And with all the reports this spring about the outstanding spotted bass bite, the central valley's anglers could be in for some big fun. “Numbers are what's happening right now”, noted Merritt Gilbert, of Valley Rod and Gun tackle store in Clovis . Jigs, darterheads, and Senkos are what their catching em' on to get a good limit, but if you want to win, you will need a big fish so don't forget to bring your Swimbaits”, he added hastily.
Leading the pack early in the race for anglers of the year are newcomers Don Moorman and Douglas Goodman, who are hoping to keep the rest of field at a distance with a solid performance in this next event. “Being new to tournament fishing, leading the pack is new for us so we are not going to rest on our past laurels”, said this young team from Dos Palos California . "Winning the Don Pedro event was the thrill of a lifetime, but it is now time to get back to work“, they added.
Not only are the Angler of the Year titles on the line for anglers participating in this region, but also at stake are berths into the 2007 Future Pro Tour Classic, to be held this November at Lake Oroville where qualifiers will compete for a new Ranger 188vs with Evinrude Outboard, Minn Kota /Humminbird electronics, and Centennial Batteries.
For those of you that don't know, The Future Pro tour is an amateur level circuit that offers a great opportunity to learn the basics of competitive bass fishing, meet lots of great people, and just have fun. Its goal simply put, is to provide a venue in which entry and amateur level anglers can improve on their bass fishing skills in a friendly yet competitive environment. Requiring only a nominal entry fee, participants are encouraged to share information, and be part of making our events a fun experience for all. The Future Pro tour is a team format and features 2 divisions - Div I (0-90hp) and Div II (91hp and above), where anglers in each division fish for that division's prize money.
And for those of you that want to try out the Future Pro Tour and want to fish this event… you still have time to get in! Come down to C&C Marine in Modesto on Friday, April 27th , from 4:00 to 6:00pm and we'll get you signed up. Or, you can signed up the morning of the event at the lake (the store at Bartlett 's Cove - North ramp) from 4am-6am. A per-event membership fee of only $5 per person will be available so what are you waiting for?...come on down and join in on the fun!
Hope to see you all there!