Ryan Hall joins RB BASS Group of anglers

RB BASS welcomes Ryan Hall to our group of anglers.

Ryan Hall

Hometown: Orangevale, CA

Date of Birth: May 18, 1992

Favorite Fishery: California Delta

Favorite Technique: Punching matted vegetation

Largest Bass: 11.97lbs

Favorite Fish to catch (other than bass): Redfish

Currently Ryan is fishing the BBT – Northern Region and other miscellaneous open tournaments in the area. When Ryan is not fishing a tournament, he is most commonly found fishing the California Delta. Although the shallow grass filled water is where he feels most comfortable he also enjoys catching the big spotted bass and smallmouth bass that Northern California hast to offer. In addition to a very busy fishing agenda Ryan is part of the management team for Capital City Loan & Jewelry as well as full time student at Sierra College and a youth baseball coach for Golden Spikes Baseball Academy.

California sweeps the Western Regional

California sweeps the Western Regional

Nick Wood of Yreka won the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional on Lake Shasta, and he was a driving force in the win for the State Team.

Nick Wood won overall, and California won the state competition

REDDING, Calif. — The California B.A.S.S. Nation was the clear winner on Lake Shasta this past weekend, when California angler Nick Wood won the overall event, the California team won the state competition, and a team from Chico State won the coinciding College B.A.S.S. tournament.

Wood led wire-to-wire in the April 19-21 event, which was made up of 210 anglers from Western states. He weighed in 13 pounds, 14 ounces on Day 1, and he followed it up with 13-11 on the second day and 9-8 on the final day.

“My strategy going into the tournament was throwing big swimbaits,” said Wood. “I was catching fish up on big spawning flats, and I was also catching suspending fish on logs.”

Wood’s main swimbaits were an 8-inch Huddleston in holdover color and a 7-inch Osprey, but he caught his biggest on a 4-inch Keitech swimbait with a 1/8-ounce darter head jig.

Wood’s final weight of 37-1 contributed to the California B.A.S.S. Nation’s total weight of 293 pounds, 12 ounces. The cumulative weight was only 7 ounces higher than Idaho’s, putting California at the top of the 11 state teams in competition. The win earned the California B.A.S.S. Nation a Triton 189 TrX boat with a Mercury 150 Pro XS.

The teammates met every night to discuss their best techniques to help the whole team.

“Everybody was open about how they were catching bass,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “Everybody knew they had to catch fish for the team to win, and they did it.”

Brian Cogburn of Oakdale was the top nonboater on the California team. Cogburn will join Wood at the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in October. The two will vie for a spot in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.

One of the college teams from Chico State won the 2017 Bassmaster College Series Western Regional, also April 19-21 on Shasta. Tyler Firebaugh and Chad Sweitzer bested the field with 36 pounds, 5 ounces. Firebaugh and Sweitzer also surprised the crowd with a 9-pound, 10-ounce spotted bass they brought to the scales. The pair advances to the 2017 Bassmaster College Series National Championship later this year.

Anglers are still working to qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. The remaining qualifying events are as follows:

Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                      Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                 Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                            Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

To register to compete at Oroville, contact us at info@calbn.com or call Mark Torrez at (805) 233-0883.

Keep up with the California B.A.S.S. Nation at www.facebook.com/californiabassnation.


