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Lake Havasu Striper Derby - May 16-17, 2020

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2020 WON Lake Havasu Striper Derby
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38th Lake Havasu Striper Derby


May 16 & 17, 2020


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The 38th annual WON Lake Havasu Striper Derby is closing in and set to go off May 16-17. One of the longest-running and most popular events on the WON calendar, Striper Derby will once again run out of London Bridge Resort where weigh-ins and the award ceremony are hosted.


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A true, family-friendly “every angler” event, all eyes will be on the Grand Raffle Prize, a Klamath 16 EXW boat paired with a 40hp Suzuki outboard and a trailer that every participant is in the running for. There are plenty of other prizes including cash up for grabs, and many different ways to get your hands on it.


The Striper Derby festivities kick off on Friday afternoon at the team check-in, held at Anderson Toyota at 6510 Showplace Ave in Lake Havasu City. Anderson Toyota will be hosting all anglers and family members at a special appreciation BBQ during registration hours from 4 p.m. until 7 pm. BBQ starts at 5 p.m.. Teams will check in during this time, and they may purchase additional event T-shirts, make partner changes and enter the blind bogie and big fish options if not already entered. Late sign-ups will also be taken at this time. After check-in, a brief Captain's Meeting will take place to go over event rules and weekend activities for first time entrants.


The entry fee is $175 per team and it includes your basic entry and chance to win the boat, trophies and many other tackle prizes, including your Striper Derby hat and T-shirts for both team members. But most people enter the great options, which are $40 each day for the the blind bogeys. The General Big Fish Option is $20 per team and goes into the pool to be paid out to the five biggest stripers caught during the tournament based on 1st (35%), 2nd (20%) 3rd (20%) 4th (15%) 5th (10%). So for only $275 your team is "ALL IN." This year there is the "HIGH ROLLER" entry, which puts those choosing to lay down another $100 into a separate TOP 3 Big Fish pool to be paid back on to the angler with the 1st (50%), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%) biggest fish based on the number of anglers entered into the pool.


Lake Havasu Striper Derby Events Schedule


Friday, May 15, 4:00 – 6:30 PM – Team Check In

— Team Check-in and meeting at Anderson Toyota of Lake Havasu located at 6510 Showplace Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404. Anderson Toyota will be hosting a BBQ during registration. Late Sign-ups, partner changes, blind bogey entries, Big Fish options and T-shirt sales will occur. At 6:30 PM the Tournament Director will go over contest rules, highlight rule changes for 2020, and give a general overview of the weekends events. After 6:30 PM, no further tournament entries will be accepted.


Saturday, May 16th, 5:00 AM – Tournament officially begins


— Boats and anglers may be on the water beginning at 4:00 AM prior to tournament start time, but no lines may be in the water before 5:00 AM. Any team found fishing prior to start time will be disqualified.


— Scales will open at the London Bridge Resort’s launch ramp area beginning at 1:00 PM and will remain open until 4:00 PM.


— All contestants must be in line by 4:00 PM to have their fish weighed. Teams arriving late will not have their fish weighed. All fish weighed MUST come from boats docked at the weigh-in site. No walk-in or trailered-in fish will be weighed by tournament staff.


Sunday, May 17, 5:00AM - Tournament Resumes


— Day two of the tournament officially begins at 5:00 AM. Once again, boats may be on the water starting at 4:00 AM, but may not be fishing until 5:00 AM. Scales will officially open at 11:00 AM and will close promptly at 1:00 PM. Again, all teams must be in line by 1:00 PM to have their fish weighed. Teams arriving late will not have their fish weighed. All fish weighed MUST come from boats docked at the weigh-in site. No walk-in or trailered-in fish will be weighed by tournament staff.


— To allow anglers ample time to load their boats and get cleaned up, the awards ceremony will begin at 3:30 PM and run until roughly 5:00 PM. Awards will be presented to the top 10 teams, and will also include Saturday and Sunday’s blind bogey contest, Top 5 big fish awards, Big Fish optional payouts and finally, the Grand Raffle prize will be awarded to some lucky Striper Derby contestant!


— Once the boat and motor package have been awarded, the 37th Annual Western Outdoor News Lake Havasu Striper Derby will have concluded. Everyone please drive home safe and we’ll look forward to seeing you back at Lake Havasu in 2021.




2020 – 38th Annual Lake Havasu Striper Derby Rules

PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY AS THEY APPLY TO ALL CONTESTANTS

1) Back for 2020 – All tournament boats must have a minimum of 2 anglers during tournament hours. Only team members may be in the boat during fishing contest hours. More than one team may be permitted on one boat during the event. Each team on that boat MUST keep their fish seperated for weigh in purposes. The additional team on a boat may be a single angler who fishes as his/her own team. WON prefers a team consists of 2 anglers, but since this is a family event we will allow a team to be a single angler on another team’s boat or 2-angler team on another team’s boat.


2) Due to the size and weather conditions on Lake Havasu, no boats under 12 feet in length will be allowed to participate in the tournament for safety reasons.


3) All boats must be equipped with Coast Guard approved equipment, including life vests, paddles, signal devices, bailing device, and working running and anchor lights.


4) All children 16 years of age and under who are entered in the contest must wear life vests while in the boat during tournament hours.


5) All contestants will be issued a wristband with their raffle number embossed on it. These wristbands must be worn during the event & cannot be removed until the close of the event on May 17, 2020.


6) No licensed striper guides conducting business on Lake Havasu may be a part of a team or assist any team during the duration of the Striper Derby.


7) Pre-Fishing with a licensed guide is permitted up until 5 PM on May 15.


8) All fish must be caught in the waters of Lake Havasu or the Colorado River between Parker Dam and the I-40 Bridge. All fish must be caught live, with rod and reel, fair game hooked, and not snagged. Contestants found fishing outside these areas will be disqualified.


