Feature Article: First SBS Event

First Saltwater Bass Series event of season draws over 60 teams

Bigger spotties tougher to come by

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jan 15, 2020

SAN DIEGO — The 2020 season could not come soon enough for the Saltwater Bass Series competing teams. Cabin fever seemed to be the deal as every team could not wait to get going, with a record breaking 61 teams checked in at the Outboard Boating Club of San Diego. Great weather and tidal conditions awaited the 6 a.m. start. San Diego Bay, where spotted bay bass were the only fish counted for the day, was the format. Despite great fishing for lots of smaller bass, bringing in 5 legal 14-inch spotties was the challenge and this day proved that, as only 12 of the teams weighed in their full limit of 5 fish.

chunkybaybassCHUNKY BAY BASS were a challenge to find on Saturday, but Matt Kobzeff (pictured) and Rex McConnell found enough, scoring the win with 9.21 total pounds for their 5-fish limit.

With the weigh in starting at 3 p.m. the teams started coming in a bit before to get their fish weighed and move on to the BBQ where fresh pulled pork sandwiches off the Traeger Grill with fixings awaited. Some great prizes and raffle product from Daiwa, Costa Sunglasses, AFTCO, Lucky Craft, Coolbaits, Big Hammer, Olukai, Owner Hooks were also included in the BBQ and awards ceremonies. Here’s how this great event ended up...

In the Masters Division, finishing on top were a couple of the best spotted bay bass fishermen out there, as the team of Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell weighed a nice 9.21 pounds of healthy bass. Jigs, spinnerbaits, Lucky Craft crankbaits and A-rigs accounted for their catch. Second place was the legendary team of Ed Howerton and Dennis Burlason — they love throwing the A-rigs and swimbaits and they brought in 8.27 pounds of spotties. Rounding out the top 3 in the Masters Division was Brian Sanner and Kerry Peeler, who weighed in just shy of the 8-pound mark at 7.89.

FISHING SOLO WITHOUT a partner, Komron Azizi piled up 8.01 pounds of spotties to take the Rookie / Family division.

Climbing to the top of the Rookie / Family Division proved to be quite the challenge as well. Fishing by himself and representing a two-person team was Komron Azizi. Komron weighed in an impressive 8.01 pounds to get he and his partner Andrew Gomez a great start to the 2020 SBS season! Second place was the father / son team of Jeremy and Jose Assef. These two always do well catching spotties and their 7.73 pounds proved that. Finishing up in third was Anthony Calderon and Daniel Underwood, as these two anglers brought 7.44 pounds of angry bass to the scales to start their 2020 season.

Special thanks go out to all the teams that continue to support and the new teams jumping in. 2020 promises to be a great line up of events to test every level for skill. Next up will be the Feb. 8 event at the South Shores launch ramp in Long Beach. This event will feature the option of weighing all 3 saltwater bass species and will be boundried to the inside of the Long Beach break-wall only, where LA, Long Beach, Hunt­ing­ton Harbor and Alamitos Bay will be allowed to fish. This is always a great event where the smaller boats do just as well as the bigger boats.

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