The Havasu Region of the Weekend Warrior Bass Series presented by Anderson Toyota saw 29 teams take on Lake Havasu for the season ending championship. With temperatures in the 70’s at take off and only getting up into the 90’s during the day it made for some enjoyable days on the water.
The fishing certainly didn’t disappoint with 14 of the 29 teams on day one weighing in at least one fish over 4lbs and all 29 teams weighing a limit. Leading day 1 was the team of Dennis Desrosier and Erik Konke bringing a limit to the scales weighing 19.11lbs. Dennis and Eric had a consistent bag which was anchored by a 4.95lb big fish. Their days catch earned them $1,000. Second place on day 1 went to Shad Berweger for a limit weighing 18.74 anchored by a 5.02lb big fish. Rounding out the top 3 on day 1 was the consistent team of Matt Williams and Julian Presley bringing in a limit weighing 17.69lbs anchored by a 5.27lb big fish. The team of Jim Hicks and Dawn Hicks took day 1 big fish honors and $420 for a 6.01lb largemouth.
Day two saw breezy conditions at take off and slightly cooler temperatures. With the day 1 leaders struggling and bringing just two fish to the scales that opened the door for a number of teams. Making the jump was the team of Wayne Shropshire and Jason Abernathy. Wayne and Jason started day 2 in 7th place. Bringing in a tournament best 19.34lb bag on day two anchored by a 6.23lb largemouth which was enough to jump to the lead earning them a total of $3,400.
Staying in second place was Shad Berweger with a two day total of 34.37lbs which earned him $1,700
Moving up one place from 4th to 3rd was Al Robinson and Craig McCoy. Al and Craig finished the two days with 34.08lbs earning them $1,340.
Making the biggest jump of the day was the team of Rick Francis and Joe Pena. Rick and Joe started day 2 down in 15th place. With the help of a 6.70lb largemouth which was the tournaments biggest bass Joe and Rick brought in 18.03lbs to bring their two day total to 33.53lbs earning them a total of $1,720.
Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Mark Wilkinson and Keith Learn. Their two day total of 33.47lbs earned them $1,110.
This circuit would not be possible without a number of people. First and foremost is you the anglers. Without you guys and gals we wouldn’t be able to do this. My entire support staff for both regions. My Wife Julia, Father Larry, my mom Betty who watches the kids, Aunt Christie, Father in law Bob, the late great Kent Bitsko, Austin Rojas, Tim Townsley, and Darren Bowman.
I would also like to thank all of our sponsors especially Anderson Toyota who has been behind this circuit from the beginning. You will not find a better line of dealerships than the Anderson Auto Group. What they do for not just fishing, but the community is second to none. The folks over at SPRO who have donated thousands of dollars in baits to give away over the years. Randy and Darlene Ernst with Pro-Tech Mats. A&M Graphics for doing the truck and trailer wrap. Campbell Cove 1 stop in Lake Havasu for always opening early enough for anglers to get breakfast, lunch, ice, and whatever else they may need. Gold Star Engraving for the plaques and awards. Jet Renu for the watercraft cleaning supplies, Families Raising Hope for their work towards helping families battling cancer. Fallon Marine for being a 24 hour contact for anglers boat repair needs that fish WWBS. John Galbraith with Bass Tackle Master for running the release boat at Havasu. Dwayne Steele formally with Highway 188 tackle for holding Arizona Region registration. I am sure I am forgetting someone but please know your help and support is greatly appreciated.