Jason Cloke and Greg Chimits brought a 5 bass limit to the scales at El Capitan totaling 20.47 pounds to take the win in the National Bass West event on January 18th. Cloke and Chimits’ limit was anchored by the second biggest bass of the tournament, a 7.52 pounder caught on an underspin. They got off to a great start, “we started near Boulder Bay throwing crankbaits and had 8 pounds for 2 fish in only 5 casts,” Cloke said.
But it took a few adjustments to stay on the fish and earn the win, as is usually the case. “After an hour of nothing else, we started to dropshot to get our limit. Once we had our limit we pounded the bank and culled 4 times with an underspin. Our big fish [7.52 pounds] came on the underspin.” And, like we’ve predicted with the warm weather, the shallow bite is already there at El Capitan. “All of our fish were caught in 5 feet of water or less,” Cloke revealed.
The biggest bass of the tournament was caught by the second place team of Brian Johnson and Art Berry which weighed in at 8.43 pounds. Their 20.32 pound total was only .15 pounds short of the win.
In third place with a 19.54 pound limit was the reigning ‘Anglers of the Year’ in National Bass West; Tom Leedom and Keith Gunsauls. Leedom and Gunsauls fished deeper than the winners, but were still targeting fish that are starting to think about spawning. “We fished jigs on staging areas in 15-20′ of water in the North End, with secondary points and bends in the creek channel being keys for us,” Leedom said. “Our best bite was from 9 to 11 AM.”
A few pounds back in fourth place was Scott Wingo and Randy Lewis who had a limit totaling 16.40 pounds. Wingo and Lewis had the third heaviest bass of the tournament, which weighed in at 6.32 pounds. They maintained their spot aboard the points standings, but are only 2 points ahead of Leedom and Gunsauls at the half-way point of the season.
Rounding out the top 5 was the father son tandem of Andy and Jackson Paluczak. They were only a tenth of a pound behind Wingo and Lewis with 16.3. Andy thought they were doing about the same thing as most teams out there, “I caught 3 early with a crankbait shallow and Jackson caught a nice one on the jig. We pretty much stuck with that [pattern]the rest of the day.” And while they struggled to improve their weight substantially after 10 AM, he did get say he landed a 3.5 pounder “at the wire” that likely propelled them into the top 5. He added “we’re very satisfied, as the bite has been tough.”
The Paluczaks are currently holding down the fourth spot in the points standings.
The next National Bass West tournament in San Diego is scheduled for February 8th at Lower Otay in what might shape up to be a real slug fest as the big female bass at Otay try to stack on weight before the spawning season. The tournament will likely coincide with both the prespawn stage and continued trout stocks by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, so there may be a big bass or two bagged on the swimbait in that event.
|1||JASON CLOKE-GREG CHIMITS||5/5||7.52||20.47||200.00||$2,740|
|2||BRIAN JOHNSON-ART BERRY||5/5||* 8.43||20.32||199.00||$1,970|
|3||TOM LEEDOM-KEITH GUNSAULS||5/5||5.34||19.54||198.00||$1,020|
|4||SCOTT WINGO-RANDY LEWIS||5/5||6.32||16.40||197.00||$1,040|
|5||ANDY PALUCZAK-JACKSON PALUCZAK||5/5||5.45||16.30||196.00||$660|
|6||GARY PREMAN-JOSH PREMAN||5/5||15.53||195.00||$470|
|7||*JIM HALLAUER-*FRANK MORRIN||5/5||15.41||194.00||$420|
|8||TED HOLVERSON-GEORGE PERNICANO||5/5||15.31||193.00|
|9||STAN HENDRIX-MELVIN WILLIAMS||5/5||4.52||15.01||192.00|
|10||TODD HOLVERSON-RUSTY SALEWSKE||5/5||4.20||14.52||191.00|
|11||DAVID BRANTLEY-JEFF RILEY||5/5||14.16||190.00|
|12||ALLEN TATUM-MIKE FOLKESTAD||5/5||3.92||13.93||189.00|
|13||RICARDO HERNANDEZ-KEN DAVIS||5/5||13.80||188.00|
|14||MICHAEL NEMEC-BRIAN JUAREZ||5/5||3.98||13.28||187.00|
|15||CHUCK MILLER-GEOFF PIERCE||5/5||13.24||186.00|
|17||MARCO FENELLI-KEVIN NORLING||5/5||13.12||184.00|
|18||JIMMY YOUNG-KYLE GEORGI||5/5||13.01||183.00|
|19||MARTIN KEPPELER-WILLIAM LARSON||5/5||5.03||12.81||182.00|
|20||MIKE MC LERNON-JERRY HOBART||5/5||12.64||181.00|
|21||CARL LIMBRICK, JR.-KEVIN GRANEY||5/5||11.47||180.00|
|22||DAVID JACKSON-JAKE JUCENAS||5/5||11.32||179.00|
|23||CHRIS PATEK-STEPHEN PATEK||5/5||11.00||178.00|
|24||RALPH HUBERTS-TYLER HUBERTS||4/4||10.99||177.00|
|25||TREVOR LINCOLN-STUART LEE||5/5||10.97||176.00|
|26||GREG MISER-TRAVIS HARGIS||5/5||10.77||175.00|
|27||RICK LINDEMANN-DAVE VOELKER||5/5||10.48||174.00||$110|
|28||DUANE JOHNSON-CURTIS HOWARD||5/5||9.97||173.00|
|29||DAN PRICE-CHUCK LA VIGNE||4/4||9.76||172.00|
|30||ANTHONY TEJEDA-JOHN GETGEN||5/5||9.37||171.00|
|31||*KYLE BUSCH-*KRIS PURDY||3/3||4.97||9.10||170.00|
|32||MICHAEL REUM-NATHAN COFFEY||4/3||9.06||169.00|
|33||BERTRAN DAVIES-ALAN SANTOS||4/4||8.77||168.00|
|34||MATT LUNA-DENNIS KOLENDER||4/4||3.68||8.44||167.00|
|35||MATT LOWERY-SHANE SPENCER||4/4||8.31||166.00|
|36||BOB PALASHEWSKI-ROGER GORDON||3/3||6.47||165.00|
|37||ALLEN NICHOLSON-JERRED COOPER||3/3||4.88||164.00|
|38||ELLIOTT HOLSBO-DUSTIN TINGLE||2/1||4.25||163.00|