Marysville residents Ken Hicks and Kyle Scanlon are “hyped” and expressed guarded apprehension about the upcoming split venue championship event. “Folsom is a lake we are really in synch with right now”, Ken said confidently. At the last event (2 weeks ago on Folsom) we patterned these fish pretty good and scored high (6th place). The key is to stay focused and execute when it really counts!” John Green of Richmond, and John Gann of Redding are preparing for all-out war and plan a jig attack on bass in both the Delta and Folsom. “I throw jigs...that’s what I do”, John Gann said without hesitation. At this time of year as the water cools off I’m confident of our ability to catch em’ on the jig bait exclusively - and if the fish stay where we think they will be..we have a good chance of winning”. John Gann is the founder of Gann’s Jigs, whose jig baits helped his partner John Green boat an 11-pound largemouth several years ago on the California Delta. You can best believe that these two hope everything lines up in their favor for the Future Pro Tour Classic!
Not to be counted out in this race for the most prestigious title in amateur level fishing is the team of Shaun Laytem and Nick English, small boat division anglers of the year. Unlike during the regular season where the small boat division and big boat division are separated and each division’s anglers fish for two separate purses, this Classic event combines qualifiers from both divisions in a winner-take-all format. Shaun and Nick, fishing out of their 15’ Bass Tracker, are poster boys for the old saying: “You don’t have to have a big boat to catch fish”. And given the fact that Shaun and Nick in the last Folsom event bested the entire field of anglers (big boats included) by almost 3 pounds, and won the last 3 events in 2004 in their division, including one on the Delta, it would be foolish to count them out as serious contenders for the top prize.
The evening prior to the Classic event, qualifiers will enjoy an all-you-can eat full gourmet BBQ dinner at the People’s Folsom Lake-Nissan dealership where they will be greeted by several Future Pro Tour sponsors, and Pro Support Staff members, such as Keith Trippe (Ranger Boats), Don Lee (Everstart), Len Vinci (Minnkota), Chad Martin, John Maes, Andy “Cooch” Cuccia, Randy Pringle, Dean McDaniel, Ralph Harkins and many more. Our speakers, sharing advice on winning strategies, will be Triton Boats pro-staffer Kent Brown, and 2003 Bassmaster Classic Qualifier Ish Monroe!
The first day weigh-in will begin at 3:00pm at Folsom Lake (Brown’s Ravine) with the second and final day taking place at the People’s Stockton-Nissan dealership off Hammer Lane in the Stockton Automall. Stockton’s largest radio station KSTN 107.3 F-1420 AM will provide a LIVE broadcast of the weigh-in event at the dealership for those of you that will be on the water and can’t attend the festivities. Tune in at 2:00pm and find out who will win the 2004 Future Pro Tour title, and the keys to a new vehicle courtesy of the People’s Folsom Lake/Stockton Chrysler-Nissan-Jeep-Hyundai-Isuzu dealerships!
Be there when we crown the 2004 Future Pro Tour Classic Champions…the best amateur team in the west!