History of Club
  
The following document shows the history of the club from1973 to about 2002.
  

HISTORY OF CASTLE GAP BASS BUSTERS
Prepared by Henry Watson & Tommy Latham

  
Three avid fishermen often met on East 10thStreet in McCamey, Texas, to exchange fishing tales. On occasion a friend would drop by to join in on the discussions. During one of those evenings it was mentioned "why not organize a bass club?'' On October 10, 1973, Henry Watson, Roger Gilbert, Max Tucker, Bill Rowlett (deceased),George Hopper (deceased), Stanley Bryson, Daryl Lowe (deceased) and Elmer Jones met and Castle Gap Bass Busters(CGBB) was organized. Elected to office were President Roger Gilbert, Vice President George Hopper and Secretary/Treasurer Henry Watson. Henry Watson is the only Charter Member remaining in the Club and continues to actively support CGBB & TABC. Members were encouraged to spread the word about the new organization  and invite interested anglers to join.

Castle Gap Bass Busters held their first tournament November 3rd, 1973, at Brady  Lake. Tourney was one fish/Big Bass. Contestants were Henry Watson and son Greg (who happened to be celebrating his 10th birthday fishing with his Dad) George Hopper, Roger Gilbert, Bill Rowlett, Daryl Lowe, Max Tucker,

Elmer Jones, and Stanley Bryson. Hopper won the tournament catching the largest fish close to the ramp just before weigh-in. Regular monthly tournaments were scheduled with a member serving as tourney chair. Chairman selected lake and delivered tournament information  to members. Club has always had an active and strong competitive membership and encouraged family involvement. Monthly tournaments were held at Twin Buttes, Lake Spence, O.C. Fisher, and Lake Amistad.

Membership steadily increased, as did competition. COBB affiliated with TABC in early 1974,continuing to present. and has always had 100" %  membership enrollment. Club has participated in TABC Top-6 tournaments.  In 1974 Henry Watson, A. O .Stephens, George Hopper, Roger Gilbert, Stanley Bryson and Max Tucker arrived at Possum Kingdom at 1 A.M. on tourney morning.  None of us had ever fished the lake before, but we gave it our best. Cowtown Bass Club from Ft. Worth won the tourney, We were pleased that we weren't  last place. In 1975 Top-6 was held at Toledo Bend.  Henry Watson, Melvin Gryder, A. O. Stephens, Lynn Golson, Roger Gilbert and Bill Rowlett represented CGBB. 1976 Top 6 was held at Lake Livingston. Henry Watson, Max Tucker, Stanley Bryson, George Hopper, A. O. Stephens and Bill Rowlett represented CGBB. In 1977 TABC started regional tournaments. Region ll was held at Twin Buttes with about 11 teams competing. CGBB missed advancing to the State tourney by one ounce. But in the years to follow CGBB would compete in the region tournaments, which was held at various sites such as Lake Spence, Hubbard Creek, Brownwood and Lake Amistad. Finally in  1986 CGBB advanced to the State held at Lake Granbury. Representing our club at state was Henry Watson, Tommy Latham, Steve Hines, Ronnie Ward, Melvin Gryder and Red Weatherbee. In l985 CGBB  hosted TABC Region VI tournament at Lake Amistad. Castle Gap also held the Regional tournament in 1995 at Lake Amistad and won our first regional tournament.

Castle Gap best finished in the TABC State Tournament was 3"' place in1993 at Lake Amistad, 5"' place in 2000 at Lake Amistad and 4"' place at Lake Sam Rayburn in 2001.We are all looking forward to the State Tournament next year after the poor finish we made in 2002 at our Home Lake.

In I998 Castle Gap was joined by a group of fishermen from Iraan, known as the Ally Oop Bass Club. They brought  10 new members in that put our fisher persons up to 17-25 people at each tournament and up as high as 32 including youth and guest where we were averaging 10-12  each tournament. This naturally raised the  level of competition up  and made better fishermen out of everyone.

Our top ten fishermen each year, host the monthly tournaments  with format  and date left up to the host. We have blind partnership draw tournaments, Golf format tournaments (we have three flights set up after Saturdays weigh-in with pot split 3 ways, then two day total weight is used for the winner. Our entry fee is $15.00 pee tournament, with club with holding10% of pot. We also have a $5 per day big bass pot, which is optional. The club has a running Calcutta, which takes an 8# bass to win. The payout has been as high as $2325,which was won by Mauro Rivero in April 2000.The payout is $900 at the present. We had 19 people win money in 2000 and 23 people win money in 200 I. This keeps everybody interested in fishing for they know they may be the next winners.

In January  of each year we have an awards banquet for honors of the year. We give the top six awards, big bass of the year, woman division winner, and youth awards. We have business meeting after awards are made. This is our only formal  meeting of the year.  If we need a special meeting, we have it after we weigh our fish on Saturday.

CGBB members not only fished club tournament but also were often found competing in invitational tournaments hosted in our area.  In 1975 CGBB organized and hosted and Invitational Tournament  held at Twin Butts Lake.  Lots of effort from members, wives and children went into making the event a great success. Tournament continued on the first Saturday in April each year until lake level at Twin Buttes was really low and club moved tournament to Lake Spence continuing there until 1990 when due to low lake level tourney was moved to Lake OH Ivey. With regrets hosted their final invitational tournament in 1994.

Throughout the years castle Gap Bass Busters has had many good, competitive fishermen in the club, which continues to have new members join in the Competition. In team competition Castle Gap finished second in the South Texas Club Championship in 2000. In 2002 Castle Gap won the first Permian Basin Club Championship at Lake Amistad. In the individual basis, Tommy Latham and Leonel Carrillo won first place and Barry Portman and James Calvert won third place. Bill and Larry Fillmon finished second place in the 2002 West division of Honeyhole and won the State Championship at Lake Amistad  with a two day total of 27.69#.Andy Wells finished 5"in the non-boater division of FWL 2002 Texas Tournament Trail.
Castle Gap also bas our on website@ www.geocities.com/castlegao/CastleGap.hlml kept by Terri Fillmon.  Terri does a great job on keeping this site up to date.  A special thanks to Terri from all members of Castle Gap.

Castle Gap current records are Melvin Wimberley all time big bass caught at Lake Spence in June 1993 with an 11.03. All time big stringer for a two-day tournament is Leonel Carrillo with 33.06 caught  at Lake Amistad in April 2002. All time top weight for one year is Tommy Latham with 234.10# in 2000. The all time weight for Castle Gap Bass Club is 3395.10#  in 200I.

If anyone  is interested in fishing with Castle Gap Bass Busters or needs more information. they may contact one of our offices at the following address.

President , Bill Fillmon                                    
Box 480                                               
Girvin, Tx 78840                            
PH 915-652-8177                       
  
Vice-President, Charlie Brown
Box 1278
Iraan, Tx 79744
915-639-2074

Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Latham
Box 165
Rankin, Tx
915-693-2388