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.

 

 

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

 Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana all started by competing in B.A.S.S. Nation events in their respective state, and now they’re heading to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic later this month. Anglers in California have the opportunity to climb the same ladder beginning March 18.

 California B.A.S.S. Nation competition begins this month

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The path to competing in the Bassmaster Classic begins in California on New Melones Reservoir, March 18-19.

 Any angler in California — boater or nonboater — has a chance at competing against the best bass anglers in the world at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The road to qualify begins at any of the four California B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments scheduled for 2017, moves on to the Western Regional next spring and culminates in the 2018 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, in which three of the nation’s best anglers earn a berth in the 2019 Classic.

 

“No angler from the California B.A.S.S. Nation has ever made it all the way to the Classic before,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “Our state has the best anglers in the country, and there’s no reason one of our members can’t end our streak this year and get one of our guys onto the biggest stage in bass fishing.”

 

The first tournament of the season is on New Melones Reservoir in Angels Camp, March 18-19. The top boater and top nonboater at New Melones automatically advance to the 2018 State Team, becoming the first to qualify. The rest of the 20-person State Team will qualify either by winning one of the other three tournaments this year (Oroville, Delta or Nacimiento) or by finishing in the top of the points bracket (best three out of four tournaments).

 The 2017 State Team, which qualified last year, will put their skills to the test beginning in April at Lake Shasta. The 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan will be held in our home state, April 19-21. The Western Regional is held at a different Western lake every year.

 The best boater and best nonboater from California’s 2017 State Team will qualify for the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan this fall at a location to be determined. The Top 3 anglers at the championship advance to the 2018 Classic.

 In just a few weeks, you can watch three of last year’s top Nation anglers compete in the 2017 Classic, including two from the West. From March 24 to 26, on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana will represent their states on the world stage.

 To be on track to make the 2019 Bassmaster Classic, competitors must either win a California B.A.S.S. Nation event or finish in the top of the points by the end of the season. Points are determined on a 100-point scale at each tournament, with the winner receiving 100 points, second-place receiving 99, etc. The top points winners, based on their three best tournaments, will qualify for the 2018 State Team.

 The full 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

 

To register to compete at New Melones, download the entry form here: http://calbn.com/new-melones-reservoir and submit it by March 8. You must be a member of a California B.A.S.S. Nation club to be eligible to compete.

 If you have questions about tournaments or about joining a club, contact Mark Torrez at (805) 233-0883 or mark@calbn.com.

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

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).

Nor Cal 90 Lake Oroville Results

Nor Cal 90 Lake Oroville Tournament Results

 

