Story and photos by Jason Bubier
Clay Kettel shows of the big sh of the event, a 4.83 pound spotted bass worth $824
» WELLS AND GOODBY
In January the Lake Oroville/GoldCity Trail had a stellar eld of 40 teams on what turned out to be a less than desirable day. We had fog so thick you could not see the launch ramp from the blast- off boat. After talking to all of the anglers, there was a unanimous decision to obey a strict 5 mile per hour blast-off and speed limit until visibility was 30 yards+, and all boaters adhered to the rule without exception. In February the weather Gods were once again back on our side. With recent storms and the water level on the rise (thankfully), the sh- ing reports were sketchy at best. From reports going back two weeks, the bite was stingy for most, with occasional reports of a good day. The two tourneys from the previous weeks were won with 11lbs a day. Even with tougher than usual shing being the norm, 34 Teams came out to test their skills against some of the best spotted bass anglers in the Western States. After receiving their snack packs (Muf ns and Candy bars) and rule brie ng, the teams stood proudly for the tradi- tional singing of our National Anthem by 10 year old Lesley Bubier and then blasted off on a beautiful yet slightly chilly morning - all in hopes of catching that big bite before the sun comes up. Well some things do change as we would see in the afternoon. When 3:00 came and the rst teams started checking in, the theme seemed to be the same, tough bite for some, but after the weigh-in was complete the story would change. While the teams
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were enjoying a complimentary Tri-Tip BBQ prepared by Brad and Barbara Taggart from Lot’s A Java Coffee and catering in Oroville, Allison the tournament statistician was busy guring out the results.
Jack Goodby and Dan Wells show off thier rst place plaques courtesy of Chuck Patterson Toyota-Scion-Dodge