By Jason Haley
The second leg of the 2016 California Tournament Trail (CTT) pro-am circuit wrapped up February 27-28 at Lake Berryessa. Conditions were spring like and the fish bit! Big Spots and Smallmouth call this lake home, but Largemouth made the difference like many predicted.
Unlike Oroville, big weights were the order of the day. Anglers weighed five bags over 20 pounds on Day One and three over 20 pounds on Day Two. Numerous limits pushed that mark, both days. But it was Phil Garcia of Yuba City, CA demonstrating his mastery of this fishery and besting the field, again, this season, with a two day total of 47.12 pounds. This included 7-pound-plus fish on both days.
Surprisingly, Garcia’s weight was barely enough to get away from second place finisher, Bob Spencer, who brought in the biggest bag of the event. Spencer’s 25.13 pound limit included an 8.10-pound beast. He was less than two pounds back at 45.84.
Chad Frie took 3rd and moved into the driver’s seat in the Angler of the Year (AOY) race, after a second place finish at Oroville. FLW Tour pro, Kevin Stewart, spending the year home, finished 4th and took home $1,750 and big fish honors with a 9.01 giant.
Ed Zinda won the amateur title with 41.98 pounds. He took home $1,200. Paul Howard was right behind at 40.70. Howard landed a 6.17 kicker on Day One, fishing with Chad Frie. Oroville champ, Sean Widger took 9th, which should give him the nod in the AOY race on the amateur side.
Want to know how they were caught? Stay tuned! The full show of this event will be posted soon.
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Next up: More big bass at Clear Lake, where you can expect a wave of shallow fish. Hope to see you on the water!