PLACE BOATER NON-BOATER BIG WEIGHT  MONEY 
1 RYAN FRIEND CLINT ISBELL 2.85 11.26  $ 1,600.00
2 PETE JENSON JACK GOODBY 4.50 11.19  $ 1,490.00
3 MIKE FRIEND SHELLY CARR 2.20 10.79  $    750.00
4 RYAN WHITE TROY DANIELS 3.29 10.57  $    700.00
5 RICHARD DOBYNS JOHN BRADFORD 0.00 10.26  $    450.00
6 JOHN MCCLELLAN JAKE MCCLELLAN 2.87 9.40  $    400.00
7 MIKE OSBORN ERIC BOYD 2.66 9.36  $    350.00
8 DAN CRONE ERIC CRONE 2.51 9.11  $    275.00
9 DUGAN MCINTOSH RYAN MCINTOSH 2.53 9.08  $    225.00
10 MICHAEL TIMMONS BILLY HINES 0.00 9.01  $    200.00
11 JAKE ENGASSER BEAR ENGASSER 0.00 9.00  $           –
12 TOM GORDON LOGAN ROUSH 2.71 8.93  $           –
13 JR. WRIGHT MICHAEL WRIGHT 0.00 8.83  $           –
14 JOE HINKLE GLEN LOCKHART 0.00 8.78  $           –
14 JARED WALKER JESSE MARTIN 0.00 8.78  $           –
16 TOM SALO CHARLES WOOTEN 0.00 8.77  $           –
17 BRIAN FESLER MIKE ANTHONY 0.00 8.68  $           –
18 JAY GUTERDING BOB BENSON 0.00 8.59  $           –
19 ALAX PARKER CHRIS LAYTON 0.00 8.58  $           –
20 DAN SWEAT CODY NORRIS 3.14 8.55  $           –
21 PHIL GARCIA BRAD MARR 0.00 8.53  $           –
21 DANIEL ANDRUSAITIS SHANE ROBERTSON 2.62 8.53  $           –
23 JODY JORDAN DAVE KISTLE 0.00 8.41  $           –
24 TONY RAINEY KEVIN DAVIS 0.00 8.38  $           –
25 GARY SOUZA DON REIGHLEY 0.00 8.37  $           –
26 RON GANDOLFI VIC PETKUS 0.00 8.28  $           –
26 STEVE KLEIN NICK KLEIN 0.00 8.28  $           –
28 CHRIS WADSWORTH CORY CANCILLA 0.00 8.26  $           –
29 JOE OROZCO CHRIS WRIGHT 0.00 8.21  $           –
30 DUSTIN MARAVIOV LUKE WILSON 2.66 8.10  $           –
31 DAVID SHERRILL BOBI SHERRILL 0.00 8.05  $           –
32 JARED BOOM JEFF BOOM 0.00 8.03  $           –
33 BUB TOSH RUSSELL HERRING 0.00 7.91  $           –
34 CLAY KETTELL CHUCK GILES 0.00 7.85  $           –
35 BOBBY MURACO KENNETH KNIGHT 0.00 7.84  $           –
36 BRAD BONINO KIM BONINO 0.00 7.81  $           –
37 RICHARD ALCANTAR ERIC CASTRO 0.00 7.79  $           –
38 GARY DOBYNS CRAIG GOTTWALS 0.00 7.61  $           –
39 DAVE RUSH BRAD TAGGART 0.00 7.51  $           –
40 MIKEY KLEMM MARK GODFREY 0.00 7.29  $           –
41 JAMES LONG ALLEN GORDON 0.00 7.24  $           –
42 DOUG JONES DOUG MCKA 0.00 7.21  $           –
43 TRAVIS FOSTER DAVE BROWN 0.00 7.09  $           –
44 JAMEY SORENSEN TAMARA RUSTIN 0.00 7.01  $           –
45 JIM ELLIOT JORDAN KUNDE 0.00 6.97  $           –
46 CHRIS STOREY EDDY LOPES 0.00 6.87  $           –
47 CHUCK KAVROS CHAD DIBBLE 0.00 6.83  $           –
48 JACOB BEAUCHAMP TIM EVANS 0.00 6.80  $           –
49 DALLAS MERRICK TONI CORPE 0.00 6.70  $           –
50 SCOTT CAVEN JEFF MCFALL 0.00 6.50  $           –
51 KEVIN HOCHSTRASSER BILLY SYKES 0.00 4.77  $           –
52 AARON QUIN BRIAN DENNING 0.00 0.00  $           –
52 VERN ROBERTS LEON PUGH 0.00 0.00  $           –
52 LUKE BELLEFEUILLE ERIC KILBY 0.00 0.00  $           –

California Bass Nation announces 2017 Schedule

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

The California B.A.S.S. Nation returns to Lake Nacimiento in 2017 as the fourth event in the season schedule.
The 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation schedule features four events that lead to the regional qualifier.
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California B.A.S.S. Nation is pleased to announce its 2017 schedule. The four-event trail is the largest schedule to date for the California B.A.S.S. Nation.
 
The best anglers at the end of the season qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team, which will compete 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.
 

Lake Oroville Bass Nation Event
The first tournament of the new season will take place March 18-19 on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif. Competitors will launch from Bidwell Marina at 7 a.m. 

Lake New Melones Bass Nation Event
The second event falls two months later on New Melones Reservoir in Angels Camp, Calif. Anglers will take off from New Melones Lake Marina at 6 a.m. 

California Delta Bass Nation Event
The third event of the season is July 8-9 on the California Delta. Competitors will leave from Big Break Marina in Oakley, Calif., at 6:30 a.m. 

