Gray / Minugh Dominate Spotted Bass and Shasta Lake

It was another incredible day on Shasta Lake as 39 Boats enjoyed 65 degree weather and limits of bass biting. Virtually everyone weighed in 5 fished limits and the fish were eating almost everything in the tackle box. With everything working, the one common thing amongst the top finishers was move the baits SLOW. Jigs or worms were catching a lot of fish, but it seems that brown (crawdad) colors made the biggest impact. There was also an early morning Swimbait bite for those brave enough to throw it.

Dominating the field were many time winners, Mike Gray and Stuart Minugh, both of Redding. These guys are commonly accepted as on of the best winter fisherman on the lake and they didn’t disappoint us. With over a 5 pound victory, they weighed in at 18.12 pounds (all spotted bass) and anchored their limit with an incredible 6.52 Pound lunker. Stuart said they used a variety of plastics, including MF Worms and Yamamoto Hula Grugs, while the other partner would use a brown jig. He also stated they caught fish almost everywhere on the lake they fished, but the quality on this day came out the McCloud Arm. They both wanted to thank sponsors Phil’s Props and MF worms for their support as they took home a pair of nice trophies and a check for $4155. Congratulations to Mike and Stuart on another fine outing.

Second place went Gerber’s Tim Vanek and Jack Hogan of Red Bluff. They had the 4th big fish of the day, a very nice 3.49 pound Spotted Bass, as part of their 5 fish limit, weighing in at 11.69 pounds. Vanek said at the awards they spent the entire day on the main body of the lake and threw Swim baits and Magic Worms. For them the key was also fishing very slow as Vanek said, “They just weren’t very aggressive with the worm bite today, so we just kept going slower and slower, until they would eat”. While they received a check $1760 and a pair of fine plaques, Tim took the time to thank sponsors Persuader Baits and Magic Worms.

Talk about a good day. Our third place finisher, Pete Pinkerton of Lakehead, had fish alone as regular partner Don Reighley was still on the road back from another tournament in another state. This didn’t seam to matter much as Pete brought in 5 fish totaling 11.27 pounds and rewarded him with $1275. Pete stated he fished the main body very very slow with swim baits, jigs and Roboworms on dartheads in about 30 feet of water. Not bad for a day alone. He also took the time to thank sponsors, JB Tackle, Stratos, and No Sweat Mist.

Forth place went to Janeville and Redding’s Doug and Dan Sykes. With a 3.40 pound kicker they came in with a total of 11.22 pounds and took home $540. Rounding out the top five were Redding’s Jason Sherman and Bill McLaughlin. They took home $745 for their 11.20 pound limit.

100% BASS would like to thank the fine sponsors that make the difference between fishing and the quality events we are able to provide as a result of their support. BassCat Boats, Mercury Outboards, MossDale boats in Tracy, Antioch Toyota, MinnKota Trolling Motors, Humminbird Electronics, Berkley Trilene, Spiderwire Braid, Persuader Bass Baits, Powell Rods, Solar Bat Eye Protection, Snag Proof Lures, Walton’s Pond in San Leandro, Hook, Line & Sinker in Oakley, Phil’s Props in Redding, PH Jigs Tackle at Don Pedro, MF Finesse Custom Worms, Comfortroll, Comfort Suites of Oakley, Sig Fish Inc, and No Sweat Mist, Jims Pro Bass Tackle in Paso Robles, Cytosport and Cytomax energy drinks, Modesto Toyota, Cuesta Cadillac in Atascadero, Antioch Toyota, Cal West Concrete Cutting, Kosich & Callahan Insurance Services and Russo’s Marina.

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