Sunday wrapped up the final day of the 2014 Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on the California Delta. Always one of the fisherman's favorite bass angling competitions, the year's event drew 270 entrants all seeking a piece of the potential $30,000 payout.
Setting a record for the most solo cashes was Vijay Malhotra. Malhotra helped himself to a large slice of the payout pie, cashing in with five hourly fish, including not one but two first place finishes and the Overall Big Fish check.
The event draws anglers of all ages and skill levels and is frequented by family members sharing the fun of the sport. The concept of the event challenges the participants to boat a bass and bring it to the scale at any hour between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The five heaviest fish at the close of every hour cashes a check. Angler's can weigh as many fish as they like, as often as they can. Bass catching skill, strategy and a little luck are the recipe for a winning combination in this event.
This year's top-spot each hour paid $400, second seat $250, third $200, fourth $150 and last in the money claimed $100. At conclusion of the two-day event, the biggest bass took another $2,500 and the Super 12 (top fish of each hourly weigh-in of both days) drew for a grand prize of $8,500.
Nineteen-year-old, newcomer to the event Jacob Picciuto took home the grand prize.
Six-year-old Logan Ellison claimed the championship for the Junior Division.
Other notables included Mike Gutierrez with four cashes, Jason Borofka with three and Tom Nieto who went home with a check for his 2.93.
Pictures are available on WesternBass at their link here.
More details on how Malhotra caught his fish including a video interview can be viewed here.