Lake Okeechobee Elite Series Prediction

Well it’s that time of year and very rarely does the elite series make a stop at the Famous Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee means big water in Seminole Language and trust me it’s a very big body of water and most of it is 4ft or less and averaging 9ft at full pool. 

  The lake isn’t what it usually is right now. This time of year we usually see 25+ to win a tournament and 18+ get a check. Lately 20lbs wins and 15lbs get a check and in a BFL 9-12lbs will take you home some money. 
  Why’s the lake fishing so horribly this year well it’s quite simple actually drawdowns and over spraying and way to much pressure. For a lake of such size this year it’s fishing incredibly small with 2-3 areas of the lake playing key factors in tournaments and to fish those 2-3 areas you’ll be accompanied by 50-100+ boats. 
  The spawn this year has been completely out of whack when you find a fish on a bed take advantage of it he won’t be there tomorrow they’ll pull up and pull right off.
   What’s going to be productive your typical baits are still going to be the key to Okeechobee. Alot of flipping, spinnerbaits, swimjigs, frogs and chatterbaits will be the big key to unlocking this tournament. 
My predictions for the tournament I believe it’s going to be won up north by harney pond area as its just fishing so good and I think a variety of baits will be used to win it as you just have to fish the moment and it’ll take between 60-80lbs to win just depends on the mood the lakes in it’s fishing good one day than horrible the next.
By Bryceson Wright

River2sea Ruckus Product review by Michael Coleman


As the season changes  from late winter to early spring and the cold water starts to warm the River2Sea Ruckus lipless crank bait is a bait you need in your arsenal!!!! With super loud tungsten bearings, the Ruckus measures up at 3 inches and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This makes this bait a casting dream. Heavy winds are not a issue for the Ruckus with the tungsten weighting system and armed with River2sea hooks makes this bait ready to go right out of the package. The Ruckus retails at 12.99 it’s a must have bait. There are many ways to retrieve the Ruckus just simply cast it out an burn it back or try the yoyo technique. A very effective way is to throw it around sparse cover and rip it off the grass or just simply let it sink to the bottom and drag it around. The Ruckus is available in a large verity of colors for more information about the Ruckus go to www.river2seausa.com

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Christopher Evola joins RB BASS Group of Anglers

Hometown: Tracy, California

Birthday: February 19

Favorite Music: Country

Home Lake: California Delta

Favorite Lake: California Delta

Favorite Technique: Punching and throwing a frog

Primary Fishing Strength: Optimism

Boat: Ranger 520 DVX with 225 Mercury Optimax

Tow Vehicle: F250 – Ford King Ranch

From a young age, I was introduced to fishing and I now have the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the fishing industry with the goal of fishing the entire FLW circuit and winning an FLW event. Besides being an up and coming professional angler I’m a Police Officer with Bay Area Rapid Transit in California. As a Police Officer, I have the responsibilities that involves the protection of life and property, providing information and assistance to the public, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation and crime prevention and suppression. When I’m not fishing, or working I enjoy spending time with my family and hunting. My wife, Melissa, my 5-year-old son, Vincent, and 2-year-old daughter, Raelynn all love the outdoors. I believe it’s important to challenge myself and follow my passion as I want to lead by example and teach my son and daughter to challenge them selves and follow their passion one day. Some of my fishing tournaments and accomplishments consist of:

  • 2016 Ultimate Frog Challenge – Pro – 3rd Place
  • 2016 Police, Fire and Corrections Badge Packer Tournament – 5th Place
  • 2015 California Delta Future Pro Tournament – 13th Place
  • 2016 River2Sea Open – 14th Place
  • 2016 FLW California Delta – 45th Place
  • Tracy Bass Turkey Shoots – Several 1st Place Wins

My passion for this sport is great and I love being challenged and adapting to multiple new situations.

California B.A.S.S. Nation revises 2017 schedule

Because of damage to the Spillway / dam at Oroville Lake, the California B.A.S.S. Nation is postponing the Oroville tournament and moving up the New Melones event.

Oroville tournament moves to June; New Melones event is now in March

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Damage to the dam at Oroville Lake has caused two major changes to the California B.A.S.S. Nation tournament schedule for 2017.

