Part of the Team
Guest Blog by: Ryan Wood 4/11/2013
I am currently at Clearlake in Northern California with the Colorado State Team at the B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional Tournament. The Western Division consists of the 11 western states and each team has 10 adults and 2 juniors. The adult tournament is Wednesday through Friday and the junior tourney is on Friday.
I arrived on Monday night and get to prefish Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the other Colorado junior, Seth Willard, and our boat captain, Brad Frost. For our prefish, it seems like we have gone all over the lake looking for good spots. Since Clearlake is about 40,000 acres, there is a lot of water to cover. We have caught a few fish so far, but we are mainly looking for good spots and eliminating water that we donít want to fish. We have about 8 hours to fish on Friday and since the lake is so big, we canít afford to be looking for good spots on tournament day.
It seems like the fish are in a transition right now. At a college tournament here last weekend, a lot of the anglers were catching their fish off shore and reaction baits were mentioned a lot. Some guys also said they caught theirs drop shotting deep rock piles. This time of year can make it difficult to locate bass in practice and, even when you do, itís possible that they have moved on when you need to catch them on tournament days. This was apparent on the first day of the adult tournament. Eleven guys had 20 pounds or more and another 28 had 15 or more. On the other end though, 32 anglers managed 1 or zero fish. Two Colorado guys are in the top 4, but the team is 8 out of eleven right now.
So far we have checked out a lot of spots and caught a few fish. In the first weigh in for the adult teams on Wednesday, the biggest bag was 34 lbs and the largest single fish was 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Considering my biggest bass in Colorado was a little over 4 lbs, Iím excited about the opportunity to significantly upgrade my personal best.
The winner of the two age groups for the juniors and the top adult from each state team will go on to fish the National Championship in October. The top adult from each division at that tournament gets to go to the super bowl of bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic. The state team that wins the divisional tournament this week also gets a brand new Triton, Mercury boat/motor package. So the stakes are high both as a team and individually.
You can follow all of the action at http://www.bassmaster.com/tournaments/2013-cabelas-bass-nation-western-divisional. The final weight in, including the juniors, will be on Friday starting about 3:30 pm, and will be live-streamed at http://www.bassmaster.com/video/2013-bass-nation-western-divisional-weigh.
Ryan is a teenager who loves fishing. He participates in local junior bass clubs and fishes in as many fishing tournaments as possible. His main target of fish is bass but if he gets any chance to go fishing he will take it. When he isnít on the water he ties flies, pours worms and sorts his tackle. He is a dedicated student in school maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He also likes playing guitar, trumpet and piano and hanging out with his family and friends.
Coyute, CO 4/11/2013 9:45:29 AM
Good luck Ryan! :)
the fishing dj, CO 4/11/2013 12:54:45 PM
Good luck Ryan. Catch 'em big!
Flyrodn, CO 4/11/2013 8:08:14 PM
Cichlidfish, CO 4/12/2013 9:51:01 PM
Congrats on the win!!!!