SACRAMENTO, CA – With the Thunder Valley Future Pro Tour’s opening act of the 2012 season set to get underway this Saturday, EVERYONE is anxious to see just how cooperative Lake Berryessa’s huge population of largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass will be when the rain and wrath of over a hundred excited teams laced with a double dose of “cabin fever” descend upon them like the plague.
“We don’t care if its pouring down raining, windy, or 100 degrees this Saturday…were ready to go! exclaimed an excited Dick Moore, a long-time Future Pro Tour angler who resides in Rescue, California fishing with Terry Arnold of Roseville. Terry and I have been pluggin away at this tour for years…but this year is OUR year, and that new Ranger Z118 Evirude package is going home with us in November!” he added.
Veterans and long time members of the tour feel especially excited about this year’s season opener, as it represents to many, a decade of friendly rivalries, the reuniting of friends, and a day of excitement one has to go to opening day of the baseball season to appreciate.
“This is our tenth year with the Tour, noted Joe Gomes, of Livermore, California who fishes with his brother George Gomes III. This event usually turns out to be our throw out event, in that we have so much fun the night before at the seminars, barbequing, and staying up late, that we can hardly concentrate on fishing the next day!”
But fun won’t be the rule of the day for some competitors, as many look forward to drawing “first blood” and establishing a healthy lead in their quest for a coveted berth in the tour’s year-end championship dubbed the Future Pro Tour Classic, where the winners will receive the keys to a new Ranger Z118 powered by Evinrude.
The word from those pre-fishing is that the big fish are up – and biting, and that many have moved up and into the backs of creeks, which means anglers can expect big fish and big limits at the scales come weigh-in time, and predictions that it will take over 20 pounds for a five-fish limit is in no way out of the question. In prior FPT season openers on Berryessa, several anglers have brought double digit fish to the scales including a 14.98 pounder caught by Jason Milligan in 2007, so who knows what will happen on Saturday!
Get ready…. rain or shine…as the Thunder Valley Outdoors/Future Pro Tour comes to the Napa Valley and presents another exciting “season opener”!
See you all on the water!