Moulton Wins Everstart Series Western Division Series on California Delta

Category: Tournament

 May 18th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified May 18th, 2013 at 12:00 AM

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. (May 18, 2013) – Jim Moulton of Merced, Calif., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division event on the California Delta with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 59 pounds, 13 ounces. For his victory Moulton earned $34,636 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinurde or Mercury outboard motor.
            “This was so much fun!” Moulton exclaimed about his first FLW win. “I just had a great week and can’t express how happy I am.
            “I had a great pre-practice, found a lot of fish and had marked a lot of places,” Moulton went on to say. “But then on the first day, everywhere I went there was a boat. I was scratching my head, because every spot I had marked was taken, so I had to figure something else out.
            “I decided to move away from the bank and started fishing behind the rest of the boats. I moved about 25 to 30 feet off the bank targeting grass. It was a grind, though. I only had one or two fish by noon each day. As the tide went out in the afternoon it started to push the fish off the banks and that’s when I started getting steady bites.
            “Today the tide was horrible and everybody struggled,” Moulton continued. “But I got 14 pounds, and that was all I needed. Normally there is a four-foot swell, but today there was only a two-foot change, and with no movement in the water, the fish weren’t moving either.”
            Moulton said that unlike most of the anglers in the tournament, he was not flipping or drop-shotting. He said that he was throwing Revenge Viberator baits, a Chatterbait-style bait, in brown and orange and Reaction Innovation Sweet Beavers in the Big Texan color. He was using 70-pound-test braided line and indicated that the line was key, as it would rip the baits through the grass.
     The top 10 pros on the California Delta were:
           1st:      Jim Moulton, Merced, Calif., 15 bass, 59-13, $34,636 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor
            2nd:      Toshitada Suzuki, Katusikaku, Japan, 15 bass, 57-2, $12,988
            3rd:      Benjamin Byrd, Moab, Utah, 15 bass, 56-7, $8,659
           4th:      Stephen Tosh Jr., Turlock, Calif., 14 bass, 55-13, $7,793
            5th:      Miles Howe, San Clemente, Calif., 15 bass, 54-5, $6,927
            6th:      Timothy Venkus, Wilton, Calif., 15 bass, 54-1, $6,061
            7th:      Jeff Michels, Lakehead, Calif., 15 bass, 50-15, $5,195
            8th:      Vu Au, Tucson, Ariz., 15 bass, 50-8, $4,329
            9th:      Sean Stafford, Fairfield, Calif., 15 bass, 48-1, $3,464
            10th:     Aaron Lesieur, Rancho Murieta, Calif., 15 bass, 45-2, $2,598
      Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
       Nick Welton of Galt, Calif., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division on Friday – an 11-pound, 9-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $248.              
       John Browning of Payson, Ariz., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 42 pounds, 2 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers on the California Delta were:
            1st:      John Browning, Payson, Ariz., 15 bass, 42-2, Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower outboard
            2nd:      Dante Ray, Sparks, Nev., 15 bass, 40-9, $4,477
            3rd:      Kurt Chase, Petaluma, Calif., 12 bass, 36-7, $3,582
            4th:      Martino Adra, Discovery Bay, Calif., 14 bass, 36-2, $3,134
          5th:      Neil Sterud II, Antioch, Calif., 15 bass, 35-14, $2,686
            6th:      Charles Peak, San Jose, Calif., 15 bass, 34-15, $2,239
          7th:      Barry McCoy, Castro Valley, Calif., 14 bass, 32-14, $1,791
            8th:      Roy Desmangles, Lincoln, Calif., 12 bass, 32-13, $1,343
          9th:      Jack Farage, Discovery Bay, Calif., 12 bass, 31-3, $895
            10th:     Kenneth Mueller, Lodi, Calif., 13 bass, 30-13, $716
       Browning caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – an 8-pound, 14-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $165.
       The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments where competitors are 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 next EverStart Series Western Division event is scheduled for Oct. 10-12 on Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif. Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina will be sponsoring the event.
      For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the EverStart Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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