BETHEL ISLAND, Ca. – Even the most casual bass angler knows that the vaunted California delta is home to some the biggest largemouth bass in the country. And all of us know deep down that there is a world record fish cruising through one of its many sloughs, or hiding out in some thicket of isolated tulles, just waiting to pounce on the enormous amount of forage available in this world-famous river system.
But you don’t have to wait on a local, regional, or even a national event to visit the delta to be able to jump on big fish opportunities and win some money, as a new kind of challenge is coming to the California delta.
The first-ever Yamamoto Big Bass Open is coming to Russo’s Marina on the California delta, June 4th and 5th, offering with it all the fun and excitement that you have come to expect in a big fish derby!
If anybody has to tell you what impact the Yamamoto product has had on western fisheries — especially the California delta — then you must be some sort of a Rip Van Winkle. Yamamoto’s flagship bait, the Senko, took the soft-pour/plastic bait market by storm and continues to be the single most successful bait in any Delta fisherman’s tackle box, and is for sure the most effective.
Couple this with Yamamoto’s ever-effective twin/single tail grubs, lizards, and tubes, along with a dynamic assortment of buzz, spinner, crank and top water baits, and you have an arsenal of choices that is sure to ring the dinner bell of any big fish on the delta. And yes…they do make a SWIMBAIT you can use!
Early June will be a fantastic time of year to catch fish here as fish will be very active and in all stages of transition. The challenge will be for the angler to decide on which bait, technique, and area of the delta they will need to key on to be the most effective and have the best chance to capture either the huge cash Grand Prize, the Overall Big Fish cash prize, or be one of the event’s many Hourly Big Fish cash prize winners.
The format of this event will be unique in that it matches angling skill against weigh-in strategy. Many anglers who have participated in this type of event refer to it as bass fishing’s version of Texas “hold ‘em”. That’s because during each of the six hours, anglers catching a big fish quickly become faced with making the decision to either “cash in” their hand (or big fish) for a chance at that hour’s big fish money, OR “hold em” and opt to bring their BIG Fish to the scales during the following hour, with the hopes of grabbing a piece of that hour’s BIG Fish cash bounty.
The five cash awards paid out after each hour for six hours are lucrative indeed, as the angler with the biggest fish of that hour will receive $500 cash plus qualify at the end of the event to be one of the “Super 12” finalists who will each receive an opportunity to draw for $10,000 in cold, hard, cash! Here’s where the challenge comes in: ONLY Yamamoto or KINAMI baits can be used during this two-day competition.
You heard right, five checks per hour, for six hours, for two days straight: over $16,000 in CASH and prizes , with the top 12 hourly big fish winners going for a top prize of $10,000, PLUS $2,000 for the event’s OVERALL big fish. All for only a $150 per person entry fee that covers you for both days.
And, if those “honey do’s” get you boxed in and you simply can’t fish both days, you can still get in on the fun, as you can sign up for the one-day entry for $100 dollars. How big the Grand prize award, hourly Big Fish cash awards, and Overall Big Fish cash prize will be is up to you, as the more people that participate, the bigger the cash prizes will be for this exciting event!
On Friday, The Hook, Line, and Sinker’s Oakley store will the place for anglers to have the opportunity to get last minute tips on how to catch late spring bass on the California delta as informative seminars hosted by Yamamoto pro-staff anglers will be conducted. At that time you can pre-register for the event, dine on some delicious BBQ, and participate in a big FREE raffle for great prizes.
Western anglers, this is a great opportunity for all of you to participate in a fun, exciting venue that is close to home, very inexpensive to fish, and on a body of water well known across the country for producing BIG fish.
DO NOT forget to save your empty Yamamoto/KINAMI bags for a chance to win other great prizes we will be announcing soon.
What are you waiting for? Get it together and get signed up TODAY! See you all at the Yamamoto /KINAMI Baits Big Bass Open!