The Oroville Dam has made national headlines in recent days due to its impairment and, with rain still in the forecast, there is no guarantee of immediate improvement in the conditions at Oroville Lake. The first California B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier of the season, scheduled for March 18-19, has been rescheduled for June 3-4.”ENTRY FORM

New Melones Reservoir was scheduled to host the second qualifier of the season, May 20-21. Instead, it will be the first tournament, held on Oroville’s original dates, March 18-19. “ENTRY FORM

The other events on the schedule are not affected by the change.

“It’s about safety first,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “We do not take risks with the safety of our anglers. We also wanted to make a decision early so competitors could make a plan.”

The revised schedule is as follows:

Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

March 18-19                       New Melones Reservoir                Angels Camp, CA

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                      Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                 Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                            Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

 

The top boater and top nonboater at each event will qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. The rest of the team will be made up of the best anglers throughout the season, based on points. The State Team will represent California in the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional, at a location to be announced. California’s top boater and top nonboater from the regional will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to compete for a spot in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and a berth in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The points winner in each division, Boater and Nonboater, will earn the California B.A.S.S. Nation Angler of the Year award.

To be eligible to compete, each angler must be a member of a B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated club. To find a club in your area, contact Mark Torrez, California B.A.S.S. Nation president, at (805) 233-0883, or visit www.calbn.com.

Keep up with future announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation).

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ABU Garcia Revo ALX Low Profile

Engineered to give anglers the compact performance of the MGX along with the versatility of a heavy-duty fishing reel, the Revo® ALX low profile reel features an aluminum frame for added strength while the C6 carbon side plates and aluminum main gear allow for maximum weight optimization. Easily adjustable and ultra compact, the ALX is suited to throw baits from lightweight finesse baits all the way through to heavy jigs.

  • 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • X-Cräftic™ alloy frame for increased corrosion resistance
  • Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • Infini II™ spool design for extended castability and extreme loads
  • MagTrax™ brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
  • Compact bent handle and star provides a more ergonomic design
  • Flat EVA knobs provide greater comfort and durability
  • Aircraft grade aluminum main gear provides weight reduction without sacrificing durability
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability
  • Recessed reel foot allows for a more ergonomic reel design
  • Lube port for easy access maintenance

 

ABU Garcia Max Toro Low Profile

For all of your heavy-duty applications, the MaxToro delivers high performance features specifically engineered for casting larger baits and fighting hard pulling fish. A one piece graphite frame construction allows for a surprisingly compact lightweight design, while still incorporating the powerstack drag system, that will stop any fish.

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  • 4 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • Duragear™ Heavy Duty provides increased fighting power and extended gear life
  • Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • MagTrax™ brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
  • Extended bent handle for increased cranking power
  • Large PVC knobs provide greater grip

 

 

 

ABU Garcia MGX Extreme Low profile Baitcast Reel

Setting the standard in lightweight, compact design; the MGXtreme low profile baitcaster continues to push the boundaries of low profile design with the lightest Revo® yet weighing in at just 4.5 ounces. The MGXtreme low profile reel combines the new SLC spool concept, with hybrid ceramic bearings resulting in a reel with first class casting performance in a package that weighs almost nothing in the hand.

  • 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • 2 additional CeramiLite Spool Bearings provide improved casting performance
  • One piece X-Mag™ alloy frame provides a super light yet extremely strong frame
  • Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • C6 carbon sideplates provide significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and durability
  • Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake (IVCB-4™) gives very precise brake adjustments allowing anglers to easily cast a wide variety of baits
  • Infini II™ spool design for extended castability and extreme loads
  • Compact bent carbon handle provides a more ergonomic design that is extremely lightweight
  • Round cork knobs provides improved grip for improved cranking power
  • Aircraft grade aluminum main gear provides weight reduction without sacrificing durability
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability
  • Recessed reel foot allows for a more ergonomic reel design
  • Lube port for easy access maintenance
  • Super lightweight concept (SLC™) spool design
  • Custom lightweight handle design
  • Carbon star drag design 

 

 

ABU Garcia Revo Rocket Toro

The Revo Toro® Rocket dials up the speed factor with a high speed 7.6:1 gear ratio. Bringing in 42’’ of line per turn, the rocket allows you to burn large baits faster than ever before. Whether fishing a vertical jig through the water column or burning a blade for Muskie, the Revo Toro® Rocket has the speed needed to get those reaction strikes.

