Walker and Cornell win Junior State Championship on the California Delta

The California Bass Federation Junior Angler State Championship was held on 30 April, 2023 at B&W Resort on the California Delta.  It was a beautiful day but it was breezy, if not windy which provided additional challenges to fishing.  However, 4 out of 5 Junior Angler teams brought limits to the scales.  Most of the fish were caught with Senko’s or drop shot.  The highest finishing teams were able to find quality fish while  the rest of the teams caught numbers but could not find the quality needed for the win.

Finishing in 1st Place, our California Bass Federation Junior Angler Team State Champions are Ryder Walker and Miles Cornell from Delta Teen Team in Oakley, California.  They had a big fish of 3.11 lbs and a 5 fish limit for a total of 11.16 lbs.  It was a narrow win over the 2nd Place team Tenzing Sherpa and Kolby Johnson from San Joaquin Junior Bass Club that had the Big Bass of 5.24 lbs for the tournament and a 5 fish limit of 11.06 lbs.  The 3rd Place team, Melinda Neumann and Niko Mirante, also from San Joaquin Junior Bass Club had 5 fish for 10.98 lbs proving a very close finish of less than 0.2 lbs from 1st Place to 3rd Place.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed in what has been a tough fishery for the Delta this year.  Attached are some photos taken at the weigh in.


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Thank you Larry Wilson


Larry Wilson has been associated with the California Bass Federation for over 30 years.  He started in the Federation back in Oklahoma in 1980.  When he moved to California in the 80s, he hooked up with Sal Gervasi and Gary Bradford when the California Federation was formed.  He has served as the Tournament Director for the San Diego region as well as a past Vice President and President.  He has ran the San Diego youth program for many years as well.  The kids really care about Larry and was truly shown when they raised over $7000 to repair Larry’s boat/motor when it broke down earlier this year.
Everyone who has ever known Larry has never said a bad thing and know him as a kind person who cares about his friends and family.  He is a dedicated family man who loves to fish.  He has fished all over CA and has fished nearly every California TOC except for only a few.  After Larry’s wife passed last year (over 30+ years of marriage), Larry, decided he was going to move back to where he is from…Oklahoma and then to Florida in the near future.
On behalf of the California Bass Federation, I want to thank Larry Willson for all is dedicated support of the California Bass Federation.  Thank you for you commitment to the community and the kids.  Thank you for your friendship and I hope we are able to stay in touch.
When I talked to Larry today, he said to me…”thank you and please thank everyone in the California Bass Federation.  God bless to everyone…”
Larry, as you make your travels back home…god bless you and your family…and tight lines!
Scott Sweet
President, CBF

Travis Harris and Tanner Larocque win California Bass Federation Junior Angler Team State Championship

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]Junior Anglers Travis Harris and Tanner Larocque win the California Bass Federation Junior Angler Team State Championship held at Lake Skinner near Temecula, CA.  A beautiful day at Lake Skinner started cool with overcast skies and ended with clearing skies, sun and warming temperatures.  The bite was good considering the Memorial Day Weekend pressure which causes the Lake to fish tougher every day. Unusually clear water favored long casts to productive water to entice spooky bass to commit to a bite.

At the end of the day, Delta Teen Team Anglers prevailed bringing in a 4 fish limit of 14.47 lbs.  With a big fish of only 4.01 they brought in the most consistent solid limit.  Second place finishers Mark Valgos and Lucas Avila also from Delta Teen Team brought in a 4.30 lb kicker to help them with a 4 fish limit of 13.92 lbs.  Finally, Fisherman’s Outpost anglers Jackson Paluczak and Ryder Lynn brought in  4 fish limit for 12.17lbs anchored with a big fish of 3.69 lbs also demonstrating very consistent fishing and just didn’t get the bite they needed for the win.

Maverick Grant from the Canyon Lake team brought in a giant 5.37 pounder to capture Big Fish honors.

Congratulations to all the competitors.  Fourteen teams of 2 Anglers each competed in this event.  Only one team blanked which can happen easily in a lake with a 15 inch minimum size and you keep catching bass that are just barely under the limit.  A big Thank You out to all the competitors, Parents, and Volunteers for making this such a great event.