Most B.A.S.S. affiliated club members from around California dream of someday having the chance to fish at the Pro level and this is the grassroots way to make it to the Bassmasters Classic through the California B.A.S.S. Nation and affiliated bass clubs. Rodney Brown of the Golden State Bass Club has taken the first step on that journey by winning the first 2013 event and earning a spot on the California State Team. Brown used a 3/8 oz., black and red Bobby D’s Grinder at the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta to catch the winning limit of 14.62 lbs. of bass anchored by a nice 4.79 lb. largemouth. Focusing on stained water near tules, Brown says, “You never know where the fish will be. The first few fish were deep in the tules, then later in the day, for some reason, they were away from the tules.” A key factor for the winner was to reel the lure very slowly. Brown used a Dobyn’s Extreme rod and Abu Garcia Revo SX and cast the lure on 17# Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. Taking the Second place spot, missing First Place by only .64 lbs. is Dan Wells, who weighed in 13.98 total lbs. to become the second member of the State Team. Rounding out the Top 5 at this event is: Steve Wilson, 3rd with 13.27 lbs. Don Edmonds, 4th with 11.72 lbs. and Ron Welch, 5th with 11.14 lbs. Don Edmonds also won the Dobyn’s Big Bass award and a new Dobyn’s rod for bringing in the tournament’s largest bass, a 4.92 lb. largemouth. There were 106 bass brought to the scales at this event for a total weight of 211.4 lbs. Two-thirds of the field landed a 5 fish limit. The tournament launched out of the B & W Resort, Isleton. During the 2013 qualifying tournament circuit, the top two anglers earn spots on the State Team at each event, making up eight of the State Team spots. The rest of the participants earn points to qualify for the two boater and two non-boater spots remaining, and the 13th person Team Alternate. The State Team formed this year will represent the California B.A.S.S. Nation at the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional Tournament. The top California State Team member at that event will represent California at the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship for a chance to earn a spot to “The Superbowl of Bass Fishing,” the Bassmasters Classic.