  • 7 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • Rocket Gear Ratio provides superfast line retrieve for picking up line quickly
  • Power stack Carbon Matrix Drag System™ provides extreme drag pressures combined with unparalled smoothness
  • Active response drag mechanism allows easy drag adjustment even under heavy drag loads
  • X-Cräftic™ alloy frame and sideplate for increased corrosion resistance
  • Duragear™ Heavy Duty provides increased fighting power and extended gear life
  • InfiniMax braking system™ allows almost limitless adjustability to handle larger baits
  • Aircraft grade aluminum spool allows for a high strength spool that is extremely lightweight for greater casting performance
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability

Extended bent handle for increased cranking power

 

 

 

Destination Oroville and Lake Shasta


 

I got a call from fellow anglers Christopher Freeman and Cody Derby to tag along on a fishing trip to Lake Shasta.  I thought it would be good practice before the Future Pro Tour Classic on Lake Oroville scheduled for early March.
As we made our way to the lake, we started calling around for room availability, after about 4 calls and because of the Pro Am at Shasta there was nothing available until Saturday.   So we changed our plan and decided to fish Lake Oroville on Saturday, and then head up to Lake Shasta for a full day of fishing Sunday.  A perfect plan for me!

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass
-Charlie King

Lake Oroville is known for a variety of fish (large mouth and small mouth bass, chinook, catfish, white crappie to name a few) and we went looking for bass.   The air temperature was just around freezing as we pulled up to the spillway ramp at daylight, the sky was crystal clear and just a slight breeze on the water. The lake has received a lot of rain the last few weeks and is at 80% of capacity.

The water was slightly stained and a lot of wood and debris floating around.  Once we made it to our first stop, at Middle Fork, the water temp was 46 to 49 degrees and the water falls were running and absolutely beautiful. I tried the A-rig and Spinnerbait early, fish weren’t interested so I switched to drop-shot and a small swimbait.  The Drop Shot and small Swimbait produced the best bite in the 15 to 35 feet range.   As the sun started to warm the day, we were able to get fish on points and the bluff walls all the way back to the main lake.   Once we made it back to the main lake, Chris got on a small Jig bite in 15 to 20 feet on under water humps, we finished the day catching about 15 to 20 fish and enjoyed the outdoors and awesome views Lake Oroville has to offer.

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass Anglers Charlie , Chris and Cody

We got off the water in time to stop by to say hi to the folks at North Valley Tackle and pick up a few things for our next day of fishing on Lake Shasta.  Chris’s wonderful wife Mary had already booked our stay at the Bridge Bay Resort right on Lake Shasta and all we had to do was make the drive!

Lake Shasta, wow – what a beautiful lake to wake to!  Snow covered mountains and Bald Eagles flying around, we couldn’t wait to hit the water! Now the first thing we noticed was the outside temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than the day before, with quite a bit of cloud cover in the sky.  Now like Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta has received a bunch of rain and is filling nicely.  The water clarity and temp is just about the same as Oroville. We focused on the Pit River arm of the lake and made the run to some stuff similar to what we finished on yesterday at Oroville.


I think Cody got the first fish on an underspin and little swimbait, Chris and I were throwing small jigs and picked up where we left off yesterday. The fish wanted that jig on the bottom and not moved at all! We got most of the fish in 15 to 20 foot range and had 10lbs for are best 5 by 8:30 am. I also was able to get the spotted bass to eat the A-rig that day and got several fish on it, but they were smaller than the jig fish.

Lake Shasta Spotted Bass Charlie and Chris

Over all we got about 30 fish that day and had a blast.  As we set in the middle of a big cove around noon, taking pictures and just admiring the beautiful surroundings, a Bald Eagle swooped down about 30 yards away and plucked his lunch out of the water, it was incredible to see. What a way to end this awesome weekend! I want to thank Chris and Mary Freeman and Cody Derby for inviting me along.  I also want to thank my wife Natalie and daughters Melissa & Rebecca for their support, love you guys!

DROP SHOT: Okuma TCS 7’2” Rod paired with Okuma Helios Hx-25s Reel with 5lb test Fins 40G.
A-RIG: Okuma Guide Select 7’11” Rod and Okuma Komodo 350 with 50lb Fins windtamer Braid. The
JIG: Okuma TCS 7’ jig rod paired with Okuma Helios TCS 8:1:1 gear ratio with 12lb floro line