Ryan Friend of Oroville, Calif. took a sizeable lead over the 133 pro angler field on the first day of the Wild West Bass Trail Super Clean Showdown season-opener on Lake Shasta, bringing in a five-fish limit of 18.55 on Friday, January 27.
REDDING, Calif. - Leading by three-pounds, Friend made the feat seem like a simple task. “I got two key bites in the morning, two more mid-day and one in the afternoon,” he said as he held up his big fish contender – a 5.75 spotted bass.
Sitting in second for the pro side with 15.55 was Sage Baker of Shasta, Calif. Baker’s bag included the biggest bass weighed on Day One at 6.86. “I got about 25 fish today, mostly mid-day on reaction,” revealed Baker. He stated he felt moderately confident about continued success.
Rounding out the top-3 pro anglers with 14.84 was the 2015 U.S. Open champ Roy Hawk of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. His full five-fish limit held the second biggest bass at the scales for the day at 6.24. Hawk found the bite better later in the day and found he had to adjust to keep getting bit. “I had to change it up, running a little deeper and going a little slower for a while,” he explained.
The WWBT Super Clean Shasta Showdown will continue on Saturday, January 28 with the full field once again battling to earn a spot among the top-10 on their respective side, to secure a third and final fishing day.
Sunday, January 29 will mark the last day of bass catching with each of the top-10 pros and top-10 co-anglers running their own boat in a format that pits pro against pro and co against co. The daily weights of each anglers are combined for all three competition days for a tournament total that will determine both a WWBT pro and co-angler champion.
A live stream of the daily weigh-in is avaiable beginning at 3 p.m. at the Wild West Bass Trail website or at WWBT Facebook page.
WWBT Pro Top-10 Day One at Lake Shasta:
- 18.55 Ryan Friend
- 15.55 Sage Baker
- 14.84 Roy Hawk
- 14.52 Jason Haley
- 13.55 Nick Salvucci
- 13.23 Ryan Tripp
- 13.11 Tim Wells
- 12.99 John McClellan
- 12.77 Dusty Kahler
- 11.94 Jason Bradshaw
The co-angler field was led by Nicholas Day with 11.69. Day’s five-fish limit also held the big bass of the day for the co’s with a 4.05.
WWBT Co-Angler Top-10 Day One at Lake Shasta:
- 11.69 Nicholas Day
- 11.34 Chris Vanclef
- 11.21 Seth Myers
- 10.26 Tony Botelho
- 10.16 Richard Alcantar
- 10.08 Reece Wells
- 9.82 John Albidrez
- 9.79 Joseph Cunningham
- 9.74 Christian Ostrander
- 9.61 Cher Vang
WWBT Shasta Event Schedule:
Daily Blast off and Weigh-In
Bridge bay Marina
10300 Bridge Bay Rd
Redding, CA 96003
Blast Off: Safelight
Weigh-in: 3 p.m. PST
WWBT Shasta awards will be presented after the top-10 weigh-in on Sunday, January 29.
Blast off and weigh-ins are free of charge and open to the public. Fans can cheer on their favorite fishermen and hometown heroes as part of the WWBT fully-televised event to air on Fox Sports and the Pursuit Channel.
The public is invited to the event from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily for a meet-and-greet with the West’s all-time leading money winner – Gary Dobyns, a Ranger Boats display and free on the water Ranger Boats/Evinrude motor demo rides are available.
A special thanks to all of the 2017 WWBT sponsors – A & M Graphics, Costa, Dobyns Rods, Evinrude, E3 Spark Plugs, Gator Guards, General Tire, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Hydro Force, Lowrance Electronics, Lucas Oil, P-Line, Power-Pole, Protect the Harvest, Ranger Boats and Super Clean.
Offering professional-level competition throughout the west, the Wild West Bass Trail provides its anglers the opportunity to further develop and advance their fishing careers. Additionally, the WWBT offers its corporate partners the opportunity to expand sales through comprehensive national and regional television coverage, exclusive on-the-water demonstrations and various tournament incentive programs.
For 2017, the WWBT will conduct 16 events that include one Pro/Am circuit and two Teams circuits – one based in California and the other in Arizona. The Pro/Am circuit consists of five tournaments throughout California and Arizona and a year-end, qualifying championship event. Each Teams circuit includes four tournaments and a year-end, qualifying championship. For more information visit WildWestBassTrail.com and follow WWBT at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram.