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Clear Lake 30-pound plus limits caught during the FPT's season opener in March



CLEARLAKE, Ca. – The first FPT event of the season, the “Big Bass Brawl” held in early March on Clear Lake, was supposed to be a slugfest that only those uniquely familiar with catching big fish on that lake were supposed to enjoy.

But at the end of the day, so many anglers in the 130 plus field had big limits, that THIRTY POUNDS for five fish became the gold standard to get in to the top ten, and there were so many fish over 7 pounds, it was ridiculous.

Moreover at the FPT’s last event, the “Capitol City Showdown”, held on Folsom lake, those anglers in that 120 boat field counting on the traditional “bed fish” bite – usually in full bloom on Folsom Lake in mid April, were completely baffled, sending teams to the scales with small limits that made it seem like a fall time bite.

But competitive “tour” fishing is neither for the impatient nor the faint at heart as it always requires those that wish to master the skill, to be resilient and adjust as necessary to any challenge that may present itself.

For the third stop on the 2013 Coors Light Future Pro Tour schedule will take place this Saturday at Clear Lake in an event dubbed the “North State Rumble”, where the table has been set for yet another set of challenges for those beginning to amateur level anglers that live for conquest and wish to be the best.

Many in the field may want to believe that the spawn is over on this massive fishery, but don’t be fooled… Clear Lake is known to have HUGE fish on spawning beds well into late June, so the challenge for FPT anglers will be whether to play it safe and go for a “good limit” – which will help them secure “good points” and a possible berth in the FPT’s prestigious year-end championship, OR go “all in” and stalk those big bass that many know are still spawning in the coves and tulle areas of California’s largest natural lake.

This Saturday’s event may decide the fate of many anglers as the exciting launch will commence at safe-light out of Red Bud Park, followed by a dramatic weigh-in process that begins at 3pm.

As always, there will be an OPTIONAL pre-registration on Friday evening from 4-6pm at Clearlake Bait and Tackle located right behind the launch area.

And for those that can’t make it up on Friday evening, we will be taking late signups for this event at the ramp – the morning of the event, beginning at 4am, where limited memberships will be available for those that can only fish a few FPT events or simply wish to try us out.

Western anglers have your big fish gear ready to go as the FPT presents the “North State Rumble” bringing with it a ton of hungry anglers anxiously waiting to put a “whoopin” on some big Clear Lake bass!

See you there!