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REGION 1

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The U.S. Anglers Choice Region 1 Golden Valley Trail opened the 2010-11 season this past November 6th on Millerton Lake. The 20 participating teams were greated with great weather. While it was rumored that shing conditions were on the tough side, the green sh seemed to cooperate as nearly three quarters of the eld managed to bring limits to the scales. When all was said and done, just a hair over two pounds sep- arated the top seven teams. As is expected with the quality of sherman from the Central Valley, rst and second places were separated by a mere .01 of a pound. Coming out on top and getting a piece of all the possible options was the team of Terry Hamlin and Tony Klein. Terry and Tony just squeaked into the rst place position with their limit that weighed 9.66 pounds. The duo anchored the limit by taking the second big sh of the tournament, a 3.1 pound spotted bass. Terry and Tony cashed a very impressive check totaling $2,520 to ac- company their rst place hardware. Finishing second with a limit weighing 9.65 pounds, which included the big sh of the tournament, a 3.14 spot, was the team of Keith Friesen and Kirk Sakamoto. For their efforts Keith and Kirk earned a $1,400 check. Rounding out the top three with 5 sh for a net weight of 8.94 pounds was the team of Joe Alanis and Sterling Killion. The duo took home $560 for the third place nish. Fourth place went to the team of Russell Bradford and Gary Coker with 8.33 pounds worth $300 and in fth place was the team of Denny Bowlin and Rod Burns with 8.02 pounds for $80. Congratulations to all of our top nishers. I want to say thank you to all of the ne Golden Valley anglers for making my rst tournament as your new director a very stress free and enjoyable experience. As former director Bill Cook had told me you are 'a great group of guys'. I look forward to seeing you all again at our next Golden Valley trail tournament.

The second tournament of the Berryessa Trail saw 19 boats competing amid some tough post storm bluebird weather that turned the bite tough. The Sunday morning of the event saw overcast skies with no rain but a heavy moisture that hung in the air until afternoon sunshine dried things out. Fishing was tough for all teams, but some angler did manage to catch a few good sh. Teams that did well were targeting bass chasing bait sh again. Main lake and the North end seemed to do well for the top teams. Every team said the bite was tough, with no domi- nant patterns. Teams were quoted as saying they had to junk sh all day to get the sh they caught. Again some successful techniques were spooning, drop shotting, cranking, swimbaits, jigs, and topwater. Taking the rst place spot for the second event in a row was the Fair eld, CA team of Sean and Brian Stafford who came to the scales with a limit of sh that went 16.85 pounds. Team Stafford had a 3.79 pound big sh to anchor their limit and in addition to their rst place trophies, took home a total of $1,845 in winnings. Holding down the runner up position was the team of Dave Church from Sonoma and his partner Willie Church from Cotton- wood. This duo weighed in a solid bag of sh that tipped the scales at 16.54 pounds, including the big sh of the tournament, a 6.29 pound largemouth that Church took on a 6” swimbait. Team Church walked away from the event with an extra $1,182 in their pockets. Third Place went to Firuz Gizatullin of Discovery Bay and team mate Alan Butt of Crockett. They weighed in a nice 15.42 bag of bass that earned them $566. Fourth place was Dave Raper of Vacaville and Anthony Pic- cardo from Sacramento. They ended the day with a limit good for 12.96 pounds. In the options, and First-Out-Of-The-Money was Chris Franks of Petaluma and Steve Seals from Windsor who n- ished out the day with an 11.93 sack of sh. Overall, this was another great tournament on Lake Berryessa considering the heavy winds and rain that fell Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The USAC Berryessa Trail would like to thank our sponsors, Centennial Batteries, Guns Fishing & Stuff, Alan Fong, Dobyns Rods, Tomat’s Restaurant, Oroville Outdoors, Don Sebastiani Win- ery, and Winters True Value Hardware for supporting the 2010- 2011 Berryessa Pro Team Trail!

TEAM STAFFORD HOLDS DOWN BERRYESSA TRAILS LEAD

HAMLIN & KLEIN CAPTURE GOLDEN VALLEY OPENER

GOLDEN VALLEY

PLACE BOATER 1 TERRY HAMLIN 2 KEITH FRIESEN 3 JOE ALANIS 4 RUSSELL BRADFORD 5 DENNY BOWLIN

NON-BOATER TONY KLEIN KIRK SAKAMOTO STERLING KILLION GARY COKER ROD BURNS

11/06/10

FISH BIGBASS WEIGHT WINNINGS 5 3.1 9.66 $2,520 5 3.14 9.65 $1,400 5 2.74 8.94 $560 5 2.82 8.33 $300 5 2.19 8.02 $80

BERRYESSA

PLACE BOATER 1 SEAN STAFFORD 2 DAVE CHURCH 3 FIRUZ GIZATULLIN 4 DAVE RAPER 5 CHRIS FRANKS

11/21/10

FISH BIGBASS WEIGHT WINNINGS 5 3.79 16.85 $1,845 5 6.29 16.54 $1,182 5 4.16 15.42 $566 5 2.74 12.96 $0 5 2.75 11.93 $180

NON-BOATER BRIAN STAFFORD WILLIE CHURCH ALAN BUTT ANTHONY PICCARDO STEVEN SEALS

Despite wind, rain, sleet and some snow, the second event of the 2010-11 USAC Clear Lake Pro Teams trail saw 15 Teams sign up for November 20th tournament held out of the Konocti Vista Casino. The angling eld was truly a “Who's Who” of Clear Lake

GHIROSO & HALL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE CLEAR LAKE TRAIL

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