Palermo’s Dave Rush Makes it Back to Back Victories at Oroville 100% BASS Pro/Am

Saturday was a pretty good day to fish concidering the past 2 days of rain, wind and heavy clouds. The weatherman said we would have clear skys over Lake Oroville and everyone at check in was wondering what this would do to the fish. Well it didn’t seam to bother them to much as catching fish was “EASY” as some put it. 44 Pros and 44 Ams went out and every team came back with a 5 fish limit and most reported catching 30 to 50 fish during the day. Seams like any where you pitched a 6” oxblood worm, a 4” tube bait, or Lucky Craft Rip Bait, you caught fish.

Finishing on top for the second month in a row was Palermo’s Dave Rush who fished with Semi-Pro Jerry May of Bakersfield. Dave has been one of the most consistant Pros in California for years and his legendary smile kicked in again as he brought his 13.96 lbs to the scales. Anchored by the 2nd big fish of the day, a beautiful 3.76 lb. Spotted bass, Dave explained how they just kept culling up through each of 30 to 40 fish to get to their weight. Rush said, “I couldn’t get a rip bite to go, so I started shaking worms and that seamed to be the answer for us today”. The worm of choice for Dave and Jerry was a 6” Robo worm in Aarons Magic or Warmouth, or a 3.5 inch Robo Zippper Grub. He also stated they spent most of the day fishing the main body of the lake running back and forth between there and the north fork. Dave took the time to thank his sponsor MinnKota,Triton Boats, Mercury, Robo worms, and Galaxie Marine. The winners took home $2720 and $1800 respectively and Dave of course received his second Specially engraved Magnum bottle of Burgandy from EOS Wineries. Congratulations to Dave and Jerry for working hard together and having a great day of fishing.

Second place went to a long time friend Ed Grover, recently retired and moved to Oroville, who fished with Byron’s Zach Heitz. Together they brought 5 fish in that weighed 12.64 lb and included the big fish of the day, another incredible Spotted Bass weighing 3.96 lbs. Grover told us at the awards they spend all day in the middle and south forks fishing Mr. Twister Keeper heads with a dark colored worm. He didn’t want to spill everything as he another tournament the next day. His reward this day was a nice placque to remember the day by and a check for $1885 while Zach also took home a placque and $800.

Third place went to Mike Tuck of Sacramento and Pat Mason of Chico. Tuck would end up winning the team event on Sunday, showing exactly how good of fish he ‘s been on. This day he and Pat came in with 12.42 pounds that included a 3.33 lb spotted bass as part of the bag. Tuck said they ripped their fish early in the morning and then fish worms the rest of the day. He received $1140 for third while Pat took home $250.

Finishing in forth place was Yuba City’s Gary Dobyns. Ray Crane, his partner for the day said it was trully the highlight of his bass fishing days to fish with this great guy and legendary angler. Together they came in with 11.70 lbs and while Gary received $830, Ray took home $210. Rounding out the top 5 were Kelly Eagleton and Scott Head. They receive $555 and $535 each. Sixth place thru nineth place went to Michael Hara, Eddie Fletcher, Don Reighley, and Richard Dobyns of the Pro side while on the Am side it was Zane Wiley, Tim Cutler, Izzy Byrd and Sam Bell.

The PRO just out the money ComforTroll custom trolling motor insert went to William Beyer while the California Series Kistler Senko rod went to AM Patick Mateo. Thanks to both of these fine sponsors for these awards.

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. Stratos Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Bob’s Marine in Modesto, MinnKota Trolling Motors, Berkley Trilene and Berkley Frenzy Hard Baits, Mister Twister, Persuader Bass Baits, Solar Bat Eye Protection, Thermo Batteries, DelTaco of Oakdale/Manteca, Walton’s Pond in San Leandro, Hook, Line&Sinker in Oakley, Outdoor Sportsman in Stockton, FishingWorld.Com, MF Finesse Worms, Vessel Assist Inc, Kistler Rods,, Comfortroll, Comfort Suites of Oakley and Day’s Inn of Sonora.

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Bob Kornhauser – Owner 100% BASS