The winds gusted up to 30 mph on Saturday at Belton Lake during the Bass Champs Tournament. 

“The weather was really rough,” said Charlie Gantenbein, of Temple.

Last month, Gantenbein and fishing partner Cody Randolph, of Belton, took first place at the Lake LBJ Bass Champs Tournament and pocketed $25,500 in prize money.

On Saturday, Charles Reagan, of Thornton, and Lowell Bennett, of Hewitt, took first place with a three-fish weight of 12.62 pounds.

The top finishing team with two area fishermen was Kael Washburn and Justin Allison, both of Gatesville, who finished 19th and earned $500.

“Cody and I had three keepers but they were small and we weren’t able to finish in the money this time,” Gantenbein said. “But we still got some critical Angler of the Year points.”

Earlier in the week, Randolph had said he didn’t think there would be any “home-lake advantage” for the Gantenbein-Randolph team.

“Today, all of our key spots were blown out by the wind,” Gantenbein said. “The wind really damaged our gameplan. Technically, you must have a gameplan going into an event like this. But if you have to make a change, it needs to be the right change.

“Well, we did make a change but it didn’t work out. I guess you could say luck wasn’t with us today.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566​ and read his blog at KDHPressbox.com

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