Written By: FishSniffer Staff, February 12, 2014
Species: Bass
Location: Lake Oroville,

The first Team Open Bass Tournament for 2014 in the west has great weights and huge paybacks!

The biggest & richest Bass Team Open Tournament series in the western United States for 2014 concluded on Saturday February 8th, 2014. The event was the American Bass Lake Oroville Team Open, Presented by Lucas Oil. 39 teams from all over the west braved an epic storm on Lake Oroville in Northern California. Lake Oroville is one of the top tournaments lakes in the west. This event presented very different conditions. The severe western drought had Lake Oroville down 200 vertical feet. Only one launch ramp currently remains on this large western reservior. After an almost completely dry January, a huge storm was predicted to land right on top of this event, and it did. The rains started on Thursday during the second official pre-fish day. Travel to the launch ramp required crossing a flat that should have been more than a hundred feet below the serface this time of year. The flat quickly turned to mud just to add another challenge for the anglers. Many anglers that had planned to compete in this event from the Oregon, Idaho and Washington cancelled their plans due to travel concerns. The tournament days saw strong winds and rain, lots of it. The temps were cold but not frigid. This was a true test for the anglers.

A special thanks to Make Nicoletti of Mercury Marine. Mark was in attendance with the Mercury Service trailer to keep every Mercury powered team on the water!

The host marina was Bidwell Marina. The fantastaic facilities at Bidwell made this event great, even with the adverse weather conditions.

In the end, the fishing was good, but fish over 2.5 pounds were very tough to find. All but 2 of the teams weighed in at least one of the days. On day one with a top weight of 12.88 pounds for 5- bass. Mike & Bill Friend weighed the great bag anchored by a beautiful 4.15 pounder!
Day 2 was another brutal weather day on Lake Oroville. When the mud settled, nearly half of the teams weighed 18+ pound for the 2-day event, great job considering the conditions.
The day 1 totals
165 Bass Total Weight: 307.72 lbs Average weight for all fish: 1.86 lbs Big Fish: 4.15 lbs (Mike & Bill Friend)
The day 2 totals
144 Bass Total Weight: 273.57 lbs Average weight for all fish: 1.90 lbs Big Fish: 5.28 lbs (Adam Lee Young & John Bell)
Total Cash Payout: $28,500
There was not a winner of the $1,000 cash Ranger Cup award at this event. Ranger Cup is a great contigency program for any angler that owns any Ranger Boat and fishes these events in that boat.
The winning team was Jay Guterding, Redding, CA & Bob Benson, Shasta Lake, CA with 23.57 lbs.
The big fish of the event was weighed in by the team of Adam Lee Young, Quincy, CA and John Bell, Quincy, CA.
The next American Bass Team Open presented by Lucas Oil will be held on the California Delta on March 28th & 29th.
Lucas Oil Products, Inc. was the major sponsor for this event. Lucas Oil is the nation’s largest oil additive developer. Lucas
Oil now has a complete line of high quality marine products.
Ranger Boats was also a major sponsor of this event. Ranger Boats is the premiere bass boat builder in the world. Ranger
Boats is celebrated their 45th anniversary in the bass boat business in 2013.
Other sponsors of this event include: Protect the Harvest, MAVtv, A&M Graphics, Wired 2 Fish
For complete event coverage, results, photos, please see our free on-line magazine:
You can go to the e-magazines on to view the results.

Founded in 1983, American Bass is the oldest and largest bass fishing organization in the western United States. Each
year American Bass conducts more than 250 events annually throughout the west. American Bass is also the leader in
fishing improvement and conservation efforts in the west. American Bass is sponsored by the top names in bass fishing
including: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Lowrance, MotorGuide, Shimano, G•Loomis, Power Pro,
A&M Graphics and many others.
For more information about American Bass, visit
Email American Bass: Phone: (310) 376-1026 Fax: (310) 376-5072


Place Team # of Final Total Cash
Fish Weight Winnings
1 Jay Guterding & Bob Benson 10 23.57 6,450.00
2 Jeff Michels & Justin Regelin 10 23.10 5,080.00
3 Joe Hinkle & Glen Lockhart 10 23.01 3,480.00
4 Mike Friend & Bill Friend 10 22.45 4,340.00
5 Ryan Friend & John McClellen 10 22.04 1,680.00
6 Mark Mendez & Isaac Budesilich 10 20.79 1,200.00
7 Mark Lassagne & Rick Kraft 10 20.21 1,580.00
8 Mike Gordon & Joe Bitker 10 20.08 1,000.00
9 Shane Peirson & Tom Peirson 10 19.96 1,656.00
10 Philip Garcia & Roy Desmangles 10 19.49
11 Wayne Breazeale & Mike Menne 10 19.43
12 Greg Gutierrez & Gary Haraguchi 10 19.37
13 Kevin Davis & Tony Rainey 10 19.21
14 David Valdivia & Brant List 10 19.12
15 Kelly Eagleton & Tony Holt 10 18.69
16 John Bell & Adam Lee Young 9 18.61 $510.00
17 Jason Haley & Logan Miles 10 18.45 $414.00
18 Andy McClellan & Jacob McClellan 10 18.42
19 James Avalos & Justin Evans 10 17.88
20 Paul Foor & Brent Cline 10 17.06
21 Jodie White & Mark Borges 10 17.04
22 Sean Wayman & Chris Vanclef 8 16.88 $594.00
23 John Maes & Gary Jones 9 16.86
24 Chris Raza & Ryan White 10 16.45
25 Mark Godfrey & Chris Storey 10 15.15
26 Craig Gottwals & Tony Franceshi 8 13.45
27 Patrick Kearney & Steve Bub Tosh 8 13.09 $516.00
28 David Solis & Ken Hudson 7 11.03
29 Brian Donnelly & Tanner Donnelly 7 10.46
30 Gary Dobyns & Richard Dobyns 5 8.76
31 John Fuqua & Eric Norlin 5 7.89
32 Bob Higgins & Steve Consalvi 5 6.95
33 Preston Henson & Alex Vlasache 5 6.66
34 Ron Bruggeman & Brad Shepherd 4 6.64
35 Fred Fullerton & Jim Elliott 3 4.53
36 Rusty Brown & Rocky Brown 3 4.28
37 Scott Davis 3 4.23
38 Tony Lain & Ricky Shabazz 0 0.00
38 Gasper Bosalacchi 0 0.00

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