Third Place went to Yuba City Pro angler Tony Rainey who also limited on both days. Rainey brought in 22.34 pounds, including a 3.07-pound spotted bass on day one to earn $4,510 for the tournament. Topping the amateur side was Steve Palenko of West Sacra- mento, CA. Steve had the good fortune of drawing well – landing Glen Lockhart as his day one partner and Dee Thomas as his day two partner. Suf ce it to say, Palenko led the Am side wire to wire as his rst day limit of 13.10 with Lockhart placed him atop the leader board. Palenko closed out day two with a 11.70 limit to nish the tournament with a total weight of 24.80 pounds. Steve walked away with First Place hardware and a check for $3,500 – not bad for two days of shing and learning from some of the top Pro’s in the west. Big sh of the tournament was a beautiful 3.66-pound spot- ted bass taken by Visalia California Am angler Dana McGriff. Mc- Griff caught the sh on day two of competition while dragging a Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm in 2 feet of water. The sh earned McGriff $925 in big Fish option money.
Am angler Darin Gugliemlo took the top spot on the Am side
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With the spat of recent winter storms that have been batter- ing the country, most anglers are anxious for springtime conditions to hit. For those who could not wait however, there was the Febru- ary 26-27th U.S. Anglers Choice Lake Havasu Pro-Am. Despite predictions of heavy rains and snow in Lake Havasu of all places, the pre-spawn bite turned out to be a good one as limits were the norm for the angling eld. Perhaps it was his pedigree with respect to bronzebacks, but whatever the case, Troy Lindner, son of famed sherman Al Lind- ner rose to the top of the eld, posting ve sh limits on both days of competition to capture the 2011 US Anglers Choice Lake Havasu Pro-AM title. “I only had the opportunity to pre- sh for this event one day before the tournament”, noted Troy. I spent most of my time up river and come tournament day, had the sh located that I wanted to go after. Lindner utilized a Rapala Clackin’ Minnow lure in the
TO GO BIG AT HAVASU PRO-AM
Troy LIndner shows off his rst place hardware from the February 26-27th USAC Lake Havasu Pro-AM
Albino Shiner color to catch his sh. In fact, 8 of the 10 sh he weighed came out of the river on this lure. Lindner also accounted for a second biggest sh of the tournament, a chunky 4.36 pound smallmouth that ate a Terminator Blue Shad spinnerbait that was slow rolled in the river channel. Linder nished out the event with a 10 sh stringer comprised of all smallmouth bass that tipped the scales at 32.62 pounds. Lake Havasu Pro Angler Gary Pinholster ended up in the run- ner up position courtesy of the 32.27 pounds of sh he bagged during the weekend. “I had not really pre- shed for this event in particular as I shed a smaller team event the weekend prior and located the sh I wanted to target at that time”, Pinholster noted. “This time of year, the sh are typically in a pre-spawn pattern, staged off of the main points in 10-20 feet of water”. Pinholster spent his time hitting main points throwing ghost minnow jerkbaits and twin tail plastics in a green pumpkin with purple & copper ake pattern. Gary also took the big sh of the event – a 4.91 pound smallmouth that was caught in about 20 feet of water. Nevada Pro Shad Berwinger took the bronze at Havasu, end- ing up in third place on the pro side with 30.99 pounds of bass. Shad did have the opportunity to pre- sh for two days coming into the contest, starting at the Bill Williams arm and working his way back to the mouth of the river. “I hardly got bit down south and ended up nding sh closer to the tournament launch site at Windsor Beach”, Berwinger stat- ed at the awards ceremony. “With the storm front that moved in on Saturday, I had most of my sh pull off into deeper water, so I ended up targeting them with a combination of crank baits, rip baits, and jerk baits both days. Shad did manage to catch 4 of the 10 sh he weighed by ippin’ plastics into brush near the mouth of the river. On the amateur side of the contest, it was Darin Gugliemlo of Santa Barbara who rose to the top on the backs of limits total- ing 33.38 pounds and earning $1,025 in the process. “I came into this and listened to my Pro anglers (John Perkins and Walt Kondracki Jr.) both days and it paid off”, noted Darin. Not only did Darin win the event on the Am side, but he took big sh options both days courtesy of the 3.47 and 3.39 pound sh he caught. “I had a great time and can’t wait until the next event”, Darin closed.