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WON BASS is the leading tournament bass fishing organization in the West, offering both a pro-am circuit and a full slate of team tournaments across the Tri-States (California, Nevada, Arizona) area. Part of the Western Outdoors family of events and publications, WON BASS not only produces a monthly supplement to Western Outdoor News on everything connected with the bass fishing world, but is also the host organization for the prestigious U.S. Open of Bass Fishing held annually on Lake Mead outside of Las Vegas, NV. For tournament schedules and rules, check out www.wonbass.com.


Northern CA Clear Lake Open, June 10-12, 2013

Two amazing days down and one to go at the Clear Lake Northern California Championships.




Day 2 Review - for full results go to www.wonbass.com

WON BASS NorCal Open: The Nitro Z-7 with Mercury 150 hp Optimax and a pile of cash is on the line.

Although the second day of the inaugural Northern California Open closed with weights lower than that of the first, a third of the pro field still boasted two-day totals with an average daily limit over 20-lbs.

The Day One Big Fish honors held for another round at the scales, leaving Rick Correa only one more day to defend the claim of Overall Big Fish with his 9.04.

Day One Big Stringer title holders Mike Stiles and Jacob Russell and their 26.82 were joined by the Day Two Big Stringer catchers Jeff Michels and Chad Smith with their 25.98.



WON BASS NorCal Open: Jeff Michels and AAA Chad Smith claimed the Costa Daily Big Stringer prize for Day 2 with 25.98. Michels said they smashed 'em in the morning, getting 25 fish before 10 a.m., but then it all shut down.

A two-day total of 49.20 puts Bryant Smith currently holding a lead of less than a pound on the pro side, while Dean Yoshizuni is leading the AAA's with 47.52 in the first tournament of his angling career.

The final day blast off will commence at 5:30 a.m. with stabilizing conditions for the anglers. The fishermen can expect another partly cloudy day, warming to the mid-80's. For those hoping for the breeze, NW winds will reportedly increase to 10 to 20 MPH.
Some will make calculated adjustments, some will toss patterns to the wind and just go junk fishing, others are simply hoping their spots will hold; but by the end of Day 3, the tale of the scale will be told and we will meet the first-ever Northern California Open champion.


Day 1 Review
Join the WON BASSer's and cheer on your fave fisherman at the Konocti Vista Casino ramp. The fun will begin with a first flight time of 2:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony is slated to kick off at 5:30 p.m. inside the casino.
WON BASS NorCal Open: The sun has gone down on Day 1 of the inaugural WON BASS Northern California Open. Weights are recorded, rods are ready and lures are tied as the anglers prepare for Day 2. The full results are up on www.wonbass.com.

The air temps are on the rise again, after a 36-degree drop from Saturday to Monday. The anglers will see the conditions spike back up into the mid- 80's on Tuesday.

The day one results were incredible at Clear Lake.

Nitro pro angler Matt Shura came all the way from Arizona and has no experience fishing Clear lake and was up among the leaders on day one. According to Matt, Clear Lake is the most fun lake he has ever fished and he highly encourages his fellow desert pros to come up and fish it next year.

Matt Shura video interview
There were reports of a tough bite and constant adjustments needed, but at close of scales on their first day, nearly half the field found limits that broke the 20-lb mark and many were challenged by cullin' four pounders - not a bad day on any fishery.

The top-5 are hovering near the 26-lb range, but with two more days of bassin' ahead, it is still anybody's game.

Following a blast-off delay on Monday due to an unexpected morning of thunder and lightning, the WON Basser's will blast off Tuesday at the scheduled time of 5:30 a.m. They can expect some cloud cover for most of the day and winds from the N at 10 MPH or less.

Weigh-in will resume at Konocti Vista Casino at 2:30 p.m. Flights are slated to return every 15 minutes until 3:45.


Here are some pictures and videos from day one:

Western bass fishing legend Dave Gliebe


Lowarance Pro Ken Sauret talks about day one and Onsite Lowrance Support


The official start of the 3 day Northern California Open at Clear Lake was delayed an hour this morning as mother nature put of a fireworks show to welcome the Clear Lake anglers with thunderstorms an lightening. The weigh-in will be pushed forward an hour to give the anglers a full day. With everyone fishing all three days the strategy may change to staying in the game, versus needing one huge Clear Lake day. Some of the anglers are predicting it will take 50-something pounds, where others think it will take close to eight pounds to win, so obviously opinions vary heading into today.

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A little later this morning we are set to get started...



Being the angler to win the 1st WON BASS Northern California Championship trophy is why most everyone is entered. I guess the new Nitro boat and Mercury motor package and the cash are pretty nice too...

Clear Lake Open Trophy







142 anglers are ready to go to battle for the next 3 days at Clear Lake. This picture is from the partner pairing meeting on Sunday at Konocti Vista Casino.

Partner Pairings Clear Lake

Thanks to Nitro Boats and Mercury Outboards the Northern California Open is a special event with this rig added to the the cash payback. Who will be the first northern California champion and leave Clear Lake with this brand new Nitro Z-7 / Mercury 150 package, a lot of cash and the trophy ?




Mike Stiles video on what it will take to win NorCal Open at Clear Lake



Jeff Klicka checks in and seems ready to have a great tournament at the 2013 Northern California Open at Clear Lake.

Lowrance Pro and factory representative Ken Sauret explains Clear Lake's changing conditions



Here's a nice video of Jared Lintner by Jody Only. Jared talks about the tough fishing, but thinks someone will probably get 80-lbs to win it.




Bob Cepek at Cleat Lake
Bob Cepek enjoying the hot bass fishing and weather during his prefish at Clear Lake.

Early Check in at Clear Lake 2013
WON BASS NorCal Open: Early Bird Registration is underway at Clear Lake Outdoors on Soda Bay Road. The BBQ is ready. Come on down. With both a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the last 3 U.S Open events at Mead, Dick Watson is registering for the first-ever NorCal Open on Clear Lake. Will this be the time and place for his victory?

Docks before Clear Lake Tournaemnt
WON BASS NorCal Open: The final day of practice is coming to a close. The boats are coming in and the anglers are getting ready for tomorrow's Sponsor Showcase and Partner Pairings.





