Irvine Lake Top Ten Tournament and Bass Contender season opener
Irvine Lake two day event is the start of the regular Bass Contender season. All member points goes to zero and the playing field is even. This event will double as our Top Ten Tournament and fish off from the 2012 season where the top ten anglers fight for bragging rights. Bag limit is 5 fish/ 12″ minimum length.
The total combined weights for both days will determine our Champion. This event will be a dual tournament weigh-in that will produce our 2012 Angler Of the Year and our new front runner for the 2013 season. For those anglers wishing to get a room right down the street, Motel 6 on Chapman Ave in Orange will provide us a group rate depending on how many rooms we block? There are restaraunts with in walking distance and plenty of convenient wide open parking right in front of your room.
Bring me five good keepers Saturday and again on Sunday!
Bass Contenders we have been approved for variance at the upcoming May 11th Tournament. The DFG has approved our request for a five fish bag limit and a minimum length of 12″ or better. It is rare to get a variance with these size and bag limits for Lake Silverwood where the usual limit is 2 fish / 15″ minimum length. With the Spring bite in full force at this high elevation event this tournament promises to be a good one. May is primetime at the Wood. There are special requirements from the DFG which include each participant having in their possession during contest hours electronic written identification issued by the sponsor that states a variety of details included in the Department Of Fish and Wildlife permit.
These details will need to be printed out in advance of the tournament to keep us all in compliance. Please make sure if you plan on attending this awesome event you are present at the Wed May 1st Bass Contender meeting at Michael Angello’s pizzaria in San Dimas. If you think you cannot make the meeting but are planning on attending the event please contact Tournament Director Big Ed Cazares so he can get you on the angler list.
Bring me five good keepers!
This night tournament will launch approx 3:00pm and the weigh in will be approx 10:00pm, possibly 4:00-11:00. In July we are under the six hour livewell rule. We may vote as a club to make it a double/double weigh-in with a lunch or banquet between the morning and evening derby or perhaps just a double weigh-in with the first weigh in taking place on the water and the final weigh in in the parking lot? We will discuss the details at the regular meeting as the date comes near. We also plan on getting a 12″-13″ variance from DFG.
The Castaic Bass Club Challenge is a tournament for organized bass clubs in Southern California to compete against other bass clubs. Only the top three combined weights from each club are considered for the bass club challenge to determine the overall winner, runner up etc. A free barbecue and entertainment is provided. As for our own club tournament it will be a tournament with in a tournament. All the weights will be determined and recorded by our tournament director just like any other regular event. Basscontender points and winners will determined through the Bass Club Challenge weigh in.
Lake Perris Jan 26th California Bass Contenders
Today 18 Bass Contenders merged on to the Inland Empires busiest lake for the day. Lake Perris was host to over 30 boats from American Bass and another 9 boats from the California Bass Contenders. With the low water levels and not much structure to hold on, the fish were scattered and tattered all day long with pressure from derby day anglers and pressure from practice day aficionado’s. Those fish were like…. “Really”? One big bucket mouth said… “I’m just sayin”!
As you can see from the photo above, “The Secret Spot” wasn’t very secret on this cloudy Saturday.
Once again to nobody’s suprise Alfred “The Assassin” Vasquez found a way to win even if it was with only one legal keeper. Alfred tamed the hungry giant early around 7:00 near the Island with his Shimano Crucial swimbait bait rod and a Shimano Curado 300 with 16lb Sniper florocarbon tipped with a 9″ Jerry Rago Soft Tool Swimbait.
When I spoke to Alfred he told me he and Dave were cracking up about some funny stuff when all of the sudden he was caught off guard as the behemoth slug ripped the rod right out of his hands. He barely gripped the rod in time to start cranking with a locked down drag as the big girl finally showed herself a few feet away from the boat with her mouth wide open shaking her big ugly pit bull head from side to side. Alfred new he couldn’t let her turn her head because the 16lb test line Sniper Florocarbon that would have been no match for this fat girl who wanted to dance… Well Alfred took her to the prom and introduced her to his little friends at the weigh in.
According to a couple other CBC anglers it seems that the fish would chew every time the wind would would pick up a little bit. The bulk of the days fish were mostly short of the 15″ minimum keeper length. Guys throwing drop shot plastics, carolina rigged creature baits and bama riggs were among the anglers who brought fish to the weigh in.
The tale of the tape Lake Perris results:
|Water Clearity||2′-3′ stained green|
|Conditions||Flat calm at launch; Clouds, breeze, drizzle|
|Place||Name||No Fish||Weight||Big Fish||Big Boat|
One note worthy detail that arised from one of the Russian Basscontender contestants on this cold winter day was the exceptional day had with long time member “Smokin Joe Nava”. It was rumored by the boat operator that Joe didn’t pass gas not even once…. well us longtime veteran members all know Joe is king of the SBD.
Next up for the Basscontenders is Lake Otay way down south near the border. Should be a good one!
“Speak your mind” and comment below so we losers who weren’t there can hear from those of you who were!
Later; Big Ed!