LA GRANGE, Calif. – A chance encounter with a TV show, helped Tas Moua, of Fresno, Calif., hone his competitive instinct to throw a spoon for the win at the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) Kayak Series on Lake Don Pedro presented by Bridgford Foods.
Moua topped the 70-angler field with 86.25-inches, which included not one – not two – but three big bass that went 17.50-inches.
Shortly before heading to the lake, Moua caught a glimpse of a former California pro bass angler, Chris Zaldain, now transplanted to Texas, on TV competing in a Bassmaster event.
“I saw a clip of him flipping that big ol’ Magnum Spoon, catching 6-plus pounder and I said that’s what I want to do,” Moua shared. “I always tell people listen to that voice in your head or that gut feeling and right before I left, I saw I had three of them on my pegboard. I grabbed it and figured it wasn’t going to hurt if I took it.”
The lure turned into a game changer as it accounted for all of Moua’s fish.
“I got a quick limit in the morning with the 5-inch flutter spoon; but there wasn’t much size to it,” he said. “I got the bigger ones on ...