Cowboy Church Bass Club

2020 Northern Division Tournament Recap 





February 22, 2020




Within 15 minutes of the beginning of the CCBC 2020 season & the year’s opening tournament on Lake Athens, Pierce Johnston hung an 8.59 lb largemouth on his 3rd cast to anchor Team Griffin/Johnston’s 9.97 pound bag to take the victory.  For the next 7 hours Jon & Pierce caught 10-12 bass without hooking an “under”.  Until around 2:30pm when Griffin caught a perfect 13.75 incher on a c-rig in 12 feet of water.  Still unable to bag a 3rd keeper, 2 was good enough to hold off the 2nd place team of father/son Brian & Brendan Hopkins with 2@ 9.07, including the tournament’s 2nd biggest bass at 7.81.  The 3rd place stringer was caught by new team Brandon Mobley & Derek Rogers with a 3 fish limit @ 8.55 including their 6.47 over.  4th went to Doyle Ray with his single keeper/over of 7.29, and the 5th place team was father/son Brandon & Jordan Clayton with 2 @ 6.57 including their 5.73 over. 








Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston          




Brian & Brendan Hopkins




Brandon Mobley/Derek Rogers 




Doyle Raye 




Brandon & Jordan Clayton







1st Big Bass

Pierce Johnston



2nd Big Bass

Brendon Hopkins







Score Card





Wow, what a crowd at the ramp and parking lot, at least 3 tournaments were on Athens Saturday which made the parking a premium, but good thing Athens fishes big for 1,799 acre reservoir…After Griffin/Johnston arrived to their 1st spot, Pierce realized he’d left his tackle bag in the truck which was parked waaaaaaay in the back.  Jon said we were going to fish this 1st spot before we want back to the ramp, fortunately on Pierce’s 3rd cast the big one was caught…remember, Athens is a slot lake, therefore no bass between 14-21 inches can be retained, and only 1 “over” allowed per boat….typically a solid limit of unders for CCBC tourneys on Athens will get you in the money, not the case this tournament as each of the top 5 teams caught overs, too bad for new team Kyle Williams/Collin Eastham who’s 6th place limit was 4.05 lbs…and for those of you who failed to register fish, keep in mind your lowest of the season’s 8 tournaments will be dropped…great to see new members including Daniel Pool & Nancy Bovee, John Hayden & Jay Alexander, Kyle Williams & Collin Eastham, and Brandon Mobley & Derek Rogers….winning baits included shaky head, c-rig French fry in 8-15’, jig in 20’, crankbait in 6’, blue flek power worm, senko.


This was taken from Brian Hopkin’s fb (2nd place team)…....Brendan Hopkins set the tone early this morning! Our first twenty minutes produced nothing. Our second spot was on fire! Brendan boated two bass over the 21 inch slot limit. I caught one over the 21 inch slot as well. On a slot lake in Texas, you can only keep one over the slot. So we released the other two. We didn’t have a bite from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Finally located some fish but only managed to catch one under the slot limit. We weighed in two bass on a three fish limit. Our total was 9.07 pounds which took 2nd place! Brendan’s 7.81 pounder took 2nd place big bass! As a competitor, I am pleased to fare well! As a father, I am very proud of my son! I love watching Brendan getting excited when catching a big’un! We both are very thankful that the good Lord blesses us all with many wonderful aspects of Mother Nature! We are thankful for the opportunity to create memories! And we are thankful for the friendly competition of many great anglers. I’m out! Literally! Falling asleep as I text this! Hope everyone enjoys the reminder of the weekend!


32 teams fished the season opener, remember, your low weight is dropped, SO FOR ANYONE WHO MISSED ATHENS, YOU’RE STILL IN IT TO WIN IT…next up Palestine 3/28.





Air temp 34-54 degrees, mostly to partly cloudy; Winds NW to SW 2-7mph; water temp 51-53 degrees, clear to 30”, lake level .72’ above full.




Club leader Charley David shared the devo with the opening thought-What is your most valuable asset?  Often, we immediately think of material things, but the bible reminds us that it is most definitely our HEART & SOUL.  That is what we should spend the majority of our lives pursuing, the hearts & souls of men.   By doing just that we glorify God with our time.  Charley spent the rest of his devo sharing questions supported by scriptural answers that we all should ask ourselves daily:


1 Corinthians 16-13-14

“Be on guard.  Stand firm in the faith.  Be courageous, be strong, and do everything with love”


1 Corinthians 9:22-23

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.


Are we on the right path, are we passing the test, are we aware life is a test?


Proverbs 17:3

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart..


Are our hearts on the right path, are we including God in everything?


Matthew 7:13

 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.


Are we in love with the world?


1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.


Is our heart humble?


Luke 18:10-14

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”


Your heart is your #1 asset, for your heart reveals your eternal soul.  Guard it well!


Jon Griffin closed us in prayer.








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