Feature Article: SBS Long Beach

Good times, big fish at Saltwater Bass Series Long Beach

BY GERRY MAHIEU/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 22, 2019


LONG BEACH — With a very successful 2019 Saltwater Bass Series season coming to an end, many teams wanted one last shot to better their point totals to try and make the highly anticipated SBS Championship. Very windy weather occupied many of the previous days leading up to the tournament. Many of the 41 teams expected less than standard conditions with wind and rain to be a matter to deal with through the night. Tournament hours ran from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. and all the teams that showed were locked and loaded for some great nighttime fishing.

rookiefamilyROOKIE / FAMILY DIVISION winners Scott and Daniel Reason fished the Long Beach breakwall for calicos where they scored a 19.87-pound limit.

Like all night events, the expectation of big bags always looms and this tournament proved that right! Half of the Masters Division teams weighed over 18 pounds with the winning Rookie / Family winning team weighing just under 20 pounds! In the Masters Division the winning team of Rex McConnell and Matt Kobzeff weighed 25.36 pounds of sand bass. Following these guy up were Randy Spizer and Skyler Kachadooran with 22.99 pounds. Third went to Bobby Martinez and Garrett Ching weighing 21.88 pounds.

In the Rookie / Family Division the father / son team of Scott and Daniel Reason took first place honors with a really nice limit of Calicos weighing 19.87 pounds! These two fished the breakwall for their bass. Second went to the 2019 AOY team of John Graff and Trevor Weeks, they weighed 16.53 pounds to wrap up their prestigious title…. Congrats guys! Third place was Frank Santiago and Richard Jeppessen with a close 16.44 pounds.

Big Bass of the tournament was a beautiful 8.51-pound calico bass caught on the inside of the breakwall. Over half of the teams had a 4-pound or better kicker fish in their limit… Pretty impressive! Lures and tactics varied from swimbaits to jigs as the mainstay for most but some teams fished crankbaits and A-Rigs to catch their fish. Usually a pre-dark bite happens and then a lull that develops into a late night bite where the nocturnal feeders go on as tear… This was the case once again and many capitalized early and late.

Another great season with growth and swelling participation gave way to an average of 50 teams per event! Many new teams will be jumping in next season while some of the existing Rookie / Family teams will be getting “bumped” into the Masters Division for 2020.

Up next is the June 8-9 2-day SBS Championship at the South Shores launch Ramp in Long Beach. Day one will be coastal when all 3 bass species will count. Day two will be spotted bay bass only with their weight to be doubled and added to the day one standard weight for a 2-day total combined weight to decide the winning teams. SBS will be raffling off a brand new Mercury 115 4-stroke motor to one lucky team as well as tons of other product from our great sponsors.

For all the 2019 results and pictures as well as AOY and Championship qualifying teams, visit saltwaterbassseries.com.

masterdivisionMASTERS DIVISION WINNERS found a limit of sand bass weighing 25.36 pounds to lock up their victory.

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