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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Northwest Bass tournament reels in top competition

Last weekend, 93 bass fishing teams coverged on Banks Lake in Eastern Washington for the 11th annual Northwest Bass ‘Reel Competition’ tournament sponsored by Nixon’s Marine, and Ron Hobbs Jr. of Orting and his partner Mike Wolsky from Covington took home first place.

On the first day of the tourney under tough weather conditions, Hobbs and Wolsky weighed in their four smallmouth and one largemouth bass that totaled 15.58 pounds. The next closest team to the leaders came in with 2 pounds of less fish.

Calm winds, warm temperatures made for late summer conditions, known to be some of the most difficult for bass fishermen when fish get in the doldrums and have to be tricked into biting.

On the final day, the team of Hobbs and Wolsky weighed in another 12.38 pounds for a total of 27.96 pounds.

The winners took home a $30,000 Triton Boat Package from Nixon’s Marine in Walla Walla, and $10,000 in Triton Gold money and an additional $2,300 in general prize money.

Second place for $2,000 went to Jeff Abbott and Robert Flowers both of Roy with 26.42 pounds. Charlie Lynch of Hayden, Idaho and Jeremy Tripp of Rathdrum, Idaho came in third with 24.50 pounds and earned $1,700.

Northwest Bass is one of the largest team circuits in the country. The championship is the culmination of a season which includes five regular season one-day team tournaments in Washington and Oregon.

Tournaments average about 100 teams, and must compete or buy in to at least four tournaments to be eligible to fish the championship.

Go to the Northwest Bass Web site for more information.

(Photo taken by Joel Nania. Left to right is Jeff Priester with Nixon’s Marine of Walla Walla, tournament sponsor, and Champion Team Ron Hobbs Jr. of Orting and Mike Wolsky of Covington.)

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