The week of the tournament saw some of the best possibilities that spring was finally going to show itself with multiple days in the mid to high 70s. However, the day of the tournament called for 58-62 degree water temp, mid 60s air temps with overcast, rising pressure, and 12-15 mph winds out of the Southwest.
1st. Lester Albury –13.25 lbs.
Lester cranked his way to the winning sack by sitting on one spot in the far north end of Otay arm. “In practice I was throwing shad patterns, but when I saw how dirty the water was I knew I needed to throw chartreuse.” Lester caught over 30 fish, mostly on a chartreuse and black Strike King KVD 1.5 squarebill. He also caught a few on a drop shot, but the better quality came on the squarebill.
2nd. Chip Gilbert – 9.25 lbs.
Chip fished near Lester, picking off a limit with “a small crankbait and chatter bait” before he “made another move to an outside creek channel and was able to cull out twice fishing big Basschow worms in 25-30 ft.”
3rd. Angelo – 8.6 lbs.
A was Lester’s co angler, also picking up his fish on the chartreuse and black Strike King KVD 1.5 squarebill and a drop shot.
4th. Jacob Melrose – 8.35 lbs.
Jacob jokingly claimed to throw a 12” Huddleston and 16” worm all day, before he let me in on his pattern. He flipped a 1 oz weight with a green pumpkin Missile Baits D Bomb on a 7’6 Dobyns flipping stick paired with a high speed Ardent reel and 65 lb braid. “I just kept my head down and flipped that D Bomb in the middle of the tulles in 14-17 ft of water.” He also missed a few and got one on a frog.
Big Fish. Charles Hernandez – 3.7 lbs.
Chuck fished way up the Bushlow Cove Creek, typically an inaccessible area in normal water conditions. “Once you get in back there, there’s plenty of open water. He caught his big fish on a “green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko with a 3/0 super line Gamakatsu EWG hook and 15 lb Seaguar invizx fluorocarbon.