CA DELTA 11/11-11/12/06 – Ladd’s Marina  

The BassBusters held its 11th and final tournament of the season at the renowned California Delta out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton.  We had 11 boats for 21 anglers show for the draw individual.  Water was described as slightly stained to clear in some areas with water temps ranging from 53 to 58 throughout the delta system. We were greeted with weather that started off chilly in the low 40s with rain and wind on Saturday (11/11) and cool 40 degree partly cloudy to partially sunny skies with a slight breeze on Sunday (11/12).  Here’s how it all went down:

First place distinctions went to Rene Duzac (B) who chucked his beloved LV500, blades, and senkos on day 1 followed with Beavers and ripbaits on day 2.  Rene’s always a consistent producer on the CA Delta and it showed for this tournament.  The bite was tough for a lot of the anglers especially given the ‘nice’ weather on Sunday.  He came in with consistent bags of fish both days totaling 19.42 lbs.  When probed as to where he caught his fish, his answer was simply, “Middle Delta”.  Gee, thanks a lot, Rene.  All joking aside, fantastic job, Rene!

Second place honors went to Spiro Stamos (B).  He utilized his go-to spinnerbait on Saturday to bring in 2 fish to the scales and slowed down with Senkos on Sunday for 4 fish.  His 1st day brought a monster 10.07 lb largie to accompany his keeper fish and held up through both days to take Big Fish Honors.  More importantly, this fish takes over as Big Fish of the season edging out Mike Clark’s hog.  His total for both days was 17.32 lbs and focused his fishing in the Beaver, Sycamore, and Hog Slough areas.  Nice work, bud!

Our third trophy went to Ron Shikashio (B) who weighed in a combined weight of 15.35 lbs. with consistent bags both days.  He reported fishing in the Mildred Island area using Bomber 7A’s and dropshotting plastics.  Ron also received a nice bounty for cashing in on the “Boogie Bucks” option by beating out our beloved Sego.  Congratulations, Ron!

Landing in fourth place was Ed Hawkins (B) with 13.19 lbs.  He found his success with a red crank and white Senkos in Whiskey Slough.  Ed also fooled a real nice 8.22 lb largemouth on Saturday which held up through both days winning him 2nd Big Fish money.  That money unofficially reimburses Ed for the tasty Krispy Kreme donuts he shared Sunday morning.  Thanks, Ed!
In fifth place with 12.92 lbs was Lloyd Bebilone (NB) who employed rattletraps fished on or along weedlines and levees.  When interviewed, he noted the key to his bite was the ‘ticking’ the weeds to trigger strikes.  Nice job, “Rooster”!
Taking sixth place was Francisco “Sego” Segoviano (B) with 12.76 lbs.  He reported using Senkos and lipless cranks for his fish.   
Kyle Mulhair (B) landed in seventh place with a 10.64 lb combined weight using jigs, dropshotted plastics and splitshot Beavers.  
Eighth place had Jon Wagman (NB) bring 9.34 lbs to the scales.  He used red Speedtraps and lipless cranks.
Tyler Linscott (NB) finished in ninth place with 8.94 lbs tossing a black/blue jig.
In tenth place, Ben Tamayo (NB), another prospective member, took 8.69 lbs to weigh-in.  He reported his better fish using parrot-green cranks.
Eleventh place found Ryan Caldwell (B) with 8.61 lbs. by using red cranks.
Bob “Grandpa” Schmidt (NB) weighed in 8.37lbs for twelfth and primarily dropshotted his custom created Atomic Shad worm.
In thirteenth place was Sal Placencia (NB) with 7.94 lbs.  He didn’t weigh in day 2 because he and his partner were starting to whack fish and couldn’t leave the action!  No report on what he used.
Michael Chen (B) finished in fourteenth place with 7.56 lbs.  Senkos and deep cranks were his weapons of choice.
Taking fifteenth place was Mo Martinez (B) weighing in 5.09 lbs.  No report since he didn’t fish the 2nd day.
Guest, Rene Labrado (B), brought in 4.84 lbs good for sixteenth place.  No report, he was ‘guiding’ Sal when the bite picked up on Sunday for them and also missed day 2 weigh-in.
Seventeenth place was Miguel Villavencia (NB) who weighed in 4.81 lbs.  His report mentioned him having and using his only white spinnerbait.  Funny story, Mikey!
In eighteenth place was Marshall (NB), a prospective member, who weighed in 3.90 lbs of fish throwing ripbaits and plastics.
Hensen Wong (NB) took nineteenth place by using Senkos. 
Also in attendance, and not to be forgotten was Rob Nelson (B), who loves our CA Delta dearly and had a great time putting Ben, our prospective member, on fish.
Our next meeting will be December 7th at IHOP starting at 7:30pm.  The newly elected officers will take office next month, so, show them compassion and patience as they take on their new duties, especially me (Michael Chen).  Our tournament committee is scheming and plan to have our 2007 tournament schedule made available at the meeting for viewing.  Just around the corner in January we’ll be having our year-end banquet so sign up at the meeting to be included in on the food and planned festivities.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2007!