Cowboy Church Bass Club

2021 Northern Division Tournament Recap 




By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek




On a post card perfect day, Charley David & Dave Heckathorn cranked shallow rocks for their 3 fish limit @ 13.23 to take the win September 25th on Lake Tawakoni. 2nd place was team Darren Coslin / Chris Boulet with 3 @ 11.54 including the tournament big bass of 5.20. Their lures of choice included a Strike King Ragebug and Finch Nasty vibrating jigs. Mike Thurman & Joe Lee nailed 3 for 9.92 to take 3rd throwing…yes you guessed it, grubs and crankbaits on the dam. 4th place went to Pierce Johnston & Jon Griffin with a 9.79 limit throwing top water plugs, shallow cranks & Texas rigs. And 5th place went to brothers Michael & Joe Walden with a 9.55 pound limit primarily from shallow docks and jigs.


1st Charley David / Dave Heckathorn 13.23 $345

2nd Darren Coslin / Chris Boulet 11.54 $200

3rd Joe Lee / Mike Thurman 9.92 $120

4th Pierce Johnston / Jon Griffin 9.79 $80

5th Joe & Michael Walden 9.55 $55


Big Bass Darren Coslin 5.20 $115





Full Results






With Tawakoni as the final stop in the 8-event series, Team Brandon Wooddell / Keith McMillan walked away with the 2021 AOY Team title with an 8th place finish, but it was the previous month’s event on Lake Granbury where the team’s 2nd place finish all but sealed the championship. Consistency proved victorious as Brandon & Keith managed top 10 finishes in all 8 tournaments including two 2nd place finishes. In fact, their worst finish of the year was 9th @ Joe Pool which became their low score “drop”. This year’s title is Brandon’s 3rd AOY in his 15 years with the CCBC. Two previously with George Walker, and his 1st with Big Fish Keith McMillan. Great team fishing and a great year Keith & Brandon!




2021 TOP 10

1-Brandon Wooddell / Keith McMillan

2-Charley David / Donna David-Dave Heckathorn

3-Jon Griffin / Pierce Johnston

4-Joe Lee / Mike Thurman

5-John & Sam Allen

6-Jim & Hunter Howard

7-Albert & Matt Love (with the help of a few others)

8-Doyle Ray

9-Les Smith / Mike Grimes (may Mike rest in peace!)

10-Robert Don / Carlo Gonzales


*REMEMBER, the Top 5 get free entry to next spring’s classic on Amistad




Air temp 58-88; partly to mostly sunny, winds SSE 3-6 mph; water temp 72-75, 8-14” clarity




Charley David shared the devo on God’s #1 directive on our lives-LOVE!


God call’s us to Love him with all our hearts & all souls & all of our minds.

God calls us to Love our neighbors as we Love ourselves.

God Calls us to Love our Wives as Christ Loves the Church.


So how do we Love??


““Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”


Matthew 6:1-4 NLT


I am not saying that we cannot love each other publicly. But we should love each other privately more than we love each other publicly.

How should we Love?

Should we Love the way we want to?

I.E. Is love giving our Wives a fishing rod for Christmas when they don’t fish?

Is Love giving our Children whatever they want?

God tells us how to Love our children.

“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.”


Proverbs 13:24 NLT


What is the rod?

A shepherd’s tool for guiding.

How should we Love our Wives?

“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her”


Ephesians 5:25 NLT


How should we Love our neighbors?

“A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”


Matthew 22:39 NLT


How do you want to be Loved?

How do we Love God?

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”


Matthew 22:37-38 NLT


So how can I do this & do Life?

Include God in every aspect of your life

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”


Matthew 16:26 NLT


Filter your life through the Bible.

Be the light!

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.”


Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT


“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”


Ephesians 5:10-11 NLT




**BIG THANKS TO CHARLEY & DONNA FOR OPENING UP THEIR RANCH FOR THE BEST END OF YEAR BANQUET EVER! And of course, all the hard work & dedication to our club, we love the Davids so!


***UP NEXT, we’ll be announcing our 2022 lake lineup soon; our next event with be Feb 26, and the Classic on Amistad will be April 9th.









