Allec/Cole Figure Out the Secret to Big Fish in the Breeze at Don Pedro

Sunday’s at Lake Don Pedro in March makes you think of big fish and bed fishing. With the warm weather over the past week, we were in for a treat. Morning reports at PH Jigs Tackle store during sign in was that the beds were full and to watch out! The anglers of 100% BASS tried their best but Mother Nature thru them a curve. 10-15 mile per hour winds made bed fishing nearly impossible, but one team was on their game and was still able to catch the big ones.

Modesto’s Greg Allec and Partner Aaron Cole of Salida definitely figured it out. Their winning 5 fish limit came in at 23.77 pounds and was supported by the CYTOMAX Big Fish of the day, an 11.22 pound Lunker. While running the entire length of the lake to catch both pre-spawn and spawning bass they focused on two things. Pitching white tubes to bed fish on the main lake and Carolina rigged Brush Hogs in the transition area’s up river where they were just moving in. Greg and Aaron had big smiles on their faces when we called out their names, and rightfully so, as they were awarded first place trophies and a HAWG of a check in the amount of $8780. Not bad for a fun day fishing. Congratulations and big props go out to Greg and Aaron.

Second place went to the team of Shawn Conde and Russ Pierson, both of Oakdale. With a big fish of only 5.99 pound, these guys put together a very nice bag of fish, topping out at 22.16 pounds. That’s a very nice average and was accomplished by a variety of methods. While one would throw a Swimbait or a Spook, the other focused on the less aggressive fish near the bottom by shaking a darthead. Shawn said they never left the main lake all day, figuring, they wanted to be near by when the big fish started to bite. It definitely worked out as they took home $3320 and a pair of nice plaques. Good job guys.

Finishing in third place was the reigning anglers of the year, Kyle Rasmussen and Joe Menzes from Angels Camp. Always tuff on Don Pedro, today was no exception for Kyle and Joe with an anchor bass of 6.59 pounds to go in their 5 fish limit of 21.48 pounds. Kyle told us they used Brushhogs and Roboworms all day focusing on areas they new had beds, even though they couldn’t see them. They simple moved the baits very slow, as to present a danger to the bedding bass and make them strike. It definitely worked as they brought home the fish and the cash, for a total $1845.

Rounding out the field were the forth place team of Bryan Holms of Denair and Jarded Wolfley of Modesto. Their 5 fish weighed19.96, including the 3rd place big bass of 8.15 Lbs. and brought them $1630, while the fifth place weight of 19.51 Lbs brought $1255 to Bryan Cox of Oakdale and Kevin Davidson of Riverbank.

A special thanks to Shawn Redic of Modesto Toyota for bringing us that incredible new Toyota Tundra for display. It is support from these sponsors that make fishing a very friendly environment for both sponsor and anglers.

100% BASS would like to thank the fine sponsors that make the difference between fishing and the quality events we are able to provide as a result of their support. BassCat Boats, Mercury Outboards, MossDale boats in Tracy, MinnKota Trolling Motors, Humminbird Electronics, Berkley Trilene, Spiderwire Braid, Persuader Bass Baits, Powell Rods, Solar Bat Eye Protection, Snag Proof Lures, Walton’s Pond in San Leandro, Hook, Line & Sinker in Oakley, Phil’s Props in Redding, PH Jigs Tackle at Don Pedro, MF Finesse Custom Worms, Comfortroll, Comfort Suites of Oakley, Sig Fish Inc, and No Sweat Mist, Jims Pro Bass Tackle in Paso Robles, CytoSport / Cytomax energy drinks, Modesto Toyota, Cuesta Cadillac in Atascadero, Antioch Toyota, Cal West Concrete Cutting, Kosich & Callahan Insurance Services, (Castillo Badillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) and Russo’s Marina.

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