"It is something that we need out here," said the 2009 U.S. Open champion. "I'm excited to see it happen. Clear Lake is one of the best lakes there is and the fishing is going to be just awesome." — Gary Dobyns


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THIS NITRO Z-7/MERC. prize package waiting for one lucky angler

It's a boat, it's $100,000, it's a 100 percent payback: It's all three and it's on Clear Lake June 10-11-12, 2013

BY JODY ONLY
WON Staff Writer

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Many have asked, now they shall receive.
With ongoing requests to relocate the prestigious, annual U.S. Open event to Clear Lake, one of the West's biggest bass factories, WON BASS has agreed, negotiating an additional Open event — a 2013 Northern California Open on the famed fishery to be held June 10-11-12, 2013

Excitement and anticipation has taken root in bass anglers as they count the days until the long-awaited, multi-day, 100 percent payback tournament blasts off on the NorCal waters, where any cast offers any angler a catch of a lifetime.

A hundred boat draw will deliver a $100,000 payout that includes a Nitro Z-7 with a Mercury 150 Pro XS prize package plus $15,000 in cash to the victor. WON BASS is bringing an unprecedented, modern day specialty event to Northern California; the fish and the payday are only as far away as your next cast.

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A TOURNAMENT NEWBIE catches a 9.22, proof it could be angler, on any cast at Clear Lake as the open nears.

OPEN CHAMP

The West's all-time, leading money winner with 40 fully-rigged prize boats to his name, Gary Dobyns is one of those standing in line to throw his hat in the ring for the event. "It is something that we need out here," said the 2009 U.S. Open champion. "I'm excited to see it happen. Clear Lake is one of the best lakes there is and the fishing is going to be just awesome."

Dobyns' enthusiasm for the big bag potential was obvious as he discussed the hitch population on the lake. "There are more hitch there than I've ever seen," he remarked. "They are jumpin' out of the water and the bass are bustin' all over ’em. I'm thinking that the swimbait could be a huge factor, because of all the hitch. It's a pure protein meal and they get after ’em. I've seen bass swim right past a bluegill to go get a hitch."

He mentioned several swimmers that he thought would come in to play from the big guns — a Hudd and an Osprey all the way down to the smaller Basstrix.

"I've got to think topwater baits will factor in too," added the Yuba City angler. "And, I think there will still be some spawners to pluck. I think it could top 75 pounds to win it, depending on the crazy winds that can hit there. I can't wait. Anytime I can fish for a boat, I think it's a special deal."

TROPHY HUNTER

The event has also caught the attention of big bass hunter Matt Allen of Vacaville. Known for his numerous double-digit bass catches, the trophy that Allen hopes to have this summer is that of the Northern California Open. "It is a huge deal and on a monster fishery," he stated. "It's about time something of this caliber came to Clear Lake. We just don't get events like this, here."

Well acquainted with the lake's bounty, Allen and partner just bagged over 60-pounds for a runner-up position in last weekend's two-day event. "The fishing will change some by then; I think the fish will spread out more and we won't see the wolf packs they're in now."

Allen anticipates a variety of baits to be productive including a big swimbait, frogs, wake baits and spooks. "Of course the flip and punch bite will be on, too," said Allen. "It's March and the flip bait is already on. There will be a ton of four to sixes caught"

LAKE LOCALS

At the top of the Clear Lake competition are notable lake locals Paul Bailey and Mark Crutcher. Both of which have the event on their fish catching calendars.

"This year, the fish are as big as I've ever seen," exclaimed Crutcher. "There are more five to nine pounders than ever. I've been waiting for years for an event like this on our lake and it's setting up to have better fishing than we could ask for. I expect this will draw lots of media, angler participation and some of the best sticks."

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MARK CRUTCHER — “There are more five to 9 pounders than ever!

Crutcher commented that there will be a good bite on both ends of the lake and that there should still be some big ones on beds. He expects topwater, flippin' and Senkos to pull in the biggest ones for an 80- to 83-pound winning tournament total.

Frequently found in the top of the field, Bailey is also expecting "the whole lake to be on fire" for the June event. He also noted that because of the time of year and the bite, the event will be an equalizer for the locals.

"You can't keep the five and six pounders off your line right now," said Bailey. "The frog bite will be crazy, there will be fish on beds, the rock fish will be bitin'. Beyond the fishing, with the size of the prize package, you can't ask for anything better. It will be epic!"

Join anglers from near and far this June on Clear Lake. Fish for a personal best, fish for a big stringer, fish for a boat — fish for the chance of a lifetime — a $100,00 pro purse.

An all-in entry includes Big Stringer and three Big Bass payouts daily for both sides of the boat. Nitro and Bass Pro Shops Tournament Rewards programs will sweeten the pot for eligible anglers. Register early for a chance to fish for free. Early bird deadline is May 15. Click in to WonBass.com to sign up.

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PAUL BAILEY — “It will be epic!”
Lake Havasu 2013 ProAm Has Record Breaking Fishing

Wow! What a weekend at Havasu, as massive bags topple records!

BY BRADLEY SCHWEIT
WON BASS Editor

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — To say the WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am this past weekend was unbelievable would be a grave understatement. “Epic” may come a bit closer to doing it justice, but “unprecedented” probably fits best.

    To put the two-day tournament into some sort of perspective, the very last-place angler out of 47 teams brought almost 30 pounds to the scale. That’s almost a 3-pound average; which is beyond impressive on any fishery. The Pro/Am champion, however, Justin Hanold, weighed in a benchmark two-day, 10-fish total of 46.97 pounds; toppling not only the single-day weight record on the fishery held by three-time U.S. Open champion and hall of fame angler, Mike Folkestad, but also the combined two-day total. There simply aren’t enough words to describe what went on March 16 and 17.


