Known throughout the country as perhaps the best “pound for pound” bass fishery, and to those that speculate on such things, the place where the next world record bass may be caught, the California delta boasts over 1000 miles of tidal shoreline with a seemingly endless maze of sloughs and levies that sprawl lazily throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Late spring is a great time to be fishing the California delta as post-spawn fish recovering from bedding activities move out and begin to actively feed again.
In this fourth event of the 2007 season, anglers fishing the tour are not only fishing for the event’s cash and prizes, but to also accumulate the points needed for a chance at one of the 70 coveted berths in the year-end championship, dubbed the “Future Pro Tour Classic” presented by People’s Folsom Lake Chrysler/Jeep/Hyundai. In the Classic event, which will be held on Lake Oroville November 10th and 11th, the 2007 FPT champions will receive a fully-rigged Ranger 188vs with Evinrude 150 E-Tec Outboard – the official boat and engine of the Future Pro Tour, equipped with Minn Kota/Humminbird electronics, Centennial Batteries, and rigged by C&C Marine of Modesto and Citrus Heights. In addition, and more importantly, they will have the honor of being crowned the best amateur bass fishing team in the west.
For those that don't know, the Future Pro tour is an amateur level team circuit that offers a great opportunity to learn the basics of competitive bass fishing, meet lots of great people, and just have fun. It's goal simply put, is to provide a venue in which entry/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.
Helping to further build the excitement and fun for this upcoming event, members of the Future Pro Tour’s Pro Support Staff - some of the west’s most notable professional anglers, will host a pre-registration seminar to be held on Friday June 1st at West Marine Products in Pittsburgh (925) 788-1560. On tap to give Future Pro Tour participants the best information possible regarding catching late spring bass on the California delta will be:
• Charlie Almassey
A veteran of western “bass wars”, Charlie is a consistent performer, and versatile enough to do well on all bodies of water in the west. Making the “final cut” in several of the major Pro/Am events on the delta, including the FLW National Guard series, Charlie knows the delta, and will help many Future Pro Tour anglers fill in some of the missing pieces that make up the delta puzzle.
• Andy “Cooch” Cuccia
Just like “Bo knows football”, Andy Cuccia knows the California delta. A licensed guide that spends over 150 days a year on the river, “Cooch” (as he is known by many), has an intricate knowledge of the delta, and most importantly, an outstanding ability to communicate to the novice angler, the techniques necessary to be successful on this massive tidal waterway. From pitchin Senko’s to topwater techniques, Cooch will intrique anglers with his special tips and techniques and you can be sure you will leave with a better understanding of how to fish the delta.
Other top Delta pros will also be stopping by to say hello and give FPT anglers one-on-one instruction so don’t miss out!. This optional pre-registration seminar will be from 4 to 7pm at West Marine Product's Pittsburg store. In addition to the great seminars, there will be a free BBQ, and free raffle for premium prizes making it a fun time for everyone attending. ALL ARE INVITED to attend even if you don’t fish Future Pro Tour events. The tournament, which will be held on June 2nd, will be going out of Brannon Island State Park off highway 160, with blast off commencing at safelight. Late registrations for this event will be accepted at the ramp the morning of the event from 4:00am to 6:30am, with a $5 per person limited membership fee available for those that may want to try out the tour. GET THERE EARLY as we are expected a large field of anglers.
ATTENTION!!…All of you pro anglers that have always wanted to fish in a team event with your son or daughter and have lots of fun... YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to come out and participate in this FPT event! This will be a great opportunity for you to compete with your youngster and show them just how much fun it is to fish while participating together as a team! Here’s how the special Pro-Youth event will work:
• Any pro anger can sign up with a youth (16 and under) at the pre-registration seminar on Friday night, or at the Brannon Island ramp the morning of the event
• No membership fee will be required for the Pro-Youth teams
• Entry fee for Pro-Youth teams will be $80 which includes big fish
• The Pro-Youth purse and payout will be TOTALLY SEPARATE from regular FPT purse and payout
• Trophies will be given to the top three Pro-Youth teams with a special prize going to the first Pro-Youth team out of the money
• Pro-Youth teams will be launched well after all FPT team have been launched and will weigh-in after all FPT teams have weighed in.
So everyone get ready for some fun on the California Delta! Come see who will capture the first FPT title of the year, and see how the pros will do competing against each other with their kids! So what are you waiting for?...get your big baits, breakout out your Lamiglas Flippin’ sticks, and let’s get ready to rumble on the California Delta!
See you all there!
Future Pro Tour Tournament Trails
For more information please call: (916)768-0938, or visit us at: www.futureprotour.net