DISCOVERY BAY, Calif. – Damian Thao of Fresno, Calif. became the first-ever champion of the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) Kayak Series with the single day, five-fish limit of 83.50”. Thao bested a field of 92 competitors on the California Delta for the Trail’s season-opener presented by Lithium Pros.
Thao’s success was bolstered by his two biggest bass, stretching to 19-plus inches. They helped push him nearly three-inches past the runner-up.
Cast and retrieve speed is what Thao attributed as his difference-maker.
“I think it was just about how slow I was going,” he explained. “It was tough fishing, and I knew I would have to go slow to get the bites.”