Newspaper chooses Zaldain as top pro

The Opens pro's success is called "an accomplishment we just couldn't deny"

James Overstreet
Chris Zaldain, a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens pro, was listed as California's top bass angler in 2011.

From George Kramer at Western Outdoor News

It’s that time of year again for George Kramer to tout the top 40 bass fishermen in the Golden State. But, it’s also never been a more difficult assignment to figure out. The playing field has been an obstacle course for the touring pros as a combination of a poor economy and travel-killing, quagga mussel inspections have kept most fishermen close to home — once deemed to be the kiss of death for maximum career recognition.

With a year to chew on things, more diligent researching of numerous tournament circuits, plus a concern that fishing guides and even non-shared weight co-anglers were not getting enough credit, the California Top 40 Bass Anglers List has a different feel in 2011.

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