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Amateur and semi pro bass anglers visit Clear Lake for one-day tournament

Six of the 26 boats that participated crowd the docks at the Skylark Motel in Lakeport on Saturday, August 15, 2009. Photo by Harold LaBonte.



LAKEPORT – The WON summer series of bass fishing competition returned to Clear Lake Saturday for a one-day tournament.

The winning team for the weekend event brought in more than 24 pounds of bass.

Twenty-six boats, each floating two amateur or semi professional bass fishermen, pushed off from the Skylark Motel in Lakeport Saturday morning.

For the competition all anglers were limited to the frog lure, a rubber lure that really does look like a 2- to 3-inch-long frog.

Tournament rules are very specific and tournament officials inspected each boat. All containers and built-in cavities in the competitors' bass boats were inspected before they were allowed to push away from the docks.

Tournament director Bret Smith indicated that none of the tournament rules had been violated and all the boats left the docks with a clean slate.

Six hours later the boats began their well-timed and well coordinated return to the Skylark docks.

Boat after boat approached the floating docks. One at a time, contestants leaped from their boats with two or three heavy water filled sacks of thrashing fish.

Other boats approached and waited 200 or more feet off shore waiting for their opportunity to drop their cargo.

The day's winning team was Dave Erwin and Jim Stich, whose fish weighed 24.04 pounds. Second place went to Rob Bass and Mike Turner, with 22 pounds.



Jesse Forthun of San Diego had the day's big fish, weighing in at 9.02 pounds. He placed fifth overall.

The series is run by the Western Outdoor News Bass organization. Unlike purely professional or pro-am tournament competition each boat had to pay there own way to participate. No corporate sponsorship for entry fees or travel expenses is allowed.

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Jesse Forthun of San Diego shows off his big fish of the day at 9.02 pounds. Photo by Harold LaBonte.



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