By Clint Wade, Outlaw Outdoors

Forty five teams braved the heat for the Outlaw Outdoors Summer Open Tournament hosted out of the Cassels Boykin Pavilion.  In the summer months, warm water temperatures along with air temperatures in the upper 90s, can make fish care a challenge.  Therefore, most tournaments scheduled in July and August have shorter hours, and the number of fish brought to weigh in by each team is reduced from five bass down to three. 

Tournament schedule

& Catches


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​30     Outlaw Outdoors Average Joe Tournament, Cassels Boykin


7          TXMLF Classic, TBA

13-14   Rayburn Oilmen's Classic, Umphrey Pavilion 

14        Patriots Challenge, Jackson Hill Marina

21       DETX Opening Qualifier 1, Jackson Hil Marina

21-22   Big Bass Splash, Umphery Pavilion

21-22   Shelby County Bass Anglers, TBD


18        Patriots Challenge, Jackson Hill Marina


1-2       Texas Bass Nation, Humphrey Pavilion

​9           Patriots Challenge, Jackson Hill Marina

Over 750 anglers fish Sealy Outdoors Fall Shoot Out

Twelve-year-old Jacob Sumrall, gives the crowd a wave, barely able to contain his excitement in wining the 2017 Big Bass Splash Fall Shoot Out.

​Deep East Texas Student Anglers Series set for new season with B.A.S.S.

OutLaw Outdoors host Summer Open Tourney

Collins and Boulware Win $10,000 Ray-Ledo Regional Championship

Upcoming Tournaments:

A young East Texas angler receives an early Christmas gift of a lifetime—decked out in red—when he took the winners seat in the 2017 Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash Fall Shootout held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, on Sam Rayburn Lake.

Jacob Sumrall, 12-years-old, of Kirbyville, made a dream come true when he hooked a largemouth bass shortly after the first hour of the Fall Shootout. But Jacob didn’t know he had the winning bass until nearly a nail-biting day and a half later, and as Jacob puts it, “I was just about to start on my toes!”

The first day of the Big Bass Splash Fall Shootout started normal enough for the youngster and his fishing partner, his Godfather, Chad “Paran” Porto. Jacob explained that this was not his first Big Bass Splash event, it was, in fact, his fifth event, “I have been fishing it since I was eight-years-old.” Jacob said he had fished all his previous Splash events in the Junior Angler Division and has won in some of those events. But this weekend was his first try at the Adult Division and Jacob believed that if you try hard enough, you have a good chance at winning. And it was his try-hard-enough attitude that proved to be the hook in a young boy’s day of fishing that landed him a memory of a lifetime.

Jacob and Paran got on the water Saturday morning at the start of the Shootout tournament. He said they were fishing a short distance from the tournament site at Umphrey Family Pavilion in Jasper. The first hour of fishing for the pair went smoothly enough, but just into the 7 a.m. hour,  things took a very big turn. Fishing in thick grass, at about 12-foot of water, Jacob said he felt a heaviness on his fishing rod, “At first I thought I was hung up on something. Then, I felt it tug on it and it jumped out of the water!” The battle was on and Jacob describes the next few minutes as a test of wills in a man versus nature fight. “It jumped out of the water and started coming toward the boat.” Jacob said Paran went for the net and tried to bring the fish in the boat, but he said, “It went down, and we didn’t know where it went.” The fish was gone. Then Jacob heard a splash on the opposite of the boat, “We realized the fish had gone under the boat!” Hanging on to his catch, Jacob said the fish was about 10-15 feet away from the boat and then the fish again swam toward him. It was a moment that will linger in the youngster’s mind likely forever as he describes the dance-like motion he saw the largemouth bass  perform that morning. Jacob describes with awe what he saw that day, “He (the fish) had his head up out of the water, and it was like it was walking!” But there was no time to think about it. Paran once again tried in vain to net the stealthy bass, the bass swims out again. Jacob, still hanging on to his catch, as Paran makes a third attempt, and this time the catch is landed, “We finally scooped him up!” said Jacob still feeling very excited about the catch, “It was 7:14 a.m.” The duo did not have a fish scale to weigh the fish on, but Jacob knew this catch was much bigger than anything he had caught before. They had to get the giant bass to the weigh station. “As fast as we got it in the live well, and as fast as we got our life vests on, and as fast as we could we came in to weigh it in.”

Back at the tournament site, Jacob is astounded, his catch is big, and it rocks the scales to at 9.60 pounds, putting Jacob in first place. “It was mind-boggling, I didn’t think it would be that big!”

The Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series has announced their new schedule and new direction for their high school and youth fishing tournaments for student anglers 10 to 18 years of age. Deep East has become a B.A.S.S. High School Nation member which opens up a direct path to their National High School Championship for student anglers 8th to 12th grade. The series will now be open to a youth division that will allow junior anglers 10 yrs old to 7th grade to compete for bragging rights and a chance to win their own youth championship.

As part of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation, young anglers can compete in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Opens and in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Championship. Teen anglers can also attend the High School Elite Experience, a free opportunity for anglers who live near certain Bassmaster Elite Series tour stops.

This high school fishing season will begin on Saturday October 21st at Jackson Hill Marina. 