9) All California Dept of Fish & Wildlife and Arizona Dept of Game and Fish rules must be observed during the tournament. Any team cited for violating any Federal, California, or Arizona Fish and Game laws during the contest will be disqualified.


10) All California and Arizona Department of Boating and Waterways laws must be observed during the tournament. Any team cited by any Federal, State, County, or Local law enforcement agency will be disqualified from the Striper Derby.


11) Lake Closures – Lake Havasu and the river will be closed to fishing on Friday, May 15 from 5 PM PST to 5 AM PST Saturday May 16. The tournament will commence on Saturday May 16, from 5 AM PST to 4 PM PST. Lake Havasu and the river will then be closed to fishing from 4 PM PST on Saturday May 16 until 5 AM PST on Sunday, May 17. Tournament fishing will then resume from 5 AM PST on Sunday, May 17 until the close of the event at 1 PM PST on Sunday, May 17, 2020.


ANY TEAM FOUND FISHING ON THE LAKE DURING CLOSED HOURS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED – NO EXCEPTIONS!


12) All fish weighed during either days of the tournament, MUST come from team boats docked at the courtesy docks of London Bridge Resort ONLY. All team members must be present when offloading fish at the docks. No WALK-IN or TRAILERED-IN fish will be weighed by tournament staff.


13) Derby Fishing Times – The tournament will start on Saturday, May 16 at 5 AM PST and cease at 4 PM PSTon Saturday May 16. Scales will open Saturday at 1 PM PST and close at 4 PM PST on Saturday May 16th. Weigh-in will occur at the docks of the London Bridge Resort both days. On Sunday, May 17, fishing will commence at 5 AM PST and end at 1:00 PM Sunday May 17. On Sunday May 17, the scales will be open at the London Bridge Resort docks starting at 11 AM PST until 1 PM. The tournament director will establish and keep the official time for the event. Any contestant arriving late to the scales will not have their fish count towards the event.


14) Boats on the Water – No boats will be allowed out on the water moorings, beachings, or docks prior to 4 AM on the morning of tournament days May 16 or May 17.


15) Limits/Size – Only Striped Bass 14 inches or longer will count in the derby. Fish turned in to the weigh masters, which are shorter than 14 inches may incur a 1-pound deduction from the total weight submitted that day. Each team is allowed a daily limit of 10 Striped Bass. Any team checking in more that 10 Striped Bass may incur a 1-pound per fish penalty which will be deducted from their total weight.


16) All derby boats must keep a distance of 75 feet between them when anchored or drift fishing. Boats which are trolling are exempt from this rule.


17) The tournament director has the sole discretion to disqualify any catch for reasons they deem violate tournament rules or the spirit of the competition. Decisions of the tournament director are final and may not be appealed. Official protests must be filed in writing with the tournament director no later that 2 PM PST on Sunday, May 17.


18) Merchandise prizes and trophies will be awarded to the Top 10 combined total weighing teams and the Top 5 Biggest Fish winners after two days of competition.


19) All teams entering the “ALL IN” $275 entry will qualify for both Saturday and Sunday Blind Bogey winnings and The TOP 5 Big Fish optional payouts and prizes.


20) WON will once again offer the High Roller ($375) option at this years event. The High roller option is an additional $100 that is put in a separate big fish pool and paid back to the Top 3 Big Fish High Rollers. First place will receive 50%, Second place 30% and Third place 20% of the pool.


21) The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry to any team for reasons deemed detrimental to other participants pertaining to the safety and/or fairness of the competition.


22) All Striper Derby participants will receive one wrist band which is also your raffle ticket good for the grand prize boat drawing at the time they check in. These wrist bands will NOT be replaced if lost. All wrist band numbers are thrown into the grand prize drawing whether the contestant has previously won a raffle item or not. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes, licenses, and transportation costs associated with any prize. Prizes not redeemed or picked up by the contestant will be forfeited within 60 days. All raffle contestants must be present to win.


Entry fee cancellations: - Refunds of entry fees will not be made for any reason within 14 days of the start of the competition due to non-refundable costs incurred by Western Outdoors for facilities, catering and contest supplies





****** QUAGGA MUSSEL WARNING ******


The waters of Lake Havasu have been infested with an invasive species of bi-valve known as the Quagga mussel. In order to prevent the spread of the Quagga to other waterways, all striper derby participants are urged to thoroughly clean their boats and trailers immediately after pulling out of Lake Havasu. Vessels returning to California will be subject to Dept of Agricultural checks as they enter the state. Boats, which are not fully cleaned or show signs of Quagga, may be quarantined.

Full details on the Quagga mussel, its harmful effects, and mitigation efforts may be found by logging on to:


https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Quagga-Mussels


2018 WON Lake Havasu Striper Derby
ON-LINE SIGN-UPS ARE

NOW CLOSED

You may sign-up at

Anderson Toyota

6510 Showplace Ave

in Lake Havasu City

from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.


Call 949-366-0248 if your having issues signing up!


Western Outdoor News

36th Lake Havasu Striper Derby

May 19 & 20, 2018




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$275 All In option now includes a $4,894
Sea Eagle Inflatable with Suzuki 9.9 HP
Plus $$ for the BIG FISH!


2018 Klamath/Suzuki Grande Raffle rigged by Cal-Kona Marine

Western Outdoor News is very excited to announce that the 2018 Lake Havasu Striper Derby is back at the London Bridge Resort. We will have docks for the boats weighing in their bags of stripers and plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers near the hotel's convention center for our awards and check-in functions. So get signed up now and get ready to fish in the sun at the 36th annual Lake Havasu Striper Derby.



What’s new at 2018 Striper Derby?

 

-Big Fish High Roller’s optional: Throw in an additional $100 on top of your all-inclusive $275 team entry fee and be included in the new High Roller’s optional for a shot at a big payday for the three heaviest striped bass in the division.

