“It was a slow bite and getting the fish to move on a reaction bait was my best chance at getting some of those larger fish in this lake,” said Kromm. “I needed to bring in two or three large fish to get into the top 20. After weighing in early, I had no idea that it was going to hold up all day.”
While Kromm worked hard throughout the day for his five fish, other anglers caught fish in astounding numbers. Of the 298 registered anglers, all but five of them weighed fish and 227 anglers came in with limits.
Many anglers consider Clear Lake the bass capital of the west because it still produces quality catches, despite the hundreds of boats on the water every week in tournaments.
Steve Tosh of Modesto, Calif., is in second place with 19 pounds, 4 ounces and third place is owned by Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, Calif., a local angler just 1 ounce behind Tosh.
“My best tactic was going light but that's why I lost two large fish in the beginning,” Tosh said. “I used a drop shot rig with only 6-pound test.”
Rounding out the top five were Larry Brower of Cottonwood, Calif., with 18-03 and Michael Tuck of Antelope, Calif., with 18-02.
On the non-boater side, a pair of California anglers, Doug Jones and Len Kovats, tied for first place with 14 pounds, 3 ounces.
Location and Field CITGO Bassmaster Western Open Clear Lake Lakeport, Calif. Oct.13-15, 2005
Launch Konocti Vista Resort & Marina 2755 Mission Rancheria Road Lakeport, Calif. 95453
Weigh-in Konocti Vista Resort & Marina 2755 Mission Rancheria Road Lakeport, Calif. 95453
Day One Puralator Big Bass Boater: David Kromm, Kennewick, Wash. 9-03 Non-Boater: Alex Ochoa, Los Angeles, Calif. 6-08
Local sponsors: Local sponsors include the Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina.
Bassmaster Open Series sponsors: CITGO Petroleum Corp., Toyota, Busch Beer, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Bass Pro Shops and Cialis (tadalafil).
BASS is the worldwide authority on bass fishing, sanctioning more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation annually. Guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans, BASS sets the standard for credibility, professionalism, sportsmanship and conservation, as it has for nearly 40 years.
BASS stages bass fishing tournaments for every skill level and culminates with the CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Through its clubs, youth programs, aquatic resource advocacy, magazine publishing and multimedia platforms, BASS offers the industry's widest array of services and support to its nearly 550,000 members. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.
For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com.