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Calif Open Day 2


Noy Vilaysane and AAA Ryan Furno crush records with 41.76-pound day 1 at the California Open

Crushing. That’s the only way to describe what Pro Division angler Noy Vilasayne and his AAA Ryan Furno did in lapping the field on Day 1 of the WON BASS California Open with an astounding 41.76-pound limit.

Vilaysane’s Big Fish weighed 11.74 pounds, but every fish in his combined limit was a chunk. Consider, the per fish average was over 8 pounds!

Tournament Director Billy Egan said the Vilaysane-Furno limit was the largest he’s weighed in the ten years he’s run tournaments for WON BASS.

Terry McKnight, fish reporter for the Lake County Record Bee said he’s covered and run tournaments at Clear Lake since 1986 and never seen the like and opined that Vilaysane’s 41.76 pounds could be a single day lake tournament record.

McKnight said Vilaysane told him he caught his fish in deep water while using swimbaits. He further said Vilaysane said he couldn’t believe it when he hooked into his 11.74-pound Big Fish.

Pro Sean Wayman and AAA Nick Klein sit in second with 27.30 pounds, normally an outstanding Clear Lake day, but one that was overshadowed on Day 1. Wayman’s limit was backstopped by a 9.01-pound Big Fish, good for third Pro Big Fish on the day.

Pro Mike Iloski and AAA Kevin Quach are in third after Day 1 with 26.91 pounds. Iloski scored second Pro Big Fish with his 10.24-pound largemouth. That’s two fish over 10 pounds on Day 1 if you’re counting. Clear Lake gives up the goods.

AAA Big Fish of the day went to Justin Taylor Bolen (09.80 pounds), Kevin Quach (7.11 pounds), and Aaron Riggs.

Competitors fished under bluebird skies and the forecast high winds never materialized in the northern portion of the lake, but some who fished south of The Narrows said it was windy.

CRUSHING – Pro Noy Vilaysane and AAA Ryan Furno show off their record-shattering 41.76-pound Day 1 limit at the WON BASS California Open.

LAKEPORT – Game on! The WON BASS California Open is underway on Clear Lake, and the stakes are high.

126 boats launched from the Konocti Vista Resort beginning at 6:45 a.m, every Pro Division angler vying for a Bass Cat Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS valued at $42,000 plus more than $15,000 cash.

The AAA anglers – the California Open is a Pro/Am, shared weight event – are in contention for their own championship, this one worth cash and a sweet prize quiver from St. Croix.

BLAST OFF! —Heading out on Day 1 under clear, calm and cool skies. The wind was expected to climb throughout the day.

Conditions were challenging on the eve of the tournament, with winds over 22 mph blowing out spots across the lake. On the morning of Wednesday, Day 1, the winds had calmed but were expected to pick up again in the afternoon.

Prior to Tuesday’s high winds., the fishing was very good for some anglers. There were rumors of a 16-pound largemouth caught during pre-fishing, and whispered words had it that many 10+ bass had also joined the pre-fish party.

Wayne Breazeale, past two-time California Open champion, said, “The fishing is off the hook. If we get a break in the wind these guys are going to put some big bags up. The lake is full of 3 to 4 pounders now.”

Todd Woods, recent champion at the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open, said, “In my opinion, Clear Lake is one of the top 5 lakes in the world. I’m expecting one or two 30-pound bags or close to it. I think there will be a lot of decent bas weighed in, the deal is you have to be consistent, you can’t stumble.”

Tournament sponsors include Bass Cat, Mercury, St. Croix, Daiwa, Techron Marine, Rapala, Lew’s, Clear Lake Outdoors, Yozuri, Cal Coast Fishing, and the Konocti Vista Resort.


126 BOATS LAUNCHED at Konocti Vista Resort Wednesday morning to compete in the WON BASS California Open.

TROPHIES STAND PROUDLY, ready to be claimed by the Pro and AAA champions of the WON BASS California Open on Clear Lake.

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