Powell Rods Review by Sean Wayman

Powell Rods Review

  I’ve been fishing Powell rods for the better part of 15 years now. Ive tried many others over the years but find myself preferring the Powells time and again. Rods are very much about preference for many of us and in today’s market there are a vast amount of viable choices, Most of them are good products and a lot of times it comes down to a name brand. Other times, its value. Still for others its warranty. For me I think its a combination of value, feel , and confidence. Most of todays rods are sensitive and fairly balanced, light , and astetically pleasing. Im not big on the looks, it really is not an issue to me near as much as performance is. Function and getting the job done is the key. 
  So lets talk about Powell rods and what I use and why. 
First IM a big Punch and Flip fisherman. I love the bite of a huge punch fish and the battle of getting the fish out of the slop. I use many rods for this technique based on cover, weight Im flipping, and line required for said cover. My favorite and most often used is the 806 3D Max. Its an awesome rod with a great action for using weights up to 2 oz. The action is not overly  fast which is good when wrestling big fish out of the slop. I have 4 806 3Ds and usually rig em with various size weights as well as line type. Its also a great rod for flipping general weights. Although in that case I usually will choose the 795 3D or the 775 3D. I prefer the 795 in most cases for flipping unless IM thrown g something really light, then Ill f=go with the 775.
   I will also use the 795 for A rigs, mid size swim baits, whopper plotters and buzz baits. The 775 3D is one of the most universal rods in the 3D line up. You can do just about anything with it. Ive punched with it and thrown a drop shot with it. Buzz baits, plotters, smaller a rigs, the list goes on. I have several in my boat at all times and can do just about anything with them. The 764 3D has taken some of the load off the 775 for me. I really like it for all my pitching applications. Jigs, senkos, beaver baits, its my open water choice. Pitching to tule pockets and such this rod is my choice. 734 3D for tighter more precise casting and skipping. 
   Specialty lake rods, meaning rods I use exclusively on lakes suck as Berryessa, Folsom or Oroville. The 753 3D comes to  mind. Its a bit lighter rod then I prefer for the Delta or places like Clear Lake. The 753 is a great bait caster to use in place of a spinning rod for deep water applications. Shakey heads, smaller jigs, dragging baits and such. When I need the extra length for a good hook set when fishing deep the 753 fits the bill. Also a great rod for fishing deep open hook senkos. 
     For reaction fishing with spinner baits, chatter baits, and cranks there are some options. The 755 CB is in my opinion the best chatter bait rod on the market. Great power, parabolic bend, plenty of power, its a real work horse. If you need something a bit shorter then the 705 is a good choice. I use the 705CB for my square bill fishing, as well as some mid running cranks such as the River 2 Sean Goon and Biggie. Also a good choice for top waters and smaller spinner baits. The CB line by Powell are awesome rods and remain light compared to some. The action is great and feels good in your hands. The 705 and 703 CB are also good choices for ripping or smaller swimbaits on a ball head. 
   As far as spinning applications I use the 712 the most. I do have a few 703 Infernos as well. This series of rods is a great value for a rod that is comparable to the original Powell Max rods. I prefer the 3Ds but use a few Infernos and love them. The 703 spinning is good when you want a little more power out of a spinning rod. The 712 is my choice for drop shot, shakey head, ned rig and such. Very light and sensitive, great action, great all around spinning rod. 
   The 3D max rods are a great buy with the current price. The Infernos are a bit lower price and is a great value rod that you will not be disappointed with. Keep your eyes open for a new model coming soon from Powell. Very exciting for those of you that loved the Endurance series rods, I think your gonna love the new rods. If you have any questions or comments please leave them here and Ill get back with you. 
Sean Wayman

Informative Fishermans Expo this weekend You dont want to miss out!

Informative Fisherman’s Expo this weekend!

You don’t want to miss out as Nick Smith of Informative Fisherman and Local Angler Matt Frazier host the first annual Informative Fisherman’s Expo @ Modesto Toyota this weekend. The event will start at 12 Noon and end at 6pm. Well over 30 vendors will have booths set up for you to come and interact with them. Tons of Raffle prizes have started to stack up and the word is more are on the way! Free Food and Drinks- great weather is on the way finally, so come on down and see what the buzz is all about! There is no Entry Fee for this event! There will be casting contests and a Fishing pond for the kids. You don’t want to miss this event!



Diawa Reel review by Sean Wayman

I recently purchased a new reel to try out. I got to fish with the new Daiwa Tatula SV this past Thursday. There was a lot of hype about this new reel, it didnt disappoint. It was released following the Bass Master Classic by Daiwa. They are currently being offered with a free Huk Tatula sun shirt( a $40 value. The retail price on this new gem is $199. I have had a couple Tatulas since they first came out. I can happily say that these new Tatulas are a world of difference. Not that there was anything wrong with the originals. Just the new SV is really something special. Ive included the SV Spool explanation as their engineers do a much better job of explaining the system then I can.

      I rigged two identical rods with the new SV Tatula on one rod and another brand comparable reel on the other. I rigged each rod with identical set up weightless senkos. I went back and forth pitching the baits to likely spawning areas. I instantly preferred the new Tatula SV to the other brand. I felt like I had more control when pitching, as well as better accuracy and softer entries into the water. I also had zero over runs with the SV compared to it being a regular occurrence on the other reel. So my opinion is the spool technology works. Some of the cool things I noticed right away. Spool size, takes less line which leads to savings in less wasted line. A 200 yard filler spool will fill 2 Tatula SV’s.
      The SV is a winner for casting lighter baits. It is also great for throwing other baits of various weights. The casting ability of this reel is awesome and will not disappoint. Did I mention its also a great looking reel? It is. Although I did not spool up with light line Im told they are great for light line as well. I have no reason to doubt that. The drag is great and more then enough. Daiwa has long been known for quality and great customer service. I anticipate enjoying my new Tatula SV’s for years to come. That said Ill be buying more to replace all of my existing reels.
   Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Daiwa, I just love this new reel as it does exactly what I was looking for. Look for another review soon as I intend on buying a Tatula CT R in the coming weeks.

Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test/Yards)
TASV 103H M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 6.3:1 25.7” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 RIGHT
TASV 103HL M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 6.3:1 25.7” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 LEFT
TASV 103HS M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 7.3:1 29.4” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 RIGHT
TASV 103HSL M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 7.3:1 29.4” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 LEFT
TASV 103XS M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 8.1:1 32.8” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 RIGHT
TASV 103XSL M / L 7(2CRBB)+1 8.1:1 32.8” 7.2 14/100, 16/90 13.2 LEFT
CRBB = Super Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearing, BB = Stainless Steel Ball Bearing, RB = Roller Bearing

B.A.S.S adds Western High School Open to 2017 schedule

B.A.S.S. adds Western High School Open to 2017 schedule

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — High school anglers on the Western side of the country now have another way to qualify for the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

 On April 29 on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif., high school anglers from all the Western States can compete in a one-day tournament, the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School Western Open presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, for a chance to compete for the national title.

 “We are pleased to offer a Western Open for our high school series,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. High School manager. “Partnering with the California and Arizona B.A.S.S. Nations has been a very smooth and professional experience. I have no doubt this will be a fantastic event.”

 High school anglers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to compete. One two-person team for every 10 teams that participate will be offered a berth in the national championship.

 The tournament was previously scheduled to host California clubs, but B.A.S.S. sanctioned it as a High School Western Open as an opportunity to get more high school anglers involved.

 “We are proud to get to host this event,” said Mike Landy, California B.A.S.S. Nation youth director and tournament director for this Open. “We are also excited to see what the young anglers catch out on Oroville. It’s a great fishery.”

 Lake Oroville made national headlines earlier this year when heavy rains in California threatened to destroy the dam.

 Previously scheduled High School Opens are the Central Open in Louisiana that took place in March, the Midwest Open in April in Missouri, and the Southern Open in Tennessee. The Southern Open and the Western Open will take place on the same day, filling the last Open spots in the championship. Other berths are filled by state championships across the country.

 “We want to get more of our Western high school anglers involved,” said Weldon, “and I definitely don’t think this will be our last Open out there.”

 Takeoffs and weigh-ins will be held at Bidwell Marina in Oroville. The registration deadline is April 15. A tournament briefing will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. at North Valley Tackle in Oroville.

 To register, contact Mike Landy, tournament director, at 916-233-7797 or lincolnlandy@yahoo.com.

IMA Pinjack review by Rich Hale

So far this has been the year of the Ima Pinjack for me. This crank bait has been fantastic for fooling the shallow bass that are making their way to the spawning sites. For being a small profile bait it casts a long distance. I find it runs true whether I throw it in the trees or grind it into the rocks. I haven’t had a soft bite on it yet. When fish choose to bite this bait they flat out crush it. I have been throwing it on 12 pound Trilene fluorocarbon and the bait gets down to about 8 feet deep.

Recently I have really been having a lot of success throwing the bluegill color but when the water got dirtier the Hot Craw and the Chartreuse sexy shad have been producing more fish. I haven’t been known in the past as a big cranker but so far it has been my go to search bait on the Motherlode lakes. Get yourself a handful of colors and start launching them at your favorite lake.

Hold on and SET THE HOOK!


Jim Graddy wins Bass Nation Event on New Melones with 35 pounds

Jim Graddy with a Nice New Melones Bass

Jim Graddy won the California B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier with the help of this 8.93-pounder.

The 74-year-old also caught the biggest bass, almost a 9-pounder

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — Jim Graddy of Shafter, Calif., won the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier 1 on New Melones Reservoir, March 18-19, and no one was more surprised than he was. “I am shocked that I won,” said the 74-year-old real estate broker. “The first time I had ever been to New Melones was on Thursday.”  At his ripe age, Graddy said he’s not only proud to have won: “I’m proud to still be alive.”  Graddy jokes about his age, adding that after this many years of fishing, he should really be better than he is. But based on his 24.64-pound bag on Day 2, most of his fellow competitors would argue that he’s doing just fine. Graddy finished with 35.35 pounds, eclipsing second place by almost 2 pounds. But he won another honor as well — biggest bass overall. He caught an 8.93-pounder on Sunday, the biggest bass of the tournament by a nearly 2-pound margin. It was mid-morning when the big fish took his Senko and started swimming toward him. “I didn’t even know it was big at first,” Graddy said. His nonboater partner, Louie Marques, asked if he needed help with the net and Graddy declined, saying it didn’t feel like much. “But then I got a little pressure, and it got bigger,” said Graddy, laughing about his rapid change of mind. “I said to Louie, ‘Maybe I do need a little help.’”  The fish was near the dam in 2 to 3 feet of water.