Havasu Winner Justin Hanold
JUSTIN HANOLD took down the championship this past weekend at the WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am. Not only did he earn a hefty payday totaling $10,360, in addition to day-one Big Stringer money, third-place Big Fish money and a 2013 U.S. Open entry, but he also established two new weight records for the lake. His day-one 26.83 pounds broke Mike Folkestad’s single-day weight record, and his combined weight of 46.97 pounds was the heaviest-ever two-day total tournament weight. In a word, the tournament was “epic.”


    In the words of WON BASS Director of Operations, “These are like Delta weights! This is crazy!” It was arguably one of, if not the best-ever tournament held on the desert lake, as the field of 47 teams duked it out in the shallows, sight-fishing their way to record-setting limits.

    Day one set the tone of the event, as it took an incredible 20-plus pounds to even break into the top 10! Hanold also established his record-setting pace with a biggest-ever single-day limit of 26.83 pounds, along with the help of his AAA, Phil Risnes, who ultimately ended up in fourth place overall on the co side. Included in their bag was Hanold’s day-one big fish of 7.06 pounds and a 6-plus pounder.


Big Fish Havasu 2013
BIG FISH of the tournament was this 9.01-pound largemouth caught by Pro Clay Lippincott. The fish earned the angler first-place Big Fish money, the Costa Big Fish trophy and a new pair of Costa sunglasses. Not to mention it certainly helped anchor his second-place finish.


    Even the remaining top five weights were beyond impressive, as local Havasu Pro Billy Skinner and his AAA, Tim Wells, Sr., had 5 fish for 24.87 pounds. No stranger to the winner’s circle, Pro Roy Hawk and his co, Tim Demecs, managed a 5-fish bag weighing 22.94 pounds, which was good for third. Taking fourth on day one was Pro Klayton Belden and AAA David Sellers with 22.48 pounds; and rounding out the top five spots was another Havasu local, Shaun Bailey, and his AAA, “Crazy Rick” Melead with 21.78 pounds. Melead also had day-one big fish on the co side (which would also ultimately be the biggest AAA fish of the tournament), a 5.17-pound largemouth.

    While day two also produced epic fishing, the weights were slightly lower than day one; and while one angler fell from the top five slots, a pair of anglers lingering just on the outskirts of the group made the charge.


Havasu WON BASS First Place AAA
FIRST PLACE ON THE AAA SIDE was Tim Wells, Sr., with 43.65 pounds. 


    To say an angler weighed “only” 15.99 pounds of fish (especially at Havasu, not Clear Lake or the Delta) is utterly ridiculous, but that’s how this tournament was, and that’s exactly what day-one fourth-place angler Klayton Belden did on day two. The resulting final weight of 38.47 pounds left him in 11th place.

    Sitting in 10th after the first day with a solid 20.6 pounds, Clay Lippincott made a huge surge on day two thanks to his massive kicker 9.01-pound largemouth — which also took down Big Fish money, the Costa Big Fish trophy and a new pair of Costa sunglasses — and had the heaviest bag of the day at 23.76 pounds. His 44.36-pound combined two-day weight had him sitting in first place about halfway thru weigh-in, but everyone wondered if it would be enough to take down the championship.

    Day-one second-place finisher, Billy Skinner, added 19 pounds to his first day’s limit, but the 43.87 wasn’t enough to catch Lippincott. Sitting in sixth after day one was Pro Shane Moline with 21.53 pounds. Adding another 21.1 pounds on the second day appeared to be enough, but alas, Moline was left with “just” 42.63 pounds. There was only one remaining angler who threatened Lippincott’s lead, and that was, of course, Justin Hanold.

    Arriving at the scale it looked as if Hanold had yet another sizeable bag of fish, but he seemed slightly less confident than the previous afternoon. “Twenty-one, 22?” Billy Egan asked he prepared to place the fish on the scale. “I don’t know,” Hanold said. “I don’t think so.”

    When the scale settled at 20.14 pounds, it was official. The WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am had its champion, and a new record-setter at that.


    The final top five Pros were as follows: first place, Justin Hanold, 46.97 pounds; second place, Clay Lippincott, 44.36 pounds; third place, Billy Skinner, 43.97 pounds; fourth place, Shane Moline, 42.63 pounds; and fifth place, Roy Hawk, 41.44 pounds.

    Hanold scored a hefty payday totaling $10,360, in addition to day-one Big Stringer money, third-place Big Fish money and a 2013 U.S. Open entry.

    On the AAA side, the top five anglers were Tim Wells, Sr., in first with 43.65 pounds; Liz Jones, second place, 42.91 pounds; John Blake, third place, 42 pounds; Phil Risnes, fourth place, 40.99 pounds; and in fifth was Tim Demecs with 40.78 pounds.

    This particular WON BASS Pro/Am was a right-place, right-time-type of scenario. The smallmouth were already on their beds and the largemouth had just come up a few days prior.

    “There’s one tournament every year that will hit this prime time where the first week of fish are coming up,” said past WON BASS Tournament Director and owner of Lake Havasu’s Bass Tackle Master, John Galbraith. “Our biggest two-day limit that I can recall is about 43 pounds, and I’d say that was about five or six years ago. I’m pretty sure that was also a WON BASS Pro/Am. No one’s busted above 45, though. I’m sure of that.”

    Leave it to WON BASS to set the bar for any and all future tournaments on a fishery that is rapidly becoming one of the best bass lakes on the entire west coast, if not the whole United States.

    For a full rundown of the event, including additional photos and how the top Pros emerged victorious, be sure to check out next month’s WON BASS supplement.


Sunday Start -----------

The second day of the WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am got underway this morning, with Mother Nature providing yet another outstanding setting for the final day of the tournament.


Havasu WON BASS Tournaemnt day 2 start
IT WAS ANOTHER GORGEOUS MORNING for the second and final day of the WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am.


    There was virtually no wind and minimal cloud cover present, so those anglers targeting bedding large and smallmouth should have a solid few hours of sight fishing before any sort of breeze manifests.
    Once again, the weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. and a Havasu champion will be crowned shortly thereafter. Stay tuned…

Day 1 Results

You couldn’t have asked for a better start to this weekend’s WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am, as heavy bags dominated the weigh-in and a new single day record was set.


