Cowboy Church Bass Club

2020 Northern Division Tournament Recap 




Lake Whitney

May 16, 2020

By Jon Griffin




The father & son team of Brent & Luke Stanford tossed squarebills & C-rigged flukes for a limit of shad-spawn hungry largemouths to take the win on a rain-soaked Lake Whitney Saturday May 16th. The Stanford’s 3 fish sack @ 12.48 included the tournament big bass @ 5.49 to notch “their” 2nd win since they started fishing the CCBC series in 2013. Note the “their” as father Brent has fished with both sons over the years including Jacob, and now the soon to be Dallas Police Officer Luke. Brent’s 1st win came on a hot July day in 2014 on Lake Fork when they nailed a large over in the final minutes to take the victory. 2nd place went to the new team of Brandon Mobley & Dereck Rogers with their 3 fish limit @ 10.94 caught deep around 20’ on shaky heads. That’s two top five finishes for a team to watch out for as we continue thru 2020. Team John & Sam Allen threw giant swim River-to-Sea swimbaits for their 3rd place sack @ 9.99. 4th place was awarded to Team Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston with their 3 @ 9.31 caught on chatterbaits, Wopper Plopper, square bills & C-rigged flukes. 5th went to Team Mike Thurman/Joe Lee with 3 @ 9.18 caught primarily on swim baits.


1st Brent & Luke Stanford                    12.48    $406

2nd Brandon Mobley/Dereck Rogers 10.94    $236

3rd Sam & John Allen                              9.99    $141

4th Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston             9.31      $94

5th Mike Thurman/Joe Lee                    9.18      $66


Big Bass Luke Stanford                            5.49    $135




The forecast called for rain, and shortly after takeoff @ 6:25am, the rain started and rarely let up, fortunately not really hard, but steady…rainsuits were a key, Al’s buddy John Yohner forgot his & got completely soaked, Donna David had a rainsuit but spent the final couple of hours in the truck drying out…speaking of John Yohner, he and Al had motor issues, and then his trolling motor started smoking, still they caught a 12th place limit…27 teams & 23 limits means the fishing was good on Whitney, no doubt the shad spawn was on…all species were caught including stripers, hybrids, sandies, gar, drum, and a turtle…Brian Barfield had a reported “first”, he’s fished all his life 50+ years and never buried a hook he couldn’t simply yank out, until Saturday when he got a hook all the way to the bone in his thumb, son Kyle did the “braid method” and fortunately pulled it out in the single tug…big thanks to McCown Valley Park & ramp people for opening the gate PRIOR to their normal 6am time, and because of Covid, it’s free to launch until all this clears up…Matt Love skipped the tournament with his father Albert to celebrate his wife’s birthday, so they rung up Whitney ringer Nick Fletcher to fill-in…and props to the 6th place team just out of the money Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillan who narrowly missed 5th, and of course, had the winning fish on and almost in the boat…again…next up, it’s a trip out east for a Bobby Sandlin Showdown.




Overcast, steady rain, 66-71 degrees; Winds E-NE 4-7 mph, picking up after noon to 18 mph; water temp 73, stained to 15” visibility; lake level 1.54’ low




Jon Griffin shared the devotional by offering up the opportunity for others to share their own story.


For 1st Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”


Jon shared about a recent article he’d read by Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz with the question: Is the Coronovirus a Sign of the End?


Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus himself when the end would be. Jesus replied as recorded in Luke 21:11, 28


11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.


28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has created national fear in a way not many of us have not witnessed in our lifetimes. Ball games are being canceled; theaters are shutting down; schools are closing; travel is restricted, and the stock market is on a crazy, wild rollercoaster ride. It’s almost as though our nation is being attacked by an invisible enemy seeking to destroy us.


I am more concerned about the fear the coronavirus has provoked than I am of the virus itself. We seem to be caught up in a national panic.


Jesus warned us that at the end of time there would be pestilences. In the last few years, we have endured SARS, the swine flu, ebola, avian flu, MERS, West Nile virus and now the coronavirus. Could COVID-19 be one more sign that our redemption is drawing near? Is the end in sight? Is Jesus coming … soon? If so, is fear the proper response?


Were you aware “fear not” is mentioned 365 times throughout the Bible, one for every day of the year?


When Isaiah’s life was shaken, he responded by looking up.


Isaiah 6. As a result, he had a fresh vision of the Lord. [1] This is the time to look up …


Psalm 46:1-2


1 God is our refuge and strength,


an ever-present help in trouble.


2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way


and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,


So what should we do?


#1, Not live in fear.


#2 You and I need to make sure we are right with God so that we are ready to meet Him whenever the time comes.


#3 Help someone else get right with God, as we as Christians are commanded to do.


Let’s pull out all the stops as we tell others that it’s possible to have peace in the midst of the storm and confident hope for tomorrow, claiming Jesus’ promise,


Matthew 28:20 “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.


