Southern CA Saltwater

Saltwater Bass Series races to the finish

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 16, 2018

PALOS VERDES — The 2018 Saltwater Bass Series regular season finished up at Palos Verdes with some excitement and great news for all! This last calico bass only event for the popular Master and Rookie / Family Division events brought 28 teams out hoping to better their point scores to qualify for the 2018 Two-Day Championship.

The fishing was very tough on the Palos Verdes Peninsula prior to the tournament. Cold water had the calico bass with complete lockjaw. Many teams pre-fished all day for no bites. To say this was going to be very interesting for the year-end result placing would be an understatement. DNWs would and could completely flip the standings.

sbswinnerscalicoWINNERS — The team of Garrett Ching and Bobby Martinez weighed a very nice 21.19 pounds with a 5.38 kicker to capture the win at the final Saltwater Bass Series tournament of the year. The win also cemented their AOY for the Masters Division by just one point.

About two weeks before the tournament the water temperature began to rise. By tournament morning, they were up to 63 degrees. When tournament director Gerry Mahieu sampled the waters he caught one after another small calicos. As he got up the line, he found some teams on the outside of the main kelp beds in 60 to 70 feet already culling.

The clean, deep edge of kelp was full of life, with birds and bait throughout this area of water. This is where nicer calicos were being caught on isolated stringers in the middle of the water column. One team doubled up and netted 2 – to 3-plus pound fish with a high five to follow. Mahieu couldn’t wait to begin the weigh-in and tally points to see how the year would finish up.

Coming to the scales with a winning bag were Garrett Ching and Bobby Martinez. These two weighed a very nice 21.19 pounds with a 5.38 kicker! This win also cemented their AOY for the Masters Division by just one point! Coming in a close second was the team of Brian Sanner and Kerry Peeler. They weighed 20.42 pounds of calicos. Third went to Marc Mills and Brett Woodward with 13.07 pounds.

In the Rookie / Family Division there was a repeated winning father-son team that only weighed 3 fish but had 14.04 pounds anchored by an overall tournament Big Bass of 7.36 pounds! This was the second win for Adam and Justin with their first one coming from San Diego Bay. Second place went to Dan Underwood and Anthony Calderon. They weighed 9.35 pounds. Third was the Hook Up Baits team of Frank Santiago and Richard Jeppesen. These guys brought in 9.32 pounds to the scales.

There would be some good news for championship qualifying teams. I normally take 15 teams from the Masters and up to 10 teams for the Rookie / Family Division teams making for a full 25 team Championship field. Well as one of the qualifying rules state that year end point “ties” count as one place or spot. The SBS ended up with a 3-way tie for 5th, a tie for 8th and a tie in 14th place! This made a total of 19 teams from the Masters to join with 9 teams from the Rookie / Family Division for a 28 boat field, allowing for 4 extra teams to join the fun. Congrats to all the teams that qualified for the June 16 / 17th championship down in Mission Bay!

After the Championship will be the June 30 Lucky Craft Hardbait Open. This event will be a hardbait only format with up to 3 persons per team based out of Alamitos Bay at the Davies Launch Ramp. This was a huge success last year and many teams asked that it come back.

The “Kings of Calicos” tournaments begin on July 14th. This 3-event series is for the hardcore calico bass angler. Formats call for no boundaries and teams can fish in Mexico waters to the offshore islands. These 12-hour tournaments will be based from San Diego to Long Beach and will end up at Ventura Harbor. An accumulation of 3 events worth of 5-fish limits weights will crown the team “King of Calicos”

All the 2018 regular season event results, pictures and upcoming events are on the website at 2019 promises to be a great one but were not done with 2018 yet!

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