LAKESIDE, Calif. – California fishing partners Justin Hanold, of Poway, and Josh Parck, of Highland, defeated a 45-boat field at El Capitan Reservoir at the third stop of the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) Southern California Teams. The partner’s five-fish limit weighed in at 28.14 and boasted the event’s Big Bass at 13.39, putting total winnings for the pair at $3,675, including contingency dollars from P-Line as well as the Big Fish payout.
Parck humbly qualified their win and their teener catch as “lucky”.
“You know, I’d rather be lucky than good,” he said. “But actually, it is the third 13-pounder that Justin and I have weighed in a tournament.”
Although a sprinkling of luck is always welcome, Parck and Hanold did put in pre-event work to narrow down their target area. He described their location as offshore, with bluegill beds and nearby spawning shad.
“We found it practice,” he said. “The fish weren’t up shallow, like we had expected. Using our Garmon Panoptix, we could see that they had moved off. We were fishing about 50-feet offshore in about 10- to 12-feet of water. Visibility was maybe a foot.”
He reported boating 20 to 25 fish on the day, all on reaction baits.