Tournament of Champions
November 19,20 2005
Stansbury is Top Dog at this Years Tournament of Champions!
The top eleven anglers from the 2005 Scbbbc season
battled each other in a two day event to see who this years TOC champion
would be and in the end it was Russ Stansbury of Santa Rosa claiming
the Trophy. Russ dominated on day one with a huge limit weighing in
at 22 pounds and taking a lead that would be tough to beat on day 2.
On day 2 Russ was able to to bring another limit to the scales for a
total weight of 32 plus pounds and the win! Congratulations to Russ
on a great two days of fishing. 2nd place went to Bill
Sweatt with 26 pounds and 3rd place went to Dave
Sternitzke with 25 pounds. rounding out the top 5 was Carson
Riley with 21 pounds and Matt Cahill with 20 pounds. Congratulations
to everyone that fished this great event put on by Scbbbc. A super special
"Thank You" to first year club member John Stangle for taking
the time to provide us anglers with a BBQ that i won't soon forget as
im sure the rest of the guys won't soon forget either! Heres a little
from this years TOC winner, Russ Stansbury !
"Saturday was one of those days I'll not soon forget. I started
the day throwing a t-rigged zipper worm on a drop-off next to one of
the more pronounced humps on the lake. Right away I got bit and landed
a 1.5. A few minutes later, I got another hit and brought in a 3 lber.
10 minutes later I get a 4. I was starting to get that feeling the day
was going to be something special. After sunrise, I thought I'd try
the reaction bite. After a 1/2 hour of throwing blades and various crankbaits,
I figured I'd better get back on my the spot I and try a jig (see guys,
I didn't camp out on that spot all morning). Within another 1/2 hour,
I had two more 3 lbers and a 5. I was pretty amped up at that point,
but also relaxed knowing that I had a good bag. I sat on the spot for
another hour missing one more hit on the jig and then thought I'd give
it a rest. I ran over towards the dam and figured I'd try the reaction
again. It was pretty obvious from a few of the guys that there was a
little crankbait bite going. On my first cast, my rattletrap got crushed
and I landed the 7.5. The rest of the day was spent more or less cruising
around picking up a few more fish here and there that wouldn't cull.
I finished the day with 22.70 and had a good lead. On day 2, I started
up North on Clearlake and had a couple of good bites in the morning
that I couldn't connect on. Finally, right after sunrise, I got a rattletrap
fish and that was it for the North side. I decided to make a run down
to the Glenhaven/Oaks area and make sure I could get a decent limit.
Fishing the docks I was able to get a lot of bites on both jigs and
c-rigged brush hogs, but nothing big. I managed a 9.9 lb limit and headed
for the scales. I felt pretty good once I saw that most of the fish
weighed that day were in the 1.5 to 2 lb range. With all the good sticks
in this event, any one of them could have brought in a 25 lb sack and
taken the lead. Thank
you John Stangle for the great dinner. You are a true asset to our club.
Thanks to Scott Beem for running the scales, and thanks to all in the
SCBBBC for another great year."