|Billy Skinner sticks a victory at the Lake Mead Invitational
BY BRADLEY SCHWEIT
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Anglers fishing the WON BASS Mead Invitational found a relatively tough bite during the first day of competition, which produced a day-one leader in the form of John Weisfuss of Oxnard; bringing to the scales a 5-fish bag weighing 8.38 pounds.
Day two, however, proved to be the true determining factor for success, as overall action was much improved, and more and bigger bass found their way to the weigh station.
Of the fish weighed, however, none could upset the day-one big bass of 4.23 pounds, caught by Pro angler Wayne Carey of Alta Loma.
There were more than a handful of respectable bags brought to the scales on day two, the heaviest of which belonged to Dick Watson, also of Alta Loma. He managed 5 fish for 12.14 pounds, “all on spinnebaits,” he said. That bag skyrocketed him from 22nd to fourth place.
In third was day-one leader, Weisfuss, with a combined two-day weight of 17.50 pounds. Second went to Moses Mokuahi of Las Vegas, Nev., for his 17.76 pounds.
No one, however, could top Billy Skinner of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., whose 18.31-pound total weight earned the angler a well-deserved victory; not to mention a check for $3,000.
BILLY SKINNER of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., took home a victory in the Mead Invitational on Sept. 10-11.
It was AAA angler Jim Hudson of Las Vegas, Nev., taking first in his division, with a two-day combined weight of 16.37 pounds.
In the Angler of the Year race, Paul Bailey of Willits and Mike Folkestad of Orange remain neck and neck, however, Bailey did manage to edge out Folkestad this time around (eighth versus 14th place, respectively), so expect a nail biter come Oct. 22-23 for the Gran Finale event; where the points winner will receive a Nitro boat/Mercury motor package!
As of this writing, the points have yet to be updated, but they will be posted as soon as we factor in the Mead tounament.
The battle for Angler of the Year title wages on...
Day One of Mead Invitational produces steady bassin’
Pro angler John Weisfuss of Oxnard and AAA Chris Ricci were the day 1 leaders at Lake Mead.
BY BRADLEY SCHWEIT
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Well, the fishing didn’t come close to matching the idyllic weather conditions greeting the 35-boat field at day one of the Mead Invitational, but overall action wasn’t too shabby.
A respectable number of 5-fish limits were brought to the scales, and in typical Mead fashion, it proved tough to break the 10-pound mark.
When the scales settled after the final bag was weighed, however, it was Pro angler John Weisfuss of Oxnard and AAA Chris Ricci of Bend, Ore., whose 8.38-pound limit would prove to stave off all others during day-one competition.
Big fish of the day was a 4.23-pound largemouth caught by Pro Wayne Carey of Alta Loma. That bass anchored his 2-fish bag weighing 6.77 pounds, which landed him in sixth for the day.
Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind was certainly how Paul Bailey of Willits and Mike Folkestad of Orange fared; given the hotly-contested battle for the Angler of the Year title.
Wayne Carey with his Day 1 big fish leader at Lake Mead
Bailey and his AAA angler, Randy Sherrick of Apple Valley, managed 3 fish for 5.26 pounds, while Folkestad and AAA Charlie Christy of Las Vegas, Nev., had a 2-fish, 4.06-pound bag.
But alas, tomorrow’s another day; so let’s see how this one unfolds…
Lake Mead WON BASS Pro Am gets off to a picture-perfect start.
PAUL BAILEY OF WILLITS, the leader in the points race for WON BASS Angler of the Year, is all smiles as he waits to head out of Callville Bay Marina. And he has good reason to be grinning, as this morning’s conditions were about as perfect as you can get on Lake Mead.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Sept. 10-11 WON BASS Lake Mead Invitational got off to a great start this morning, as downright perfect conditions greeted anglers.
Air temps. hovered in the low- to mid-70s and there wasn’t a lick of wind to speak of. And for those familiar with the proving ground otherwise known as Mead, you are undoubtedly well aware of how rare such circumstances are on the massive desert fisheries.
Long story short… you should be here. If this morning’s conditions and field of enthusiastic anglers set the tone for the tournament, it’s going to be a good one.