Southern CA Saltwater

SBS keeps growing, sets new attendance record with 38 teams

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Feb 23, 2018

Bass bite solid up and down water column, as 19 ½-pound bag takes top honors

MISSION BAY — The second event for the 2018 Saltwater Bass Series season is a wrap! Dana Landing in Mission Bay was the host site and all the teams were excited as this coastal event was certain to produce some great weights. Boundaries for this event were from Scripps Pier to the Mexico border. Teams had the option to run south to the Imperial Beach Pipe area for sand bass, or fish up above to work the kelp for calicos. Having these boundaries allowed for smaller boats to be able to compete against the larger, faster boats. Some teams did well right out front, just above or below the Mission Bay entrance, showing that you did not to travel far to find some quality bass.

FIVE GRUMPY SAND BASS added up to 19.44 pounds for the team of Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell, taking first place in Saturday’s SBS Mission Bay Coastal event for the Masters Division.

With a 25-boat Masters Division field and 13 boats in the Rookie / Family Division, there were 38 teams fishing all kinds of different ways to come up with their limits of bass. Everything was working, from top to bottom and from shallow to deep, as most teams caught many limits of culled bass to bring their biggest days weight to the scales.

Topping the Masters Division was the team of Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell, as these guys weighed in 19.44 pounds of cookie-cutter 4-pound sand bass caught down deeper in the water column. Second place and fishing shallow in a small boat were Vince Cinquini and Ryan Martin — these two weighed 18.69 pounds. Following up to claim the bronze was the long established team of Ed Howerton and Dennis Burlason, as these guys weighed in 17.17 pounds.

The top 3 teams in the all new Rookie / Family Division were as follows: Taking the cake with a very nice bag weighing 17.47 pounds, was the father son team of Adam and Justin Larson. Second went to another father son duo, Mike and Justin Pritzl, as these guys brought 15.09 pounds of mixed bass to the scales. Following first and second was the Hook-Up Bait team of Frank Santiago and Richard Jeppesen, as these anglers weighed in 13.96 pounds of bass.

fatherandsonFATHER AND SON Adam and Justin Larson topped the Rookie/Family division field with 17½ pounds.

Once again, the teams ate some great food right off the Traeger Grill and shared stories of their day while waiting for their awards. Great fun and camaraderie are always the deal when you fish the SBS!

Next up on the SBS schedule is San Diego Bay for spotted bay bass, slated for March 17. The event will be hosted at the Chula Vista Launch facility. This will once again be a very fun tournament. If you are thinking of getting into saltwater bass tournaments, the Saltwater Bass Series is the perfect place to get your feet (and lines) wet, offering two different competing divisions that are fun, affordable and competitive. Grab a buddy or your mom or dad! Grab one of your kids and join in! See just how much fun and what great time you will have fishing these tournaments!

For more information on the SBS, visit

* * *

We hope you enjoyed this article on our no-charge website Of course, this site contains only a small fraction of the stories that Western Outdoor Publications produces each week in its two northern and southern editions and its special weekly supplements. You can subscribe to the print issue that is mailed weekly and includes the easy flip-page full-color digital issues, or you can purchase a digital only subscription. Click here to see the choice.

The Longfin Tackle Shop
The Longfin Tackle Shop