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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Calif Open Day 2

Calif Open Day 3 - Championship Friday
Noy Vilaysane dominates the WON BASS California Open with a record 89.27 3-day total. He jumped out to a huge lead with 41.76-pound on Day 1, winning by an incredible 23-lb margin. 


WON Staff Writer

LAKEPORT – Noy Vilaysane of San Diego completed his domination of the Pro Division of the 7th annual WON BASS California Open by weighing in 25.64 pounds of bass on Day 3, to coast to victory by an incredible 23-pound margin. He won a new Bass Cat Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS 175, a boat that has been accurately described as a pocket rocket, plus $15,000 in first place cash.

Ultimately, the 14-pound lead Vilaysane built on Day 1, when he weighed a tournament record one-day limit of 41.76 pounds, was too much for the field to overcome. In fact, Vilaysane built on his lead every day.

“It feels great. Every trip I take up here it keeps on getting better and better. I had a couple of real good spots, any of those spots can pull out 20 or 30 pounds. If you have 5 to 8 options, they are pretty nice options,” he said.

Vilaysane was helped out on Day 3 by his AAA Kenneth Helms, who caught two fish of approximately 8 pounds on dropshot while Vilaysane threw large swimbaits and occasionally mixed it up with small plastics. They fished an area of surrounded by shallow grass in approximately 5 feet, targeting big pre-spawn bass.

Vilaysane claimed big bass of the tournament for the 11.74-pound chunk that backstopped his huge Day 1 limit, and Pro Big Bag of the tournament. “Something just told me pick up that rod and throw it. She just annihilated that bait. She surprised me, that’s how the swimbait goes,” he said.

Two-time past California Open champion Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville finished second, with 66.12 pounds of bass. He blindly fished bass bedding areas Clear Lake State Park.

Fellow local John Pearl of Upper Lake was third, just fractions of a pound behind Breazeale, with 65.81 pounds.

Jonathan Green of San Pablo (62.33 pounds) and Todd Woods of Los Angeles (61.99 pounds) rounded out the top 5 in the Pro Division.

On the AAA side, Ryan Furno of Aloha, Oregon finished first with 68.14 pounds, largely on the strength of the 41.76-pound limit he shared with Pro Noy Vilasayne. Cody Nugent of Surprise, Ariz. was second with 63.87 pounds, and Kevin Quach of San Jose was third with 63.35 pounds.

Randy Sapp of Vista (62.28 pounds) and Nick Klein of Oroville (60.71) rounded out the top 5 in the AAA Division.

Visit wonbass.com for complete standings.



TOP CALIFORNIA OPEN PRO Noy Vilaysane celebrates his new Bass Cat Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS 175, while WON BASS Tournament Director Billy Egan offers his congratulations.


AAA ANGLER Ryan Furno hoists his trophy while WON BASS Tournament Director Billy Egan holds the St. Croix bass quiver Furno won for his California Open victory. 

Morning Report

LAKEPORT — Pro Noy Vilaysane led the pack by nearly 18 pounds when he blasted off first this morning on the final day at the WON BASS California Open, a new Bass Cat Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS valued at $42,000 at stake.

competitrsattheCOMPETITORS AT THE WON BASS California Open queue up for the blast-off on Championship Friday.

Local Wayne Breazeale, a past two-time winner, sat in second, with a crowd of talented anglers nipping at his heels. Breazeale said he felt good about his tournament, but a little bit down on how big a lead he gave Noy on the first day.

“I had a tough first day he had an incredible first day. It takes the wind out of your sails when you’re down 17 going into the final day. I just got to go out and get two big ones try to get back in it, but that’s a pretty good lead to try to overcome,” he said.

John Pearl, another local and an angler who has been on a hot streak who sits in 6th, was optimistic, saying he’s fishing in the right area. “I’m around them, it’s just getting them to bite. I’m going fishing just like I did yesterday. There were 3-foot rollers coming in on my swimbait spot. I said let’s just go get a limit and third fish of the day was a ten. We got a good start to the day. We just went fishing,” he said.

Pearl noted the crowd fishing behind Noy, with at least 20 anglers sitting in striking distance of the podium even if they can’t catch the leader. “It’s close. One little stumble and you’ll end up in 40th place.”

The weigh-in on Championship Friday will start at approximately 3:00 p.m., with the leaders not due in until 4:45 p.m. Barring technical difficulties, it will be broadcast live on the WON BASS Facebook page. For full California Open standings, visit wonbass.com.

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