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August Tournament at Pine Flat
Hello Fresno Bass Club Members,
Another tournament under our belts. ‘What doesn’t kill ya, makes you stronger!’.
Pine Flat has always been a difficult summer fishery, but now add the drought, the smoke, and the Summer Time Blues, and it makes for a tough bite. I could add all my excuses, but you don’t have the time….
There were only three limits out of twenty three anglers. The top three were pretty close, but Roger Lockhart had reason to smile by taking the high score with 5.43 pounds for 5. Good job Roger! This is his second consecutive win, can he do it again at the Delta next month?
Next up was Ron Red with 5.28 for second place.
Third place was Joe Alanis with 4.91 pounds.
Big fish award for the tournament was new member Roger Cummings with a 3.04 spot. Nice fish Roger.
5th place and 1st out of the money award sponsored by Ed’s Marine was Gary Jue!
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Next up, California Delta, the big Fish Factory on September 20th, a one day tournament. See you at the Sept 1st Club Meeting (one week from tomorrow).
We're doing great, averaging 20 boats per tournament!
The first of two Delta’s is now behind us. The weather cooperated with weather that was just plain great. Of course you couldn’t believe the weather forecast, calling for 15 mile per hour winds.
We were forced to change venues due to our chosen lake, New Melones, was down to a dirt ramp requiring 4 wheel drive to launch. The top Basser placed 2nd last month with the big fish, Won March Pedro and Big fish, and also had a big fish on another circuit.
I’d say he’s ON FIRE! 20.09 pounds to be exact!
Walt Austin is the man to look out for at our next Delta gathering in June.
But even with that great sack, he didn’t bring in the big one. Leave that to his partner, Ron Barksdale to bring in a 7.88!
2nd place was Scott Smith, our Pres with 17.21. Notice the hat? Nuff said….
3rd was ever high placing at this water, Dan Marshall with 16.56
4th was Jesse Perez with 16.47
1st out of the money at fifth place, sponsored by Ed’s Marine, was yours truly. Thanks a bunch!
18 Limits were brought to the scales, and they all were very nice, you had to be in 17th place and below with less than 10 pounds.
See ya all at the next club meeting, be sure to be there to hear how they were caught.
April at Clear Lake
Roy champ Did it!
Winner Winner – Chicken Dinner! Guess who brought in good bags both days at Clear Lake?
Why, That would be Roy Champ! 30.93 pounds. Way to go Roy!
Big Fish was Walt Austin with a huge 8.8 pounder. He’s on a roll!
5th place got First Out of the Money and a free tournament provided by Ed’s Marine.
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Bassmaster’s Top 100 lakes
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.
Previous Rankings - 2014: #2 | 2013: #3 | 2012: #10
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.
Previous Rankings - 2014: #20 | 2013: #46 | 2012: #33
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.
Previous Rankings - 2014: #22 | 2013: #53 | 2012: N/A
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.
Previous Rankings - 2014: #32 | 2013: #33 | 2012: #32
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.
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.
Previous Rankings - 2014: N/A | 2013: N/A | 2012: N/A
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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