Goldston’s Take Oroville With First Ever Victory

Lake Oroville is one of the premier Spotted Bass fisheries in the Western United States and this week was no exception. With freezing temperatures in Northern California for the past week, lake temps have dropped drastically to the high 40’s and turned the spots on. 33 of 35 teams weighed in 5 fish limits taking nearly a 2.5 pound average to win. It seams that the spots love a low pressure system and today proved it. Worms, and Jigs were the lure of choice for most. Brown jigs on main lake points and 6” worms on dart heads in 30-40 feet of water seamed to produces very well also. Color didn’t seam to matter today as many reported using shad colors while others were using browns.

Top finishers were father and son Tom and Denny Goldston of Gardnerville, Nv. This is there first major team tournament win and “It doesn’t get any better than this” said proud dad Tom. They had the second big bass of the day, a very nice 4.08 pound Spotted Bass, which anchored the winning weight of 12.40 pounds. Tom said at the awards, they threw 6” Roboworms all day long, using both the Drop Shot method and shaking a dart head. Oxblood was their color of choice, although, Denny did mention a few came on shad prism worms when they were at the north end of the lake. The winners check was a nice round figure of $3500 and they have a pair of nice plaques to go with that. Great job, Tom and Denny.

Second place went to Redding’s Bill McLaughlin and Jason Sherman. Bill has been gone for a few years, but has returned with a new partner and picked up right where he left off, atop the leader board. Their weight today was 12.24 pounds which included a 3.38 spotted bass kicker (3rd place in the big bass pot). As usual, brown jigs and brown worms were the lure of choice, and main lake points was the pattern today. Bill and Jason received a pair of nice plaques and $1610.

Third place went to Yuba City’s Tony Holt and Richard Dobyns. These guys tipped the scales at 12.08 pounds and also had a solid kicker fish, 3.16 pounds. Richard said in an interview after the tournament, they fished all day in the middle fork and south fork focusing on step walls. They both threw dart heads with Yamamoto tubes attached in 30-50 feet of water. Richard also took the time to say thanks to Ranger, Evinrude, and Yamamoto baits. There reward for a great day was $1050.

Rounding out the day were forth place finishers Jonas Lowry of Anderson and Randy Doyle of Redding with 11.94 Lbs. They received $530, while fifth place went Roseville’s Steve Flanders and Sacramento’s Ed Zinda taking home $755 which included the big fish winnings. Other honorable mentions go to Scott and Billy Reynolds with 11.45 lbs and winning $260, and Bob Benson and Jim Riley with 11.41 lbs, winning $270.

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