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You could not have asked for better weather or better company.. we got both. After a whole year of staying home locked out of society the California Bass Contenders converged at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet California ready for battle. It was a cold dark April morning when ten boats and twenty anglers gathered for the first tournament of the new 2021-2022 CBC season and it could not have gone any better.
After launching quickly and safely all ten boats met up at the buoyline where our CBC Tournament Director Johnny Abyad sent all ten boats blasting off in different directions. This is it… it was really happening as we all blasted off leaving the last twelve months behind heading for whatever layed in front of us. Special shout out to our prospective member guests Frank Schwamborn fishing with David Mendez and Grant Quest who fished with Kenny Isago. Hope you both had a great day on the water with the Basscontenders? Another honorable mention to long time CBC member Mark Bowman who showed up to fun fish… Markus had an impressive 16lbs of DVL bass (center photo below) he kept fishing into the late afternoon, Mark said the wind turned the bite on right about the time we were all coming in.
After enjoying an entire foggy overcast gorgeous morning, like smoke on the water… the dust finally cleared and the victor on this day was the Bass Doctor Randy Estrada MD. Congratulations to Randy Estrada for taming five fat DVL largemouth to the tune of 21.22lbs. Randy anchored his impressive limit with the Big Fish award for the derby with a monster 8.08 pound DVL pig. Not too far behind Randy was the second place leader and no stranger to the top Conrad Apodaca Jr that landed five fish weighing in at 19.70lbs with a 6.09 kicker. Rounding out the money board and landing in third place Big Ed Cazares came in with 19.71lbs of jig fish from the Jewel. Big Ed enjoyed a fantastic time on the water with one of the original founding members from the CBC Smokin Joe Nava who landed in fourth place with a very respectful 15.49lbs that earned the duo the Big Boat award with a total combined weight of 33.30 lbs. The Bass Contender community would like to thank Tournament Director Johnny Abyad for putting on a great event and keeping us all organized.. also our club Secretary Chris Graciano and volunteers Alfred Vasquez and Mark Pavlinac who all helped out at the weigh-in. That’s what its all about and why we exist as a club.. it takes a village sometimes. Thanks to every club member who participated it was alot of fun and a great day at the Jewel.
1st Place: Neko rig fat shallow and ds deep mid lake
2nd Place: Neko rig skinny finesse light weight west end
3rd Place: Jig grn pmkn 20′-30′ and senko quarry zone
4th Place: Split shot red craw 6″ worm quarry zone
Air temp: 48 degree morning 74 degree weigh-in
Overcast morning flat calm, breezy sunny 5-15 mph west wind
Water clarity 10-15 visibility heavy algae bloom everywhere
1) Randy Estrada 5/21.22 BF:8.08
2) Conrad Apodaca Jr 5/19.7
3) Big Ed Cazares 5/17.91
4) Smokin Joe Nava 5/15.49
5) Johnny Abyad 5/14.71
6) Derrick Yoshinaga 5/13.19
7) Mark Pavlinac 5/13.07
8) Kenny Isago 4/12.63
9) Alfred Assasin Vasquez 5/12.60
10) David Mendez 5/11.41
11) Mark Whitney 4/10.95
12) Chris Graciano 3/10.86
13) Grant Quest 3/10.25 (G)
14) Frank Schwamborn 2/8.70 (G)
15) Mark Chadaeyne 4/8.11
16) Tom Creasey 3/7.98
17) Steve HVAC Meza 3/6.50
18) Andrew Chops Garcia 2/6.45
19) Conrad Apodaca Sr 1/2.85
Big Fish: Randy Estrada: 8.08lbs
Big Boat: Big Ed Cazares & Joe Nava: 33.30lbs
Next up: Lake Skinner 2Day Saturday & Sunday May 15&16, 2021
See you on the water: Big Ed!
Saturday April 24, 2021 the California Bass Contender season will resume after twelve long months of shutdown. Bring your ‘A’ game and get ready to rumble at the Jewel. Your Tournament Director Johnny Abyad will call the teams at blast off in the order drawn. After launching meet up near the buoy line for the starting signal. Five fish 13″ per angler 3:00PM drive up weigh-in back of the parking lot. Once again a message will be sent to all participants prior to the tournament with all of the details including pairings, fees, launch order etc.
See you on the water: Big Ed!
THIS IS IT… IT’s TIME.
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE:
THIS IS IT… the official reopening of the California Bass Contenders club. We will start with a brand new season including points beginning April 2021. The meeting will be Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 6:30PM at the shop of Steve Meza HVAC. Steve says whoever wants to come early is welcome to come and hang out. Conrad asked if we could all bring copies of our boat insurance policies and be prepared to pay your annual dues if you haven’t already done so. We will also draw teams for the April 24, 2021 DVL tournament. If you plan to fish the derby but can not make the meeting please call Conrad Apodaca. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN APRIL! The 2021 Tournament Schedule By-Laws and complete Tournament Rules can be found on the California Bass Contenders website: www.CaliforniaBassContenders.com
Steve Meza HVAC
550 E Arrow Highway
San Dimas CA
Thanks: Big Ed!
Longtime California Bass Contender legend and original founding member Lonnie Lautenschlager our CBC 1989-1990 Angler Of The Year has gone peacefully to be with The Lord. Lonnie joins Frank Castro, Hector Morales and many countless other lost CBC members in Heaven where I’m sure they are catching one on every cast on the big pond. The CBC mourns Lonnie’s loss and will forever keep him close in our memory and our thoughts.
RIP Old Buddy!
A MESSAGE FROM CBC FOUNDING FATHER GABBY HAYES:
IIIiits…. TIME for the Top Ten Fishoff Lake Perris Saturday November 14, 2020.
The main contenders from the Blue corner:
1) Johnny Abyad 482 points
2) Conrad Apodaca Jr 415 points
3) David Mendez 364 points
4) Steve Meza 328 points
5) Kenny Isago 327 points
6) Derrick Yoshinaga 310 points
7) Kevin Duncan 300 points
8) Robert Terrazas 298 points
9) Gary Crouse 276 points
9) Conrad Apodaca Sr 276 points
Good luck to the Top Ten anglers!
See you on the water: Big Ed!
ATTENTION ALL BASS CONTENDERS: The California Bass Contenders will re-open the 2020 season beginning with the first official meeting on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at the shop of MEZA’S HVAC Heating and Air Conditioning 550 E Arrow Hwy, San Dimas CA. The meeting will begin at 7:00PM sharp. This will be an outdoor meeting please bring a folding chair. We will be collecting Boater’s Insurance and Annual Dues from all members and we will also have our first raffle of the new season. We look forward to seeing you all there!