-General Big Fish payouts down to 5th place: Whereas in previous years the general Big Fish payouts went to the 3 biggest overall fish at Striper Derby, payouts will now go out to the anglers catching the 5 largest fish of the event.

-Multiple teams on one boat: Back again for 2018, more than one team may fish the Derby from the same boat – including but not limited to one-angler “teams,” which will also now be allowed at Striper Derby.

-One-division team competition: Striper Derby will consist of one, lone division including every registered team, with prizes and trophies going to the top-10 finishers of the event.



Western Outdoor News and the city of Lake Havasu are proud to be hosting the 36th anniversary of the Lake Havasu Striper Derby this coming May 19 - 20, 2018.

WON will be hitting the Havasu heat in May to dole out the prizes, cash and fun in the sun, to the hundreds of participants certain to make the annual trip.


This year's Grand Raffle prize Klamath 16 EXW paired with a Suzuki 40 HP motor and trailer will be a rig worth parking in front of the house to show off.  Not to mention the family fishing fun at your local fishing hole at gorgeous Big Bear Lake.


The Striper Derby festivities kick off on Friday afternoon at the team check-in, held at Anderson Toyota at
6510 Showplace Ave in Lake Havasu City. Anderson Toyota will be hosting all anglers and family members at a special appreciation BBQ during registration hours from 4 pm until 7 pm. Teams will check in during this time, and they may purchase event T-shirts, make partner changes and enter the blind bogie and big fish options if not already entered. Late sign-ups will also be taken at this time. After check-in, a brief Captain's Meeting will take place to go over event rules and weekend activities for first time entrants.



The future of fishing and their cute Plano tackle boxes!


Bob Jones, from Riverside, with Tournament Director Billy Egan, has been to every Striper Derby for the past 35 years!


The entry fee is $175 per team and it includes your basic entry and chance to win the boat, trophies and many other tackle prizes, including your Striper Derby hat and T-shirts for both team members. But most people enter the great options, which are $40 each day for the the blind bogeys. The General Big Fish Option is $20 per team and goes into the pool to be paid out to the five biggest stripers caught during the tournament based on 1st (35%), 2nd (20%) 3rd (20%) 4th (15%) 5th (10%). So for only $275 your team is "ALL IN." This year there is the "HIGH ROLLER" entry, which puts those choosing to lay down another $100 into a separate TOP 3 Big Fish pool to be paid back on to the angler with the 1st (50%), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%) biggest fish based on the number of anglers entered into the pool.


The ever popular “BLIND BOGEY” contest running on both Saturday and Sunday is a fun way to win some random cash at the event . The $40 entry cost for each day goes into the blind bogey fund and gives the team a chance at winning a share of the random blind bogey weights. So whatever sized striper you catch, bring it in and weigh it and you might just be a cash winner, too.



We will have prizes and trophies for the top 10 teams in the "Open Division".


Rob Chor Jr. with his 6.13 pound fish


Mark the date for this year's event on your calendar and plan to attend the largest, most lucrative striped bass fishing event in the United States. The sun, fun, and festivities await you and your family. Please feel free to give Tournament Billy Egan a call at (949) 366-0248 if you have any questions regarding this event.


See you at Lake Havasu in May!



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WON’s 34th annual Striper Derby highlighted by massive 36-plus pounder
80-pound two-day weight is the magic mark

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ANOTHER LOOK AT the hulking 36.15 pounder caught by Bryan Williams.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — The exclamation mark of the 34th annual Western Outdoor News Striper Derby came in the early going of the two-day event, just an hour or so after the scales initially opened and only about 20 teams having weighed in. Regular Striper Derby angler, Bryan Williams of Long Beach, hopped off the bow of the boat at the London Bridge Resort slips with a bulging kill bag, landing with a heavy thud on the dock as Willliams was all smiles. “Oh, Billy. You’re gonna like this,” he excitedly told tournament director Billy Egan.


The zipper of the kill bag was drawn down, revealing an eye-popping behemoth of a striper that consumed the majority of the bag and going nearly four feet in length with a massive belly. Passersby oohed and aahed as Williams hoisted the huge fish up for a photo op session while fellow Striper Derby competitors stopped in clear admiration of the tanker lineside.


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THE GREGOR EAGLE custom “Low Boy” 16-foot aluminum grand raffle prize boat ended up with Striper Derby angler and Lake Havasu City local Gerald Riley.

“The fish was ripping off line and we had to pull anchor to go chase her,” Williams said. “When we finally got it in the net we were about a quarter mile from where I hooked her.”


The huge striper ultimately tipped the scales at 36.15 pounds, marking the biggest fish in the last decade of the Striper Derby, and maybe the biggest ever in the history of the event – WON’s I-Team is currently digging through the record books to verify if it is indeed the largest in the Derby’s archives. With six more fish in his bag, Williams’ day-one total weight hit 54.52 pounds.


The quality of the fishing at Lake Havasu was once again rock solid overall for a second straight year, with numbers there to match – about 500 more striped bass than at last year’s event and nearly 4,000 total pounds of stripers weighed in when all was said and done.


Williams had a tougher go of things on day two, opening the door for eventual Striper Derby champs, team 32 consisting of Russell Nievar and George Delgatto, who posted an 80.70-pound two-day total weight to dethrone back-to-back champions Stefan Orebo and Gregg Waggoner and take the top spot in 2016. The title was hotly contested, with 11 teams clearing the 70-pound mark. In second and missing first place by less than 2 pounds was the father-son team of Bob and Daniel Jones, of which dad Bob has attended each and every edition of Striper Derby since its inception in 1982. Less than a pound behind the Jones’ was Bill McFarland and Steve Methey, who ended up taking this year’s bronze medal.


