FLW National Guard Bass Tournament, Shasta Lake – Day 2

REDDING, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2010) – Pro Bryan McDermott of Cottonwood, Calif., caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces Thursday to soar in to first place at the FLW Series National Guard Western Division tournament on Lake Shasta with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 23-5.
“It’s awesome,” said McDermott, after catching one of the biggest spotted bass coming out of Lake Shasta, 7 pounds 3 ounces. “I caught it on my second cast this morning and my 4-pounder came about two casts later, they were both within 25 yards of each other.
“The fish are getting ready to start spawning, so I found a sunny spot in about 30 feet of water along a gravel bank hoping that it would push the fish up and I got lucky. I caught about 20 fish today all on worms.”
McDermott now holds a 1-pound, 4-ounce lead over second place pro Chris Zaldain of San Jose, Calif., who managed to haul in a total of 10 bass weighing 22-1 during the first two days of competition.
Fishing slow and deep seemed to be the key for many anglers Thursday. The fish are still in their winter pattern so aren’t very active and they don’t want to eat. Having the patience to wait it out made all the difference for many anglers.
Click here to read much more, including who rounded out the top-10 pros after day two at Lake Shasta.
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Photographer Paul Heath

was born in West Lafayette, Ind., and moved to Redding in 1988. He likes photography, crowds and going places to meet new people. He is married and has two grown children.

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