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Monday, December 5, 2011

WON Bass Western Classic at Nacimiento and San Antonio; Angler of the Year and Daiwa Cup


Mike Folkestad and Tami Curtis with Bill Liston (Daiwa)
What a great season!  I fish for the love of the sport and it has been so good to me.  I was able to earn angler of the year in the norther division and winning the Daiwa Cup overall angler of the year. It was an honor to have my sponsor Bill Liston with Daiwa come out to award me the Daiwa Cup. Photo by Angler Bill Snyder

I just finished the WON Bass Western Classic coming in 2nd place.  I fished  a 3/8 oz brown and purple Open Water Jig and Maverick jig for two days using a Yamamoto double tail green pumpkin and watermelon red flake.

The fish at both Nacimiento and San Antonia were in 10' to 35' depending on time of day.  My Lowrance HDs were a big key to locating the bass.

I used the 7' Steez medium heavy rod with a Steez baitcaster loaded with 10 lb Seaguar fluorocarbon.

I moved around alot and if my electronics showed there were no fish in the area, I moved on.

Making the right choices, I came in 2nd place.  Congrats to Darrin Bishop for winning the tournament on the Pro side and taking home a Nitro boat.  Congrats to Tom DiGiulio winning the on the AAA side and also taking home a Nitro boat.

Congrats to Southern AOY Pro John Morrow, Northern AOY (AAA) Dave Nelson, and Southern (AAA) Tami Curtis (the only lady to ever earn this award).  Well deserved all!  Great job!

- Mike

More photos:  by Angler Bill Snyder

Mike Folkestad and Bill Snyder
Mike Folkestad and Gary Freeman

Competitors that got a paycheck