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2016 SCHEDULE IS NOW POSTED (See Schedule tab)

Well, we wrapped up another Tournament season, and that determined who will fish the Tournament of Champions on December 6th at Don Pedro.

What an ending! Rain, Hail, Thunder, and Lightning.

But, The bite turned on for many. As an example, my thumb took a beating from lipping so many of those critters

What a last minute surprise, Joe Alanis held the number 1 spot since June and was the likely Angler of the Year. But then Joe stuttered and Scott Smith came from behind to take the lead by 1 point. His 5.71 lb largemouth made his 5.2 pounds for four, jump to a total of 10.91, winning the tournament. He even ran out of oil for 1 ½ hours for that time. He took big fish honors and progressive big fish. Way to end the year!

2nd place with a very respectable 10.58, was Jesse Perez.

Rounding out 3rd place was Bryan Coy with 9.94.

1st out of the Money and a free tournament provided by Ed’s Marine and they wish to remind us that they offer us a 10% discount, so be sure to tell them you are with Fresno Bass when you take your boat in for service.

The TOC location will be off limits Monday – Friday prior to the TOC. Pre-fishing on the Saturday before is allowed. Did those little fishies move?, did the lake turn over? Can you beat your personal best?
Here are the qualifying entrants and blast off position for the TOC:

1 Smith, Scott
2 Alanis, Joe
3 Lockhart, Roger
4 Swisher, Morgan
5 Red, Ron Sr
6 Austin, Walt
7 Parsons, Scott
8 Armstrong, Ron
9 Champ, Roy
10 Hass, Harold
11 Lutz, Larry
12 Leavitt, Bill
13 Stewart, Marvin
14 Barksdale, Ron
15 Jue, Gary
We will determine checkin time at the club meeting.

Tuesday December 1st (right after Thanksgiving) is our last club meeting of the year. Be sure and bring the renewal fee of $50.00 for next year.

Hold this date: Friday, January 8th. It’s our annual Awards Banquet at the Belmont Country Club. The festivities start at 6 PM. No charge for Members; Spouses and guests are $25, kids under 12 are free. Plan to be there to celebrate the 2015 season and recognize the recipients of the years awards.

We nominated the new Board:
President Scott Smith
Vice President Nick Beck
Treasurer Harold Hass
Secretary Gary Jue
Sargent at Arms Larry Lutz
Weigh-in Master Roy Champ
Tournament Director Marvin Stewart
Member at Large Victor Evans
Member at Large Michael Cantu

Attend those club meetings. They are important. I missed three meetings, 2 for work and one while I was up at the Delta and lost a final spot for year end standings. Roger L. and I ended up tied for raw points, but after 2 throwouts, he led me by three points. If I would have made one of those meetings we would have tied in throwouts, and my big fish would have taken the lead.

Update : Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club News
Members: Mike Spencer gave us some dates to see if we can step up and help. For those of you that don’t know, this bunch of kids are amazing, helping out almost every weekend improving their neighborhood, lakes, and all. Check out their facebook page to see what they are up to:

February 6-7 @ McClure RHS BFC Open @ McClure - They need lots of boats. Let’s really support this one.

Please see if you can fit this into your schedule.

If you can help with any of these events, please contact Mike Spencer @ 559-261-5296

Ron A and Larry H were called at the last minute and stepped up for their Pine Flat outing. Thanks Guys!

Please continue to support our sponsors:
Valley Rod and Gun, Fisherman’s Warehouse, Pro Worms, B&W Resort, Cycle Art Racing, Ed's Marine, and Nick Beck


We're doing great, averaging more than 20 boats per tournament!

See ya all at the next club meeting, be sure to be there to hear how they were caught.



 Check out the new 2016 calendar on the Schedule tab

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Non-Boater fee is  $40

Dec Meeting
The Dec meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec 1st at our normal location - Yosemite Falls Café on Highway 99 and Ashlan Ave. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM.

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Bassmaster’s Top 100 lakes
California Delta
Previous Rankings - 2014: #13 | 2013: #9 | 2012: #8
1,100 square miles
The entire West Coast fishing scene is under duress because of the ongoing drought there. Many lakes that would have traditionally been a shoo-in on this list didn’t make it because they are mostly empty. Yet, the Delta is less affected by the lack of rain and remains one of the best largemouth destinations in the country. Chris Zaldain recently weighed in five fish that went 30-7, one of which was a 12-pounder. You didn’t make the final cut in that tournament unless you had more than 54-7. And Justin Lucas won with 82-14, maintaining almost 20 pounds per day throughout the event.

Clear Lake
Previous Rankings - 2014: #2 | 2013: #3 | 2012: #10
43,785 acres
As goes the hitch (a native baitfish here), so goes the bass. And, luckily for anglers, the hitch have exploded this spring. Proof? A two-day event held in March was won with 62.74 pounds — and the winning angler didn’t catch the big fish (10.59 pounds). There were four 30-plus-pound limits and four bass over 10 pounds. The 15th-place angler weighed in almost 23 pounds a day — and didn’t earn a check.

Lake Havasu
Previous Rankings - 2014: #20 | 2013: #46 | 2012: #33
19,300 acres
Although this lake may be best known for bikini-clad spring breakers, anglers will find the bass fishing here much more titillating. An Elite Series event here in May took almost 70 pounds to win, but the anglers hit immediate postspawn conditions. Winner Aaron Martens says weights likely would have been 10 pounds heavier had the tournament been earlier or later. Plus, both smallmouth and largemouth abound in the Evian-clear waters of this desert beauty.

Lake Berryessa
Previous Rankings - 2014: #22 | 2013: #53 | 2012: N/A
20,700 acres
This may be the most diverse lake on the West Coast, as far as anglers are concerned. You can catch trophy largemouth, spotted bass and smallmouth here. A California Tournament Trail Pro/Am in March proved just how fertile this lake is. One 31.24-pound limit was weighed in, and big bass was a 12.08 largemouth. Plus, you’re fishing in the heart of Napa Valley, so a celebratory glass of vino is easy to find after a grand day of fishing.

Shasta Lake
Previous Rankings - 2014: #32 | 2013: #33 | 2012: #32
30,000 acres
Drought has taken its toll on this Sacramento River fishery. As of this writing, it’s at 70 percent of capacity. That said, it is better off than many other lakes and still very fishable. Actually, the giant spotted bass here may be even easier to target. It took 21.98 to win this year’s Shasta Cascade Bass Anglers Spring Open.

Bullards Bar
Previous Rankings - 2014: N/A | 2013: #37 | 2012: N/A
16 miles long
As of this writing, this spotted bass factory was at 61 percent of pool, which makes it one of the small California lakes that remains fishable. On Feb. 21, the new world record spotted bass was caught here by Lou Ferrante: a 10.95-pound behemoth. Some on the West Coast believe this lake is one of California’s best kept secrets — until now.

Pardee Reservoir
Previous Rankings - 2014: N/A | 2013: N/A | 2012: N/A
2,257 acres
This pristine little drinking water lake is cuddled by the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in northern California. You’ll not see swimmers, skiers or Jet Skis here; human body contact with the water is forbidden. What you will see are giant largemouth and smallmouth, both of which eat trout that have been stocked in the lake. A 9-13 smallie was landed here in 2007.

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