By Al Kohutek

Shane and Don lead the pack on Granbury


1st Shane Dupree and Don Ellis use jigs and flukes in 18-ft of water to take the win. Shane also hooked the big bass of the tournament weighing in at 5.18-lb.  2nd Brandon Wooddell / Keith McMillan found a shallow water bridge that they could barely fit under and used finesse drop shots during the last hour of the tournament to boat their 3 bass.  3rd Ben Griffin / Steve Reynolds were of course throwing rattle snakes. 4th Charley David /Al Kohutek caught their fish throwing next to the cliffs using a small crank bait and a twin tail in the weeds. 5th Pierce Johnston caught his in 18-19-ft of water using a jig in the last hour of the tournament.                                                    


1st Shane Dupree / Don Ellis                          9.81-lb             $225.00

2nd Brandon Wooddell / Keith McMillan      9.03-lb             $131.00          

3rd Ben Griffin / Steve Reynolds                    8.57-lb               $78.00                                 

4th Charley David /Al Kohutek                      7.03-lb              $52.00                     

5th Pierce Johnston                                         6.63-lb               $36.00                     


Big Bass Shane Dupree / Don Ellis   5.18-lb  $75


Full Results





Click on for the complete conditions. Around 11 am, the pleasure boaters hit the lake.  The weigh-in area was perfect with shade trees next to the water.  The launch ramp was also very good. Water clarity was clear before the boats got out and the water temp was around 82.





If you caught them early, there were several dock side restaurants to eat lunch on the water…….Charley David lost one of his bumper side rails, he found it floating right before the briefing…….Jon Griffin was sick (not covid) so Pierce Johnston fished alone.  With his 2 fish, he was able to finish in the money…….Many friends and some teams are out  because of the covid delta variant..………This was one of the smallest participation tournaments.  The heat and covid most certainly played a part in that…….There is only 1 more tournament this year.  It’s going to be very hard to pass the leaders (Brandon & Keith). Looks like we are going to use the 2 mile bridge at Lake Tawakoni on 9/25/2021.   





John Allen gave the lakeside devo.  It was about Samson from the book of Judges - Guys don't mess with bad women

Watch the video here


Joe Lee ended the tournament with a prayer.



Joe Pool


By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek



Longtime members James & Eric Cook threw shaky heads & c-rigs for their limit of 3 @ 8.30 including the tourney big bass @ 6.81 to take the W on a hot and breezy Joe Pool Saturday July 24th. This marked the 2nd time the Cooks have won on JP including 2010 when James caught a 10.98 tournament big bass fishing with his other son Dillon. 2nd place went to Jim & Hunter Howard with 3 @ 6.28 including only the 2nd “over” caught @ 4.63. Bifflebugs & Brushhogs were the Howard’s baits of choice. *Note that Joe Pool is a slot lake, nothing can be retained between 14-21”, and only a single “over” can be retained. Thus the small limits. Often times on these slot lakes catching 3 solid “unders” is the game, of which John & Sam Allen played well with 3 @ 3.87 for 3rd place throwing drop shots & cranks. The 4th place bag of 3 @ 3.60 went to brothers Brandon & Jordan Clayton casting grubs, spinnerbaits & squarebills. And the final money place 5th went to Charley David & hired stick Dave Heckethorn with 3 @ 3.50. Baits of choice were topwaters & crankbaits. Fishing was decent with 19 out of 23 teams weighing limits, not bad considering Pool gets quite wavey as the jet skis and wake boats make their noonish appearance. Lynn Creek Marina is a nice area to launch, however late in the day the parking lot is packed. The result was Pierce Johnston’s blue fleck Nitro trailer got crunched. Fortunately someone witnessed and left a note. We actually found the culprit SUV and trailer with scrapes and pieces of blue fleck, Pierce called the police, they in turn had the Game Warden track down the couple on the water, brought them in and handled things from there. Thus the attached pictures tell the story. Also, big thanks once again to James Cook’s now annual wings & fixins feast courtesy of his own Wingstop restaurant @ 360 & Green Oakes.


