Also up for grabs is the Lucky Craft/Future Pro Tour - Anglers of the Year title. This title carries with it a 1-year sponsorship from Lucky Craft, Reaction Innovations, and paid entry fees into next year’s tour. “We are proud to be to be part of what the Future Pro Tour has accomplished this year”, said Ted Sakai general manager of Lucky Craft. “We take pride in associating what we consider the best baits, with the best anglers!” he further added.
The race for Anglers of the Year is a tight one, with first and second place leaders being separated by only one point. “We want it bad!” said Justin Lucas (aka “The California Kid”) currently holding down second place with team partner Jack Schmidt. “We had a tough time at the first Delta event in August, but we know what we have to do to in this event to capitalize on the fall bite”, he said confidently. Justin and Jack moved up from fishing in the small boat division last year to the big boat division this year, and are really making an impression on their competitors with solid performances at every event.
Steve Meeks and Bill Brattain, current leaders aren’t lacking in the confidence department either, and look forward to fishing on what they consider to be their home waters. “We know this river pretty good and if we ignore the pressure, and focus on fishing they way we know how, we’ll get the title” they said enthusiastically.
But….don’t look now guys.. directly behind you, are ten – “dream killer” teams that could come on strong and surprise everyone! Man…this one is heating up to be a real dogfight!
Prior to the event on Oct 10th, there will be an optional pre-registration seminar at the Peoples Stockton – Nissan-Jeep-Isuzu dealership (3131 Auto Center Cir, Stockton – off Hammer Ln). No late fee charges will be assessed for those signing up at the seminar. Seminar will begin promptly at 5pm and end appx 6:30pm. All are invited to attend –even if you do not fish this event. Food and drinks will be provided so, come on out and bring the family with you!
The launch site for this event will be at Ladd’s Marina off March Lane, and late sign-ups the morning of the event, will be from 4:30am to 6:15am at the ramp. For those of you who have never fished a Future Pro Tour event this is your chance! All you need to do to participate is pay the pro-rated membership fee of $5.00 and your $80.00 entry fee and you’re in!
To help you plan your strategies, the following tides will be in affect for Oct 11th:
High Tide – 5:19am – 3.5
Low Tide - 11:20am – 0.7
High Tide – 5:06pm – 4.1
Moon Phase: Full (“Hunter’s Moon”)
Please come on out and help us end this fantastic season with a bang!
See you all there!
Vince Harris – Director, Future Pro Tour