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strategies to themselves. When winning a new Bass Cat boat is involved, secrets are kept between partners. Winning this event and taking home beautiful trophies along with the Bass Cat boat and Mercury Motor, was the team of Mike Sanders and Matt Lindsey. Their two day total weight was 40.40 lbs and the big bass of this event weighed in at 10.25 lbs. They battled the wind throughout both days in the middle part of the lake; taking wave after wave over the bow of their boat but it was worth it. Mike told the crowd when he lifted up with his jig, this 10.25 lb. bass came out of the water. Mike and Matt were gra- cious with their win, thanking everyone involved. Second place went to the team of Joe Leone and Sam Rich weighing in a total of 38.61 lbs. They also worked extremely hard in this event. Due to the wind and the heavy wave action, they lined their pockets with gold, $5,545 for two days work, not bad. Great job team! Third and forth places were a tie. The team of Scott Stevens & Vincent Bernal who by the way, were Anglers of the Year in the Mother Lode Region tied with Jordan Harris & Jon Ramos with two days weights of 38.17 lbs. Both teams took home $2,492.50 for their two days of Mother Nature’s wrath. For all of the other prizes and places, you will have to see the standings. Throughout the year the Western Rookie League earned over $11,000.00 which was paid back at this event to the anglers; adding the option money, you will see that this event paid very well. A special thanks goes out to the town of Clear Lake and all of their organizations for helping us make this event a success. We encourage all anglers to help this community grow and prosper. A big thank you goes out to Clear Lake Bait and Tackle, Jimmy, his wife and staff for taking care of my staff, the anglers and anything that needed attention. WRL salutes you! I look forward to seeing all of you at our tournaments in 2010. Let your bass fishing friends know we are now the AC/ WRL so come out and join the fun while catching bass. 100% Bass - Western Rookie League would like to thank the fine sponsors that make the difference between fishing and the quality events we are able to provide as a result of their support. BassCat Boats, Mercury Outboards, Berkley Trilene, Spiderwire Braid, Castillo Badillo - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Loomis Lodge and Lake Fork Guide Service, TheFishingInstructor.Com, Persuader Bass Baits, Fenwick Rods, Walton’s Pond in San Leandro, Hook, Line & Sinker in Oakley, Phil’s Props in Redding, Bait Barn in Wa- terford, Escalon Bait & Tackle, Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp, Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis, Berryessa Sporting Goods in Winters, MF Finesse Custom Worms, Comfortroll, Comfort Suites of Oakley, Cal West Concrete Cutting, Black Dog Baits, Eye Surrender Sun Glasses, Bass Angler’s Guide Magazine, Angels Inn Motel of Angles Camp and Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island.

Angler’s Choice Semi-Pro Team Champions Tim Cook and Ryan Cook, with part of their winning limit.

Ryan Cook said, “We caught all our fish on main lake points with a drop shot from 10 feet to 60 feet deep.” Coming in 2nd was Motherlode region qualifiers Steve Riggs & Russ Kidder, bringing in 19.53 pounds, netting them $2000. The local Oroville/Gold City region team of Jason and Rod Bubier took 3rd place with 18.88 pounds, winning $1550. The Motherlode region team of Eladio Garcia and Mike Buga- rin brought in 18.70 pounds good for 4th place but elected not to get into the option pot for the big cash prizes. Rounding out the top five was another Motherlode region team Albert Oliver & Russell Herring taking home 5th place plaques and $1000. Full results can be found at

2nd Place finishers Steve Riggs and Russ Kidder with Angler’s Choice Tournament Director, Danny Peluso.

Anglers Choice held the Tournament of Champions for the Semi- Pro Region at Lake Oroville on October 3 & 4, 2009. Sixty one teams checked in at Oroville Outdoors for a Wazuu B-B-Q and rules meeting. All went well for both days, the lake was beautiful as usual, with cooler temperatures and light winds. The bite was tough for most teams, but most all managed limits each day. After two hard days of fishing, the Motherlode region team of Ryan and Tim Cook, both from Atwater, Ca., scooped up 1st place and the championship title with 20.80 pounds and by doing so won a fully rigged Legend Bass Boat. Plus they were the overall winners of the Anglers Of The Year.


Big Fish winners for Day 1 were Wally Carpenter and Stan Panero.

November/December 2009