Full day one results are up at www.wonbass.com


    That new record, which was once held by Mike Folkestad, was established by Pro Justin Hanold and his AAA, Phil Risnes. Their 5-fish limit tipped the scale at an amazing 26.83 pounds and put them atop the leaderboard. The single-day record was confirmed by WON BASS Director of Operations, Billy Egan. Not surprisingly, Hanold also laid claim to the day-one big fish; a massive 7.06-pound largemouth.


Havasu tournament day one leader
Good Day.  Fist day lead and a new tournament record.


    In second after the first day of the two-day tournament was local Havasu Pro Billy Skinner and his AAA, Tim Wells, Sr. Together they had 5 fish for 24.87 pounds. No stranger to the winner’s circle, Pro Roy Hawk and his co, Tim Demecs, managed a 5-fish bag weighing 22.94 pounds and good for third. Taking fourth was Pro Klayton Belden and AAA David Sellers with 22.48 pounds, and rounding out the top five spots was another Havasu local, Shaun Bailey, and his AAA, “Crazy Rick” Melead with 21.78 pounds. Melead also had big fish on the co side; a 5.17-pound largemouth.


Havasu 2nd place on day 1
In second place and wanting more...


    It was an unprecedented day on the water and at the scales, as nearly every fish weighed, whether they were large or smallmouth, topped the 3 ½-pound mark. In fact, it took 20-plus pounds just to break into the top 10. That’s a 4-plus-pound average. It goes without saying the management of the lake as a fishery is second to none, and it’s shaping up to be a true world-class fishing destination.


Havasu Tournament 2013 3rd palce day 1
IN THIRD after day one was the team of Roy Hawk, left, and his co, Tim Demecs. Their 5 fish weighed in at 22.94 pounds.


    It also goes without saying that tomorrow’s results could break even more records, as anglers attempt to surpass today’s catches. Don’t be surprised if the two-day Havasu weight record also falls. But alas, only time will tell…

Crazr Rick Big Fish day 1
DAY-ONE AAA BIG FISH was this 5.17-pound largemouth caught by “Crazy Rick” Melead.  



The START


You truly couldn’t ask for better conditions for the kickoff/launch of this weekend’s March 16 and 17 WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am. Light winds, enough cloud cover to keep temps. much, much lower than the record highs hit the past couple of days (high-90s to low-100s), and bass on beds pretty much everywhere you look, should undoubtedly make for a number of truly massive bags come today’s weigh-in at 3 o’clock.


Lake Havasu 2013 WON BASS Tournament Start Boat

A SLIGHT BREEZE greeted anglers this morning for the presentation of the colors and the playing of the National Anthem.


Most of the 47-boat field has spent the past few days scouring the shorelines with a good pair of Costa sunglasses, searching out bedding fish. And believe me, there are plenty of ‘em. WON BASS Director of Operations, Billy Egan, and I fished for roughly a half-hour after today’s launch, and just in that small window, we came upon 10, maybe even a dozen bass on beds. And they’re not just smallmouth, either. I’d say the mix right now is about 60/40, largemouth to smallies. And from what we saw, they’re all quality fish. In fact, we encountered at least a couple of bronzebacks in the 5-plus-pound range, and a few largemouth of about the same size.


Lake Havasu Tournament ProAm 2013 Sunrise
IT WAS AN IDYLLIC START to the March 16 and 17 WON BASS Lake Havasu Pro/Am, and there should be at least a few truly impressive bags and fish brought to the scale come 3 o’clock this afternoon.


In short, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this turns out to be a record-setting tournament. I know our anglers who’ve put in their time and spent the last week or so pre-fishing and marking bedding fish will be bringing heavy 5-fish limits to the scales. And don’t be shocked if we have at least a few fish topping the 7-pound mark (including smallmouth) and perhaps even a double-digit or two.


Havasu ProAm WON BASS 2013 blast off

BOATS BLASTED OFF in all directions right around 6:15. Everyone, however, seemed to be targeting bed fish no matter where they opted to kick off their day.



The first flight of boats is due back at the dock at 3 p.m. today. Official day-one results and photos will be posted shortly thereafter. Stay tuned… 

 



 


IT’S DELTA TIME FOR WON BASS PROS
The California Delta has long been the one bass tournament venue where experience seemed to always play a huge role. The winners here are always guys with decades of Delta experience, who knew every nuance and affect that the unique tides and brackish water had on finding the huge fish that so often win tournaments here.

So it's great to see a young pro come in a buck that trend, and win the WON BASS Delta Pro Am, and this week a relatively young Phillip Dutra did just that. He stormed into the lead from 4th place on day one, and won going away. Congratulations, and all us older guys better look out as there is a new breed of bass anglers on the rise.

Dutra day 3 Delta


Delta tournament 2013 top 5 pros
The top 5 finishing Pros at the Delta pose for a photo. 1st Phillip Dutra 53.83, 2nd Bobby Barrack 49.78, 3rd Ken Mah 46.04, 4th Bryan Roland 44.49, 5th Mike Folkestad 43.73

This just in...Phillip Dutra takes down the Delta trophy with over 30-lbs today to add to his tournament total of 53.83. The final Pro and AAA standing are up on www.wonews.com, but check back here for the full reports tomorrow.

WON BASS tournament Delta top 5 AAA's
2013 WON BASS Delta - AAA Top-5 1st Marty Rolph 48.42, 2nd Merlin Nunes 45.00, 3rd Jacob Russell 44.58, 4th Matt Rogers 44.44, 5th Nick Nourot 41.82.

Sunday Morning Update
With another day of cloud cover and the potential for rain, the WON BASSer's will blast-off at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday for a final day of fishing. It is expected to be 49-degrees after an overnight low of 41, with winds




Delta 2013 Roland
Brian Roland and Leonard Johnson round out the top-3 with 24.08 and Roland's kicker that weighed in at 8.93. Roland reported catching only a "few fish on a variety of things" and sated the bite was much better in the morning. The 8-pounder came before the tide switch on a reaction bait.

