I arrived approximately 6 days ahead of time to hook up with Mike Folkestad and Tami Curtis, my practice partners. The prefish started off slow as we were concentrating on the main body, Backbone, and areas by the dam. On those particular days fishing was really slow. Next we spent a couple of days fishing the Sacramento Arm and again, I only managed to catch 2-3 bass a day in those aforementioned areas. It wasn’t until we worked our way up the arms of the major rivers, The Pit, The Squaw, and The McCloud that we started to catch numbers. We averaged 7-71/2 pounds a day up there and the fishing held up right through the WON Bass tournament.
On Day 1, my fish came on the Iz-Rig. On Day 2, my fish came on the darthead. I ended up in 25th place in the WON Bass and 119th in the FLW. Not a great way to start out the year.