1st Eric & James Cook                        8.30   $346

2nd Hunter & Jim Howard                  6.28   $201

3rd Sam & John Allen                        3.87   $121

4th Jordan & Brandon Clayton           3.60     $81

5th Dave Heckethorn/Charley David 3.50      $57


Big Bass Eric Cook  6.81  $115




Full Results




Partly cloudy/mostly sunny 81-96; Winds S/SE 9-13 mph; water 18” clarity, 83 degrees; .71’ above pool




Jon Griffin shared the devotional in honor of CCBC angler Mike Grimes who died unexpectantly and suddenly just 2 weeks ago. One month ago Mike, along with partner Les Smith, were at the CCBC weigh-in on Fairfield. A month later, Mike is gone. Jon wanted to make sure EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE was ready to meet Jesus if the same were to happen to them.


ARE YOU SAVED? That’s the question. Are you pursuing Christ? Or are you going in the other direction. Salvation is your’s this very moment. The Bible very clearly states how to be saved. Believe. That’s it. Believe.


Think about your “go to bait”. The one you really, really BELIEVE will catch you a fish. Your belief should be like that, but even stronger as to who Jesus is, the Son of God, and the FACT that he rose again.


John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Acts 16:31

BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.


John 3:18

Whoever BELIEVES in him is not condemned, but whoever does not BELIEVE stands condemned already because they have not BELIEVED in the name of God’s one and only Son.


Romans 10:9

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

The devil’s great lie on humanity is “you still have time”. Don’t wait. Believe this very moment!

OK, so now you believe, but you need help. Start a relationship with Jesus. Talk with Him, listen to Him, and please Him. But how??


Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must BELIEVE that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Faith is hard…help me!


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Ok, so now I believe, I’ve told someone (confessed with mouth as the Bible instructs), but I’m still having problems and stressed. THIS IS NORMAL!


Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Let us continue to pray for the Mike Grimes family, wife Becca, children Casey, Miyah & Maverick as well as Mike’s fishing partner and best friend Les Smith. Let’s also seriously consider Jesus. Make that decision today!


Charley David closed us in prayer.





By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek


Tommy Hulsey Sr & partner Justin Garnett smashed the CCBC record books with their 3 fish limit @ 23.84 pounds to take 1st place over 31 teams on Lake Fairfield June 26th. Both Tommy & Justin are active members of the Richland Chambers Bass Club, in fact, Tommy currently leads the club’s AOY standings. Their knowledge of Lake Fairfield was apparent as Tommy & Justin fished deep using c-rigs, flutter spoons, and obviously Panoptix to find and catch their almost 8 pound average. Word is the team culled several other “overs” throughout the day. Do know Lake Fairfield’s rules are only bass 18 inches and over can be retained. Their incredible bag was anchored by the tournament big bass of 8.17 pounds caught by Justin. Almost equally impressive was the 2nd place team of AJ & Pat Settle with 3 @ 20.76, now the 3rd place all time best limit for CCBC. The Walden boys (ok, they’re now men) keep on finishing well with 3 @ 18.11 including the tournament 2nd BB @ 7.21. Joe & Michael, grandsons of Joe & Tina Crouch, consider Fairfield a “close friend” as Granddad Joe has no doubt taught them well on this body of water. “Working Man” leader David Butler & Rocky Hansen took 4th with 3 @ 15.30 including their 6.41 kicker, and rounding out the top 5 paid spots were Carlo Gonzales & Robert Don with 3 @ 13 pounds. Top place out of the money @ 6th was Team Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillan with 2 @ 9.99, a good finish for the current AOY leaders. Most of the day’s catches came on deep points with c-rigs.

1st Tommy Hulsey Sr/Justin Garnett 23.84 $467
2nd AJ & Pat Settle                            20.76 $271
3rd Michael & Joe Walden                18.11 $163
4th David Butler/Rocky Hansen        15.30 $109
5th Carlo Gonzales/Robert Don         13.00  $76

1st BIG BASS Justin Garnett             8.17 $116
2nd BIG BASS Michael Walden       7.21    $39



Full Results


Partly to mostly cloudy, 73-88 degrees, winds SSE 3-7 mph; water clear to 3’, 81-84 degrees, lake level FULL, *Big Brown is now a sad pile of rubble.



