Cory Rambo, of Orange and Rusty Clark, of Sam Rayburn, brought 29.77 pounds of bass to the scales to win the 2015 season-opening event of the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela’s (TXTT) on Jan. 31 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Thanks to contingency program upgrades, the winning anglers took home a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z119C powered by an Evinrude outboard, valued at $42,000.

Sam Rayburn lived up to its reputation as a big-fish factory, kicking out 14 limits over 20 pounds and nearly a 30-pound winning limit. The event recorded a TXTT record 300 teams registering for the tournament, which paid out more than $129,000 in winnings.

Approximately one month ago, Rambo and Clark found a mid-lake staging area that was loaded with pre-spawn bass. The spot was special because it had both numbers and big fish, and it would continually replenish.

“We’ve been sitting on this one spot,” said Rambo. “We knew it was good because the fish we’ve been catching are white and pale. That told us they were coming and it has just kept reloading.”

 As boat No. 103, the two anglers were worried somebody else would arrive at their spot first. To their surprise, nobody was on it and the early bite was as good as they anticipated.

“We had a limit first thing this morning,” recalled Rambo. “Rusty caught a five-pounder and a little bit later I picked up an A-rig and caught a seven-pounder. At 8:30 the bite slowed a little and then we’d catch a good one every half hour or so. At about 1:30 we had a seven, two sixes, a five- and a 3.5-pounder. Right then, Rusty caught another five-pounder on a Carolina rig and we were done.”

The next tournament stop for the TXTT is set for Feb. 21 at Toledo Bend. The 2015 schedule includes some legendary Texas bass fisheries and features huge payouts with unprecedented contingency opportunities.

For additional information, anglers are encouraged to call 210-788-4143 or check out the TXTT website at Site visitors can register for events, review the television schedule, get official Texas Team Trail gear, view results and learn more about what’s in store for 2015.

Texas Team Trail events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Navionics, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, SuperClean, Mustang Survival, iON Cameras, Garmin, Valley Fashions and Powertex Group.

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Pictured are Cory Rambo, of Orange and Rusty Clark, of Sam Rayburn. The team won the Cabela’s Texas team Trail Fishing Tournament at Sam Rayburn.