By Mark Fong
The 9th Annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge returns to Russo's Marina on the California Delta May 4th and 5th for two exciting days of big bass and big prizes. Competitors may use only Yamamoto or Kinami baits.
The tournament format of the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is bass fishing's version of “Texas Hold ‘Em” Poker. Anglers must balance their fish catching skills with a carefully planned weigh-in strategy. Each competition day is comprised of six official one hour periods during which anglers can weigh in their single largest bass. Competitors with a big bass must decide when to bring their potential prize winner to the scales. Anglers can only weigh in one fish per official hour, however, they may continue to fish in their quest to win hourly awards.
Over the course of the six official one hour daily weigh-in periods, anglers will compete for 5 big fish prizes each hour and the honor of occupying one of five “money chairs”.
The twelve lucky anglers weighing in the biggest bass during each period of the event will be eligible to participate in the “Super 12”grand prize drawing*. In addition, a prize will be awarded for the overall big fish of the event*.
Anglers have the option to fish both days or just one. The entry fee is $150 per angler for both days or $100 for the single day option. No membership fee is required and anglers of all ages and skill levels are eligible to compete. In addition, a special Youth Division is open to all anglers 15 years of age and younger.
If you are looking for that extra edge, plan on attending the annual pre-tournament seminar “Senko Fishing 101” at Fisherman's Warehouse Megastore in Sacramento on Thursday May 2nd. The seminar starts promptly at 6pm.
* Please visit www.anglerspress.com website for full event rules and details regarding payout.