Delta Dutra
Ripp'n Lipps represented with two of their pros in the top-5 Phillip Dutra shown here holds 4th with 23.59 and Mark Daniels Jr. found 5th with 22.15; although you won't find a photo of Daniels, he shied away from the camera today. Dutra's co Nathan Chandler lured in the AAA biggest of the day with this 7.15.

Dlta 2013 Safford
Delta local Sean Stafford weighed in 19.68 with a 6.08 kicker for 11th place. He said he got his fish early in the morning before the tide change, fishing shallow with jigs.

Delta 2013 Moore
Kevin Moore and his co Kevin Arbet brought in 20.91 with Arbet's 6.77 kicker. Moore reported a tough bite, especially without having any pre fish time for the last couple of weeks. They said they went everywhere on the Delta running a lot of spots.

Delta 2013 Jones
Robert Jones dropshotted this 6.33 - the first fish of the day.

Delta 2013 Barracc

Snag Proof pro Bobby Barrack needed two things to pick up this limit of 21.17, a Rat-L-Trap and $87 dollars in gas.
Ken Mah is leading the event with 27.93. He and his AAA Steve Shmalz show off their limit herre including the 6.79 big fish that Mah brought in. They had nine keepers on five different baits. Mah said he is apprehensive about repeating the feat tomorrow, "I could weigh this much again or I could bring in 13-lbs." He also credited Schmalz for fishing "very hard" today.




A reminder of last year's Delta big one! 48 boats launched this morning in search of one of those. Boat #1 Bill O'Shinn and Chris Pena led the pack. The anglers will return to the scales for their first flight time at 3:00 p.m. Join the bass catching action at Russo's Marina and cheer on your favorite anglers.

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The first day started off in spectacular fashion far as the weather goes at the California Delta tournament. Temperatures will probably be in the upper 70 degree range and most all the anglers seem to think the fish are starting to move up and fishing could be great for some.

Delta sunrise 2013

Jody Only shot the following videos for WON BASS at the registration meeting Firday evening. There was the usual blend of nerves, enthusiasm and good vibes among all the anglers.


Delta 2013 Registration at Russo's
2013 WON BASS Delta - Ninety-six WON BASSer's were paired at the Hook, Line and Sinker BBQ and rules meeting tonight in Oakley. Last minute baits were available and yes, the red spinnerbait was seen in some of the fishermen's hands.



2013 WON BASS Delta - Bobby Barrack Gives All the Delta Deets — with Bobby Barrack at Hook Line & Sinker.



2013 WON BASS Delta - Bill O'Shinn Big Baits — at Hook Line & Sinker.



2013 WON BASS Delta - Mike Moreno Makin' Adjustments



2013 WON BASS Delta - Zak Elrite Reaction Bait and Moving Water


2013 WON BASS Delta - Chad Martin 10 or 12 a day, all over the Delta


2013 WON BASS Delta - Ken Mah Conditions vs. Calendar


2013 WON BASS Delta - Brian Carpenter - punchin?


Fish tales to continue tomorrow at the California Delta as the tournament eve festivities resume at the Hook, Line and Sinker in Oakley. Schedule follows:
3 - 5 p.m. Check in and Reg
5 p.m. BBQ
5:30 p.m. Mandatory partner pairing meeting and rules


Delta Hook Line & Sinker
One of the most famous Delta landmarks is the host marina for the 2013 WON BASS Delta Pro Am.

Delta 2013 Billy Hines
WON BASS Delta check-in kicked off last night. Some reports were of a tough day on the water; but there are enough fish pix goin' around that say different. Here is one from Billy Hines from yesterday on the Delta.


2013 WON BASS Delta Folkestad's fishing info - numbers vs. size — with Mike Folkestad.


2013 WON BASS Delta - Gene Buchholz ...can you say 15-lb'r?


Grab the net; Delta bass are hungry and ready to eat

California Delta site of WON BASS Tournament March 2-3 2013

Bass Fishing on the California Delta is up next for WON BASS Pro's.

The early spring fishing fervor has already struck the Delta anglers as an amazing 35-pound limit was reeled in this past Sat. by one of last year's WON BASS leaders, Kyle Porter. In that tourney, fishermen found the top 10 couldn't be broken without a 20-pound sack.

The 2013 WON BASS Pro-Am schedule resumes on the Calif. Delta on March 2 -3. The two-day event is slated to hit the Golden State's big bass fishery during a notable pre-spawn feeding period. The tidal water bass are hungry and ready to eat.


Photo: The Delta's 2010 WON BASS Classic champ Lorenzo Rossetti shows off one of the TWO nine pounders he has pulled from the water in the past four days. Unfortunately, he cannot make it to this weekend's event; but as we can see there are plenty of big ones to be had.
The Delta's 2010 WON BASS Classic champ Lorenzo Rossetti shows off one of the TWO nine pounders he has pulled from the water in the past four days.


One of those catching enough to climb into the top-10 was Mark Daniels Jr. Recognized as one of the Delta's local Ripp'n Lipps squad, Daniels landed back-to-back 20-plus limits in the Delta's two most recent bass battles. First in the aforementioned event on Saturday and again the next day, claiming the championship in the East Delta on Sun.

From Fairfield, Daniels can be found most days cleaning up on the Delta. With his eye on the pulse of the tidal water's current conditions and seasonal changes, he gave up the following info.

"The expectation of stable weather is certainly going to be a bonus," he stated. "A lot more fish are going to be staging. They are going to be in front of the spawning areas, in marinas, in flooded islands and dead-end sloughs. Right now , I'm finding they want current - not a lot - just a little bit of movement in those ambush points that they're in."

Dissecting the tidal influence, Daniels noted that reactions baits are faring better on the high than on the low and recommended maximizing the tide by targeting the outskirts of spawning flats at that time. "The last hour of the incoming and the first hour of the outgoing seems to have the most potential," he added. "That high tide is one of the best times to fish. They're feedin' hard right now, fattening up for the spawn. It's the optimum time to get them to eat. Water temp is from 49 to 53 degrees; sometimes you can hit that 54 in a back end. It's too cold for them to be caught up on beds; so they're right outside that area staging and feeding."