Jamey Burchett was quick to accept the request to share how God was working in his life. Jamey has been fishing with the CCBC since 2015, and is blessed to fish with his adult son Jake, who drives in from College Station for every tourney. Jamey shared how God has been very influential in his life of recent, and this story is based on a rarely known piece of scripture from


Habakkuk 3:17-18

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vine, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from thee fold and there be no heard in the stalls, YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL TAKE JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.”


January 2017 at 60 years of age, Jamey quit a very secure and stable job that he’d had for over 18 years in a company that he was quite high up to go to work for Chris Harp to help him start up a new concrete paving company. At the time, Chris made no promises, it was a huge risk. Jamey had it made where he was at in his current position. But he’d been praying about his next move for several years, and he truly felt God had led him to this venture with Chris. He had confidence that Chris and he could make it work. Chris is a strong Christian man, and when the hard times got tough on them, they would pray and ask for God’s direction and blessing. God always came through. Many times, they were faced with needing to get paid in order to make Friday payroll. Each time that check would miraculously come in. God was coming through big time.

Jamey & Chris recognized that the Lord was truly blessing this venture, they’ve now grown in 4 ½ years into one of DFW’s top paving companies with over 200 employees and nearly 1 million square yards of concrete laid. That translates to approximately 340 miles of concrete street. They even built a new office building and shop. Chris surprised Jamey by putting Jamey’s name on the cornerstone of the building with that Habakkuk scripture. It reminds them that even when there is nothing there and all looks bleak, we can still rejoice in the God of our salvation because nothing can change that! When hard times come again, and they will, we are secure in our salvation. Nothing will ever change that.

That is the promise of Christ!


Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


BOTTOM LINE, nothing, not even death itself, can defeat those of us who’s salvation is secured by Christ Jesus our Lord.


*Let us all hold tight to this promise as we remember club member MIKE GRIMES, who passed suddenly last weekend. Mike had fished every tournament this year with partner Les Smith. We dedicate the next event on Joe Pool to Mike as we continue to pray for his family.


Brandon Wooddell closed us in prayer.





May 22, 2021

By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek




Longtime club members father & son team Brian & Kyle Barfield leaned on the frog for the winning sack of 11.91 to top the 29 team field Saturday May 22 on Lake Winnsboro.  The Barfields, now in 2nd place on the season, have fished the  CCBC series since 2007 and this tournament win makes 7 total victories along with dozens of top 10s.  And as the headline read, a topwater frog accounted for their 1st place bag including their 5.31 kicker.  The 2nd place limit was weighed in by Brandon Wooddell & Keith McMillan with 3 @ 10.94 throwing a frog, spinnerbait & a c-rig and vaulting the team into the season series lead now 4 tournaments in.  Phil Hickle and fill-in partner Craig Lewis took 3rd place with 3 @ 10.14 throwing a creature bait in California Craw and a shaky head.  The 4th place sack of 3 @ 9.89 was caught by Pierce Johnston & Jon Griffin basically junk fishing with a frog, Jack Hammer bladed jig, and Tx rigged craws in the shallow grass.  The 5th place bag of 3 @ 9.84 was weighed in by Kevin Davis & Byron McFarland fishing spinnerbaits & Tx rigged craws.  The dreaded “6th place-just out of the money” went to Team Al Kohutek & John Yohner who’s 3 fish limit of 9.76 included the tournament big bass of 5.37.  Winnsboro is always a fun lake to fish, under 1,000 acres yet fishes big.  2 other tournaments were going on yet parking was plentiful and amazingly 27 out of 29 teams weighed in limits.  Another wild “Amy Johnston Fun Fact”, less than 1-pound separated 3rd place from 7th place.  And the difference between 4th & 6th was 2 ounces, 7 teams were in the 8-pound range with 4 teams separated by 1 ounce!


