Perdue tackles a tough Smithville Lake

Mike Perdue took first place at the tournament with a winning weight of 14.34 pounds including a big bass coming in at 5.58 pounds.

SMITHVILLE — Bassmasters of Smithville recently returned to Smithville Lake, a place they call home, for a springtime tournament.

Mike Perdue topped the 24-man field in May. Perdue's catch was heavy enough to claim the top prize with a winning weight of 14.34 pounds. His bag also included the tournament's big bass of 5.58 pounds.

"The bite was really slow for me. I caught a keeper on Senko and stuck with that bait for the rest of the day," Perdue said. "We moved to a new point and I pitched my worm next to a lay down, got a bite, set the hook but nothing moved. I thought I had hung the tree but then my big fish finally broke free and I was able to get her in the boat."

Mike Anhorn caught three keeper bass and placed second with a weight of 10.88 pounds. Smithville resident Travis Rivest finished in third with a total weight of 7.17 pounds.

The day's bass made it tough on the field with half of the anglers not able to boat a keeper fish. Twelve anglers brought 22 fish to the scales with a total weight of 61.65 pounds.

Participants also had a chance to win raffle prizes. Members Jeff Lang and Tuan Le won $50 fuel cards while new member Willie Riggs took home a gift card from Savannah Marine.

For a complete tournament schedule or to learn more about Smithville Bassmasters, visit or search Smithville Bassmasters on Facebook.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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