By Jerry Miller

Progress Outdoor Columnist

Tony Goodman of the Jacksonville Bass Club won Angler of the year. Goodman amassed a total of 140.29 points. His closest competitor was his fishing partner, Thomas Goodman, who had 104.79 points.

Goodman started the year off with a five bass limit on Lake Jacksonville that almost topped 20 pounds!

He did this by targeting cuts and the edge of grass.

In March, Goodman won the Lake Fork tournament with a five bass stringer weighing 17.75 pounds. Goodman said, “Wherever I found grass, I found bass.” This was a paper tournament, where fish are caught, measured and released.

Goodman followed up that tournament by winning the very next one (May) on Lake Tyler. Most of his bass were caught in and around boat houses on a Red Bug Trick Worm rigged Wacky style.

In June, Tony and Thomas Goodman teamed up on Sam Rayburn and weighed in five bass totaling 14.87 pounds. At this tournament Thomas weighed in a 7.76 pound bass that held up as big bass for the year. It goes without saying that these two were really hot and were unstoppable for the remainder of the year.

Goodman struggled in the summer, but he consistently caught bass. That’s the key word for winning – consistency. Goodman weighed in a total of 40 bass for the year and over 110 pounds of fish. He also caught the second largest bass for the year.

The top six fishermen of the year in the Jacksonville Bass Club are:

1.Tony Goodman 140.29 lbs.

2.Thomas Goodman 104.79 lbs.

3. Larry Callahan 71.11 lbs.

4. Jerry Miller 66.93 lbs.

5. Robby Goodman 64.77 lbs.

6. Jody Kea 64.32 lbs.

The Jacksonville Bass Club’s last tournament of the year was held on Lake Jacksonville. Bass fishing was tough due to the absence of aquatic vegetation. First place went to Jerry Miller with 7.70 lbs. My bass were caught on a seven inch, blue fleck, Power Worm around boat houses and brush. Second place was Jerry Beasley with one bass weighing 4.79 lbs. This bass also qualified for big bass. His bass was caught on a 1?2 oz. chartreuse and white spinner by a log. Third place went to Robby Goodman with 4.17 lbs. His bass was caught on a Texas Rig, Baby Brush Hog in six feet in brush. He used a watermelon and red color.

The club elected officers for next year:President is Randy Dykes;Vice President is Jerry Beasley; Secretary/Treasurer is Tony Goodman.

Miller can be reached at

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