on the line right here on the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. The Texas Team Trail presented to you by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’sis also brought to youin part by Triton Boats,We take America fishing. Garmin Electronics Fight the fish, not your fish finder. By Mercury Outboards, Go boldly and by Amphibia sunglasses, Performance floating eye gear. Welcome to Lake Travis, our first stop of the season. We launched 220 boats this morning, and now we’re getting down to the final hours of competition We’ll pick up TXTT coverage with Gary Bowen and Randy Fleeman,they’re in deeperwater dragging plastics through flooded vegetation. – We’re not doing too bad,we pulled up here firstthing this morning. Randy caught one right off our first cast and we’ve gotten four keepers so far. We’re just kinda trying catch some of the bigger ones that should be staging up right in this area. – There he is. – Got him?- Yeah. He come in. – He came in, there he is. Hold on. I knew there wasone up in there. Whooo, number five!- That’s what we’relooking for right there. – Whoo boy! – That’s the second one ’bout that size we’ve gotten so far. They’re just sittin’ out here staging getting ready. – That’ll work. – The water needsabout four more degrees and they’ll be up on the boat. River channel runs right along this bank over here. Goes around a big corner, this is a big ‘ol giant flat With two points, one right here and one over there. There’s a creek channelthat comes through here. It’s about 40, 50 feet right out here and it runs right down the middle of this and goes into that little pocket back there in the back. So when the lake was real low before the flood- – Let’s get him in there. the lake was low enough,I mean probably anotherhundred yards out, which is solid dirt. Over that time a lotof just weeds and stuff had grown up on this flat and with the water being up and everything with the weeds and stuff with the shrub and stuff that’s in there, it’s a real good spawning flat for the fish to come up ’cause they got deep water sitting there, flat up here and a lot of brush still in the water. So it’s just basically turned into one bit ‘ol spawning flat. – Once you hit the rightspot they’re there. He drilled that one. He tried to suck it right back down into that tree. – Gary and Randy have a limitthat may go around eight pounds. Predictions are calling for 12 pounds to pick up a check, but contingency payouts go deeper than the regular purse. In this event contingency will pay 55 places. For last stop of the day, we’ll check in with Arizona’s Paul Iversonand his stepson Hunter Dragosh. – This is a good spot right here. – They’re up shallowWith two in the livewell. – Oh, there’s a bass right there,just came off this bed. Okay, we’ll get this one. So we have an opportunity here. I’m just gonna make a nice little circle and see where this little guy goes. He might. . . He’ll be close but he came right off a bed. We’ve seen ’em as far as a foot off the bank in six inches of water this morning which was surprising. In a week or two this place will explodeif the weather changes. – Paul we’re at 2:15. – We’re at 2:15 so we’ve got 45 minutes?Okay we’ll just- – Check-in at three o’clock. – Oh so three o’clock?Okay and we’re only whatfive minutes up the. . . Let me just run up alittle as far as the. . . Hold on a second. Look underneath this bush here. That’s where we’ve been seeing ’em. How am I doing back there? That’s what I thought I could hear it. Let’s see if he snuck up. Oh! – You could cruise back up that right side if you think they moved up. – Okay, oh the side that. . . Oh he’s right there, I’ll get him. – [Hunter} Does not wanna go. – He ain’t going anywhere. Oh, don’t you dare. Hunter you’re gonna have to come. . . Oh, I. . . Oh, he’s gonna eat it watch this. Come on, he turned on it. He turned on it. All’s he gonna do is just. . . Aw yeah, he’s sittin’ there. We’ll let him. . . Come on. Got him! I was just gonna say “Hunter lift up the talons ’cause we’re not movin’. ” Okay, we’ll get him again. We’ve done this before. Shoot! – He’s gone now. – He’ll come back. We’ve done this before, we’ve hooked him like this many a times. He’ll come back and sit on that bed and we’ll catch him just. . . If we got five minutes. – Paul and Hunter are down to the final moments of their day, from here it’s a short run back to check-inat Jones Brothers Park. Weigh-in is next right here on the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s from Lake Travis. The Texas Team Trail is presented to youby Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Your adventure starts here. By Nitro performance fishing boats,and by Lowrance, Find, Navigate, Dominate. – Welcome to Lake Travisfor the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro and Cabela’s. We’re super excited to be here today. We’re gonna beawarding a fully rigged tournament ready bass boat. – Altogether there’s $104,905 up for grabs. Including a Triton 189 TRX with a Mercury 150 for first. If the winners aresigned up and qualified in the contingency program they’ll be automatically upgradedto a Triton 19 foot TRX with a 200 horsepower Mercury on the back. Learn more about our sponsor programs at texasteamtrail. com – Oh yean look at this folks! Beautiful bass right there. How ’bout that? – Anglers reported finding bass in all stages of the spawn,and as expected we saw somebig fish come across the stage. including this one that pushed the scales to 7. 53 anchoring a five fish limit for Adrian and Daniel Barnes. Earning them fourth placeoverall and a check for $3,339. – Alright we got a good lookin’ sack of fish here. – RyamWarren and Jason Derrickput five on the scales for 17. 47 and that was good enough for third, including sponsor contingency and angler advantage payouts, they’ll take home $5,140. – We’re pretty happy overall, I mean we hadn’t been out here in about a year so we didn’t know what to expect. We just kinda come down here and fish the conditions and it worked out for us. – Kevin Allenand Brandon Brossettweighed 17. 81 andlocked up second place. They’ll take home $7,224for their efforts. – We had found some shallow fish and went to them and probably caught 20 fish but just no size, only two keepers. And he had found some deeper main lake fishand we decided to make that move and 20 minutes we had those two six-pounders so needless to say we stayed the rest of the day there. – Whatwere you guys throwing? – The two big fish come on A-rigs. All the smaller fish up shallow come on wacky rigs. – And at thetop of the leader board, it was Paul Stokes and David Hogge stacking up nearly 24 pounds anchored by a seven pound six and a half ounce fish that also locked up the Big Bass award. – We were fishing pre-spawn fish and most people were fishing shallow or mid shallow. We were out there in 20 to 40 foot. – Our boat was sat in 45 foot all day long. – 45 all day long. – I think the shallowest we cast to today was 18 foot. – And what were you throwing at ’em?- Everything in the box. – Honestly we really were. We caught a couple on a Carolina rig,I think the big onecome on a Carolina rig. Couple on a shaky head and a couple on a jig. – Stokes and Hogge dominated the field, earning $35,000 for the day including a Triton 189 TRX with a 150 horsepower Mercury, however; by not being a part of the contingency program, they missed out on a boat and motor upgrade worn an additional $5400. We’ve got a number of sponsor contingency awards, and if you don’t sign up it’s just money left on the table. And finally if you’re in the market for a new boat, we encourage you to check out our preferred network of dealers. You know, support those that help support the TXTT. For dealer information, check out the sponsor bonus program page on our website. 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