Daniels' direction for bait choice was a chatterbait or a shallow-diving crankbait such as a Strike King KVD 1.5, a Lucky Craft BDS 3 or a speed trap in a craw pattern. "Red is important; because they're eating the crawfish," he continued. " I will also have a flippin' bait; a Texas-rigged Beaver, Brush Hog or jig for that tight, heavy cover. And, you cannot leave out the infamous Senko out here. If you don't have a Senko wet, you're not even trying."

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WON BASS contenders will blast off for the Delta duel at Russo's Marina in Bethel Island on Saturday, March 2. The king of the Delta will be crowned on Sunday., March 3 pocketing a possible payout of over $12,000 plus a ticket to the 2013 U.S. Open.

The angler on his boat will be encouraged to use a Senko, dropshot or one of the same shallow-divers he discussed above. As for topwater lures, Daniels said, "No, not for me; I'm goin' subsurface - bangin' cover all day."
He expects the win to come after a two-day catch of 43 to 45 pounds.

"Consistency is key," said the Hi's Tackle pro. "The guys that repeat 21 to 23 1/2 pounds both days will have the best chance. The second day will be the hardest. As you can see by this weekend, pressure gets to the areas by that next day. Especially in the areas thought of as 'big fish locations' like Sherman, Big Break and Frank's. It can be won there, but there will be a lot of pressure changing things up from Day One to Day Two."

Checking in with former 2010 Delta WON BASS Classic champion Lorenzo Rossetti revealed reporting similarities. Rossetti was responsible for one of this past weekend's big bass catches with a nine plus on Sunday. "I'm catching fish on Strike King crankbaits and jigs," he stated. "This nine is the biggest that I've got so far this year. I was fishing a jig with a 7- 8 Phenix rod and got it to go about noon."

Rossetti's recommendations for next week's WON BASSers was contingent on the continued warming weather. "If it stays like this, the bass will start to move into the 5- to 7-foot range," he stated. "This last full moon, we saw a few of the big fish move into the shallows; but 90 percent of them are still moving up."

To target this time of the pre-spawn, the Stockton pro also advised the use of a shallow crankbait, a lipless crank specifically a Strike Red Eye Shad or a Revenge spinnerbait. "Natural colors if the water is clear and red if it is stained or dirty," said Rossetti. "For my crankbait, I use Strike King KVD 2.5 or a 1.5, if it's a little calmer. I'm using these for search baits. Fishing slower for ledges, a Senko and a jig will take a key role and help in finding that larger fish. I will be using a 1/2-ounce black/red or black/blue jig, which is most widely used on the Delta and for the Senko, I will fish it wacky, unless I have to Texas-rig it, due to the cover."

Regardless of the tide, Rossetti expects the larger fish to come later in the day when the water warms and the fish are more active. Key spots for him also include backs of sloughs, points and flats adjacent to current areas. He thinks average bags could range anywhere from 13 to 20 pounds; but that it will take a daily bag of 22 to 24 to earn the win. His AAA advice included a Senko, dropshot or anything that allows them to get into a different water column than their pro.

The last bit of Delta advice came from local pro Brian Carpenter. Carpenter was runner-up in last year's WON BASS March Delta event and backed that up with the spring win of the Delta FLW EverStart only weeks later.

He reported the bass still being in their winter pattern; but expected the warming trend to move them towards the shallows. "Guys will find them on a Senko, dropshot or a TNT Wadda jig," commented Carpenter. "Wadda jigs are perfect here, because of their Delta design. There will be some flippin' opportunities; but I don't think that many will move up. They haven't really transitioned yet. Bigger fish are tougher to locate. If the water gets to 55-degrees, a few more will go shallow. They will move up in the afternoon and you could find them sunning to mature their eggs. I don't think there will be much spawning going on."

For those fishing from the back of the boat, Carpenter recommended dropshotting a MM Roboworm with a 3/16-ounce weight. "You can catch some giants on a dropshot here," he stated. "Don't forget, Justin Lucas made a living as a co with a dropshot."

Carpenter predicts that quality fish will come in water of 6 to 10 feet and thinks the second day of the event could have more warming and bring in a few bigger fish. Areas with little or no current flow are his most productive, right now. "It could be different next week," he reminded. "It really depends on how much the water warms. It is much cooler than last year, so it is a different ball game; but a lot can change in a week."

The Bethel Island boater is looking forward to the WON BASS event and "its outstanding payout." He and the other WON BASS contenders will blast off for the Delta duel at Russo's Marina in Bethel Island on Saturday, March 2. The king of the Delta will be crowned on Sunday, March 3 pocketing a possible payout of over $12,000 plus a ticket to the 2013 U.S. Open.

.Follow the fishing on Facebook, the WON BASS blog or in person at the weigh-ins at Russo's.

Lake Oroville WON BASS ProAm Tournament Coverage
In a blast from the not so distant past, Gary Dobyn's blew away the field at the WON BASS Lake Oroville Pro Am, winnIng by over 5-pounds. Gary carried a large two pound lead from day one, but increased it even more on day two,  to win going away.

Video interview of Gary Dobyn's just before weighing in his winning sack of fish. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=445426408860880&set=vb.138901079518804&type=2&theater




Lake Oroville 2013 WON BASS Pro Winners
2013 WON BASS - Oroville The top-9 pros collected checks. Paydays were collected by... 1st Gary Dobyns, 2nd John McClellan, 3rd Ryan Friend, 4th Phil Garcia, 5th Steve Consalvi, 6th Jiggs Benn, 7th Don Gage, 8th J.R. Wright, 9th Jesse Martin. Full list of pro standings can be found here http://wonbass.com/archives/2013/pro/Oroville/profinal.html

Lake Oroville AAA winners
2013 WON BASS - Oroville Payouts went to the top-9 AAA, those anglers are... 1st Terri Bittner, 2nd Craig Smith, 3rd Jeremy Johnson, 4th Merlin Nunes, 5th Steve Kiser, 6th William Heinrich, 7th John Bitting, 8th Tony "Lou" Botelho, 9th Craig Nelson. For full standings, click here http://wonbass.com/archives/2013/pro/Oroville/aaafinal.html

McClellan 2nd
2013 WON BASS - Oroville John McClellan shows off his 3.11 that helped him take over 2nd place with 23.67

For see the complete results go to www.wonbass.com

Also. There are a lot of video interviews, and photos from Lake Oroville over on our WON BASS FACEBOOK page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WON-BASS/138901079518804



Dobyns Dominates Day One.


