The Western Run

No. 1 • Battle on the Border, Lake Amistad
March 8-11 — Del Rio, Texas


  • In 2006, Ishama Monroe became the first African-American angler to win an Elite- or Tour-level BASS event when he claimed first place at the inaugural Elite Series event on Lake Amistad. Monroe won in style, breaking the century mark with a four-day catch of 104-8.

  • Elite Series pro Timmy Horton failed to make the first cut at Amistad in 2006 (he finished 65th) after deciding to spend most of the second day trying to catch a bedding bass that he estimated at 15 pounds! Horton had the giant almost up to the boat on two occasions, but the big female pulled loose each time.

  • The average bass weighed in at the 2006 Elite Series event on Lake Amistad weighed just over 3.75 pounds!

  • Lake Amistad forms on the Texas-Mexico border at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos rivers. It was impounded in 1969 and covers some 67,000 surface acres. In addition to the largemouth bass for which it is well known, Amistad also supports a solid population of smallmouth.


    Ish Monroe (2006 Elite Series Battle on the Border winner): "I'm excited about going back to what I think is the best bass lake in the entire country. It took over 100 pounds to win there in 2006, and I think it'll take between 110 and 115 pounds to win in 2007 — we might even break the all-time record. But if we do break it, I think there's a great chance that it will fall again at the California Delta or Clear Lake. I think someone will catch a 15 pounder on the Delta! On Amistad, the swimbait and jerkbait bite should be really strong for the tournament. It'll be another big catch event."


  • 2006 Ishama Monroe victorious in The Battle on the Border | Archive


    No. 2 • Duel in the Delta — California Delta
    March 22-25 — Stockton, Calif.


  • In 1999, Mark Tyler set BASS' all-time lunker record with a 14-pound, 9-ounce largemouth from the Delta.

  • In addition to Tyler's leviathan, the Delta has produced lots of other lunkers, including an 18.62 pound largemouth caught by Galen Jensen in February 2002 on a Yamamoto Senko.

  • From 1997 through 2003, Robert Lee was BASS' King of the Delta, winning all four of BASS Invitational tournaments on the waterway.

  • The Delta is where Dee Thomas developed the flippin' technique. Thomas was a "tule dipper" who utilized a 14-16-foot pole to dangle a jig in holes in the vegetation. When tournament rules were amended to prohibit the long poles, he created flippin', effectively changing the way serious bass anglers fish heavy cover forever.


    Mark Tyler (caught the biggest bass in BASS tournament history from the Delta in 1999 — 14 lbs. 9 oz.): "It's great to see the Elite Series schedule go out West and become more of a national thing. It's hard to predict what it might take to win on the Delta, but I think it'll be about 100 pounds or so. It's a tremendous fishery and seems to be getting stronger and stronger every year. One thing's for sure, we're hitting it at a prime time, and the sky's the limit. In the pre-spawn, there's a strong jig, spinnerbait and Rat-L-Trap bite on the Delta. I caught the 14-9 on a jig, and you can bet that will be my primary weapon when we go there next year."


  • 2005: WESTERN OPEN

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  • Archive: Click here to search for all tournament results on the California Delta

    No. 3 • Golden State Shootout — Clear Lake
    March 29-April 1 — Lakeport, Calif.


  • Clear Lake is where Byron ("The Basschelor") Velvick set the BASS 3-day event record for heaviest catch with 83-5 in 2000.

  • Current Elite Series pros have won five of the six previous BASS events on the lake. Winners include Byron Velvick, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Mark Tyler and Jared Lintner.

  • Clear Lake is California's largest freshwater lake, covering 43,785 surface acres.


    Byron Velvick (set the BASS 3-day tournament record with 83-5 on Clear Lake in 2000): "The quality of fish out there should be astounding! I'm looking forward to seeing guys like Kevin VanDam and Denny Brauer throwing swimbaits the size of their shoes! At that time of year, we talk about the "Three S's" on Clear Lake — swimbaits, Senkos and sight fishing. It'll take at least 100 pounds to win and maybe quite a bit more. Clear Lake is a big bass factory that just seems to turn out giant bass after giant bass. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 4-day record broken."


  • 2005: WESTERN OPEN




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