The Western Run

Bassmaster.com breaks down the 2007 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series schedule

 

 

 

No. 1 • Battle on the Border, Lake Amistad

 

March 8-11 — Del Rio, Texas

 

TRIVIA

 

 

 

 

  • 2006 Ishama Monroe victorious in The Battle on the Border | Archive
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    GALLERY

     

     

     

    Click here to check out all the photos from this year's event on Lake Amistad.

     

     

     

    No. 2 • Duel in the Delta — California Delta

     

    March 22-25 — Stockton, Calif.

     

    TRIVIA

     


  • In 1999, Mark Tyler set BASS' all-time lunker record with a 14-pound, 9-ounce largemouth from the Delta.
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  • In addition to Tyler's leviathan, the Delta has produced lots of other lunkers, including an 18.62 pound largemouth caught by Galen Jensen in February 2002 on a Yamamoto Senko.

     

  • From 1997 through 2003, Robert Lee was BASS' King of the Delta, winning all four of BASS Invitational tournaments on the waterway.

     

  • The Delta is where Dee Thomas developed the flippin' technique. Thomas was a "tule dipper" who utilized a 14-16-foot pole to dangle a jig in holes in the vegetation. When tournament rules were amended to prohibit the long poles, he created flippin', effectively changing the way serious bass anglers fish heavy cover forever.

     

    WHAT THE PROS SAY

     

    Mark Tyler (caught the biggest bass in BASS tournament history from the Delta in 1999 — 14 lbs. 9 oz.): "It's great to see the Elite Series schedule go out West and become more of a national thing. It's hard to predict what it might take to win on the Delta, but I think it'll be about 100 pounds or so. It's a tremendous fishery and seems to be getting stronger and stronger every year. One thing's for sure, we're hitting it at a prime time, and the sky's the limit. In the pre-spawn, there's a strong jig, spinnerbait and Rat-L-Trap bite on the Delta. I caught the 14-9 on a jig, and you can bet that will be my primary weapon when we go there next year."

     

    PAST TOURNAMENTS

     

  • 2005: WESTERN OPEN

     

  • 2004: WESTERN OPEN

     

  • 2003: CALIFORNIA TOUR PRO

     

  • 2001: CALIFORNIA INVITATIONAL

     

  • Archive: Click here to search for all tournament results on the California Delta

     

     

     

     

    No. 3 • Golden State Shootout — Clear Lake

     

    March 29-April 1 — Lakeport, Calif.

     

    TRIVIA

     


  • Clear Lake is where Byron ("The Basschelor") Velvick set the BASS 3-day event record for heaviest catch with 83-5 in 2000.
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  • Current Elite Series pros have won five of the six previous BASS events on the lake. Winners include Byron Velvick, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Mark Tyler and Jared Lintner.

     

     

  • Clear Lake is California's largest freshwater lake, covering 43,785 surface acres.

     

    WHAT THE PROS SAY

     

    Byron Velvick (set the BASS 3-day tournament record with 83-5 on Clear Lake in 2000): "The quality of fish out there should be astounding! I'm looking forward to seeing guys like Kevin VanDam and Denny Brauer throwing swimbaits the size of their shoes! At that time of year, we talk about the "Three S's" on Clear Lake — swimbaits, Senkos and sight fishing. It'll take at least 100 pounds to win and maybe quite a bit more. Clear Lake is a big bass factory that just seems to turn out giant bass after giant bass. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 4-day record broken."

     

    PAST TOURNAMENTS

     

  • 2005: WESTERN OPEN

     

  • 2004: CALIFORNIA CITGO BASSMASTER OPEN

     

  • 2003: CALIFORNIA WESTERN OPEN

     

  • 2003: CALIFORNIA SHOWDOWN PRO

     

  • Archive: Click here to search for all tournament results on Clear Lake.

     

     

    HOTSPOT MAPS

     

    Check out our interactive maps! Zoom in on structure, roads, contours and more!

     

    Clear Lake interactive map

     

    2007 Elite Series Co-Angler Registration

     

    Registration on the dates below will begin at 6 pm EST online and all entries will be time stamped and accepted in order received.

     

    Sunday January 7th, 2007

     

    Registration Open to all Federation Nation, BASS Insider and Life members

     

    Sunday January 14th, 2007

     

    Registration Open to all BASS members

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