Lake Nacimiento Bass Nation Event
The final event will be Oct. 14-15 on Lake Nacimiento. Anglers will launch from the Lake Nacimiento Main Ramp at 7 a.m.
 
To qualify for the State Team, anglers will earn points on a 100-point scale at each event. Their best three events will be counted. The winning boater and nonboater at each tournament will automatically advance to the State Team.
 
The State Team will be made up of 10 boaters, 10 nonboaters and two alternates. The Top 4 in each division will be tournament winners; the remaining spots will be based on points.
 
The points winner in each division, Boater and Nonboater, based on all four events 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 Chief Mark Torrez, California B.A.S.S. Nation president, at (805) 233-0883.
 
Date Lake Location March 18-19 Lake Oroville Oroville, CA May 20-21 New Melones Reservoir Angels Camp, CA July 8-9 California Delta Oakley, CA Oct. 14-15 Lake Nacimiento Paso Robles, CA
 
Keep up with future announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation). 

To print Entry Forms Click Here.
 

 

 

Nor Cal 90 -Lake Oroville 2017 Tournaments

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2017 Tournament Season

“Lake Oroville”

The Basic Entry for each event will be $130 per team and this includes Big Fish money.

There will be 1 -$20 option that pays back the top 3, for an All-In of $150.

$20.00 membership per person (good for 2017 season) must be paid before fishing any event.

 

Saturday – December 3rd , 2016 – Bidwell Ramp

Saturday – January 7th  , 2017 – Bidwell Ramp

Saturday – February 4th  , 2017 – Bidwell Ramp

Sunday – March 5th , 2017 – Spillway Ramp

Sunday – April 9th , 2017 – Spillway Ramp

Fish-Off

Dates to be determined ???

 

The 2017 points race (5 events) will start in Dec. and be 1 event per month through Apr. Teams must fish 4 of 5 events to qualify (no throw out for AOY/Top 5 in Points). Points will be awarded as follows “100-1st, 99-2nd,98-3rd , etc”, + 10 show up points per event fished. We will take the highest finishing team (1) from each event that has fished 4 of 5 events that did not qualify based on Top 5. Currently the only info that will be provided for the Fish-Off is that it will not be on Lake Oroville and will be kept secret until at least 24/48hrs prior to the event.  
Entry Forms will be accepted @ North Valley Tackle 2368 Lincoln Blvd. 530-712-9356

Until Fri. before each event, or Mail them to address below to avoid late fee the morning of.

   Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 This will be a Trail ran by Fisherman, for the Fisherman. 

Jason Bubier Owner/Director 34 Gleness Dr., Oroville, Ca 95966

530-589-2601 530-230-8868

 

Hemminger wins on Nacimiento, earns spot on California State Team

 Hemminger wins on Nacimiento, earns spot on California State Team

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Jason Hemminger of Oxnard, Calif., won the 2016 California B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Qualifier on Lake Nacimiento, Dec. 4.

Hemminger is one of 20 anglers on the newly assembled state team that will compete on Lake Shasta in April 2017. 

NACIMIENTO, Calif. — The California B.A.S.S. Nation has filled its state team for 2017 with the conclusion of its Southern Qualifier, Dec. 3-4, on Lake Nacimiento.

Jason Hemminger of Oxnard won the boater division of the two-day tournament with 20.7 pounds. Rodney Scott of Yuba City won the nonboater side with 11.21 pounds.

In October, Brian Kennemer of Bakersfield won the boater division of a two-day tournament on Clear Lake with 40.55 pounds, and Wallace Hemminger of Oxnard won the nonboater side with 22.14 pounds.

The state team, made up of 20 anglers based on finishes in these two tournaments as well as their overall points standing, advances to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Regional presented by Magellan, on Lake Shasta in Redding, April 19-21. The top boater and top nonboater from California at that event advances to the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship with a chance to compete for a spot in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

The boaters on the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team are Jason Hemminger, Randy Pierson, Clayton Rogerson, Nick Wood, Brian Kennemer, Jason Milligan, Brad Everett, Ron Rushing, Steve Wilson, Bill Scharton and Tim Wells (alternate).

