Southern CA Saltwater

Father-son team takes Newport SBS title

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 15, 2017

Ken and Brandon Shurman 8.09 pounds of Newport Bay spotted bass for $2,000/Daiwa/Costa payday; Kobzeff and McConnell’s 2nd place finish gives them bay region title


THE CHAMPS KEN and Brandon Schurman weighed an impressive 8.09 pounds with the tournament Big Bass at 2.23 pounds. Here, Brandon holds two toad spotties.

NEWPORT BEACH — Saltwater Bass Series teams arrived at Newport Dunes for the early check-in Saturday, March 11 while anticipating a somewhat tough bite for this last of the Bay Region events. Spotted Bay Bass in the 14-inch range have become hard to come by in Newport in the last few years but this would be the final proving ground for the teams making a run at the prestigious Anglers of The Year (AOY) race.

Big tide swings would also challenge the teams, providing different bites throughout the day within small biting windows. This is spottie fishing and anything can happen.

Leading the 2017 AOY team race was the teams of Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell. Matt and Rex led Ed Howerton and Dennis Burlason by a mere 6 points and a few more points over the team of Bobby Martinez and Kenny Bobo.

runnersupmattRUNNERS UP MATT Kobzeff and Rex McConnell placed second with 7.11 pounds for $750 and wrapped up the 2017 Bay Region title.

Here is how it all went down on Saturday.

Taking first place was the father/son team of Ken and Brandon Schurman. These guys weighed an impressive 8.09 pounds with the tournament Big Bass at 2.23 pounds! Coolbait underspins made up for all of their keeper fish. The father-son duo won $2,000, a Daiwa Coastal reel paired with the new Daiwa Proteus Inshore rod, Costa sunglasses, an armload of raffled product.

Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell placed second with 7.11 pounds, taking home $750 and more importantly, wrapping up the 2017 Bay Region AOY title which will give them free basic entries into the Bay Region events in 2018 along with a beautiful set of trophies to be awarded at the 2017 Championship in Long Beach.

“Four Bay Region events in four different Bays was the ultimate challenge and these guys proved they were the best by finishing the year with a 1 st, two 2nds and a 4th place finish,” said Gerry Mahieu, SBS director.

thirdplacechadTHIRD PLACE CHAD Gierlich and Al Vazquez.

The “ Hook-Up” baits “rookie” team of Chad Gierlich and Al Vazquez competing in their first year of the tour finished in 3rd place solidifying their place in the SBS events this season with a 2nd and a 3rd place in only three events.

“Congrats and thanks to all the teams that fished the Bay Region events this season. Up next will be four Inshore / Islands Region events. This Calico and Sandbass Region is just heating up and I predict some great fishing in the coming months. March 25th is the first of these events and will be based out of Dana Landing in Mission Bay. Teams have no boundaries except for Mexico which will be off limits this season.”

For all the results and information on upcoming events and beyond visit .

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