New Melones 2-Day Kokanee Tourney-June 28/29, 2008
|1||Mike & Kendra Tripp||12.46||$1,600|
|2||Jim & James Franco||12.35||$1,200|
|3||Ron Hufford, Brett Brady||11.13||$1,000|
|4||Al Millan, Mike Martinez||11.13||$800|
|5||Rick Coehlo, John Zeman||10.83||$600|
|6||Gary Burns, Mitch Glassey||10.62||$500|
|7||Tom Hamada, Dean Backotich||10.42||$400|
|8||Fred Scott, Tim Marble||10.39||$350|
|9||John Minnis, Tim Minnis||10.30||$300|
|12||Mark Cauwels, Gardner Bullard||10.27||$175|
|13||Bryan McGinty, Tony Puccinelli||10.16||$150|
|14||Warren Cooper, Bruce Hamby||10.04||$125|
|15||Fred McCallister, Ron Lemos||9.73||$100|
|17||Bob Bognaes, John Yurkovich||9.64||$80|
|18||Rich Crispi, Joel Gleeson||9.55||$70|
|19||Bob & T Enochs, Jeni & B Smith||9.30||$60|
|20||Robbie Dunham, Kim Murdoch||9.27||$50|
|21||Larry Abernathy, Rand Smith||9.25||$45|
|22||Joey Pucchinelli, T. Martarano||9.21||$45|
|23||D & J Layne, E Lucia B Tarrant||9.12||$45|
|24||Tony Lopes, Jeff Boyle||8.94||$45|
|25||R Bergquist, V. Noonan P Buck||8.88||$45|
|26||Tammy and Conner Mitchell||8.64||$45|
|27||Paul Blauvelt, Rich Collins||8.63||$45|
|28||Mike Kermgard, John Nickel||8.56||$45|
|29||Richard Kowski, Jeff Bressler||8.41||$45|
|30||Joe Aksamit, Kathy Johnson||8.31||$45|
|32||* Saturday Blind Bogey|
|33||Bob, Clara & Jeff Johnson||55.90||$400|
|35||Renee & Rosanna Villanueva||53.40||$100|
|37||** Sunday Blind Bogey|
|38||Joey Puccinelli/Tony Martarano||64.10||$400|
|39||Sambo & Tyler Lage||62.10||$200|
|40||Paul Blauvelt/Rich Collins||61.90||$100|
|42||*** Big Trout|
|43||Jeff & Sheral Byram, F. Wilson||39.30||$300|
|44||Fred McAllister/Ron Lemos||34.65||$200|
||Length (inches) |
||No Pro Division at this Derby.
The dictionary defines a tournament as a series of contests in which the contestants with the prevailing scores through the final round or ones that finish with the best record are declared the winners. The dictionary also defines a derby as a contest open to all in which a prize is offered to the winner. So what do we have when a Saturday derby and a Sunday derby both count toward a win? We have the Kokanee Power New Melones 2-Day Team Kokanee Tournament!
Despite the thick hazy smoke which loomed over the lake and the hot humid weather, 218 dedicated kokanee anglers converged on this crown jewel kokanee lake known as New Melones Reservoir. Recent catches of 2 plus pound kokanee had the 96 teams excited to start the derby in the hours prior to derby launch. With the two day tournament format, it would take more than luck to score a win. It would take a little patience, knowledge, skill, and perseverance to not only earn a winning score on day one, but to maintain a winning score on day two.
On day one, many teams delivered very respectable 3-fish weigh ins boasting fish averaging 1.7 to 1.8 pounds. Several teams delivered weigh-ins with kokanee weighing in at 2 to 2.3 pounds measuring in at over 18 inches long. With the table set for day two and the placements ready to be either lost, maintained or upgraded, our anglers capped off day one with another awesome BBQ luncheon hosted by Perry Coy?s BBQ Catering and another fun KP raffle.
Day one was no regular tournament Saturday, it was also the Saturday on which our 10th Anniversary North River Raffle Boat was given away. Vice Mayor of Angels Camp Lee Seaton was present to pull the winning ticket. After several quick turns of the ticket tumbler, Vice Mayor Seaton pulled out the winning ticket. It was Kokanee Power member Jim Dummer of Vacaville who would be the lucky winner. Many thanks to all who participated and purchased tickets over the nine months the boat traveled all over California. The boat raffle was another successful cooperative venture for Kokanee Power and it?s members.
Day two, our teams found clearer and cooler conditions on the lake. The bite was also more cooperative for many of our teams with kokanee measuring up to 19 inches showing up at the scale. Sunday proved to be a make it or break it day as many teams delivered weigh-ins which either bumped them up in the standings or found themselves dropping several notches. It was a testament of perseverance and know how for teams which delivered weigh-ins which upgraded or maintained their placements. Sunday fish averaged 1.6 to 1.8 pounds with a respectable showing of fish to 2.3 pounds. Pink proved to be the winning lure color for many winning anglers. Pink hoochies, Apexes, and Uncle Larry?s Spinners trolled 60 to 80 feet deep all caught winning fish.
Sunday was no excuse not to have a second raffle and luncheon. Our anglers enjoyed another high end raffle sponsored by Davey Tree & American Truck & Trailer Body Company. Our teams were also treated to a special egg roll luncheon catered and sponsored by Sonia Millan and the Millan Family. With stomachs full, it was time to hand out trophies and so concludes our 2008 New Melones Tournament. Many Thanks to North River Boats, Glory Hole Sports, Davey Tree Company, American Truck & Trailer Body Company and the Angels Camp Business Association for sponsoring this years spectacular team tournament and making it all possible. Special Thanks to Perry Coy and Sonia Millan for providing the wonderful lunches. Your dedication & generosity is always appreciated. And never-ending Thank You?s to the officers, directors, and members of Kokanee Power who are responsible for making the New Melones Team Tournament a screaming success.
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