Dobyns Lake Oroville 2013
The first day of the two day 2013 WON BASS season-opener saw most anglers return to the scales with a limit and over a third of the field haul up a limit at ten pounds or more. Leading the pack is Gary Dobyns and Terri Bittner with 15.90 bolstered by a 4.39 kicker.

Dobyns attributed the showing to "pure luck". He stated they got a good one later on reaction and scratched most of them throughout the day. The 2009 U.S. Open champion gave more details in a video interview. Bittner also contributed to a video interviewing, explaining how the bite died down mid-day.

Been and Smith at Oroville
Sitting in second, ready to make a move up is Jiggs Benn and Craig Smith. They follow the Dobyns/Bittner lead by approx. two pounds. Benn revealed they caught fish all day long on both plastics and reaction baits. They each weighed a Big Fish contender. Benn's gave him the lead on the pro side with 4.45 and Smith's came in at 2.93.


Pro John McClellan and partner John Bitting claimed 3rd place for Day One with 12.87. They said they got theirs early in the day and were tight-lipped about their baits.

In 4th is Jesse Martin and Tony "Lou" Botello with 11.90 anchored by Botello's 4.51 kicker. It is not only leading the AAA Big Fish side, it is the Big Fish of Day One. They reported their fish came shallow on reaction baits.

Phil Garcia
Phil Garcia rounds out the top-5 with 11.81. He got this 3.23 early on a swimbait.

Oroville Maerin and Botello
In 4th is Jesse Martin and Tony "Lou" Botello with 11.90 anchored by Botello's 4.51 kicker. It is not only leading the AAA Big Fish side, it is the Big Fish of Day One. They reported their fish came shallow on reaction baits.

Nunes at Oroville Big Bass
Oroville's Merlin Nunes caught this 3.88-lb. big bass on day one. Hoping to keep his local knowldge a secret he gave up no information as to where or how the fish was caught. He is in 14th place on the AAA side with 10.81.Maybe we'll get more from Merlin after day 2.

The fishermen return to the water for a final day of fishing with the expectation of another beautiful day in the mid-60s. To cheer on your favorite angler, follow the schedule below.
The full results can be found on the www.wonbass.com website.

Thursday -REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN


Saturday, Feb. 2
5:30 a.m. Boat Inspection
6:45 a.m. National Colors
7:00 a.m. Blast Off

Return to weigh-in at the Spillway Launch Ramp at 3 p.m. for the first flight of WON BASSer.



WON BASS Lake Oroville Congratulations to pro Quincy Washington and AAA Bill Wentworth for winning the Early Bird Sign-up for a free ride in this event. (Their entry fees were returned and they were the lucky anglers to fish courtesy of WON BASS).





WON BASS 2013 Lake Oroville Preview Article

Article by Jody Only - WON BASS Reporter

OROVILLE — Following its frosty slumber, the WON BASS Pro/Am circuit will awaken with its 2013 season opener amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, welcoming fishermen to Lake Oroville; one of the largest reservoirs in the Golden State.


Known for a collection of catches and cashes on the Northern Calif. lake, the 2009 U.S. Open champ Gary Dobyns will join this year's anglers for the debut of the 2013 circuit after wrapping a multi-day tournament only days ago.


Following several days on the water, Dobyns disclosed details regarding the first fishery where the WON BASSers will battle. "The bite was deeper than I thought it would be," said the Yuba City pro. "A majority of guys that did well were fishing deep. A lot of fish were caught over 40 feet and even up to 60 feet. There were some minimal fish caught shallow, but not many. Looking at the cold weather continuing, I don't expect much change; unless we get some rain."


His suggestions for bait selection included lures that offered a "slow presentation." A weighted Yamamoto Senko, heavy football jig (3/4- to 1-ounce) and shakey or dart head topped his lure list. "Myself, I couldn't get away from a reaction bait, but I couldn't put together a good reaction bite," he revealed as he reflected on the weekend. "A Senko is working well. I would fish a green pumpkin Senko wacky-rigged on 8-pound P-Line fluorocarbon with a ¼-ounce nail weight on a splitshot hook. A lot of fish are being caught with a shakey head, or a darter head on light line — mostly 6-pound test; some 8-pound with a 4- to 6-inch Roboworm in a red color like Oxblood, but I always like Blue Craw and warmouth here."


His advice for the shared-weight draw teams that will launch on the lake Feb. 2 and 3 was to be flexible enough to abandon the reaction bite, if necessary. "As a shared-weight team, two guys fishing deep for five quality bites just might take this thing," he continued. "As a AAA, just work with your pro, throwing a complimentary bait, and be open to suggestions from your boater."


Dobyns declared the popular destinations were locations on the main lake at the lower end and the mid- and south fork.


Checking in with Jason Borofka, a top-10 finisher from the most recent Oroville event, found many similarities in fishing facts. Borofka, however, did come upon a short window of opportunity for a reaction bite. The pro from Salinas revealed his Oroville strategy included a Frenzy umbrella rig in the early, early morning and a switch to a nail-weighted Senko as the sun came up.


"The numbers of fish caught has been great," he commented. "I've been catching 15 to 25 fish a day, by myself. The average size fish was in that pound to 1-pound, 12-ounce range. The quality fish that I got, definitely came on reaction. A rig in the top 20 feet (10 to 20) on steep, bluff banks was best for me; but that bite would die early. My best fish was upwards of 3 pounds. I got that one on a Senko with 6-lb line on a really steep, bluff bank, 50 feet deep. I'm not casting at the bank. I'm hitting that 15-foot area and wiggling it down the bank until it gets deep; then, I shake it a few times and start over."


Describing the water as "mostly clear," Borofka said visibility reached about 10 feet. He noted that the stained areas that he could find were most productive for the umbrella rig and that a 2-inch swimbait was the best match for the large amount of pond smelt that could be seen.


