Bailey Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Havasu

Bailey Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Havasu Bailey Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Havasu

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 10, 2018) – Local angler Shaun Bailey of Lake Havasu City weighed five bass totaling 15 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Western Division tournament on Lake Havasu. Bailey’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 49 pounds, 5 ounces, was enough to earn him top honors and $40,200.


“It feels great to finally win one of these. It’s been a long time coming,” said Bailey, who earned his first career win after three prior top-10 finishes in FLW competition. “It was definitely a strange tournament for me, though. Today I caught all of my fish in the morning, which was the complete opposite of what happened the first two days.”


Bailey primarily targeted prespawn largemouth in brush piles on the north end of the lake. He said his areas were 18 to 22 feet deep and were near the mouths of coves.


“On Day One (Thursday) I caught a fish on my very first cast and never got another bite until almost noon,” said Bailey. “There’s that old saying, ‘If you catch one on your first cast, its bad luck’. Well, it was true for me. Luckily, I pulled up on a spot and caught a couple fish to fill out my limit, so I was happy with that.”


Bailey said he used a few different baits this week, including Roboworm Straight Tail and Curly Tail Worms Carolina rigged. He said he also caught key fish on Olive Crawdad- and Fire Craw-colored Evergreen medium- and deep-diving crankbaits.


“On Friday I actually lost my first five fish,” said Bailey. “Finally, I pulled up to an area and my co-angler and I each caught one. After that, we went to another spot and both caught 17 pounds in about three hours.”


Bailey said his sweet spot had a lot of natural trees and scattered brush piles, and that the trees were large enough to hold a lot of fish.


“Today (Saturday) I used a deep-diving crankbait in the morning instead of a worm and caught a few that I ended up weighing in,” said Bailey. “I switched to the worm and caught two more before returning to my key spot from Day Two, but I never got another bite. I’m thankful I made the decision to start with the crankbait this morning.”


The top 10 pros on Lake Havasu finished:

               1st:          Shaun Bailey, Lake Havasu, City, Ariz., 15 bass, 49-5, $40,200

               2nd:         David Valdivia, Norwalk, Calif., 15 bass, 48-4  , $15,600

               3rd:          Justin Kerr, Simi Valley, Calif., 15 bass, 48-0, $12,000

               4th:          Chris Kinley, Lake Havasu, City, Ariz., 15 bass, 46-0, $10,000

               5th:          Michael Caruso, Peoria, Ariz., 15 bass, 45-1, $9,000

               6th:          Tom Leedom, Escondido, Calif., 15 bass, 44-2, $8,000

               7th:          Sean Minderman, Greenacres, Wash., 15 bass, 43-13, $7,300

               8th:          Joe Uribe Jr. Surprise, Ariz., 14 bass, 42-4, $6,000

               9th:          Jason Milligan, Cottonwood, Calif., 14 bass, 40-15, $5,000

               10th:        Jay Wright, Seal Beach, Calif., 11 bass, 34-7, $4,000

Minderman caught a 6-pound, 14-ounce bass Friday– the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Minderman earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300. Jason Akins of Apple Valley, California, won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard motor. Akins earned his win with a three-day total catch of nine bass weighing 32 pounds, 14 ounces. 

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Havasu finished:

               1st:          Jason Akins, Apple Valley, Calif., nine bass, 32-14, Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard motor     

               2nd:         Tony Zanotelli, Redding, Calif., 11 bass, 29-12, $5,250

               3rd:          Joseph Cunningham, El Dorado Hills, Calif., seven bass, 24-9, $4,000

               4th:          Dustin Remy, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 11 bass, 24-9, $3,500

               5th:          Levi Samz, Green River, Wyo., 12 bass, 24-5, $3,000

               6th:          Matt Roach, Scottsdale, Ariz., seven bass, 20-6, $2,500

               7th:          Jacob Traba, Pacifica, Calif., seven bass, 19-8, $2,000

               8th:          Tom White, Costa Mesa, Calif., nine bass, 18-10, $1,750

               9th:          Ralph Wells, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., eight bass, 15-11, $1,500

               10th:        David Zavvar, West Hollywood, Calif., six bass, 14-13, $1,250

Zanotelli caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces that earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

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