Wright Seals Everstart Win on Clear Lake

Jay Wright of Seal Beach, Calif., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division event on Clear Lake












Jay

Wright of Seal Beach, Calif., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26

pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division

event on Clear Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 74

pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, Wright earned $26,155.




 




 “We got here on Sunday

and it was 90 degrees and there were bed fish everywhere,” Wright, who

made his first top-10 cut and won his first major tournament said. “You

could catch 30 pounds in your sleep. But then things started to change

and a major cold front was predicted so I knew I had to find another

pattern, I knew those bed fish wouldn’t last.




 




“On Tuesday I was able

to find some staging fish on dock poles and rock piles,” Wright went on.

“I tried using a big swimbait; the bass would follow it but they

wouldn’t eat it."




 




A major cold front

rolled through on Wednesday evening bringing gale force winds and rain.

Wright indicated that water temperatures cooled off 6 to 8 degrees

depending on where you were on the lake. He was right, bed fishing was

over.




 




“On Thursday you

couldn’t see the bed fish any longer due to the wind and rain,” Wright

continued. “I caught all my fish with a 6-inch Robo Worm around dock

poles, rock piles and tules. The second day the big swimbait finally

worked. I caught six bass with it. However, my big 7-pounder came

drop-shotting a worm.




 




“Today conditions were

perfect for me. It was sunny with just enough wind to make the bass eat

my big swimbait. It was amazing. I think the biggest thing for me was

being able to stay in the tournament mentally. I stayed calm and stayed

with my plan and it paid off.




 




“This is an amazing

feeling,” Wright went on. “We work so hard for this and put in so many

hours I can’t even describe how I am feeling. I wouldn’t be able to do

this without the support of my family, friends and co-workers, I am

truly blessed. And I especially want to thank my old hockey coach Reg

Dunlap who taught me to never stop swinging for the haymakers."




 




Rounding out the top 10 pros were:




2nd:      Wayne Breazeale, Kelseyville, Calif., 15 bass, 73-3, $8,967




3rd:      Mark Crutcher, Lakeport, Calif., 15 bass, 72-10, $7,437




4th:       Paul Bailey, Kelseyville, Calif., 15 bass, 70-13, $6,726




5th:       Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., 15 bass, 70-11, $5,978




6th:       Troy Lindner, Los Angeles, Calif., 15 bass, 68-13, $5,231




7th:       Tony Franceschi, Livermore, Calif., 15 bass, 68-4, $4,484




8th:       Mark Casey, Fairfield, Calif., 15 bass, 66-12, $3,736




9th:       Greg Gutierrez, Red Bluff, Calif., 15 bass, 66-8, $2,989




10th:     Charlie Weyer, West Hills, Calif., 15 bass, 63-1, $2,242




 




Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.




 




Troy Lindner caught the

biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 7-pound,

12-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass

award of $194.




 




Seventeen-year-old

Travis Bounds of Roseville, Calif., won the Co-angler Division and a

Ranger 177TR with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor and a with a

three-day total of 14 bass weighing 61pounds, 7 ounces.




 




Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:




2nd        Jack Farage, Discovery Bay, Calif., 57-14, $3,591




3rd         Mike Rychard, Anderson, Calif., 57-4, $3,192




 4th:        Gary Morris, Tracy, Calif., 56-11, $2,793




5th:        Carl Limbrick Jr., Bonita, Calif., 53-4, $2,394




6th:        Jared Frantzich, Sacramento, Calif., 53-0, $1,995




7th:        Daniel Leue, Colusa, Calif.,  49-0, $1,596




8th:        Gary Haraguchi, San Jose, Calif., 46-13, $1,197




9th:        Phil Risnes, Hartford, S.D., 45-9, $798




10th:      Kevin Gray, Hermiston, Ore.,  41-2, $767




 




Kevin Gray caught the

biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday – an

8-pound, 15-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big

Bass award of $129.

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