Rick Grover, owner of Anglers Marine has put together another awesome event for 2010, bringing four of the nation’s hottest anglers including the legendary Larry Nixon. The 60 year old touring angler from Arkansas has been fishing the professional tours for 33 years, amassing over 2.6 million dollars in a career that includes a win in the most prestigious tournament in bass fishing, the BASS Masters Classic (1983). Nixon was so influential on bass fishing in the 80s that several of the best anglers in the history of the sport, including Kevin VanDam, David Fritts, and Denny Brauer acknowledge Nixon as their “angling hero.”
Nixon’s favorite technique is structure fishing with a worm or jig, so you can bet his seminars will be relevant to San Diego, and provide valuable information for any Southern California bass angler. Nixon is scheduled to give one seminar, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, so thats a great time to be at the Bass-A-Thon.
Also doing free seminars at this year’s Bass-A-Thon will be Western pros Cody Meyer and Brett Hite, as well as Virginia angler John Crews Jr. Cody Meyer of California (Redding) has been outstanding the last few years fishing the FLW American Fishing Series and FLW Series. In the year-long points standings for the American Fishing Series he finished 2nd in 2007, 2nd in 2008, and 1st in 2009. In 2010 he made the jump to the FLW Tour, and also competed in the FLW Series where he won the angler of the year title. He finished 3rd in the 2009 FLW Forrest Wood Cup, and was 2nd this year, behind local Ramona angler Kevin Hawk. Meyer will give a seminar each day, at 10:30 AM on Saturday and 4:30 PM on Sunday.
Brett Hite is a name most local bass anglers will recognize. The 32 year old from Phoenix has been to Southern California many times, even fishing, and winning the local El Cajon Ford San Diego Team Open. Hite is known for his prowess at drop shotting, winning several regional pro tournaments on Western lakes with the technique. He got his first tour-level win in 2008 at Lake Toho fishing in the FLW Tour. Hite is scheduled to give two seminars, one at 3:00 PM on Saturday and the other at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
Hitting clean-up in this year’s Bass-A-Thon seminar line up is John Crews Jr. of Virginia. Crews is going into his 9th year of professional fishing, and has been on an absolute tear lately in the Bassmaster Elite Series, the most competitive fishing series in the world. Crews launched into the spotlight with his narrow win at the California Delta in the Elite Series tournament at the California Delta in March. He caught a 5 pound fish on his last flip on the 4th and final day of the tournament to give him a 1-ounce win over Skeet Reese. He followed the win up with two more top-10s in 2010, a 6th and 3rd and finished 12th in the points. Hes currently ranked 24th in the World Rankings by BassFan.com. Crews is also well known for his signature series bait, the “Little John” crankbait made by SPRO. Crews is on the hook for one seminar – Sunday at 3:00 PM.
In addition to the free seminars, the Bass-A-Thon will feature hands-on workshops by other regional stars. These workshops will provide a more focused and engaging way to pick up tips from some of the West’s best. Here is the list of workshop instructors for 2010;
- Justin Kerr – Drop shot secrets for Western Lakes
- Tammy Morrow – Desert lakes tactics & women in bass fishing
- Art Berry – DVL secrets
- Rich Tauber – Bass tournament 101, getting started
- Jerry Rago – Swimbaits
The 2010 Bass-A-Thon will also feature a Lowrance Electronics School/Seminar, which guests must pre-register for. The school will be in session at 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM on Saturday and again at 10:30 AM on Sunday. If you wish to learn how to better use and interpret your fish finder, you can register by calling (714)666-2628 right now.
Okuma will be hosting a casting competition and raffle at 5:30 PM on each day of the event.
The doors open at 8:00 AM both days up at Anglers Marine, plenty of parking is available along the street in the busines park, and is usually not a problem. But it is advised to get there early to get a spot close by. A BBQ lunch is available at noon each day so you won’t need to leave the event to fill up for lunch and re-charge for the afternoon session.
Anglers Marine is located at 3475 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim. For more information you can call Anglers Marine Anaheim at (714)666-2628.