Everstart Series Western Division Finishes on Clear Lake
Oct 1st, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Oct 1st, 2013 at 12:00 AM
LAKEPORT, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2013) – The EverStart Series is headed to Clear Lake Oct. 10-12 when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the final event of 2013 in the Western Division. The Clear Lake event is presented by Mercury Marine.
“Clear Lake is one of the top five lakes in the country,” said Chevy pro Jay Yelas. “It’s just a cool place to be – with the California weather, the water is nice and clear and it has got all the hills around it.
“October is a good month on Clear Lake,” continued the Corvallis, Ore. pro. “I’ve found they school up in the fall. So the lake tends to fish a little smaller in October.
“They’re around the bait this time of year,” said Yelas. “There will be big schools of them in the grass beds. There’s a lot of bait in the grass. On the lower end, a lot of steeper banks will have bait on them, and you can go up and down a 200-yard stretch all day long and keep catching fish.”
Yelas speculated that hollow belly swimbaits, topwater frogs, flipping and shallow crankbaits would be productive in the north end of the lake while swimbaits, deep crankbaits and jigs would be important for the deeper fish in the southern part of the lake.
“I’d say it will take at least 20 pounds per day to win,” said Yelas. “The thing about Clear Lake is that you always have to temper your predictions because of the fact that it’s Clear Lake and any given day somebody could catch 35 pounds.”
Anglers will take off from the Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina located at 2755 Mission Rancheria Road in Lakeport at 7:30 a.m. Weigh-ins will be held daily at the Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.
The EverStart Series tournament on Clear Lake is being hosted by the Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina.
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