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Written By: Dan Bacher, June 6, 2014
Location: Camanche Reservoir,
Ray Teel won first place in the Norcal Trout Anglers Challenge (NTAC) event at South Shore Lake Camanche on Saturday, May 31 by catching a 7.22 lb. rainbow trout. He caught the fish while trolling a chartreuse Z-Ray lure by the dam at 30 feet deep,.
Also fishing in the boat were Rick Girmmett of Citrus Heights, 10-year old Gus Girmmett and his buddy, 12-year- Brian Miller.
“We only landed two fish all day, but the fish we got were winners,” he noted.” I caught the biggest fish, while Brian landed a 1.23 lb. rainbow, the third largest. This is the first tournament I’ve won – the fishing was very tough”
“I hooked the big trout about 1:30 pm,” he said. “It put up a great fight and took about 10 minutes to bring in. We had both lead core and downrigger rods; I hooked the big trout on a downrigger rod.”
Robert Naves placed second with a hefty 4.46 lb. rainbow that he caught while fishing with his son, Jack, and his wife and Jack’s mother, Rosemary.
“The big fish hit an Arctic Fox lure at Little Hat Island,” said Jack Naves. “We had a good day of fishing. We caught a total of 15 trout, with the next biggest going 1.5 pounds. Most of the rainbows were in the 14 to 16 inch range.”
120 anglers participated in the event, including 90 adults and 25 kids. The participants weighed in a total of 38 rainbows. The ten top finishers in the adult division received cash prizes.
The third through tenth place winners were (3) Mike Rhodes, 2.1; (4) Sam Perry, 2.06; (5) Mark Schon, 1.86, (6) Brett Hamburg, 1.68; (7) Craig Standiard, 1.66; Jay Huey, 1.56; (9) Jack Naves, 1.5, and (10) Brandon Combs, 1.5.
The top four finishers in the kids division were (1) Bryce Swonger, 1.41; (2) Katie Watkins, 1.28; (30 Brian Lakatos-Miller, 1.22; and (4) Ester Goldman, 0.88.
“It turned out well, specially for being so late in the season, with the water levels being down and the bite being a little slow,” said Vince Harris, MC and owner of Anglers Press, the organizer of the event. “The most important thing is that everybody had a good time.”
The majority of anglers in the event trolled deep for their fish, though some fished from shore in the South Trout Pond.
The top 25 youth finishers in each tournament are eligible for a chance to win the Grand Raffle Prize, a Fisherman’s’ Dream kayak rig. The top 50 adult finishers in each tournament are eligible for a chance to win the Grand Raffle Prize, a Klamath boat, trailer and outboard.
The NTAC tournament tour is sponsored by Pautzke Bait Company, Klamath Boats, Berkley, Thomas Lures, Dick Nite Spoons and Headwaters Kayak.
The Tournament of Champions will be held on October 11 and 12 at Collins Lake.
For more information about the tour, go to http://www.anglerspress.com or call (916) 768-0938. For more information about Lake Camanche, call the Camanche Recreation Company at 2090763-5121 or go to http://www.camancherecreation.com.
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