CLEAR LAKE — The team of Matt Hardt-Tony Gold caught 46.02 pounds of largemouth bass to win the El Dorado Bass Club tournament held on Clear Lake April 26-27.
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The two-day tournament featured eight two-man teams fishing for a five-fish limit on black bass per day.
After struggling to consistently catch fish on day one, Hardt-Gold caught a limit 10 minutes before weigh-in to post a day one total of 17.76 pounds, good enough for 5th place — six pounds behind the leading team of Mike Hardt-Tony Heimberg.
On day two, Hardt-Gold caught a quick limit off deep rock in the Soda Bay area and continued to cull fish from their livewell until they settled on a 28.26 lb limit that included a 6.93 pound kicker fish caught by Gold on a drop shot rig. Most of their fish were caught in 15-25 feet of water on shakey head rigs, wacky rigged senkos, and drop shot rigs.
“It was a phenomenal tournament as far quality of fish.” said club vice-president Matt Hardt. “There were several five, six and even a 7.04 pound largemouth caught. We just got lucky and found a school of large, active fish.”
Anglers faced windy and rainy conditions. All came to the scales with fish in their weigh bags and for the first time ever the club had not one, but four boats that eclipsed the 40 pound mark for a two-day total. The big fish of the Tournament was a 7.4 pound largemouth caught by Ray Pethel.
The El Dorado Bass Club is a friendly, competitive, fishing club that competes in 12 team tournaments per year at local Northern California lakes and reservoirs. The club is currently accepting new members. If interested in membership, contact President Patrick Ryan at (530) 676-3173.
Final Results Day 1 Day 2 Total
1 – Matt Hardt-Tony Gold 17.76/28.26-46.02
2 – John Bowles-Richard Taylor 22.14/20.48-42.62
3 – Mike Hardt-Tony Heimberg 23.38/18.00-41.38
4 – Danny Cross-Kenny Cross 20.52/19.56-40.08
5 – Peter Stern-Ray Pethel 15.84/18.72-34.56
6 – Dugan Wilson-Patrick Ryan 18.64/7.34-25.98
7 – Rod Brawley-Rene Labrado 5.20/17.40-22.60
8 – Tim Thompson-Duane Schrader 2.48/2.18-4.66