Twilight of a new generation, Bassin' Young Guns Shoot it out at Pardee
I enjoyed talking to Kent just as much as fishing with him and it was clear that
he has a passion for getting anglers of all levels involved in the sport he
loves. We spent the rest of the afternoon comparing notes on different products
and industry happenings as well as catching a few fish in the process.
Kent drags heavy jigs down deep
Kent heads back to the marina
where he landed a nice largemouth early in the day
On the other side of the lake
Dean and Cal worked different areas that Dean knew often held lunkers during
the spring. During the rest of the afternoon they took it easy by experimenting with
different lures. Cal as usual put in his time with swimbaits swinging for the
fences for those lunker bass, but unfortunately the big ones were camera shy today.
Cal and Dean McDaniel setup to
Dean is one of the very best when
it comes to working finesse jigs deep
As we head back into the marina to compare notes with the rest of the field we
learned that Pro Angler Earl Dalton had landed an 8lb largemouth. We also
discovered that Taylor had a busy afternoon, and successfully boated a 9 pound
largemouth with a swimbait on the same spot we fished this morning.
Earl Dalton boats a very nice
Chris Zaldain mixed it up early
and delivers with an exceptional bag of smallmouth
Taylor Parsons finishes the day
culling fish. At the end of the event he holds up a massive smallmouth as well
as a lunker largemouth bass, showing
everyone why he was the 2009 co-angler of the year.
Conclusion: All in all there were a lot of four to five pound smallmouth
and largemouth between five and seven pounds boated by many of the pros, and Bub Tosh even managed to get
a catfish to swallow a Hudd!
Shooter! Put that thing down, Bub
catches a cat on a Hudd!
Pardee can be somewhat of a
perplexing lake to fish during winter for anglers not accustomed
with deep water fishing, or for those unwilling to adapt quickly, but like all
lakes once you put in the time like Taylor Parsons obviously has done, it can be
Brown put on a great event for the third annual media day full of Pros, Press
and a few nice fish too!
The event showed us again why Pardee continues to be a
popular Northern California fishing destination. The quality of the fishery
continues to impress us and when it comes to monster smallmouth I canít think of
another lake that gives you a better chance at a trophy smallie in the entire region.
During the warmer months the big girls do come up
to play and the wakebait bite can be the stuff of legend. This year the Young Guns
were in the house, and boy did they step up and represent!
Thanks to Kent Brown, Jackson Rancheria and the team at Lake Pardee for bringing
the Pros and the Press together for another memorable event!