Orwood CA- The first of five 2009 Bass Busters Delta tournaments lured 18 boats out on the last weekend of winter with the hope of catching an early staging behemoth. The days before the event built up expectations with a warming trend but the day of the tournament a cold front blew through actually cooling the water over the course of the day, wrecking many anglers pre-fishing patterns. In true Bass Buster fashion a few teams figured it out and put together some phenomenal sacks of fish.
Brian Vieau and Britt Brittain captured the top spot of this team event with a whopping 26.42 lb limit including Big Fish of the tournament a 7.32 lb Delta hawg. The duo fished further south than any other boat and, following a tip they heard on the radio, threw crankbaits on wind-blown banks. Later they switched to hollow belly swimbaits fished on 1/2 oz dartheads, which Brian used to bring in the big girl.
Dean Ziemer and Glenn Hayashimoto headed north and spent the day around Franks Tract which paid off nicely as they brought in 21.40 lbs to secure second place. They threw a Lucky Craft LC-500 in the craw
Our meetings are the first Thursday of every month at the IHOP, 5403 Stevens Creek Blvd (map) in Santa Clara. Start time is 7:30pm.
Clearlake, April 25th & 26th. It's an Individual draw tournament as well as the TOC. If you can’t make the meeting and plan to fish the next tournament post your intention on the message board or contact an officer who is attending the meeting. The same goes for entry in the big-fish pool. We are launching from Ferndale at safe light. For the latest on available rooms and tournament details check the message board.
Brian Vieau and Britt Brittain show off their winning catch.
pattern and a dropshot rigged with a Margarita Mutilator Robo-worm which, I believe Dean had permanently grafted to his arm. The dropshot accounted for the second Big Fish which at 7.27 lbs was a mere .05 oz from the Brian's Big Fish.
As an illustration of the tough bite Jeff Hawkins and Aaron Inouye took Third with four fish weighing 16.07 lbs. The team reported catching their fish on Senkos and Sweet Beavers in dark colors. They found their quarry in weedy, shallow (3-4 ft) areas adjacent to deeper (8-10 ft) water.