Anglers launched on Lake Oroville for the 2013 U.S. Angler's Choice Pro/Am circuit today. Leading the competition in the two-day, shared-weight draw tournament is Bass Angler Magazine's editor-in-chief Mark Lassagne with 14.71.
He found a five-fish limit that was bolstered by the only six pounder weighed in the event. "My big fish went 6.40," said Lassagne in a Day One interview. "I got that one on an umbrella rig. In fact, I got all of my fish except one on an umbrella rig. I also picked up a three pounder on a jerkbait."
Lassagne's fish all came from shallow depths of less than 10-feet. He reported the water temp in the mid to high 50's. He is confident in continuing his bass hunt tomorrow with the two baits that he had on today; but felt he would be fishing much deeper due to an expected front that is coming in.
"I don't know if I will get 14-lbs again; but I feel good about tomorrow," added BAM's creator. "The spots are movin' around. I saw a couple of fives yesterday and today, when I went back it was 50-yards away. I casted at it; but it moved on. I went back later and drug my bait of the bank and got it. That was my big one. It was actually a six, not a five like I had thought when I first saw it. It went right for the umbrella rig. I 'm fishing it on a new Phenix A-rig rod that I just got and it is incredible. I've casted all day without feeling tired and can feel the bite real well."
The 14 boat field will continue their Oroville action tomorrow.
Day One's Top-5
2nd Jody White 14.35
3rd Ryan Friend 13
4th Zack Thompson 12.5
5th Mark Mendez 11.79
The Oroville action continues tomorrow.
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