1st Kyle & Brian Barfield………………………….. 11.91 (8 ounce dead fish penalty) $436

2nd Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillan….. 10.94 $254

3rd Phil Hickle/Craig Lewis………………………. 10.14 $152

4th Pierce Johnston/Jon Griffin………………..  9.89  $102

5th Kevin Davis/Byron McFarland…………….  9.84    $71


Big Bass Al Kohutek……………………. ……………5.37 $145



Full Results





Very muddy water; Air temp 64-79 degrees; Winds SSE 3-7 mph; Water 74 degrees, visibility 2-3’.  Lake level FULL, releasing water.




Brandon Clayton – “Thank you to everyone who stopped to check on us Saturday on the way home. We threw a bearing and buried the axle right before we got out of Minneola. Had the trailer towed and waiting to hear the cost etc. This should be a good reminder for everyone to check their trailer bearings and to repack them if you haven’t in a while”.  There was an awesome crowd of teams helping Brandon at the breakdown ……..Al Kohutek caught the tournament big big bass on a Texas rigged twin tail grub with a chartreuse tail.  It was caught next to the dock with the red roof and there was a radio was playing on the dock.  A fishing show was broadcasting on that radio when Al caught his bass. It was great listening to the show and catching fish at the same time.  Team Kohutek/Yohner caught their 3rd keeper in the last ten minutes of the tournament on a wacky-rig in the grass………2 other clubs were fishing on the lake and it was kind of fun talking to the other clubs/teams. We were always fishing behind someone…….…The forecast was for lots of rain, but it only rained lightly for a few minutes..……………..The Crouches and Mahones didn’t want to get wet, they left early…………….Charley and Donna David came to the tournament directly from their anniversary trip……..We might have had our youngest fisherman in the history of the club.




Charley David shared the devo with the question:  What political affiliation is a Christian?  Are they Republican or Democrat?  Conservative or liberal?  The answer is quite clear.  Our identification should not be with a political party, but with Christ alone.  Charley did stress that this in no way means we are not supposed to be involved in politics as Christians.  We should make our voices heard, we should be active, we should vote.  But our affiliation should always be along what the bible teaches as opposed to our own desires.  Sure that may seem a bit grey, but the bible very clearly declares in Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

    neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,

    so are my ways higher than your ways

    and my thoughts than your thoughts.


No doubt, Jesus’ ways are different from what the world teaches, as Jesus taught via parables.


The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-31

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”


The Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

The workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”


Jesus is different, but He is trustworthy.  Trust in His ways, not in man’s ways.


Brandon Wooddell closed us in prayer


NEXT UP-Lake Fairfield June 26




By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek

April 24, 2021




Team Bob Reed & Matt Merchant weighed in a 3 fish limit @ 15.43 anchored by their tournament big bass kicker @ 9.04 to take 1st place over 40 teams on a breezy Lake Whitney Saturday April 24th.  The team caught their fish primarily throwing black & blue Yum Dingers on a shaky head for the win.  Bob & Matt fish with the Austin Reel Bass Club which consists of many from the Cowboy Church Bass Club’s former “Central” division, which now joins our “Northern” division for several tournaments per year including our annual “Classic” event.  For more on their club visit .  Now back to Whitney, with the 2nd place sack caught by James Cook with 3@11.74 including the 2nd place BB @ 6.29.  (When we have 30 or more teams we pay 2 BB awards.)    James caught his limit on wacky rigged Senkos.  Brandon Wooddell & Keith McMillian took 3rd with 3 @ 11.23 on C-rigs in 20’ of water.  4th place went to Joe Crouch/Kenneth Mahone with 3 @ 10.39 on  C-rigged points with a green lizard.  The 5th place sack was caught by long time CCBC member but only occasional angler JD Foster fishing solo with 3 @ 10.09 throwing a C-rig and Whopper Plopper.


