Rasmussen / Menzes sweep field at New Melones

Nothing hurts a spawn or fishing during the spawn more, than a lake manager that decides to let the water out. Over the past two days before Sundays event, the folks at New Melones let out over 2 ½ feet of water and needless to say, everyone who was fishing those BED FISH, had to change. This change made it tuff for guys to get big fish and even harder to get limits, as only 19 teams managed to claim 7 fish by days end. The most successful teams were those who never targeted the shallow fish and spent all there pratice time, in 20-30 feet of water, fishing Senkos and Brushhogs in a variety of soft crawdad colors, Watermelon/Red being the most popular.

The best of the best on this Sunday afternoon were Kyle Rasmussen and Joe Menzes of Angels Camp.While Kyle spent the first 25 years of his life concuring Olympic Gold as a downhill Skier, the past few years he has concentrated on Bass Fishing and his completive spirit is starting to show. He and partner Joe are concidered a favorite everytime they launch the boat and in a few more years, I’m sure everyone will know him for his fishing, not his skiing. But back to Sunday, Kyle and Joe brought in 7 fish that 16.10 pounds and included the second biggest fish of the day, a real nice 4.71 pound Largmouth. Rasmussen told everyone at the awards, they caught a few fish shallow before the sun came up on Spooks, and LuckyCraft pointer minnows, but they culled most of those fish using Watermelon Brush Hogs, and Roboworms. He also stated the best fishing was on main lake points in the afternoon when the fish started to move up just a little. For their efforts they received a pair of very nice plaques from sponsor DelTaco of Oakdale/Manteca and a check for $2150. Congratuations to Kyle and Joe. Keep up the good work.

Second place went to seniors winners George Goodman of Waterford and Tom Machado of Newman. With both guys over 50 they proved how to fish hard and compete with the younger teams. Today they had a 7 fish limit that weighed in at 13.26 pounds and also had the big bass of the day, a fabulous 4.88 pound Spotted Bass. Goodman said they were still able to find a few Bed fish and the Big one came on a Senko in 2 feet of water. Their reward included $1650, part of which was $210 for the Seniors Pot. They also received a pair of those nice trophies from DelTaco.

Finishing in third were Merceds Michael Goodwin and Planada’s Donnie Young. These guys fished weighless Senkos all day in the Morman Creek Arm and ended up with 7 fish totaling 12.76 pounds. Goodwin told everyone at the awards, “fishing sure got tuff with the falling water and we hit every spot we ever knew to scape up a few good bites”. Well it paid off with a check in the amount of $905. good job to Michael and Donnie.

Forth place went to the defending Angler of the Year, Brett Collins and David Sandbothie of Fresno. Always hard to beat on New Melones, they managed a very respectable 12.02 pounds for 7 fish and were rewarded with a check for $645. Fifth place went to Jay Bradshaw and Pete Hennecki with 11.24 pounds. They took home $390.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dan and Melonie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports. They are the reason every event at New Melones Lake is fun for all. They put a lot into Bass Fishing and we thank them for it.

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, TackleWarehouse.com, Comfortroll, Comfort Suites of Oakley and Day’s Inn of Sonora.

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Bob Kornhauser – Owner 100% BASS 530-274-1397