OAKLEY, Calif. — Slow tides and summer heat can be the recipe for a grind, but confidence borne of past experience carried Obedie Williams of Discovery Bay, Calif. to a 5-bass limit of 27.71 pounds that leads Day 1 of the Wild West Bass Trail Duel on the Delta presented by the City of Oakley California.
Spending his time on Central Delta vegetation, Williams anchored his bag with an 8.82-pound tank that leads the Big Fish standings. Not long after he boated that fish around 10 o’clock, lightning nearly struck twice.
“I was happy to have that one, but I missed another one that big,” Williams said.
Two key spots with the same complexion produced the leading bag, with bites coming in 2-5 feet of water. The incoming tide seemed to stimulate the fish, but Williams said he got his work done in the late morning period.
“Nine to 12 is when I caught ‘em,” Williams said. “I couldn’t tell if the high tide or the low tide would be better, or if it would be the time of day. But I hit a feeding window and it was boom, boom, boom.”