40 teams – the top 5:


1st  Bob Reed/Matt Merchant ………….………  15.43    $602

2nd  James Cook……………………………….……… 11.74    $350

3rd  Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillian…… 11.23   $210

4th  Joe Crouch/Kenneth Mahone……….……. 10.39   $140

5th JD Foster……………………………………….……. 10.09     $98


1st Big Bass Bob Reed………………………………. 9.04    $150

2nd Big Bass James Cook………………………….. 6.29      $75




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Cloudy to party sunny, 56-81 degrees; winds WNW 9-17mph; water 2-3 visibility 62-66 degrees




Great to have Austin Reel’s Chaplain Bill Shelnutt share the devotional.  Bill served for 28 years as an Army Chaplain and himself learned many lessons through his service.  Perhaps his most lasting spiritual lesson occurred in 1972 when a quite serious issue developed between Bill & another Army officer.  This issue was causing a deep division between the 2, and Bill felt extremely attacked.  Until God stepped in and laid it on Bill’s heart to forgive the man.  It was a turning point in Bill’s life and ministry.  Some years later Bill met and counseled a chronically ill woman in a hospital who he learned had deep bitterness with her boss.  Bill shared his own story of forgiveness and how it transformed his own life.  She understood, and did the same.  Miraculously, she WALKED OUT OF THE HOSPITAL the very next day!


Bill’s advice for life:  forgive as you have been forgiven.


Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Step 1:  Ask God for forgiveness.

Step 2:  Look in the mirror, forgive yourself

Step 3:  When you forgive someone, tell them!


Bill then ask for prayer requests:


-Albert Love asked for prayer for his partner and son Matt & wife Christine who had just that weekend adopted a 7 year old boy

-Phil Hickle’s wife is enduring Stage 4 cancer, please contribute to his Go Fund Me account

-James Cook shared that his partner & son’s adult step daughter had JUST passed away unexpectantly

-JD Fosters mother, Renee, stage 3 cancer.








Lake O’ Pines – The Classic

By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek

April 9-11, 2021



Joe Lee & Mike Thurman took advantage of low winds and a calm lake & headed for the dam on day 2 to catch a quick limit, then snatch the tournament big bass from a bed for their 2 day total of 29.79 for the Classic victory April 10th & 11th on Lake ‘o the Pines. A solid 3 fish limit on day 1 @ 11.71 was improved on with a day 2 limit of 5 @ 18.08 including their spawning kicker and tournament big bass of 5.26 for the Classic title. Incredibly, since our club started the annual “Classic” tournament in 2010, this is Joe & Mike’s 5th win, including 2 in a row. Joe & Mike caught the winning sack throwing a c-rig, grub, spinnerbait, & senko.


2nd place went to brothers Brandon & Jordon Clayton. After a day 1 3rd place limit @ 11.41, the Clayton’s started Sunday off finding a shad spawn at the Alley Creek bridge, catching over 50 on a Pro Blue Jerkbait, ultimately weighing in 14.30 on the 2nd day for their 25.71 total. Gus Chavira & Toby Turner from the Central club led after day 1 with a limit @ 13.12. Although their day 2 bag of 5 @ 12.25 was solid, they fell 2 spots to finish in 3rd throwing a frog. The difference between 4th & 5th was 1 keeper fish as father/son team John & Sam Allen totaled 21.17 on a Bandito Bug. Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston primarily fished a small stretch both days but came up one keeper short with 7 @ 20.55 for 5th place throwing c-rigged speed worms, BPS creature bait, & senkos shallow.

Conditions on day 1 was extreme windy with gusts over 20 mph making the NW-SE lake a monster. Combine the 160 plus boat BFL Fishing league holding a tourney as well as high schoolers practicing for their event the following weekend along with the wind, the lake fished very small. Ironically, the fishing was great with many numbers caught. Day 2 on Sunday the wind completely diminished, however, the fishing became much slower for many. Ultimately it was a great Classic event on a tremendous fishery, $4,100 in prize money, for the 19 teams that qualified from the previous year who participated. Alley Creek Ramp was a nice central location for our club & the event.


Lake O' Pines  2021         Team Name   

Weight day 1

Weight day 2

Total weight



Mike Thurman       Joe Lee ($50)






Brandon Clayton   Jordan Clayton ($50)






Gus Chavira – Toby Turner $0 Entry Fee






Sam Allen           John Allen (free)






Jon Griffin       Pierce Johnston  (free)           






Jim Howard      Hunter Howard ($60)






James Cook          Eric Cook ($50)






Doyle Ray              Noah Ray  (free)           






Steve Bible – Berkley Griles $0 Entry Fee






Charley David        Donna David ($50)









Day 1 air temp 57-70 mostly cloudy to partly sunny, winds N-WNW 13-24 mph.