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FIRST-PLACE TROPHIES went to Team 32, Russell Nievar and George Delgatto, who compiled 80.70 pounds of stripers over the two days to take top honors in the event, scoring an Alaska fishing trip with Big Blue Charters, pairs of Costa Sunglasses, Okuma EVX rods and Helios reels, among other prizes.

The awards ceremony put its usual stamp on the event, with the grand raffle prize of a Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” aluminum and Mercury 60hp motor package capping a prize-laden conclusion to the festivities. After loads of raffle prizes, blind bogey cash and Big Fish money was doled out – there wasn’t much surprise on that front – it was Lake Havasu City local Gerald Riley who had his lucky number called for the custom Gregor.


“This is just great,” Riley said. “Amazing. I wasn’t even going to fish the Derby until my brother talked me into it. Winning the boat is just unbelievable.”


With the 2016 Striper Derby in the books, attention now turns to the ceremonial 35th installment of the two-day competition in May of 2017. By all accounts and observations, the health of Havasu’s striper fishery is most certainly on the upswing and the future of the long-running Striper Derby looks bright indeed. Look for the full feature story of the 2016 in next week’s issue of WON.


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THE BIGGEST STRIPED BASS in years (and perhaps ever) was landed at this year’s Lake Havasu Striper Derby, a whopping 36.15-pound lineside caught by Bryan Williams of Long Beach that crushed the competition in Big Fish pools at the event. The monster was caught upriver on cut anchovy.

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Lake Havasu Striper Derby - Still time to sign up
The stage is set and it’s almost time yet again for another installment of the Western Outdoor News’ Lake Havasu Striper Derby, now entering its 34th year at the iconic desert fishery. There’s still time to get in on all the action and throw your proverbial name in the hat for a plethora of great prizes and raffle awards, topped by the grand raffle prize of an awesome, custom-designed 16-plus-foot Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” aluminum boat and trailer, armed with a Mercury 60hp FourStroke motor.

To sign up on line, CLICK HERE

Entering the Striper Derby is a breeze. You can easily sign up online by visiting WONews.com and clicking on the “Events” tab, or secure your entry by calling Tournament Director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0248, or Lori Twilegar at (949) 366-0030, ext. 26. The deadline to sign up online or by phone will be at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. You can also sign up on-site at the event registration barbecue, held at Anderson Toyota at 6510 Showplace Ave. in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on Friday, May 13. Entries are just $275 per team to be in all of the big fish optionals and blind bogey awards. An additional $100 ($375 total team entry) gets you in the new High Roller’s Division for a shot at additional prize money.

All of us at WON hope to see you out at Lake Havasu next weekend, May 14 and 15 for another great edition of Striper Derby!

UP FOR GRABS AT STRIPER DERBY:

— Grand raffle prize of a custom Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” aluminum boat with trailer and a 60hp Mercury FourStroke motor.

— Top team prize of an Alaska fishing adventure with Big Blue Charters in Sitka for 3 nights and 2 days of fishing, amongst other bounty.

— Early Bird raffle prizes of a pair of high-end Esky Coolers and a pair of $250 Yo-Zuri gift cards.

— General raffle prizes and top-10 awards: Costa Sunglasses, Esky Coolers, Okuma rods and reels, Plano tackle boxes and more.

— Goodie bags including Striper Derby T-shirts and hats, Big Hammer Swimbaits, Frog Togg Chilly Pads, HI-SEAS 10-pound monofilament line and more.

— 20 total blind bogey awards and top-5 Big Fish prize money.

— High Roller Division cash awards.

Check out the Lake Havasu Striper Derby Video - A Fun Event for Family and Friends


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Fun-filled event returns to London Bridge, a tradition spanning over three decades

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THE LONDON BRIDGE looms over Lake Havasu, the site of the 34th annual Striper Derby.

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BY BLAKE WARREN

Western Outdoor News Staff Writer


LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Entering its 34th year of existence, Western Outdoor News’ longest-running fishing tournament is now less than two months out, as the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby returns to the London Bridge Resort, May 14-15. The two-day event under the sun of the Arizona desert is always a great time had by all involved, and it’s the perfect derby environment for families and fishing buddies to get out on the water, pull on some stripers and have a great shot at some fantastic prizes and cash awards — capped off by the grand raffle prize of a new, custom-platform Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” V-bottom aluminum rigged with a Mercury 60 hp FourStroke.


Back at London Bridge Resort for a third consecutive year, Striper Derby has become a generational event, going all the way back to the inaugural tournament in 1982. The format of the Derby is essentially the same but with a few new twists to liven up things on the fishing front. The premise remains the same: two-person teams will set out on Lake Havasu to try and compile the heaviest 10-fish limits on each day of the event, with the weigh-ins once again being held at Kokomo’s.


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LONDONBRIDGE RESORT WILL again serve as Striper Derby headquarters, with the weigh-in station at Kokomo’s.

However, there are a few unique tweaks for this year’s Striper Derby, highlighted by the all-new “High Roller’s” optional. This new addition to the event allows for die-hard striper anglers to throw down for some heavyweight cash in return for heavyweight stripers.


The standard entry remains the same as in previous years, with $175 getting a two-man team into the Striper Derby in the team competition and $275 getting a team into both the general big fish prize pool and a crack at one of 20 different blind bogey cash awards (10 on Saturday, 10 on Sunday). For an extra $100 ($375 total entry fee), you can now get into the High Roller’s optional, which will pay out even more cash for the three biggest fish by anglers who opted in for the big money — the more anglers who opt in, the larger the payout.


Also new at 2016 Striper Derby is the elimination of separate divisions. This year, all competitors will fall into one division regardless of the anglers fishing, with prizes going out to the top-10 teams overall. The big fish pool will now pay down to the top-5 biggest overall stripers instead of just the three largest fish of the event, another additional way to win at the Derby.


Another new twist in this year’s rules is that more than one team per boat is now permitted to allow for family and friends to fish together. While WON prefers that teams keep with tradition and consist of two members, single-angler teams will now be allowed on another team’s boat since this is after all, a fun family event.


