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Nearly 45 pounds over two days wins 2019 Saltwater Bass Series Championship event

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 12, 2019


With the 2019 Saltwater Bass Series Championship now in the books, wow, what an incredible season for the Series!

Results for the Championship were interesting as the format was a two-day total, having day one as a coastal format where calicos and sand bass would be added to a day-two spotted bay bass weight doubled for a two-day added total weight to decide the final tournament placings.

THE TOP SPOT in the Saltwater Bass Series two-day Championship event went to the team of Chad Gierlich and Al Vasquez with a total of 44.29 pounds of bass, good enough for the top cash prize of $1,600.

While the teams awaited tournament results and AOY accomplishments, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken drumsticks with sides of baked beans, potato salad and smoked potato chips off the Traeger grill… WOW! Sponsor row was incredible with a brand new Mercury 115 4-stroke motor, Lowrance product, a MotorGuide Trolling Motor, Traeger Grills, IGLOO coolers, Costa glasses and accessories, Big Hammer product, Coolbait lures, hardbaits from Lucky Craft, PitBull Braid Cutters, SKB fishing backpacks, Certificates from Owner Hooks, Olukai and Salty Crew, Daiwa having soft coolers, pliers, rods reels hats braid and other great stuff… man, it was crazy how much there was for the teams!

With Mercury cash, option money and prizes the anglers were looking at over $25K in total! All the teams had to do was qualify for the no-basic-entry-fee Championship and regardless of their finish, they all had a shot at going home with some of all this swag… unreal! Now for some results.

Finishing up on top was the Hookup Bait originator and team of Chad Gierlich and Al Vazquez. These guys had a day-one total for 24.53 pounds added their day-two weight of 19.76 for a combined weight of 44.29 pounds! Second place went to Bryan Davis and Whitney Uyeda, their two-day total weighed 42.08 pounds, anchored by a 3.12-pound spotted bay bass on day two. Third place went to Matt Kobzeff and Rex McConnell with a two-day total of 40.56 pounds.

THE ROOKIE/FAMILY DIVISION Championship crown went to the team of John Graff and Trevor Weeks, earning the duo a $625 payday.

The Mercury 115 4-Stroke Motor was raffled off and won by Aaron Jeffrey and Justin Acuna. These guys were STOKED as their ticket number was read while they jumped up and down and the crowd cheered them on… it was great! Many high points were noted and the most obvious was the participation and sponsor involvement. In 2019 SBS had an average of just under 50 teams per event, with 68 different teams fishing and 36 of those teams fishing every single event! There were over 20 of the industries finest sponsors involved this year too.

How do you do better than what was the Series’ best year so far? Well, the 2020 schedule is already in the works along with once again, lining up sponsors for the upcoming 2020 season. If you have ever considered getting into saltwater bass tournaments, the SBS is such a great circuit to get involved with. The Series features both Masters and Rookie / Family Divisions where you can compete on an even playing field. These events are affordable, competitive and extremely fun.

Fishing in tournaments cuts the learning curve down tremendously and that’s the feedback that comes from all of the teams… especially the Rookie / Family teams. Everyone is looking forward to the 2020 Saltwater Bass Series season, with events being held from Long Beach to San Diego with a couple of surprise venue locations coming up. 2020 promises to be yet another record breaker in participation!

Check out the website at , FB at saltwater bass series or Instagram at @saltwaterbassseries19.

See you all on the water and be ready for January 2020 for the start of SBS 2020!

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