It’s no news to anyone that dropshottin’ has revolutionized the sport of bass fishing. The phenomenon has affected the sport so much that a good majority of anglers have seemed to abandon the old strategies of split-shottin’ and deep water jiggin’ for summertime bass.
But change is a good thing…especially for those that choose to open their minds and embrace it rather than fight it. Such was the case for the overwhelming majority of anglers participating in Saturday’s Future Pro Tour event held on Oroville Lake. Reliable sources such as The Fish Sniffer magazine, local tackle stores, and Future Pro Tour seminar speaker – Dave Rush, concurred that the technique made popular by California-grown superstar Aaron Martens, was the way to go if you were to be successful in this event.
Dave Rush, a 4-time angler of the year, and 3rd place finisher at the 2001 B.A.S.S Invitational on Oroville Lake, provided detailed insights on the dropshottin’ technique for the over 50 anglers in attendance at Friday’s pre-registration seminar held at Paradise Sporting Goods in Oroville. “These fish are deep and haven’t quite come up yet”, Dave explained to the anxious group of amateur anglers. “During the heat of the day you need to be where they are..and dropshottin’ is the best way to do it”, he further added.
Following the seminar, sales of Pro Worms and Gamakatsu dropshottin’ hooks/weights were brisk, and it was clearly evident that the stage was set for a dropshottin’ war.
Safe-light came and went, and from the view at the dam, you could already see several boats in the 80 boat field, poised on the many deep-water points Oroville has to offer, applying the dropshottin’ technique. Going into the stretch of what has been an exciting but grueling 7-event season, Future Pro Tour anglers seemed to be fishing with more intensity that ever, knowing that a bad showing in this 6th event could be the deciding factor in helping them to obtain a berth in the up-coming Future Pro Tour Classic Championship event.
This year-end qualifying championship to be held on Folsom Lake and the California Delta, Nov 15th and 16th respectively, will see it’s newly crowned winners receive the Future Pro Classic Cup and a $15,000 voucher good toward the vehicle of their choice at People’s Folsom Lake/Stockton Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan-Hyundai-Isuzu dealerships!
Also at stake are the Lucky Craft Angler of the Year titles that carry with them paid entry fees into the 2004 Future Pro Tour season as well as a 1-year limited sponsorship from Lucky Craft and Reaction Innovations.
Toping the field with a solid five-fish limit of spotted bass weighing 9.70 lbs, was the team of Kyle Murphy and Phillp Clark, who fishing their first Future Pro Tour event, applied both the dropshottin’ and darterhead techniques to claim the victory in Division II (big boat division). Kyle, a fisheries biologist for the Department of Fish and Game, was clearly excited about their win and the numbers of fish he and Phillip caught throughout the day. “We had a great time and simply ran from point to point, finding large groups of fish every time we stopped”, Kyle said to the large group of anglers in attendance at the awards ceremonies. For their victory Kyle and Phillip took home three trophies – (they also won the Big Fish award), and a check for $1,875 dollars! Congratulations Kyle and Phillip on a great victory!
In Division I (small boat division) Shaun Laytem and Nick English got the victory on the strength of a 6.85 lb bag of spotted bass. They too used the dropshottin’ technique (Pro Worms) in deep water to coax their fishing into biting. Their victory was particularly sweet in that the just traded in their 10ft Sears Gamefisher model boat for a new 16ft Bass Tracker, so they could cover more area during Future Pro Tour competition! Their 1st place check for $400 is sure to help cover some of their newly incurred boating expenses!
I would like to thank all of you that participated in this event for helping to make it a great success. Special thanks to David Bryning at Paradise Sporting Goods for hosting our pre-registration seminar, and professional angler Dave Rush for taking the time out of his busy schedule to share with us his Oroville Lake techniques.
Coming up….the final event of the season. The California Delta on Oct 11th! The pre-registration seminar will be held Friday, Oct 10th at the Peoples Stockton – Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan –Isuzu dealership. Remember, if you want to fish this event you can pay the $5.00 pro-rated membership fee plus $80 entry fee and you’re in!
Come on out and see what you’ve been missing! The fall bite on the Delta I’m sure will be no less than outrageous!