By Mark Fong
April 26, 2012
The 2nd Annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge will make its much anticipated return to the California Delta on the weekend of May19th and 20th. Known for its large population of oversized bass, the Delta is widely regarded as one of the best fisheries in the country. The late spring tournament date is sure to guarantee two exciting days filled with fun, excitement and of course big bass. Located in the heart of the Delta, Russo's Marina on Bethel Island will serve as tournament headquarters.
The tournament format of the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is bass fishing's version of “Texas Hold Em” Poker. Anglers 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.
A unique plot twist to the event is that only Yamamoto or Kinami baits may be used.
Over the course of the six one hour daily weigh in periods, anglers will compete for 5 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*. In addition $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 or just one. The entry fee per angler is $150 and allows the contestant to fish for both days. For those who would like to fish only one day of the event, the entry fee is $100 per angler for a single day. In addition, a special Kid's division is open to all anglers 16 years of age and younger.
During last year's inaugural event Charlie Dillard of Bethel Island came to the scales with the largest bass of the two day event. Dillard's giant Delta largemouth tipped the scales at 10.26lbs and earned him the prize for overall big bass. With so many prizes at stake, the big winners of the event were the husband and wife team of Jason and Tara Borofka. The Borofkas from Salinas California captured multiple big fish awards. To top off their weekend, Jason was the lucky winner of the grand prize drawing.
Don't miss out on the fun. Mark your calendar and grab your favorite Yamamoto and Kinami baits, the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is just around the corner.
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* 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.