“Get the net!” is what John Clayman has been saying a lot as he took big bass honors in the last two tournaments of the New Mexico Bass Team Trail series. He weighed in a nice 7.80-pound largemouth in the final points tournament with his partner Chris Sanchez netting it and putting them in the winning position. Then John followed up with an 8.78 pound largemouth at the trail championship. His partner Earl Conway netted it and they shared $2000 for their win in the trail championship, which is a race for 1st, 2nd, 3rd belt buckles. Randell Bell and Mike Liska for 2nd place. Elephant Butte Reservoir was still on fire in spite of being drained to 3% capacity for irrigation. All of the fish were “pointed out” with the water constantly dropping, concentrating the baitfish near main lake points. While crankbaits were the choice for the final points tournament, the fish seemed to prefer tubes and jigs as the big fish came on a Rite Bite blueqill colored tube.
Two teams will be traveling to the Bassmaster Championship, Delmar and Tanya Silva won the points race and Robert Peixotto and Memo Nunez are the second team to qualify. We wish them luck. It has been a great inaugural season for the NM Bass Team Trail and plans are underway to make it bigger, better and even more fun next year.