Securing his first wire-to-wire win, APEX pro Jeff Michels did most of his work on the main lake and in the Pit River Arm. He caught his fish on a 5-inch Yamamoto Senko and a Strike King 7XD.
Difference Maker: For precision performance, particularly the smooth loading, Michels lauded his 7-6 Dobyns XTC spinning rod. He paired that road with a Daiwa Ballistic reel carrying 12-pound Power Pro braid with a 6-pound Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon leader.
Coming off his win at the Wild West Bass Trail Pro-Am on the California Delta in Sept., APEX pro Alex Klein took second place by dropshotting a Zoom Fluke in the albino color and a Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Dream Shot in ghost shad.
Difference Maker: With chilly conditions draping the tournament, Klein credited his Buck N’ Bass bibs and Oroville Mid Layer Jacket for keeping him warm and allowing him to focus on fishin.