WON BASS Northern Circuit to kick off season at Lake Shasta

The WON BASS circuit will kick off its 2006 season at Lake Shasta this coming January 28th & 29th. Staged out of the Bridge Bay Marina, this event should see a full field in attendance as angler vie for limits during a time period that should produce a strong bite on both largemouth and spotted bass.

Pro anglers will be competing for a guaranteed top prize of $20,000 cash. They will also be accruing points that will be used to determine the “Northern Angler of the Year” at the close of the third and final event of the season at Clear Lake on June 10th & 11th. The Northern Angler of the Year” will be awarded a fully rigged Ranger 185VS boat and trailer outfitted with a Mercury OptiMax 175hp outboard, Lowrance electronics, MotorGuide trolling motor and more. This prize package is valued at $30,000.

In addition to the regular cash payouts on both the Pro and AAA side, Pro anglers can win an additional $3,000 in Ranger Cup cash if they are a registered Ranger Cup participant and win the Shasta Open. $1,500 will be up for grabs to the highest finishing Ranger Cup Pro should a non-Ranger Cup angler finish first.

MotorGuide will also be providing a $500 contingency award should the winner possess a MotorGuide trolling motor on their tournament winning rig.

Anglers will also accrue points to be used for year end points races such as the $10,000 Daiwa Cup for the Pros and the Mercury Cup which will give the AAA champion a new 150hp OptiMax motor.

WON BASS last visited Lake Shasta in February of 2004. At that time, Pro angler Jim Riley bested a field of 190 Pro’s with a two day weight of 24.93 pounds to take home the first place prize valued at $38,400. Look for a similar weight to take top honors this year.

WON BASS uses a shared weight format that encourages cooperation between both anglers on the boat. The Pro angler retains control of the boat and determines fishing locations and techniques while the AAA angler contributes to the overall catch. Anglers share the 5 fish limit weight for each day. Pro and AAA anglers change partners each day of competition.

Entry fees remain at $500 for pro anglers and $225 for AAA fishermen with $2,300 worth of daily Big Bass awards included in your entry fees. Other options such as a $50 big stringer and $100 high roller option are also available for those who chose to enter.

WON BASS is one of the west’s oldest and most respected tournament organizations, serving west coast fishermen for the past 19 years. WON BASS event sponsors include Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats, El Cajon Ford, Plano tackle boxes, Berkley line, Cabela’s, Johnsonville Sausage, Lowrance, MotorGuide, Seguar, Costa Del Mar, Owner Hooks, Yo-Zuri, Leatherman Tools, Markey’s Spinnerbaits, West Marine, SPRO, Water Gremlin, and CAST wireless systems.

For tournament rules, sponsor information and entry forms, please log on to the official WON BASS website at www.wonbass.com or you may also register over the phone by calling Bonnie at (949) 366-0030 ext 38.