UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

Parsons flies past competition at Texoma

After leading the pro division for two days, Dave Parsons sealed the win with his heaviest stringer of the tournament.

DENISON, TEXAS. - Airline pilots are typically pretty cool customers and Dave Parsons embodied this even-keeled disposition as he brought his Stren series campaign in for the big landing at Lake Texoma.

Between tournaments, the Yantis, Texas pro flies Southwest jets high above lakes all across the U.S. After placing third on day one, Parsons grabbed a 3-pound, 8-ounce lead on day two and soared above the competition for the duration of the event. On day three, he kept a 3-pound advantage and concluded the tournament with a 14-pound, 13-ounce limit that gave him a total of 60-10 - nearly five pounds better than his nearest competitor. For his efforts, Parsons won $25,000.

With many competitors focusing on docks and tire reefs where massive congregations of spawningA 21-pound bag on day two gave Dave Parsons a sizeable lead that he would never relinquish. shad were attracting bass, Parsons decided to travel a different road.

"I knew what most of the people were going to be doing and I tried that a little big, but then I decided to do something a little different," he said. "So I went and found the dirtiest, nastiest water I could find and just flipped wood and rocks. I caught six fish this week on a crankbait and two on a spinnerbait. The rest I caught flipping."

Parson's bait of choice was a tossed salad color Sweet Beaver rigged Texas style with a Tru Tungsten weight. "This bait worked for me all week long."

Throughout the week, Parsons said he struggled with fish responding to the week's fluctuating weather - windy and stormy on day one, sunny on days two and three and then overcast and windy in the final round. Sticking to his game plan proved wise, as some who depended on wind or sunshine often found themselves scrambling to put together a backup plan.

Parson's road to victory started slowly with a day-one performance of 11-8 landing him in 33rd place. He rebounded well, however and took over the lead for good with the tournament's heaviest bag - 21-2 - on day two.

Considering his three decades of flying commercial aircraft, it's no wonder Parsons was able to maintain his focus. "As an airline pilot we have bad weather and situations where we have to land the plane with really low visibility. You just have to really focus. That's what I do when I'm out there on the water - I just put my head down and do the best job I possibly can and put something together that's going to give me the chance to cash a check.

Robinson goes heavy for second
He threw a ¾-ounce spinnerbait most of the week, but when his primary pattern fizzled during the final After riding his spinnerbait bite for three days, Robert Robinson switched to a swimming jig once his primary pattern fizzled.round, Mobile, Ala. pro Robert Robinson switched to a 7/16-ounce Stanley swimming jig with a chartreuse/white skirt and a Mann's double tail trailer. Both baits effected his strategy of fishing deeper to reach bigger fish - a plan that yielded 13 pounds, 3 ounces in the final round and a total weight of 55-15.

Robinson said he wasn't sure why his spinnerbait action vanished, but a possible explanation was the party crashing invasion by bass of the wrong color. "At a couple of my primary spots, the stripers moved in real heavy. In places where I was catching 2 1/2- to 3-pounders all week, I never got a bite (from eligible bass species).

"We caught so many stripers this morning it was ridiculous. I picked the trolling motor up and said `We have to go.' It was bad."

Ultimately, fishing his jig around docks and tire reefs produced Robinson's limit. Overcast skies and windy conditions produced favorable conditions for him.

"I tried to stay in the wind," he said. "It seemed like if I got in the slick water out of the wind, I was not getting a bite."

Harp spins into third
Bumping up one notch, local pro Tim Harp of Pottsboro, Texas added a limit weighing 12 pounds, 4 Finishing third, local pro Tim Harp sung the praises of a custom spinnerbait that fourth-place pro Chris McCall gave him.ounces, which brought his total to 52 pounds, 9 ounces. Harp thanked his "friend in the Coppertone boat" fourth-place pro Chris McCall, who hooked him up with some prototype spinnerbaits from Santone. The triple blade design, Harp said, made the bait stand out in a crowd.

"When the shad start moving around the docks and tires, you have to have all the flash you can get to attract (a bass') attention," Harp said. "He has half a million baits there he can chose from so you have to have something that stands out or he'll just eat those shad that are right beside your bait."

McCall follows the shad to fourth
Sticking with the masses of spawning shad led Chris McCall to a fourth-place finish.A Texoma veteran, the Jasper, Texas pro leveraged his in-depth knowledge of the lake's shad spawn to catch his way into fourth place with 52 pounds, 1 ounce. His day-four limit weighed 10-14.

Throwing a 1/2-ounce Santone spinnerbait around docks, McCall used a steady retrieve that ran his bait just under the Styrofoam. Targeting the shad spawn around docks is a good spring pattern, he said, as bass will feed in these areas during both pre-spawn and post-spawn periods.

Robertson rocks for fifth
Fishing rocky points west of Highport Marina, Gene Robertson threw a crappie colored crankbait and aGene Robertson relied on Texas-rigged Berkley Power Worms and crankbaits for his fifth-place finish. Texas-rigged blue flake Berkley Power Worm and caught the day's heaviest limit - 14 pounds, 15 ounces. Moving up from tenth place, Robertson ended with a total of 50 pounds, 5 ounces.

Robertson said he located a large fish on a bed earlier in the tournament, but he could not get the estimated 8-pounder to bite. "I caught the male off the bed (on day two), went back yesterday and caught the male again, went back today and caught the male again. I just couldn't get the female to bite because the males were so aggressive."

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the Stren Series Lake Texoma event:

6th: Jerry Green, Del Rio, Texas, 49-5
7th: James Stricklin Jr., Jasper, Texas, 48-8
8th: Shane Gibson, Kilgore, Texas, 47-11
9th: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, OK, 44-5
10th: Keith Cullum, Corith, Texas, 43-13

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