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BIG STRIPERS EQUAL big cash at Striper Derby. This monstrous 33 pounder caught less than two months ago at Lake Havasu on an Alabama rig would certainly bring home the bacon and then some come May 14-15 — especially in the Big Fish High Roller’s division, new for the 2016 event.

Last year’s Striper Derby was witness to a much improved bite, and Lake Havasu’s lineside fishery appears to be as healthy and robust as it’s been in years. A significant uptick in striper catches were made in 2015 over 2014’s event and there are plenty of reasons to think it could only be even better this year. Last year’s winning total weight went 97.73 pounds, and we’re hoping some striper-catching team will bust the century mark come mid-May. However, it will take some serious effort to oust the duo of Stefan Orebo and Gregg Waggoner from the throne, who have taken top honors in the Striper Derby for two years running and are looking for the three-peat in 2016.


Striper Derby weekend kicks off on Friday, May 13 with a return to Anderson Toyota for the second annual registration barbecue and Captains’ Meeting after its inaugural hosting was a smashing success all around in 2015. The registration event starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. At Anderson, anglers will check in and receive sponsor-provided goodie bags, followed by Tournament Director Billy Egan going over all of the Derby’s rules and protocol in the Captains’ Meeting.


The fishing competition will blast off Saturday morning at 5 a.m. with the weigh-in station opening up at noon. Anglers can fish until nearly 3 p.m., at which time all competing teams must be in line in order for those weigh-ins to count. Striper Derby resumes at 5 a.m. on Sunday with scales opening up for business at 10 a.m. — anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 1 p.m. on the second day of competition.


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LOOKIN’ FOR A THREE-PEAT — Stefan Orebo and Gregg Waggoner show off some day-one fish from Striper Derby 2015 en route to a second straight team victory at Lake Havasu. The duo will be looking to make it three titles in a row in May.

After the final fish are weighed on Sunday, the scene will shift to the awards ceremony, once again held at the London Bridge Convention Center and starting at approximately 3:30. At the ceremony, the top-10 teams will be announced and awarded their prizes, big fish and blind bogey awards will be dished out, and the general raffle will commence, capped off by the grand prize raffle for the Gregor Eagle Low Boy/Mercury 60 hp package.


The London Bridge Resort is located at 1477 Queens Bay in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. For a third straight year, the resort is serving as WON’s official tournament headquarters and will be offering special room rates for Striper Derby anglers on any rooms booked by April 13 (1-bedroom suites at $139 and 2-bedroom suites at $179). To make reservations, contact London Bridge Resort at (928) 855-0888 and mention that you’re a Striper Derby angler to get your discounted rates.


Ultimately, Striper Derby is simply about getting out on the water at one of the West’s most classic fisheries, catching some fish with family and friends and picking up some sweet prizes — and hopefully a little cash — along the way. There are lots of ways to win at the annual tournament and in the end, no one walks away from Striper Derby empty-handed or without having tons of fun over the weekend.


For additional details on the Derby or to sign up for this year’s event, contact Tournament Director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0248 or Lori Twilegar at (949) 366-0030, ext. 26, or visit WONews.com and click on the “Events” tab. Everybody at WON looks forward to seeing everyone out on Lake Havasu this May. See you at London Bridge!


To sign up on line,CLICK HERE


Gregor to provide one-of-a-kind custom boat for grand raffle prize


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SNEAK PEEK —
When we say the Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” is a one-of-a-kind vessel built specifically for the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby, we mean it. Here it is, under construction in the Gregor facility, and on its way to the next round of customizations.

True pioneers in the world of welded aluminum boats, Gregor is once again renewing its involvement in the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby by providing a boat to serve as the grand raffle prize, and they did it with a twist. For 2016, the Gregor prize boat will be a one-of-a-kind vessel built specifically for the Striper Derby, and while it would serve as an ideal platform for targeting striped bass on big water, it’s plenty versatile for a wide variety of applications.


The Gregor Eagle “Low Boy” has a bass boat feel to it with a large casting platform on both the bow and stern making it perfect for competitive fishing events with a team format like the Striper Derby. When it comes to fishing big water like Lake Havasu, the Eagle “Low Boy” will deliver big-boat performance, features and fishability in a convenient size. Its V-Bottom with Hydroflow Keel combined with Gregor’s proven, superior hull design means a smooth, dry ride even if rough water conditions. This “one off” fishing machine from Gregor would be just as handy for coastal inshore fishing, smaller reservoirs, or even select bigger-water impoundments in the Eastern Sierra such as Crowley Lake or the trophy-trout factories in Bridgeport.


Taping out at 16 feet, 10 inches with a maximum weight capacity of 1,175 pounds, the Eagle “Low Boy” accepts outboard motors to 90hp. Keeping the more-performance-out-of-less-boat design in mind, the lucky winner of the grand prize raffle at the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby will take home this custom rig with a 60hp Mercury 4-stroke pinned to the back.


Other features include a mix of customizations as well as standard features anglers have come to expect from Gregor Boats:


— One-piece bottom

— Unitized welded construction

— Gas and battery compartment for two 12-gallon portable tanks and two batteries

— Bilge Pump and self-bailing motorwell

— Nav lights

— Pilot and passenger seating with Tempress all-weather chairs

— Instrument panel with tach, voltmeter and fused switches and a

12v accessory plug

— Bow and stern casting platforms with two compartments and live well

— Welded on bow eye, stern eyes and side console


“It’s nice to have Gregor Boats back on board for a fourth year in support of the Striper Derby,” said WON Tournament Director, Billy Egan. “This year’s boat is a custom, ‘one off’ designed specifically for targeting stripers and freshwater bass, and they really stepped it up with this low-profile design. Whoever wins it will surely be fired up.”


