By Mark Fong
March 5, 2013
Here in Northern California, Mother Nature has a way of alerting us that spring is near. A few days of perfect short sleeve weather is all it takes. However a quick glance at the calendar reminds us that we are still firmly entrenched in winter. While it may be too early to turn the page on winter, it is not too early to make plans to fish the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge.
The 3rd Annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge will return to the California Delta on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Known for its large population of oversized bass, the Delta is widely regarded as one of the best fisheries in the country. The mid spring tournament date is sure to guarantee two days filled with fun, excitement and of course big bass. Russo's Marina on Bethel Island will once again serve as tournament headquarters.
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 may continue to fish in their quest to win hourly awards.
To add to the plot line, only Yamamoto or Kinami baits may be used.
Over the course of the six one hour daily weigh in periods, anglers will compete for five big fish prizes each hour The competitor with the largest bass weighed in during each of the hourly periods will win $500*. The twelve lucky anglers weighing in the biggest bass during each period of the event will be eligible to participate in the grand prize drawing for a chance to win $10,000*. An additional $3,000* will be awarded for the overall big fish of the event.
The Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is affordable fishing fun. Anglers can choose the option to fish both days ($150 entry fee per angler) or just one ($100 entry fee per angler). In addition a special kid's division is open to anglers 16 years of age and younger.
For the past two years, Charlie Dillard has captured the prize for the largest bass of the two day event. Last year Dillard used a 6-inch Watermelon black and red flake Senko (9L-05-208) to trick a giant Delta largemouth that tipped the scales at a whopping 11.26lbs. When the scales closed on Day 2, all that remained in question was who would be the lucky winner of the Super 12 Grand Prize Raffle. In the end it was Robert Juarez who held the winning golden ticket that earned him the overall Grand Prize.
If catching big bass is your idea of fun, don't miss this event. Plan to make your way to the California Delta for a memorable weekend of big bass excitement.
For more information on the 3rd Annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge and complete contest rules please visit www.anglerspress.com
* Payout based on total paid entries with cash prize increasing with participation. Please visit www.anglerspress.com website for full event rules and details regarding payout ratios.