Last weekend's 2017 NorCal Trout Angler's Challenge Tournament of Champions - presented by Gone Fishin Marine of Dixon, saw Joe Hill of North Highlands win it all, as while soaking chartreuse PowerBait, he latched onto a beautiful 4.48 pound rainbow trout to capture first place in the adult division, and win the coveted NTAC Championship title.
“I found excellent fishing both days,” he said. “I kept five rainbows and released five rainbows My fishing partners also experienced great action while using PowerBait; They finished 15th and 19th in the event.” Not only did he land the biggest fish in the event, but Hill won a 14-foot Tracker boat with a Mercury motor valued at $5,000.
140 anglers fished in the event at the foothill lake, located at an elevation of 1200 feet about midway between the cities of Marysville and Grass Valley. Anglers had to fish through rain at times on Saturday, but it was dry and sunny on Sunday.
“This fifth season was our most successful season ever, and our anglers have really learned how to put an effective fishing strategy together - even when the pressure of a championship event is added to the mix,” said Vince Harris, President/CEO, Angler's Press Outdoor Promotions, the organizer of the event along with the Fish Sniffer magazine. “And stay tuned...we have even better things in store for our anglers in the 2018 season!"
Jay Larson placed second in the adult division with a 4.22 lb. rainbow, while Glen Begins placed third with a 4.11 lb. trout.
The fourth through tenth place winners were (4) Trese Carter, 4.08; (5) Erin Baldanzi, 3.85; (6) Robert Smith, 3.67; (7) Jeremiah Ramerez, 3.4; (8) Jimmy Trejo; 3.17; (9) Fred Tinsley, 2.87; and (10) Ken Murkami.
Jordy McCune won first place in the youth division with 2.83 pounds. Devin Osterberg finished second with 2.56 pounds, while Andrew Lawlor placed third with 2.45 pounds.
The kid's division winner took home a brand-new Sea Eagle inflatable pontoon boat, valued at over $1,200.
The fourth through tenth place winners were (4) Luke Whichard, 1.96; (5) Matt Gillette, 1.93; (6) Ricky Diaz III, 1.86; (7) Michelle Lewis 1.73; (8) Ryder Petersen, 1.61; (9) Winston Huber, 1.56, and (10) Natalie Smith, 1.51
As part of it's efforts to encourage and build up youth anglers, Angler's Press Outdoors, has teamed up with the Sacramento County Sheriff's newly formed non-profit organization for youth dubbed the Sacramento Sheriff Sportman's Project, and via the leadership of Deputy Sheriff's Bob Hauck, Isaac Johnson and Eric Meier, had 9 youth anglers join in on the event. Many of these kids had never been fishing and expressed to everyone how much fun they had casting out, walking the shoreline, and just being outdoors.
“The purpose of our organization is to give inner city kids a unique experience by disconnecting from phones and connecting to the outdoors,” said Hauck.
Well that wraps of a very successful 5th anniversary season for the NorCal Trout Angler's Challenge, and we would like to thank all of the participants, and our partnering sponsors for their help in making this family-oriented trout series both fun and successful.
The 2018 season starts Saturday, Feb 3rd at San Pablo Dam, so rest up through the holidays...and be ready for next year's trout action!
See you there!
Angler's Press Outdoors - www.anglerspress.com
The NorCal Trout Angler's Challenge is presented by:
Fisherman's Warehouse, Atlas Mike’s, Berkley, Yo-Zuri, Yakima Bait, Costa Del Mar, Silver Horde/Gold Star, Panther Martin, Dodge, Mack’s Lures, Pro-Cure, SeaEagle.com, Dick Nite Spoons, Thomas Fishing Lures, Gamakatsu, Daiwa, Minnkota, Humminbird, Mercury Outboards, Guns, Fishin and Other Stuff, and Bass Pro Shops.