To sign up on line,CLICK HERE

What’s new at 2016 Striper Derby?


Big Fish High Roller’s division: Throw in an additional $100 on top of your all-inclusive $275 team entry fee and be included in the new High Roller’s division for a shot at a big payday for the three heaviest striped bass in the division.


General Big Fish payouts down to 5th place: Whereas in previous years the general Big Fish payouts went to the 3 biggest overall fish at Striper Derby, payouts will now go out to the anglers catching the 5 largest fish of the event.


Multiple teams on one boat: New for 2016, more than one team may fish the Derby from the same boat — including but not limited to one-angler “teams,” which will also now be allowed at Striper Derby.


One-division competition: Striper Derby will consist of one, lone division including every registered team, with prizes and trophies going to the top-10 finishers of the event.


Blind bogey prizes on top of cash: Two lucky blind bogey winners will get additional prizes on top of their cash awards for fish coming closest to the preselected weights without going over (one Esky Cooler and one Okuma Tarvos rod).


Two random Striper Derby teams to score big for being early (birds)


As with all Western Outdoor News events, it pays dividends to get on board ahead of the game, and 2016 Striper Derby is no exception. For this year’s desert striper standoff, two teams that are signed up for the May 14 and 15 tournament by the April 22 Early Bird deadline will be randomly drawn as raffle winners for a pair of top-notch prizes.


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ESKY 85-QUART COOLER


One of these partially diligent, partially fortuitous teams will be walking away with a pair of high-end Esky Coolers, while the other will be heading home from Havasu with two Yo-Zuri shopping sprees good for $250 each — all for simply signing up for the Striper Derby before a little over three weeks out from the event dates. It’s that simple.


Esky Coolers are a far cry from your run-of-the-mill cheap, family coolers of years’ past. Valued at over $400 apiece, these rugged coolers offer just about all the bells and whistles that you could imagine: an integrated cutting board, fish ruler and dry storage basket, heavily insulated antimicrobial liner and easily accessible tie-down points among them. Armed with a tough-as-nails outer shell equipped with non-skid feet for added stability, the Esky is ideally made for the outdoors. The coolers’ two-inch thick sidewall insulation combines with 2½-inch lid and floor insulation and an air flow barrier with a tight-fitting gasket seal to provide maximum ice retention for up to nearly 8 days. Toss in catch-free rubber latches, large-knuckle hinges with stainless steel pins and dual drains that make drainage a cinch, and you’ve got the sportsman’s ultimate cooler on your hands.


For the other lucky early bird team, a pair of $250 Yo-Zuri shopping sprees are the spoils. Among the leading hard bait manufacturers for years now, Yo-Zuri lures are proven fish catchers across the board, and striped bass are in no way exempt to these lures’ deadliness. For $250, two early bird Striper Derby anglers can truly load up on premium hard baits. Reasonably priced and retailing for anywhere between $7 and $11, Yo-Zuri lures give you a lot of bang for your buck, and the two early birds who pick up this top prize will be walking away with an array of between 20 and 30 top-end baits.


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YO-ZURI CRYSTAL MINNOW


Among the available lure options are the classic Crystal Minnows, revamped with a handful of hot new color patterns for 2016. These jerkbaits feature highly detailed bodies with groundbreaking prism finishes that catch fish’s attention in even the dirtiest of off-color water conditions. Crystal Minnows are an ideal lure choice for predator fish that are keyed in on bait schools, perfectly mimicking a distressed baitfish that mark it as easy prey. Armed with stainless steel split rings, round-bend super tin treble hooks and incredibly realistic, holographic 3D eyes, these lures both look the part and withstand the rigors of hardcore fishing. Crystal Minnows penetrate the entirety of the water column with a host of different models available, including floating, magnum, sinking, jointed and deep-diving baits within the series.


So if you’re thinking about heading out to the Arizona desert for the latest installment of the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby, it would certainly behoove you to get your entry in prior to the April 22 early bird deadline for a shot at these fantastic, top-flight prizes simply for being on top of the game and getting in early.


Basic Striper Derby entries are $175 per team, with $275 per team getting you in across the board for both blind bogey prizes and big fish awards. And new for 2016 is the High-Roller Big Fish option, which at $375 per team gets you in an even larger pool to take home the bacon in return for catching a big lineside at the event.


To register for this year’s Striper Derby, call Tournament Director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0248 or Lori Twilegar at (949) 366-0030, ext. 26, or sign up online by visiting WONews.com and clicking on the “Events” tab on the home page.


For more information on these early bird prizes for Striper Derby, visit eskyseriescoolers.com and yo-zuri.com.


To sign up on line,CLICK HERE



Big baits in play for tournament stripers



BY GUNDY GUNDERSON

Special to Western Outdoor News


A few days ago, I was motoring down the Colorado River below Needles, fishing some early-season smallies, when I came upon the mouth of the new channel flowing into the Topock Marsh. I could see a tight school of fish just rippling the surface in an eddy at the channel entrance. As I approached, I didn’t immediately recognize the fish. When I got over the fish, the school sounded and with my polarized glasses I could see a broadside. They were gizzard shad. Good ones too, averaging from ½-pound to a pound.


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A GIZZARD PATTERN Long A took this dandy.

Gizzard shad are flourishing in the Colorado River system. What, at one time did not exist, is now commonplace. A recent Game and Fish net survey along Blankenship Bend on the river north of Lake Havasu, found large schools of gizzard shad averaging a pound and a half per fish. The baitfish, which can run up to 5 pounds, have become a big part of the food chain. Many of the river system’s game fish like stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass and catfish now regularly forage on the shad. On a recent trip in the gorge, my fishing mate took a 4-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth on a gizzard shad-pattern AC Minnow. We were plugging for stripers when the bass crashed the bait.


Once you can establish that a specific bait is being foraged upon, then it is just a matter of replicating the forage fish in your presentations. The best lures represent the forage item in both appearance and size. Today, in the Colorado River system, gizzard shad patterns are hot.


