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Summer 2016 I can’t believe spring has already passed. WesternBass was happy to help cover many of our springtime events including the hourly weigh-in excitement of the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on the California Delta and the Wild West Bass Trail’s California Teams championship on Clear Lake. We hope you enjoyed the live video coverage that we were able to bring to you from the water and the scales. It’s that time of the year again and ICAST is on in just a few weeks! Frog Master, Bobby Barrack and I will be returning to the show and running live video shots from the floor. I have already made several appointments with manufacturers and their pros to review the latest products they have to offer. We are both excited to see all the new items and share them with you! Next month will be the 15th annual Snag Proof Open -the Original Frog Tournament. You may recall that last years event had over 200 boats with a 100% payback of over $40,000. This year, Nate Chandler owner of Snag Proof is hoping to have over 300 boats and make this the biggest event out west, along with the biggest, two-day specialty tournament payout... Go Snag Proof! In September, there are many events that we are looking forward to. For all the Delta rats, we will have the kick off of the 2016-2017 season of the Hook tournaments, Dan’s Delta Outdoors will host their only Pro/Am of the season and Randy Pringle and the Best Bass Tournaments will bring us the return of BassFest. The 34th annual WON Bass U.S. Open will hit Lake Mead and early bird registration is already underway for this one! We also have the WWBT Lucas Oil Pro/Am western championship also at Lake Mead. All and all, the WWBT took off and never looked back. Great turnouts along with 100% payouts really attracted many of our best anglers and great competitor numbers. Next year’s events should only get better! This quarter, WesternBass has welcomed three new sponsors. Ben Green Insurance specializing in insurance for outdoor enthusiasts, Mystery Tackle Box featuring a fun and affordable way to discover new fishing products every month and Crossed Industries offering automotive accessories for anglers and angler sponsorship programs. Finally, I would like to thank all of you and all of our sponsors for supporting WesternBass!


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Clear Lake By Clear Lake this week 6/28/2016 Lake level is 5.24 Rumsey and water temps are 70-85 degrees depending on time of day. Finally, a more consistent bite is beginning to greet anglers this week, and one will be rewarded for weeding through the shorts. Trust me, stick with it and you will be rewarded. Whether you choose to power fish, or finesse em’, one has to be willing to wade through the smaller fish in order to put a good sack together. Basically, for the first time this year one say the pattern is about normal for the time of year. Yep, “summertime” pattern. Chase em’ on top early, cover water mid-morning, and hit the shade in the afternoons. Early morning a buzz bait, spook, or whopper plopper should raise some interest, and mid-mornings the chatterbait, crankbait bite is now going pretty good, as is a Carolina rigged brush hog. Once the sun gets up and there are shade lines, the drop-shop, nail rig, and senko begin to takeover. Whereas up to now it’s been hit and miss depending on the day, the bite is really beginning to improve as was expected. Just be prepared for the heat, it can be quite stifling. Top colors this past week? Watermelon candy, MMIII, Aarons Madness, Yamamoto’s 330, 301, 926, and PBJ. Oh, minnows are back in stock at Clear Lake Bait & Tackle. I suggest you call ahead and reserve yours as they will go fast over the holiday. In closing, again please wear your PFD at all times. We unfortunately lost yet another angler this past week. Even one drowning is too many. This one unfortunately makes four in the past month alone here on Clear Lake. ReelEx, your source for quality, professional service on your Shimano reels. Guaranteed 96 hr turnaround on service. 650-454-4938 www.reel-ex.com

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