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Lake Pyramid was the first stop of the California BASS Federation Nation held on Sept 29, 2012. Eighteen anglers took off from the marina - all to bring fish in to the weight-in. The overall leader was Tom Erickson from the Loomis Basin Bassmaster with a wining weight over 14 lbs. and a big fish of the event over 5.08 lbs.
Second Place was Brian Day of the South County Bassmaster with 12 lbs. Tom was the overall big fish winner of the Dobbins 705 Rod.
We are always looking to make improvements, so in response to a few suggestions, the last 3 years CalBFN has held 2 events to qualify for the State Team; one (1) event for the North and one (1) event for the South.
We believe this new format will help the Federation grow in participation as well as providing a great format for members all around the state to qualify for the Western Divisional.
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California's Hemminger starts fresh
DECATUR, Ala. — When you have a gut feeling, sometimes you just have to go with it.
That’s what happened for Jason Hemminger today at 10 a.m. He only had one keeper in the boat that he estimated at 1 pound, 3 ounces. “I knew it wasn’t working, so I just scrapped it all and started over.”
The California angler caught what he called a “California-size bag” today when he abandoned everything he’d been doing on Wheeler Lake during the 2012 Cabela’s Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship and started fresh.
“I had a gut feeling and it worked out,” said the Ventura County Bass Club member.
And when he says it “worked out,” he means it. Hemminger brought in a huge 19-pound, 10-ounce bag, far bigger than any other in the competition, with two bass that weighed 5-1 and 5-3. He bounced back from his 6-13 bag yesterday that left him mired in eighth place in the Western division, and moved nearly 5 pounds ahead of his closest Western competitor, Timothy Klinger.
Hemminger’s huge change was the most dramatic today, but it was representative of multiple success stories in Day Two of the tournament. Anglers who mixed it up had much bigger sacks than yesterday; anglers who didn’t brought in disappointing bags.
Tim Dycus of
Arkansas credited his “mental adjustment”
for bringing in a limit of 8-8, which was
much stronger than his two fish that weighed
3-1 yesterday. Teb Jones of Mississippi said
he made a change today, and it resulted in
not only a 15-pound, 5-ounce bag, but also a
5-13 bass that took today’s Cabela’s Big
Bass honors. JJ Patton of
And just as those who changed reaped the benefits, those who didn’t lamented their decision. Josh Polfer of Idaho, who led the Western division yesterday, brought in only 6-15 today. “Things changed today, and I should have adapted a little bit quicker,” said Polfer. Dale Hightower, yesterday’s overall leader, brought in 8-0 today, half of what he caught yesterday. “I think I spent too much time in one area before I decided to change,” Hightower explained. “The fish just kept getting smaller.”
Polfer and Hightower both said they figured something out in the afternoon, though, and they are looking forward to tomorrow, the final day of competition.
the potential to be vastly different than
today. The forecast calls for wind, rain and
cold. Polfer joins Jamie Sochocki of
Michigan and Jason Pecoraro of Louisiana in
hoping for the big weather change. “The
The average fish weight moved up slightly today from 1-12 yesterday to 1-14. More anglers had limits — 41 instead of 34, like Day One — and only one angler goose-egged.
Hemminger’s 19-10 bag is currently in the lead for the Lowrance Heavyweight of the tournament. If he wins, he’ll take home a Lowrance HDS-7 Touch worth $1,599.
Four of the six divisions had leader changes today. Bryant Copley of Virginia took over the Mid-Atlantic lead; Brady Farrell of Wisconsin took the Northern; Mark Pierce of Tennessee moved up to first in the Southern; and Hemminger took over in the Western. Hightower of Oklahoma remained on top in the Central, as did Jonathan Carter of Maine in the Eastern.
The top angler in each division after competition ends tomorrow will head to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla., in February.
The final launch takes place tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. CT at Ingalls Harbor. All the contenders will weigh in on stage, also at Ingalls Harbor, beginning at 3 p.m. CT, and it will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com. Joining them on stage will be the junior anglers, who are fishing their one-day competition tomorrow on nearby Wilson Lake.
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