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A NICE MORNING chunk on a gizzard mimicking pencil popper.

Big striped bass, like other top-line predators, seek out larger forage items as they grow in size. Energy exerted when feeding is more efficiently utilized when the forage items are more substantial, providing maximum nutrition for the effort spent. One exception would be the winter months, when stripers gorge on thick schools of smaller threadfin shad.


These bigger, more solitary fish run solo or in small packs. They will breeze through areas ambushing an array of larger targets. Big stripers will feed on larger forage items like trout, baby striped bass, juvenile largemouth and smallmouth, crappie, redear, bluegill and ever increasingly, gizzard shad.


On the Colorado River waters, yearling stripers grow to about ¼ to ¾ of a pound, and when in plentiful schools, will draw in big foraging striped bass. Juvenile bass or panfish are also larger forage items for stripers. Even small carp will fall prey to a large striper. But these items are more difficult to ambush and are usually targets of basic opportunity.


The schooling qualities of gizzard shad, on the other hand, make them more numerous and a bait that big stripers can much more successfully forage upon. At these times, the striped bass key upon the specific forage. Thus, it stands to reason that where you find gizzard shad is where you might find a big striped bass. These areas that tend to concentrate the big shad should always be fished. A handful of casts should quickly establish if the game fish are present.


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RELEASING A FISH taken on a white Roboworm swimbait.

Since gizzards, like threadfin shad, forage on small animal and plant items, they prefer off-color water that contains these organisms. The current water quality in Lake Havasu is ideal for gizzards. They tend to school on the flats in the lake and can be metered in large schools. Striped bass and even large and smallmouth can be found in these concentrations.


On the river, the gizzard shad are often found where off-colored waters tend to flow into the river. The striped bass, preferring the river waters, will plunge into the dirtier water ambushing foraging schools of gizzards. These spots are always worthy of a few casts with a big bait.


Today, many lure manufacturers are making big baits in gizzard shad patterns. Custom painting a lure is also an option. The lures are many and varied: Long As, pencil poppers, big chuggers and several different big swimbaits. These lures are all big striper stalwarts and each are effective in the right situation. The key is matching the hatch in terms of the pattern.


Big striped bass are top-line predators that are adapted to ambushing, chasing down and capturing big targets. By fishing large-patterned lures, an angler will sacrifice bites from smaller models, but the bites you will get will be the right ones.


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THE STRIPED BASS is the top line predator in the Colorado River system.


To sign up on line,CLICK HERE

Western Outdoor News 34th Annual Lake Havasu Striper Derby Events Schedule


Friday, May 13th


4:00 – 7:00 P.M. – Team Check In


Team Check-in and meeting at Anderson Toyoata of Lake Havasu located at 6510 Showplace Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86404. Andreson toyota will be hosting a BBQ during registration. Late sign-ups, partner changes, blind bogey entries, Big Fish options and T-shirt sales will occur. At 7:00 p.m. the tournament director will go over contest rules and give a general overview of the weekends events. After 7:00 p.m., no further tournament entries will be accepted.


Saturday, May 14th


5:00 A.M. – Tournament officially begins.


Boats and anglers may be on water beginning at 4 a.m. prior to tournament start time, but no lines may be in the water before 5:00 a.m. Any team found fishing prior to start time will be disqualified.


Scales will open at the London Bridge Resort’s launch ramp area beginning at 12:00 p.m. and will remain open until 3:00 p.m. Fish may be brought to the scales by boat or driven in for anglers staying at other locations on the lake by car. All contestants must be in line by 3:00 p.m. to have their fish weighed. Teams arriving late will not have their fish weighed.


Sunday, May 15th


5:00 AM - Tournament Resumes


Day two of the tournament officially begins at 5:00 a.m. Once again, boats may be on the water starting at 4 a.m., but may not be fishing until 5:00 a.m. Scales will officially open at 10:00 a.m. and will close promptly at 1:00 p.m. Again all teams must be in line by 1:00 p.m. to have their fish weighed. Teams arriving late will not have their fish weighed.


To allow anglers ample time to load their boats and get cleaned up, the awards ceremony at the London Bridge Convention Center will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. and run until roughly 5:00 p.m. Awards will be presented to the top-10 teams, and will also include Saturday and Sunday’s blind bogey contest, top-5 Big Fish awards, Big Fish High Roller optional payouts and finally, the grand raffle prize will be awarded to one lucky Striper Derby contestant!


Once the boat and motor package have been awarded, the 34th annual Western Outdoor News Lake Havasu Striper Derby will have concluded. Everyone please drive home safe and we’ll look forward to seeing you back at Lake Havasu in 2017.


2016 — 34th Annual Lake Havasu Striper Derby Rules


PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY AS THEY APPLY TO ALL CONTESTANTS


NEW for 2016 — All tournament boats must have a minimum of 2 anglers during tournament hours. Only team members may be in the boat during fishing contest hours. More than one team may be permitted on one boat during the event. Each team on that boat MUST keep their fish separated for weigh in purposes. The additional team on a boat may be a single angler who then fishes as his/her own team. WON prefers that a team consist of 2 anglers, but since this is a family event we will allow a team to be a single angler on another team’s boat.


Due to the size and weather conditions on Lake Havasu, no boats under 12 feet in length will be allowed to participate in the tournament for safety reasons.


All boats must be equipped with Coast Guard approved equipment, including life vests, paddles, signal devices, bailing device, and working running and anchor lights.


All children 16 years of age and under who are entered in the contest must wear life vests while in the boat during tournament hours.


All contestants will be issued a wristband with their team number embossed on it. These wristbands must be worn during the event and cannot be removed until the close of the event on May 15th 2016.


No licensed guides conducting business on Lake Havasu may be a part of a team or assist any team during the duration of the Striper Derby.