The nonboaters on the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team are Wallace Hemminger, Brian Cogburn, Adrian Murar, Mike Coleman, Rodney Scott, Jeff Jones, Jim McLaughlin, Stan Beebe, John Steinhilber, Chris Gilkison and Dejon Lewis (alternate).

The schedule for the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation trail will be announced soon. Keep up with announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation).

To join a B.A.S.S. Nation club and earn eligibility for entry to compete, contact California B.A.S.S. Nation president, Mark Torrez, at (805) 233-0883.

 

 

 

 

North Valley Tackle Open Tournament Lake Oroville

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Not done with Tournaments yet? Come and Fish Lake Oroville for a 100% payback fun event. BBQ and Raffle following the Open Team Bass Tournament!  

2016 River2Sea open wrap up

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Bethel Island Ca-River2Sea wrap up

River2Sea held another Big Party on the California Delta with 118 boats in attendance. Anglers could only fish with River2Sea Products leveling the playing field for all. River2Sea makes Crank baits, Spinner Baits, Poppers, Frogs, Tungsten Flipping weights, Tungsten Nail weights, Punch Hooks, The Rover, The Whopper Plopper, The New Ruckus and the New Double Whopper Plopper. This gave Anglers several choices on how they could fish and chase those Big Delta Bass. To get your River2Sea product at Monsterfishingtackle.com please click here.

River2Sea Open

Stormy weather rolled thru the Delta region for the weekend, there was wind-sun-clouds, rain, the bottom line is the weather was crazy over the weekend with a 25 Degree Temperature drop! None of this would distract the Anglers fishing for the 2016 River2Sea Crown. Boats scattered in every direction chasing the win. The Team of Venkus and Haley would take home the 2016 River2Sea Title. They were awarded with $5350.00 for their efforts. To see Results Click Here.

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The Big Bass of the River2Sea Open was a Stud 9.44 Delta Donkey caught by the Team of Patton and Patton! Big Smiles with a Big Bass Payout and a pair of Nice Trophies! The Big Bass paid out $1020.00 in this event! 

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The River2Sea Open Big Bass Party would not be complete without a Huge Raffle! Top prizes included a set of Tires from Hercules Tires in the new Terra Trac M/T , Terra Trac T/G or Terra Trac At2, all these Hercules Tires offer a Industry leading 2 year 50% Road Hazard Warranty with 100% Free replacement in the allotted time and tread wear. www.Herculestires.com

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The grand prize would be a fully Rigged Hunting set up with a Quad-Shotguns and more, this prize would be given to the lucky Team holding the Golden Ticket! This was done bye Boat Draw and the Lucky Team in attendance was Dee Thomas and Mr Ryan.

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On Display was Ranger Boats,Trigger Happy Comfort Grips, Big ol Pig and Cal Coast fishing was in attendance throwing out the Bait Sack product samples to the crowd! Also Bait Sack was a big supporter of the huge Raffle!  

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Huge Crowds were gathered around Trade booths waiting for the Final Results and Raffle Prizes! All the Anglers were eager at their shot for huge Raffle prizes about to be drawn. 

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Wild West Bass Trail 2017 Season Schedule of Events

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Wild West Bass Trail 2017 Season Schedule of Events

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2017 Schedule

www.Wildwestbasstrail.com

Pro/Am events:

Lake   Date  
Lake Shasta   January 27-29, 2017  
Lake Mohave   February 24-26, 2017  
Lake Havasu   March 31-April 2, 2017  
Clear Lake   April 21-23, 2017  
California Delta   June 9-11, 2017  
Pro/Am Championship: Lake Mead, NV   September 8-10, 2017  

Bob Tyler Evinrude

Arizona Team events:

Lake   Date  
Lake Pleasant   October 15, 2016  
Lake Mohave   January. 14, 2017  
Lake Havasu   February 4, 2017  
Lake Mead   April 15, 2017  
AZ Team Championship: Roosevelt Lake   May 4-6, 2017  

Ron Howe Wild West Berryessa 3rd place

California Team events:

Lake   Date  
Lake Oroville   January 14, 2017  
Lake Shasta   Feb. 18, 2017  
Clear Lake   March 11, 2017  
California Delta   May 6, 2017  
CA Team Championship: Lake Berryessa   October 6-8, 2017

 

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