BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. – More than 150 pros and co-anglers are set to close the Costa FLW Series Western Division regular season next week, Sept. 27-29, at the Costa FLW Series at the California Delta presented by Power-Pole. The tournament, hosted by Russo’s Marina and the Sugar Barge RV Resort and Marina, is the third and final regular-season event scheduled in the FLW Series Western Division. The event will feature anglers competing for a top award of up to $75,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
“Overall, the Delta is fishing a little differently than we’ve gotten used to,” said Yamamoto Baits pro Jimmy Reese of Witter Springs, California, a two-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “We can always catch fish doing the normal, Delta-type fishing – current-related, flipping, a ChatterBait, a spinnerbait – all of those standard ways of catching fish are still there. But, a lot of the grass has been killed off. Guys are going to be searching – not for fish, but for vegetation. It’s going to bring quite a few different things into play.”
Reese said that he expects anglers that move around and have multiple different areas to do well as he doesn’t expect one area will hold enough fish to last for three days of competition.
“You can rely on one spot for a day, maybe a day and a half, but nothing will hold up for three days,” Reese said. “I think the key will be dialing in on something off-the-wall that people overlook in the community areas where people normally fish. I think someone who fishes outside the box will do really well.”
Reese predicted that the winner would weigh in around 23 pounds on Day One, 18 pounds on Day Two and 15 pounds on third and final day.
“What is that, 56 pounds?” Reese said. “That’s my prediction – a winning three-day total of 56 pounds and 2 ounces.”
Anglers will take off and weigh-in each day at Russo’s Marina, located at 2995 Willow Road, in Bethel Island. Takeoff will be held at 7 a.m. PDT each day of competition and weigh-ins will start at 3 p.m. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public.
In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At the California Delta event, pros will fish for a top prize of $75,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a brand new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard, and $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.
The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 1-3 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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