Pre-Fishing with a licensed guide is permitted up until 5 p.m. on May 13th.


All fish must be caught in the waters of Lake Havasu or the Colorado River between Parker Dam and the I-40 Bridge. All fish must be caught live, with rod and reel, fair game hooked, and not snagged. Contestants found fishing outside these areas will be disqualified.


All California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and Arizona Dept. of Game and Fish rules must be observed during the tournament. Any team cited for violating any Federal, California, or Arizona Fish and Game laws during the contest will be disqualified.


All California and Arizona Department of Boating and Waterways laws must be observed during the tournament. Any team cited by any Federal, State, County, or Local law enforcement agency will be disqualified from the Striper Derby.


Lake Closures — Lake Havasu and the river will be closed to fishing on Friday, May 13th from 5 p.m. PST to 5 a.m. PST Saturday May 14th. The tournament will commence on Saturday, May 14th, from 5 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST. Lake Havasu and the river will then be closed to fishing from 3 p.m. PST on Saturday May 14th until 5 a.m. PST on Sunday, May 15th. Tournament fishing will then resume from 5 a.m. PST on Sunday, May 15th until the close of the event at 1 p.m. PST on Sunday, May 15th 2016.


ANY TEAM FOUND FISHING ON THE LAKE DURING CLOSED HOURS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED — NO EXCEPTIONS!


Derby Fishing Times — The tournament will start on Saturday, May 14th at 5 a.m. PST and cease at 3 p.m. PST on Saturday, May 14th. Scales will open Saturday morning at 12 p.m. PST. Weigh in will occur at the docks of the London Bridge Resort. On Sunday, May 15th, fishing will commence at 5 a.m. PST and end at 1:00 p.m. Sunday May 15th. Scales will be open at the London Bridge Resort docks starting at 10 a.m. PST until 1 p.m. The tournament director will establish and keep the official time for the event. Any contestant arriving late to the scales will not have their fish count towards the event.


Boats on the Water — No boats will be allowed out of their on-the-water moorings, beachings, or docks prior to 4 a.m. on the morning of tournament days May 14th or May 15th.


Limits/Size — Only Striped Bass 14 inches or longer will count in the derby. Fish turned in to the weighmasters which are shorter than 14 inches may incur a 1-pound deduction from the total weight submitted that day. Each team is allowed a daily limit of 10 Striped Bass. Any team checking in more that 10 Striped Bass may incur a 1-pound per fish penalty which will be deducted from their total weight.


All derby boats must keep a distance of 75 feet between them when anchored or drift fishing. Boats which are trolling are exempt from this rule.


The tournament director has the sole discretion to disqualify any catch for reasons they deem violate tournament rules or the spirit of the competition. Decisions of the tournament director are final and may not be appealed. Official protests must be filed in writing with the tournament director no later that 2 p.m. PST on Sunday, May 15th.


Merchandise prizes and trophies will be awarded to the Top 10 combined total weigh teams and the Top 5 Biggest Fish winners after two days of competition.


All teams entering the “ALL IN” $275 entry will qualify for both Saturday and Sunday Blind Bogey winnings and The TOP 5 Big Fish optional payouts and prizes..


NEW for 2016 — WON has created the all new High Roller ($375) option at this year’s event. The High Roller option is an additional $100 that is put in a separate big fish pool and paid back to the Top 3 Big Fish High Rollers. First place will receive 50%, Second place 30%, and Third place 20% of the pool.


The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry to any team for reasons deemed detrimental to other participants pertaining to the safety and or fairness of the competition.


All Striper Derby participants will receive one wrist band which is also your raffle ticket good for the grand prize boat drawing at the time they check in. These wrist bands will NOT be replaced if lost. All wrist band numbers are thrown into the grand prize drawing whether the contestant has previously won a raffle item or not. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes, licenses, and transportation costs associated with any prize. Prizes not redeemed or picked up by the contestant will be forfeited within 60 days. All contestants must be present to win.


Entry fee cancellations: Refunds of entry fees will not be made for any reason within 14 days of the start of the competition due to non-refundable costs incurred by Western Outdoors for facilities, catering and contest supplies.


Good Luck to all Striper Derby Contestants!


To sign up on line,CLICK HERE

 



QUAGGA MUSSEL WARNING


The waters of Lake Havasu have been infested with an invasive species of bi-valve known as the Quagga mussel. In order to prevent the spread of the Quagga to other waterways, all striper derby participants are urged to thoroughly clean their boats and trailers immediately after pulling out of Lake Havasu. Vessels returning to California will be subject to Dept of Agricultural checks as they enter the state. Boats, which are not fully cleaned or show signs of Quagga, may be quarantined.


Full details on the Quagga mussel, its harmful effects, and mitigation efforts may be found by logging on to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasive/quagga-mussels.




33rd Annual Lake Havasu / WON Striper Derby
Join WON for a weekend of Fishing, Fun and Sun

May 16 & 17, 2015


Western Outdoor News and the city of Lake Havasu are proud to be hosting the 33rd anniversary of the Lake Havasu Striper Derby this May 16-17, 2015.


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This year's Grand Raffle prize is a Custom Gregor 17' Osprey with a Mercury 60 HP Optimax engine including an EZ-Loader trailer package.

The entry fee is $175 per team and it includes your basic entry and chance to win the boat, trophies and many other tackle prizes, including your Striper Derby hat and t-shirts for both team members. But most people enter the great options which are $40 each day for the the blind bogeys. The Big Fish Option is $20 per team and goes into the pool to be paid out to the five biggest stripers caught during the tournament based on 1st (40%), 2nd (30%) 3rd (15%), 4th (10%) and 5th (5%). So for only $275 your team is "all in."


For more information and to sign up, CLICK HERE or call Striper Derby Director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0030, ext. 40.


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LONDON BRIDGE

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