OROVILLE, Ca. - Much like the "wild eyed" men that traversed the mountains and valleys surrounding Lake Oroville looking for quality pockets of precious minerals during the gold rush of 1849, come Saturday, Oct 20th, in the Coors Light Future Pro Tour’s final event of the 2018 season, you can be sure to find a legion of hard-working anglers scouring the various coves, creeks, and canyons on Oroville Lake, looking for the pockets of “green gold” - aka "quality bass" that will help them enter the winners circle and perhaps earn one of only 100 qualifying berths available in the 2018 Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic Championship.
This final event of the season for the Coors Light Future Pro Tour dubbed “Showdown In Gold Country” will see a large field of anglers eager to blast off from Lake Oroville’s Bidwell Canyon ramp, and onto the areas they have been scouting and “pre-fishing” in over the past few weeks.
Lake Oroville has many pockets that hold quality bass
And while the lake's water levels are very low, the beautiful thing about this giant reservoir is that it still holds tons of catchable fish – especially in the fall.
But ask anyone that knows anything about Lake Oroville and they will quickly tell you that “catching” fish is not the issue, as 40 to 60 fish days are fairly common. The challenge for anglers competing in this event, is finding the quality pockets of fish that will make a difference and help them break away from the pack. For to win this on this lake - at this time of year, you HAVE TO focus on where you think the "quality" pockets of fish are.
Finding the "BIGGER Nugget"
And digging around to find pockets of quality fish that could place a team high in the standings or even garner a victory is not the only thing at stake in this competition, as FPT competitors have an even bigger nugget to dig for, and that bigger nugget is qualifying for the 2018 Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic Championship. For everyone in the field knows full well that only 100 teams (total field), will qualify for the prestigious year-end championship event that will be held March 8-10th of 2019 in a split-venue to be held on New Melones and Lake Pardee, where the top prize will be the keys to a fully-rigged Nitro Z18 boat powered by a Mercury 150hp outboard, and expertly rigged by Gone Fishin Marine of Dixon.
"Tight Race" in Coors Light "Silver Bullet" AOY race
Lake Oroville will also be ground zero for the two teams currently in a virtual “neck-and-neck” race for the coveted FPT Coors Light “Silver Bullet” Angler of Year title, and given the level of talent both teams possess, is a tight one and really too close to call.
Mike Coelho and Mark Seaters, sit only a single point behind 2016 FPT Classic Champions Tanner Austin and teammate Joe Cunningham.
“We have a ton of confidence on Lake Oroville, and clear, deep-water fall fishing is not a problem for us”, Mike remarked in confident tones. All I have to say is that Tanner and Joe had better bring their “A” games to this event as Mark and I will be prepared”.
Remember...If you have never fished a FPT event... this event presents a perfect opportuntiy for you do so, as we will take late sign-ups at the Bidwell ramp beginning at 4am on Saturday, with limited membership fees of just $10 dollars available to those that may want to try us out or can only make this event.
We look forward to seeing you all there!