MARK RIBERA & RUBEN RIBERA TOP 39 TEAMS TO CLAIM THEIR FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTERS WIN

MARK RIBERA & RUBEN RIBERA TOP 39 TEAMS TO CLAIM THEIR FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTERS WIN

📅22 April 2016, 01:02

1st PLACE - RUBEN RIBERA / MARK RIBERA

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DUNLAP, TX – Rain and lots of it just hours before the event only made fishing more difficult for an already muddy and swift moving Lake Dunlap, however 39 teams participated and were up for the challenge. Mark and Ruben Ribera fishing their first Thursday Nighters tournament together and their very first time on Lake Dunlap claimed the win with 3 fish for 10.63 pounds and took home $615. Mark and Ruben who asked which direction the main lake was from the ramp, caught their fish pitching craw style baits up shallow on tree roots. The team said the key for them was to slow way down and not move the bait, which also was the same tactic used by the 2nd place team as well as the Big Bass winner. Mark and Rubern caught all their fish before it got dark and mentioned they totally shut down when the sun went down.

2nd place went to Randy Koenning and James Robertson who had never fished together previously and also had 3 fish for just under nine pounds and took home $410. Unlike the winners, Randy and James caught their fish after dark but used the same technique as the winners. The team said they caught their 2 biggest fish late in the evening dead sticking soft plastics in shallow water.

Thomas Howe is the first to collect on the BOERNE MARINE Bonus after 6 weeks with no winners, by having a BOERNE MARINE receipt. With that, he won a custom Skeeter TFO rod in addition to his 3rd place finish worth $205.

Chatterbait was the bait of choice for the majority of the field, however it only yielded numbers with very few keepers. Other teams were able to catch fish throwing crankbaits in the current and flipping shallow cover with jigs. In addition to the swift current and muddy water, floating debris made for difficult fishing. The lower end of the lake held the cleanest water and least amount of current, but the upper end held the winning fish.

 

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