Day 2 air temp 44-80, mostly clear; winds S 1-4 mph; water 65-68, murky and tannic with visibility 6-10”. Lake level .74’ high (however a few weeks earlier it was about 2.5’ over full level.



Jon Griffin shared the story from Luke 8:22-25.

Stay Calm, Jesus Has This

Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

So the question is in RED LETTERS, “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?”

Luke 8:22-25

“One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?”

And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?””

In Luke 8:22, did Jesus say,

"Let us cross over to the other side"


"Let us row out into the middle of the lake... and drown"?

*Did Jesus know a storm was coming? Yes.

*Didn't Jesus say He would take them to the other side? Yes.

*Did His followers doubt Him? Absolutely.

*Did the wind and waves obey His command to be still? Yep.

*Can YOU do that? No.

*Did Jesus kick them off His team for doubting? No. That's great news for you and me. Have you ever doubted Jesus?




You can trust Jesus to see you through. He is in total control. We are kidding ourselves if we think we are in control ...of anything.

You're either coming out of a storm, in a storm, or headed for one. Jesus never promised a detour around the storm BUT rather a guided tour through them.

PS- There's never a dull moment following Jesus. In fact it can be humorous. The disciples, who had just come through the storm and probably kissed the shore upon arrival, looked up and we're immediately greeted by a crazy demonized naked man. But that's another story for next time.


Heb 4:16

6Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The next time you pray, do know that God is answering you with these 4 simple word:


Last supper-Passover meal, Jesus used it as a teaching moment. This was Jesus last night before he was betrayed, arrested and crucified.

Luke 22: 19-20

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Imagine the bread being crushed and dissolving into nothing, this was Christ body sacrificed for you. And the wine, do you sense the sweetness yet bitterness as it spreads down your tongue and disappoints? This is Christ blood, poured out for you.

Great news, 3 days later Jesus rose, defeated death and defeated sin. Your sin. My sin. And if we believe we are simple as that. The Bible very clearly says believe on the name of Jesus. If you have doubt remember the 4 red letters from Jesus himself- WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?

Jon then passed it over to Charley David who shared the following biblical instructions on taking communion by reading this passage, then allowing for a time of prayer & repentance.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34


The Lord's Supper


17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,[a] 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[b] you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[c] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[d] 31 But if we judged[e] ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[f] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brothers,[g] when you come together to eat, wait for[h] one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.


After prayer, all 36 of us ate and drank, and most importantly, we remembered the sacrifice Christ made for us all.

Amen, and amen!




By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek

March 27, 2021



First, a bit of biblical history.  Moses led the Israelites through the desert into the “Promised Land”, better known as Canaan, occupied by the Palestinians.  One of the more famous of these was the giant Goliath, who was slain by the slingshot shepherd David, ultimately becoming the greatest king of Judiah, better known as Palestine, and later Israel and the area surrounding and including Jerusalem. 

The other Palestine, the east Texas lake, was the 2nd stop on the CCBC season series, where Saturday March 27th  Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston weighed in the winning sack of 15.32 including the tournament big bass caught by Pierce @ 8.13.  The big bass was their 1st keeper caught about an hour into the tournament on a BPS beaver style bait in 3 feet of water.  Throughout the day, Jon & Pierce culled and improved throwing lizards, squarebills, & chatterbaits with a solid day of 3 + pounders mostly mid lake to finish out their bag.  2nd place went to long time members Gene Collins and son in law Daryle Hester with 3 @ 11.12 throwing lizards and poppers mid lake.  3rd place went to last month’s winners Albert & Matt Love with 3 @ 10.73 including their BB @ 5.52 falling to chatterbait & Speed Craws north.  4th & 5th place ended in a tie @ 10.18, and the tie breaker being the big bass with Team Charley David/Dave Heckethorn taking 4th with a BB @ 4.98 mid lake; while Jim & Mitch Howard’s BB @ 4.73 helped them to 5th.  The Howards fished the northern portion of Palestine throwing a Baneto Bug & Senkos.   