 Graddy had used Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hogs in green pumpkin all day Saturday, when he brought in a limit of 10.71 pounds fishing laydowns. But on Sunday, he wasn’t having much success, and he took a cue from Marques to pick up a Senko instead. He settled on shad and green pumpkin colors and fished the rest of the day with Senkos, targeting shallow grass on the banks. Areas with heavier grass seemed more productive to Graddy than areas with less of it. He would start at a point, work into a cove, then work the other side as he made his way to the next one. “It’s fun to beat these young guys,” said Graddy. “It doesn’t happen often. They usually kick your butt.” Graddy is a member of the Valley Bass Club in Bakersfield. As the top boater at New Melones, he is the first angler to qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. 

Jared Harris of Oakdale is the only other angler to qualify for the State Team alongside Graddy. Harris won the nonboater side on New Melones. Harris, 23, spent his pre-fishing time determining what lures would work best across the lake. As the nonboater, he wouldn’t have the final say in where he could fish each day, but he could at least pick the best tackle that would work anywhere. He settled on a swimbait made by Johnny C’s California Reservoir Lures in casper color, in 3 or 5 inches for the first day, when he weighed in three fish for 7.18 pounds. On the second day, he used Senkos in brown with black and purple flake to bring in 6.97 pounds. “I found that rocky areas with nice grass growing nearby were the most productive spots,” said Harris, who works for Local 1245 Electrical IBEW. “I don’t regret one cast I made,” Harris added. “I felt like I was on my game.” Harris ended with 14.15 pounds, edging second place by ounces.

 On the boater side, Graddy was flanked by first-day leader Randy Pierson with 33.39 pounds and Michael Coleman in third place with 31.48 pounds. On the nonboater side, Jay Williams finished behind Harris with 14.01 pounds, followed by Louie Marques with 13.66 pounds.

 The next qualifier takes place June 3-4 on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif.

 Keep up with the California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiabassnation and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/cal_bn.



Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

RB BASS Angler Ron Howe with nice Clear Lake Bass


Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads are designed for the swinging jig head style of rigging that utilizes separate components to enhance the swimming action of the attached bait. By now many anglers have at least heard of the swinging jig head technique introduced to the world by Gene Larew’s Biffle Buggin setup that includes a jointed jig head/hook and a soft plastic craw bait. The action is somewhat similar to a crankbait, but instead of a hard plastic treble hook bait, anglers can attach any type of plastic they’d prefer including creatures, craws or swimbaits among many others. The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads allows users to create their own version on the swinging jig head with seemingly limitless possibilities for customization.

Rigging up the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is very simple – start with a sinker peg, followed by the sliding football head and finally tie of the hook of your choice. Cinch the peg down a bit closer to the hook for a free swinging action as the bait is crawled along the bottom. The neat part about the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is that you can utilize any hook you’d like and also add a punch skirt to the presentation if you’d like to enhance the profile. These tungsten football heads are quality throughout featuring a line protection sleeve, a quality matte finish and smooth edges along the contoured head section.

We offer the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads in five sizes of two colors: Black & Green Pumpkin. Quantity varies see list below.


Weight Quantities

  • 1/4oz – 3pk
  • 3/8oz – 2pk
  • 1/2oz – 2pk
  • 3/4oz – 1pk
  • 1oz – 1pk

Nate Boomhower joins RB BASS Group of Anglers

Age 35
Born Sacramento
Lives Citrus Heights

Fishing runs deep in my family from generations to Generations. As far as I can remember I always had a fishing pole in my hand every chance I had. From fishing small farm ponds when I was little to fishing bigger bodies of water As I Grew Older . I always just loved to fish. Bass fishing trumped all fishing for me though. It became a part of my life more then I could ever imagine. Through out the years I became a better angler, absorbing knowledge like a sponge. Now, I’m loving the sport even more. I started competitive bass tournaments in 2006 fishing several different local circuits in northern California. I currently am a Tournament Angler fishing the BBT northern region and FPT Northern Region. I’m also a writer for Westernbass. I write reports, online featured articles and articles for the magazine. I’m blessed to have the sport I love so much be such a big part of my life and to share and enjoy it with my 2 beautiful boys is amazing.