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Tournament News | Minderman wins Delta Everstart S

Sean Minderman of Spokane, Wash., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20

pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division

event on the California Delta with a three-day total of 15 bass

weighing 68 pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, Minderman earned $31,442

and a 198VX Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury

outboard motor.


“It has been a while and what a great feeling,†said Minderman.

“It has been a tough go the last couple of years and I have not been

able to fish as much as I would have liked to. It just feels like God

has shined on me this week and I have to thank Ranger Boats, my family

including my wife Michelle, my son Kade and my daughter Kailey.â€


“With the weather warming up, I figured the fish would be moving

up to spawn so I looked for areas where they would be moving into and a

found a couple that I felt would work,†added Minderman. “I burnt those

spots up the first two days as I caught a 9-pounder on the first day

and an 11-pounder on the second day, but had to scramble today and God

shined on me and I was able to find a spot where I caught my big three



Minderman went on to say that he caught all his fish on the

first day using a Senko and on the second day he caught his fish

flipping a beaver. He said he boated his big three on the final day

using a Roboworm drop-shot.


Rounding out the top 10 pros were:


                      2nd:       Charlie Weyer, West Hills, Calif., 15 bass, 65-13, $10,780

                      3rd:         Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz., 15 bass, 65-10, $8,983

                      4th:         Stephen Tosh Jr., Modesto, Calif., 15 bass, 63-4, $8,085

                      5th:         Mark Casey, Fairfield, Calif., 15 bass, 63-3, $7,187

                      6th:         Joe Uribe Jr., Lake Forest, Calif., 15 bass, 62-11, $6,288

                      7th:         Ken Mah, Elk Grove, Calif., 15 bass, 58-8, $5,390

                      8th:         Robert Lee, Angels Camp, Calif., 15 bass, 58-0, $4,492

                      9th:         Benjamin Byrd, Moab, Utah, 15 bass, 56-2, $3,593

                      10th:     Michael Tuck, Granite Bay, Calif., 14 bass, 51-3, $2,695


Lee caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro

Division Friday – an 11-pound, 1-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s

EverStart Series Big Bass award of $254.                              


Kyle Baker of Lancaster, Calif., won the Co-angler Division and a

Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day

total of 15 bass weighing 41 pound, 14 ounces.


 Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:


                      2nd:       Lester Albury, Temecula, Calif., 15 bass, 39-0, $4,143

                      3rd:         Gary Morris, Tracy, Calif., 14 bass, 37-12, $3,683

                      4th:         Steven Cook, Phoenix, Ariz., 15 bass, 37-10, $3,222

                      5th:         Phil Risnes, Hartford, S.D., 13 bass, 37-2, $2,762

                      6th:         Greig Sniffen, Saratoga, Calif., 15 bass, 35-11, $2,302

                      7th:         Jared Frantzich, Sacramento, Calif., 14 bass, 35-4, $1,841

                      8th:         Hideki Maeda, 13 bass, 33-0, $1,381

                      9th:         Christopher Irigoyen, Henderson, Nev., 12 bass, 31-7, $921

                      10th:     Mike Chen of Stockton, Calif., 12 bass, 29-9, $737


Morris caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the

Co-angler Division Friday – an 11-pound, 6-ounce bass – that earned him

the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $169.


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

along with $5,000 for the pro and $2,000 for the co-angler. The top 40

pros and co-anglers from each respective division will qualify for the

EverStart Series Championship that will be held on Kentucky Lake in

Buchanan, Tenn., Oct. 27-30.


The final EverStart Series Western Division tournament will be

Sept. 22-24 on Clear Lake in Clearlake, Calif. and is hosted by Twin

Pine Casino & Hotel.