#of   fish

Big bass

Team Weight

Total points





Jon Griffin       Pierce Johnston            







1st $436 + $145 = $581


Gene Collins     Daryle Hester     









Albert Love            Matt Love









Charley David        Dave Heckethorr







4th Dave Heckethorr


Jim Howard      Mitch Howard







5th Mitch sub for Hunter






Full Results




63-79 degrees, mostly cloudy; winds east to southeast 2-6 mph; water temp 63-68, 12” clarity; lake level .06 high.



Kevin Davis shared the devotional about our faith, ideally our own lack of faith, and how we should actually exercise our faith.  Kevin shared a quote by the noted Christian theologian AW Tozer “ANY FAITH THAT MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE EVIDENCE OF THE SENSES IS NOT REAL FAITH.”

If one has to see a sign to believe, then they’re not practicing the real faith that Christ demands.  See Matthew 12:38-45.

Kevin shared that of all the Old Testament saints, Moses was one of the few in history who had the advantage of direct communication with God.  Thanks to Moses’ leadership we have the incredible advantage to learn how to be faithful by looking back through the lens of biblical stories.  As Kevin shared very clearly through scripture, specifically in Hebrews 11:1-


Jesus himself ask “Where is your faith?”  If you lack it (we all do), ask God to help you.  Then step back and witness your faith strengthen! 

John Allen closed us in prayer.


Next tournament:  CLASSIC on Lake ‘o the Pines April 10th & 11th (must be qualified from last season)


Next regular season tourney:  April 24th, Lake Whitney




By Jon Griffin and Al Kohutek

February 27, 2021




The father and son team of Albert & Matt Love caught the tournament big bass @ 8.88 along with single under to total their bag 10.32, enough for 1st place in the 2021 season kickoff on Lake Athens February 27th, 2021 for the Cowboy Church Bass Club.  The big bass is Matt’s personal best and bit on a red sunset craw lipless crank bait off the corner of a dock.  Their other keeper along with a few slots were caught on a jerkbait.  2nd place @ 9.03 went to Derick Sullivan throwing squarebills and a red trap.  3rd @ 8.62 went to the Barfield hammers of Bryan and Kyle catching their limit on red traps.  The 4th place sack @ 8.02 was caught by team Kevin Davis/Byron McFarland on swim baits over grass.  5th place went to Joe & Tina Crouch’s now grown grandsons Joe & Michael Walden with 3 @ 7.41 on c-rigs and jerkbaits in 10-15’ of water.  A total of 6 “overs” were weighed in, including the tournament 2nd place BB caught by Brandon Clayton on a red chatterbait. 





#of   fish

Big bass

Team Weight

Total points




Albert Love / Matt Love







1st $481 + $120 BB = $601

Derick Sullivan / Steve Tigert








Bryan Barfield / Kyle Barfield








Kevin Davis / Byron McFarland








Joe Waldon  / Michel Waldon








Brandon Clayton / Jordan Clayton







Second big bass




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56-71 degrees, mostly cloudy; winds east to southeast 2-13 mph; water temp 49-51, 3 feet clarity; lake level .64 high.




Charley David shared the devotional, relating life to what we’ve all been challenged with from the most recent winter storm, to the months and past year we’ve all endured with political & social unrest, and of course, COVID.  Whether it’s enduring a home with no water or no power, or being afflicted with COVID along with the job-related challenges, being prepared in every facet of life is not only wise, it’s spiritually smart.  Charley shared that the Bible specifically demands that we be prepared in


Ephesians 6:15 where Paul writes “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace”.


In fact,


Ephesians 6:10-17 refers to being “spiritually prepared” by fitting yourself with the “Armor of God”

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


Most importantly, always be prepared to share the Gospel.  God will give you the opportunity and the words.


John Allen closed us in prayer


Next tournament:  Palestine 3/27/21




For more information about the Bass Club email or contact Charley David at 214-878-3354



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