Sapp / Varanai Take Top Honors at 100% BASS Delta Season Kickoff

Weather conditions were perfect over the past few days with warming water temps and just a slight overcast the morning of the event. Check in started early at The Hook, Line and Sinker in Oakley with legendary angler Dee Thomas becoming the first to check in for the day’s event. 104 anglers showed up and with everyone already talking about the big fish people have been catching in practice, we couldn’t wait until weigh in time to see the toads the locals would bring in and the top 3 teams didn’t disappoint us. They all averaged over 4 pounds per fish in their 7 fish limit bags

No surprise to the winner’s circle on the delta was today’s champs Steve Sapp and John Varanai of Manteca. Everyone knows this is Steve’s time of year and he didn’t let us down. Weigh master Shane Kornhauser started by weighing their big fish of the day, a very nice 10.30 pound delta Largemouth. When he added the other 6 fish, these guys had a total of 33.85 for 7 fish. No bad for the middle of February. Just wait another month, and we will see 40 pounds for sure. During the awards Sapp told everyone they fished Black Jigs and Dead Ringers all day long in the south part of the Delta. He also took the time to thank Ranger Boats, Mercury, Motorguide, and Outdoor Sportsman for supporting his professional fishing. For efforts on this day Steve and John received a pair of trophies for the Hook, Line & Sinker and a very nice check for $3740, which included $450 for the big fish. Congratulations to Steve and John for another great day.

Second place went to Jim Stich of Bethel Island and Don Fonte of Discovery Bay. Their 7 fish came in at a very respectable 29.60 pounds and included an anchor bass of 6.21 lbs. During conversations after the tournaments Stich said they caught all their fish on Chartreuse / Blue, _ oz. Spinnerbaits made by sponsor Baits by Boyce. He also mentioned they fish the central Delta around Franks Tract concentrating of early migration areas, as the fish have just started to move up. Second place relieved $1650 for the day along with another pair of those nice plaques from “The Hook”.

Finishing in third was Modesto’s Vince Hurtado and Manteca’s Jarod Ballardo. Their 7 fish came in at 27.98 pounds and included the third biggest fish of the day, an 8.71 lb. Lunker. Hurtado said at the awards that one guy would pitch a Black/Blue jig while the other used a Black/Blue Spinnerbait and that the big fish came on the jig. Vince thanked his sponsor Basscat, Evinrude, Galaxie Marine, Bottomline and Bagleys. Good job to Vince and Jarod and I hope you enjoy the rewards, a nice check for $1355.

The forth place check of $1295 went to Art Roland and Jim Machado who also won the Seniors Division, while fifth place went to Ken Schmitt and Chuck McCartney. They won $670.

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, and Comfort Suites of Oakley.

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Bob Kornhauser – Owner 100% BASS