Other suggestions from Borofka were to drag green pumpkin and cinnamon Hula Grubs or spider jigs on 45-degree or isolated banks and rockpiles. For non-boaters in the upcoming event, he recommended tying on a Senko with a "little heavier weight, so it will get down faster."


Borofka predicted a two-day total of 25 to 27 pounds could take the trophy; however, Dobyns thought the victorious number could stretch beyond 28 pounds.


WON BASS invites anglers to quell their fishing fever and be part of the 2013 WON BASS season opener on Oroville, Feb. 1 and 2 ( Friday and Sat to avoid the Superbowl that Sunday). A victory could net $12,000, plus a ticket to the 2013 U.S. Open.


The Spillway Ramp at the dam will be the site of blast-off and weigh-in. Festivities commence Thursday. Registrations are still being accepted.


For more information or to sign up for the tournament, call Tournament Director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0030, ext. 40.

 

The Path To The Championship

The 2012 WON BASS Western Classic tournament comes to Clear Lake


BY JODY ONLY

Day 1 Update:

Half-Time at the Western Classic

As the 2012 WON BASS Western Classic qualifiers settle into their half-time break, we find eight boats that broke the 20-lb mark and three that landed a limit over 25-lbs.

 The stand-out team of Mike Stiles and Tony "Lou" Botelho are leading the field with 34.04. The double-digit kicker in the Stiles/Botelho bag weighed in at 10.01 and helped boost them to the top with nearly a six-pound lead.
Pro anglers Wayne Breazeale and Mike Tuck each showed off an 8-plus to take their teams to the top-3 as Breazeale and his AAA Chad Dibble weighed 28.10 and Tuck and his co Tom DiGiulio stuck 27.92
With one more day in the fight for fish  ahead of them, no details were divulged on how it was done.

The anglers resume the competition at safelight.  Conditions are forecasted to remain stable in the high 70's with no chance of rain and mild winds at 4- to 5-mph; although there is an anticipated change that there will be SE winds as opposed to N winds.

After initial predictions of a winning tournament weight in the high 40 to 50-lb range, thoughts have now changed and expectations are running in the 55-lb range.

The anglers will reconvene at safelight on the docks of Konocti Vista Casino.  Come cheer on your favorite fisherman at blast-off or weigh in and watch one lucky pro drive away with the Nitro/Merc package pictured.

Day Two Schedule
6:00 a.m. Boat Check
7:15 a.m. Blast Off
3:30 p.m. First Flight due in
3:45 p.m. Second Flight due in
5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

All events can be attended at:
Konocti Vista Casino
2755 Mission Rancheria Rd.
Lakeport, Calif. 95453
An entire Day One list of pro and AAA standings can be found at wonbass.com




LAKEPORT - As the sun begins to set on the 2012 bass tournament season, the path to the WON BASS championship leads 45 of the top WON BASS pro and co anglers to Clear Lake, Calif. for the Western Classic on Oct. 27 - 28.

Clear Lake at Konocto Harbor

KONOCTI VISTA CASINO welcomes the WON BASS best of the best.
 
The invitational tournament is slated to include the best of the best from both ends of the boat, after a series of three events held in both the Northern and Southern Regions. Invites went to the top-20 pros and AAAs from each division as well as the top-5 of both overall.
The stakes are high with cash payouts and a brand new, fully-rigged Nitro Z 7/Mercury package on the line.

As the fight for fish is about to kick off, WON BASSer pro and lake local Paul Bailey conveyed the current conditions of the fishery."It will be getting colder in the days right before the tournament," stated Bailey. "But, I would expect another little warm front. The water is low and the fish are in different spots this year. The bass are pushing baits, but in different spots than you would expect. I would say to look on "beachy" banks and docks. The guy that is going to do good is the guy that can think outside of the box."

Paul Bailey at Clear Lake Western Classic 2012

LAKE LOCAL PAUL BAILEY weighs in the current conditions of the fishery.


For bait choices, he suggested working the reaction bite and because he noted the temperatures were dropping every night, he thought the umbrella rig would be a factor in the tournament.  He also recommended a Little Creeper Trash Fish.

For the AAA, he said, "If you can bomb an umbrella rig all around the pro, not in front and not next to the pro but around the pro's water, go for it! If I was up front flippin', there is no way I wouldn't want my co behind me not capitalizing on that bite."

Bailey expects the victory to go the angler that can land 25-lbs a day and the biggest bass weighed to tip the scales at eight or nine pounds.
Also checking in with an update on the lake action was Troy Bella from Clear Lake Outdoors. "It is low water conditions now and there is a lot of baitfish," shared Bella. "Reaction is good in the morning and then it dies off."

His lures of choices also included the Trash Fish and he narrowed it down to a 6-inch in Light Hitch or Blue Back Herring. He also revealed that the LV 500 in Phantom Chartreuse Shad or Ghost Minnow and a drop shot with a Roboworm in Margarita Mutilator or Aaron's Magic were hot baits.

"The jig bite is decent," added Bella. "I would fish a 3/8-ounce jig in the north or a 1/2-ounce mid-lake or south. He noted the best colors would be brown/orange or brown/purple and also warned that water was too low to for those headed into Rodman.

Clarlake docks 2012 Western Classic

WON BASSERS return to Clear Lake for the 2012 Western Classic.


The season-ending Western Classic activities for WON BASSers commence on Thurs. Oct. 25 with Early Bird Check In, Registration and a welcome BBQ at Clear Lake Outdoors. The Mandatory Meeting and Partner Pairings will take place Fri, Oct. 26 at the host venue Konocti Vista Casino and the two-day, shared weight pro/am will blast off in Lakeport, Calif. at the Konocti Vista Casino Marina at safelight on Sat and Sun, Oct. 27 - 28.
 
Fans can follow their favorite angler at the weigh-ins starting at 3:00 p.m. each fishing day and the awards ceremony to be held at Sunday 5:30 p.m. at the Konocti Vista Casino.


PHOTOS BY JODY ONLY

 


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