Mark Lassagne, Editor-in Chief of Bass Angler Magazine (BAM) won the two-day California B.A.S.S. Nation event on the Delta today with 31.97. The victory qualified Lassagne for the California State Team at the B.A.S.S. Western Divisional event. "I'm very excited to make the team, go to Flaming Gorge and look forward to hopefully make it to the Classic," he stated.
Lassagne caught all of his fish punchin' hyacinth clumps. He reported running six or seven hyacinth spots within an 8-mile radius and stated the best ones had two feet of water under them.
"This weekend the bite was tougher than it has been lately," said Lassagne. "I have been getting 30 or 40 fish a day; but yesterday I only got seven and today just 10."
His biggest bass for the two days was a 6.31 that he punched at about 9 a.m. today.
His punch rig included a watermelon red Yamamoto Flappin' Hog with a 1 oz River2Sea Trash Bomb and a 3/0 Gamakatsu heavy wire hook on 65-lb P-Line braided line.
The first day ran from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"Yesterday, the water was muddy," he recalled. "It was really rough from all of the boat traffic. Over the nighttime, it had about 12 hours to settle after the traffic subsided; so it cleared up."
Today, the event kicked off at 5:30 a.m and went until noon. "Yesterday, there was a low incoming tide which made some of the hyacinth too shallow to fish," he explained. "Today, it was a high outgoing and I got a few more bites, weighed about a pound more and got the big fish."
There are two remaining B.A.S.S. Nation events scheduled in California for the year. The first will be held Aug 23 - 24 at Lake Nacimiento and the final event in 2014 will take place at Lake Shasta on Sept. 27 - 28.
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