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Saltwater Bass Series Championship races to the finish

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 21, 2018

MISSION BAY — The 2018 Saltwater Bass Series (SBS) season was capped by an unbelievable 2-day championship that was based at Dana Landing in Mission Bay. With wind and overcast skies both mornings, the teams were still eager to get out and put their two best days together. Rumors of 25-pound limits on the outside and 12-pound limits of spotted bay bass on the inside had everyone excited to get going.

championsbrandonCHAMPIONS — Brandon Bliss and Jimmy Bresnahan scored 40.34 pounds for their 2-day SBS championship total, good for $2,400, Daiwa rods and reels, Costa Sunglasses and best of all a couple of first place championship plaques. It was their first SBS win!

Day one, the teams headed out into a stiff south wind to capture their biggest sack of calico and sandbass that would be added to the day two doubled weight of spotted bay bass. As tournament director Gerry Mahieu began to add up the numbers he said, “Man, this is going to be tight. With just over one pound deciding first through fifth place and the next dozen placings stacked, he was right.

Finishing up with their first ever tournament win was the team of Brandon Bliss and Jimmy Bresnahan, who had 40.34 pounds for their 2-day total. A win for these two could not have come at a better time! They brought home $2,400, Daiwa rods and reels, Costa Sunglasses and best of all a couple of first place championship plaques! Following up just .04 behind was the Hook Up Bait team of Chad Gierlich and Al Vazquez weighing 40.30 pounds. Third was another Hook Up Bait team of Frank Santiago and Richard Jeppesen, who weighed 39.85 pounds.

Capping off the regular season with record attendance was this 2-day no basic entry championship. Fishing was as good as it could be both days which really added to the excitement of the awards that followed the weigh in. Tom and Valerie Handzus won the raffle for a Mercury 115 4-stroke motor — talk about pumped up! The SBS also raffled off two trips for two to Alaska courtesy of KP Sportfishing, a trip for two to Cedros Island courtesy of Cedros Outdoor Adventures, a Motor Guide Great White trolling motor, a Lowrance Hook 2 - 12 inch fishfinder / GPS unit, 3 Traeger Tailgater grills with all the accessories, Plano tackle boxes, Daiwa J-Braid and Jig Packs, Gerber knives, Frabill nets and tons of other great product.

misseditbyMISSED IT BY .04 POUNDS! It doesn’t get any closer than this, a second place finish on the strength of a 40.30-pound total for the Hook Up Bait team of Chad Gierlich and Al Vazquez.

“I would like to personally like to thank each and every sponsor for supporting the SBS through 2018 along with the teams that committed to fishing the events. Thank you so much!” Mahieu said.

2019 will have the same formats with the Master and Rookie / Family Divisions. The Rookie / Family teams had such a great time fishing alongside the Masters teams. Everyone came together like family while learning so much from each other. “It was great and I’m really looking forward to the 2019 SBS season with more new teams coming in to join the fun,” Mahieu added.

For full results and pictures from this event along with information regarding all of the other events visit

thirdplacewenttoTHIRD PLACE WENT to another Hook Up Bait team, Frank Santiago and Richard Jeppesen, who weighed 39.85 pounds at the SBS championship.

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