Riley Still Leads Stren Series Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Shasta
REDDING, Calif. (March 30, 2006) Local pro Jim Riley of Shasta Lake, Calif., caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 1 ounce to lead round one of the Stren Series Western Division bass fishing tournament on Lake Shasta.
One thing is certain: Lake Shasta is absolutely full of bass, especially spotted bass. On day one, anglers caught an FLW Outdoors one-day record for the most limits caught with 349. Anglers caught another 342 limits Thursday, setting another record for the most limits caught during the first round with 691. Anglers also set a record for the most bass weighed during the first round with 3,668. But the quality of the spotted bass is also impressive. Riley won big bass Wednesday with a 6-pound, 3-ounce spotted bass, and many exceeding 3 pounds have been weighed.
Riley dominated the field over the two-day opening round, catching nearly 7 pounds more than second place. His dominance on the lake is well known. In the 2004 and 2005 Lake Shasta events of the Bassmaster Open Western Division, Riley finished eighth and 10th, respectively. This is Rileys FLW Outdoors debut, and he is making quite a splash.
I was doing the same thing today that I did yesterday swimbaits and worms, Riley said. And I had a decent limit by 9 this morning. I think Ive got enough areas and fish to win this, but confidence is a scary thing.
Rounding out the top five pros are Gary Dobyns of Yuba City, Calif. (10 bass, 25 pounds); Mark Meddock of Woodland, Calif. (10 bass, 24 pounds, 4 ounces); Dave Nollar of Redlands, Calif. (10 bass, 13 pounds, 10 ounces); and Gene Gray of Atascadero, Calif. (10 bass, 23 pounds).
Justin Kerr of Semi Valley, Calif., earned $700 for the Snickers Big Bass award in the Pro Division with a 8-pound, 7-ounce bass.
Justin Regelin of Anderson, Calif., leads the Co-angler Division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces.
This is the first tournament Ive ever fished, Regelin said. My boss, Jeff Michaels, is a pro and I practiced with him. He talked me into entering the tournament, so I decided to do it because I thought it would be great experience.
I have been throwing a Senko all week, from the bank to 60 feet of water. I just rig it differently for the different depths.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jim Tatum of Bishop, Calif. (10 bass, 18 pounds, 12 ounces); Benny Lentz of Cottonwood, Calif. (10 bass, 18 pounds, 4 ounces); Justin Lucas of Folsom, Calif. (10 bass, 17 pounds, 14 ounces); andMike Iloski of Escondido, Calif. (10 bass, 17 pounds, 11 ounces).
Glen Glover of Concord, Calif., earned $240 for the Snickers Big Bass award in the Co-angler Division thanks to a 7-pound, 8-ounce bass.
Anglers caught a total of 1,820 bass Thursday weighing 2,686 pounds, 6 ounces.
Friday and Saturdays weigh-ins will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 1515 Dana Drive in Redding beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Stren Series tournaments are four-day events consisting of three rounds. The entire field competes Wednesday and Thursday, and the top 20 pros and co-anglers based on two-day accumulated weights advance to day three. Anglers start at zero Thursday and compete for 10 spots in each division in the final round. Winners are determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from days three and four.