The weekend of May 15-16th was a busy one on Clear Lake with a bevy of bass events occurring, but the top dog of the weekend was the U.S. Anglers Choice Pro-am hosted out of the Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeport. The big question of the third event of the USAC season was whether or not the big fish would show with the higher water levels and non-traditional springtime weather patterns that the region had been experiencing in recent months.
While Clear Lake’s big fish would prove to be few and far, it was the weekend of perfect fishing weather that ended up being the talk amongst the angling field. Air temperatures in the high 70’s and a scant hint of wind blessed the angling field for the weekend’s competition.
Chris Franks of Peteluma, CA was fishing his first Pro-Am ever and managed to best the field of 90 seasoned anglers with limits on both days totaling 45.81 pounds. Franks barely edged out veteran angler Mike Tuck by a margin of .09 pounds, claiming victory and $10.254 in winnings.
“I have been bass fishing my whole life but only got into tournament fishing with team events about 4 years ago”, Franks stated. A week before the USAC Clear Lake pro-am, I fished in a small tournament and took second place. I found a lot of pre and post spawn fish and felt like I had a good pattern going, so I went ahead and signed up for the Angler’s Choice tournament”. READ MORE >