John Allen closed us in prayer



April 25, 2020




The husband and wife team Donna & Charley David proved one of two things, when Cedar Creek shows up on the schedule, they’re either really lucky or really good. Undoubtedly it’s both, as the team took their 3rd Cedar Creek win and 5th top 5 since 2013 with a 3 bass limit @ 12.10. With only a single keeper @ 1pm, Charley made a change by tying on an Alabama rig which proved the right move as CC was in the midst of the lake’s typical late April shad spawn. Per Charley, the A-rig thrown “in dirt” was responsible for a limit and culls for the winning sack. 2nd place went to father & son Bryan & Kyle Barfield with a 10.55 limit caught on a poppin perch frog & a fluke. Doug Powell & Charlie Conine caught the 3rd place sack of 9.75 including the tournament’s big bass @ 6.15 shallow with a shaky head & a wacky rig. 4th place went to Doyle Ray & son Noah with 3 @ 8.21 falling to a swim jig & speed craw. Rounding out the top 5 was last year’s AOY team Brian Hopkins & Tommy Hulsey with 3 @ 8.08 with a bladed jig and senko.


1st Charley & Donna David 12.10 $581

2nd Byan & Kyle Barfield 10.55 $280

3rd Doug Powell/Charlie Conine 9.75 $168

4th Doyle & Noah Ray 8.21 $112

5th Brian Hopkins/Tommy Hulsey 8.08 $78


Big Bass 1 Doug Powell 6.15 $120

Big Bass 2 Charley David 5.64 $40



Score Card




Mostly to partly cloudy, 58-79 degrees; Winds N 6-12mph; Water-heavily stained with less than 6 inch visibility 66-68 degrees, FULL.




Due to the world-wide Cornonavirus pandemic, CCBC leadership was forced to cancel the March Palestine event as well as the postponement of the classic on Hubbard Creek Lake, anglers were ready to get back at it with 32 teams competing @ Cedar Creek…speaking of CC, club leadership was forced to make a late lake change on the Thursday prior-the reason is Lake Fairfield was forcing everyone to pre-book their park entrance, later in the week it was discovered the Fairfield office was limiting the park entrances to a total of 60, thus several club members were denied, thus the venue change….speaking of Fairfield, they informed us the park would not open until 8am, however it was revealed by a club member who fished Fairfield that Saturday that he showed up just prior to 8am and arrived to an already full parking lot…back to Cedar Creek, Media tournament series was going out of Log Cabin at the same time, but park volunteers made sure everything was smooth with entry & parking assistance, much appreciated as there were a combined 80-100 trucks and trailers…a big welcome to new members, including Tanner Stewart, Keith Glasby, Dalton Pratt, Derek Sullivan, Steve Tigert, Jay Alexander, John Hayden, and Dean Case…no doubt the Covid-19 situation has poured anglers to area lakes as this day was definitely busier than normal & recent lake pressure made fishing quite tough…well done by all maintaining social distance, keeping faces covered, and extended weigh-in time along with weigh-in master John Allen preforming admirably helping make this tournament another great CCBC success…one dead fish can truly make a big difference as was the case for Team Joe Lee/Mike Thurman, their single dead fish penalty of ½ a pound slipped them from 4th to 6th, 1st team out of the money…AND FINALLY, when fishing on a large lake like 30,000 acre Cedar Creek and planning to make long runs like Team Brandon & Jordan Clayton, it’s always advisable to make sure your fuel tanks are FULL-and Brandon’s defense, on his recently serviced rig, little did he know the mechanic had drained one of his tanks dry-lucky for Brandon Charley & Donna David saw his phone call of distress & towed him back to Log Cabin…next up Whitney May 16th, details to come.




Jon Griffin shared the devotional with a unique format-instead of AFTER the tourney, we decided to deliver the devo after launch on the water. With over 50 boats from Media, and our 32 boats, there were easily over 160 anglers within ear shot, and it became vividly evident that lake & boat noise became quite calm & quiet as Jon began. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame had recently released a video with a profound statement as it pertains to the Pandemic of 2020 & the existence of God. As Robertson shared, you can’t see Coronavirus, but you know it’s there. Same with God, you can’t see God, but you KNOW He’s there-all you have to do is look at the results. God’s presence was obvious by simply opening one’s eyes and witnessing His creation at that moment.


Jon then shared what God had taught him thru the 1st recorded “sermon” of Jesus ministry in


Mark 1:14-15

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”


So how do we apply this simply yet perfectly direct sermon to our lives today?


1-“The time has come”. That applies to us today as well. To accept Christ & to follow His plan for your life BEGINNING NOW. That’s right, make your decision right now, while you’re sitting on the front & back deck of your bass boat. Quit waiting, quit delaying, quit trying to improve yourself. God never calls the equipped, but always equips the called. You are called right now.


2-“The Kingdom of God has come near.” Everything the Jewish people had been anticipating , the coming of the Messiah, was coming true right in front of their eyes. God had come, in earthly flesh, in the name of Jesus. Jesus had entered their lives, just as he has come for us. He has come for you, He died for you, and He defeated death for you. He loves you intently, He wants the best for you, He’s here for you, this very moment.


3-“Repent and believe the good news.” No one can work for salvation, there is nothing you can do. Except one for 2 things. Firstly REPENT. That means turning from your way to God’s way. That means following the very clear direction of Christ. If you cannot do that, that is turn from your sinful, prideful ways, you are not making Jesus Christ Lord of your life. Sure, it’s hard. Absolutely you’ll fail. But with God’s help, His mercies, grace & love, you can trust Him to be faithful. And finally, believe the good news. Believe that Jesus is who He said He was. Believe that God raised Christ from the dead, confess that Jesus is the Son of God.


Romans 10:9-10

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.


Jon then prayed, Charley David briefed us, we then put the hammer down.




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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