CLEAR LAKE, Calif. – Scott Mascadri of Sacramento, Calif., topped 50 Boater Division competitors on Clear Lake this weekend with a five-bass catch weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. He earned $4,004 and 300 points for the win at the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Western Division season finale.
After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in fourth place with an opening-day catch of four bass weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces, Mascadri out-fished runner-up Bob Myskey of Nice, Calif., by 6 pounds, 1 ounce to take the win. Mascadri caught his limit on day two using a black and green frog and a buzzbait.
Myskey qualified for the final round in sixth place with five bass weighing 15 pounds and finished up with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces to win $2,002. He also earned a $500 bonus as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.
Jimmy Reese of Witter Springs, Calif. (five bass, 10 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,084); Terry Bentley of Yuba City, Calif. (five bass, 9 pounds, 12 ounces, $918); and Greg Gutierrez of Red Bluff, Calif., (four bass, 8 pounds, 10 ounces, $751) rounded out the top five boaters.
James Rios of Tracy, Calif., took boater big-bass honors and $500 for a 9-pound, 4-ounce bass.
Robert Lazzarini of Sunnyvale, Calif., topped 50 competitors in the Co-angler Division to take first place and $2,002 thanks to a final-round catch of five bass weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces. Second place in the division and $1,001 went to Fil Torres of Orland, Calif., with a two-bass catch weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, followed by Frank Souza of Hayward, Calif., in third place with five bass weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces worth $542.
Alan Quillen of San Jose, Calif., won the co-angler big-bass award of $250 with a 6-pound, 13-ounce bass.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Western Division will advance to regional competition Nov. 12-16 on Lake Havasu near Lake Havasu, Ariz., where they will go up against top competitors from the Colorado River Division for a shot at qualifying for the BFL All-American, one of the most lucrative postseason tournaments in competitive angling.
2002 BFL awards could reach $7 million based on full fields.
Sponsors of the 2002 Wal-Mart BFL are Wal-Mart, Alpo Pet Foods, BC Powder, BFGoodrich Tires, Castrol, Chevy Trucks, Conseco, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Evinrude, Faded Glory, Frito-Lay, FujiFilm, Garmin, Kellogg’s, Land O’Lakes, Minn Kota, Newell Rubbermaid, Pepsi, Poulan, Ranger Boats, Shop-Vac, Snickers, Stanley Works, Stren, U.S. Bank, Weed Eater and Yamaha Outboards.