See Upcoming Tournament Schedule at bottom of page.

Bob Sealy

12th Jasper Air Show

Jasper County Bell Field Airport, Jasper

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

Aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart to perform, as well as Texas T-Cart and several of Jasper's most favorite pilots and aircraft.

Info: 409-384-2612.

East Texas Poultry Festival

Downtown Square, Center

Oct. 5-7

Arts & Crafts vendors, food & drink concessions, quilt show, events & entertainment, carnival & more.

Info: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 936-598-3682.

Ducks Unlimited Event

Event Center, Jasper

Saturday, Oct. 14

Info: 384-7005 or 382-3648.

2nd Annual Boots & BBQ Festival

Downtown Jasper

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An IBCA Event, Red Roots live in concert, arts & crafts, Exhibits, auctions, food & drink, children's activities & more.

Info: 409-384-6000

Sandy Creek Saturdays: 
Acoustic Jam, bring your acoustic instrument and join the pickin’

Sandy Creek Park, Jasper
Oct. 21, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.,

Food & drink concessions, kid’s activities, bring lawn chair
Info: Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber, (409) 384-2762.

If your organization or community has an upcoming event, please let us know and we'll add it to our schedule.

As the fishing hours on Saturday come to a close, Jacob remains unseated. Stormy weather swoops in on Sunday morning and the remaining tournament anglers work the lake hard for a winning bite. But there would be no others to move Jacob from his top seat. And on the final tournament day, it would be a twelve-year-old angler that loves to fish, just trying to improve his skills and compete with the big guys and gals, to take the win in the 2017 Big Bass Splash Fall Shootout.

Jacob said he caught his winning bass on a Carolina-rig, fishing a blue and green Senko. For his win, the angler took home a shinning red 2017 Triton 18 TrX boat powered by Mercury, plus $6,000 cash which includes the $1,000 payout for the tournament’s heaviest bass.

Jacob said he has not made any plans for his cash winnings yet, “I’m still trying to comprehend all this!” But—spoken like a true angler—he said it was hard not to sleep in the boat the first night it came home.
Jacob said he would like to thank fishing partner, Paran, for taking him fishing that day, “Without him taking me fishing, that day would not have been possible.”

Rounding out the top five in the tournament are Kurt Luker of Cleveland, with a 2nd place bass weighing in at 7.75 pounds, and winning $2,500.00; third place was won by Mark Richards of Houston, with a 7.71 pound bass, taking home $2,000.00; Owen Hinson of Lufkin, takes fourth place with his 7.67 pound fish and winning $1,500.00; coming in at fifth place was Bobby Amacker of Cypress weighing in a 7.64 bass, and pocketing $1,000.00 in the tournament.

Exact Weight winners in the Fall Shootout were Vickie Scott of Arlington; Brian Miller of Hutto; Alan Sandifer of Dry Prong, LA; and Larry Davenport of Yellville, AR. All Exact Weight winners received $2,500.00 each in prize money.

Keith Combs won the Pro Invitational with a 4.73 bass. Combs won $500.00 for the hour weigh-in and $10,000.00 for the Overall Prize. Several other Pros Anglers also fished the Fall Shootout including Stephen Browning, Josh Douglas, Luke Dunkin, Paul Elias, Chad Morgenthaler, Dave Mansue, Zell Roland and James Watson.

There were 765 anglers that fished the tournament, and 331 bass were weighed in for a total weight of 996.5 pounds.

The Sealy Outdoors event benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bob Sealy, promoter of the tournament, presented Annie Smith of St. Jude’s hospital with a donation check for $1,000 at the event.

For the full 2017 Fall Shootout results, go to

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Taking 2nd place in the tournament were the team of Mike Williford & Kevin Walker with a catch of 17.25 lbs.



Check out the latest results from tournaments from around the lake!

The team of Jody Norsworthy & John Scott (not pictured) take 1st place in the Outlaw Outdoors Summer Tournament weighing in a sack of 20.51 lbs. The team were also the Big Bass winners with a 9.85 pounder.

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Flournoy, Chumley take win with 33.02 lbs. at Bass Champs tournament held June 25

See the full story, results, and photos on Tournament Results page.

Upcoming Events:

Welcome to Sam Rayburn Reservoir Today!

Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Enshrinement Dinner Set for November 9

(See full press release on Features Page)

Albert Collins and Clayton Boulware added to their Day 1 Toledo Bend lead on a pretty tough and stingy Sam Rayburn bringing in five fish for 22.20 pounds, and also beat their previous Day 1 Big Bass with a 6.97 kicker, leading them to a two day 46.26 pound victory at the 2017 USA Fishing Trails Ray-Ledo Championship presented by TQPR Contractors! Well done, gentlemen! Brandon Baker and Cole Stewart took second place with a two day weight of 41.35 pounds. Jeff Fisher and Mike Trpkosh finished third with 35.49 pounds. 2017 Ray-Ledo AOYs Thomas McMillan and Mark Price finished in fourth with 34.67.

JANUARY 2018 Edition

William Flournoy and James Chumley bested the field of 286 teams with a 33.02 lb limit, winning over $60,000.

Photo by Patty Lenderman – Bass Champs

Young angler proves age doesn’t matter to the bass