LAKEPORT, Calif. Big fish, big bags and big numbers equaled a big time for the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers this week on Clear Lake, which lived up to its billing as the nation's No. 1 bass lake.
"I love this lake. I love this lake," Pete Ponds screamed after weighing in Sunday.
The Golden State Shootout saw the all-time, four-day weight broken not once, but twice. Winner Steve Kennedy (122 pounds, 14 ounces) and second-place Skeet Reese (117-6) both topped Preston Clark's record of 115-15 set on Santee Cooper Reservoir last year.
"We showed the country what we got," said Reese, who is from Auburn, Calif.
Other biggests and bests of the week:
Personal-best bags by a number of anglers, including Day Three bags of 40-7 from Kennedy and 35-8 from Reese.
Jeff Reynolds wowed the crowed with an enormous 12-11 fish.
Among the nine anglers who have topped 100 pounds in a four-day tournament, six came last year at Santee Cooper in South Carolina. Clear Lake did that one better Sunday.
The Clear Lake Century Club includes:
Paul Elias (101-16)
Kelly Jordan (102-10)
John Murray (103-1)
Gerald Swindle (105-8)
Greg Gutierrez (108-1)
Skeet Reese (117-6)
Steve Kennedy (122-14)
Largest bill for bait:
Kennedy admitted to hitting a local tackle store for more than $3,000 in swimbaits. "I'll probably make it $5,000 before I leave."
The co-anglers accounted for 1,227 fish weighing a total of 3,740 pounds, 6 ounces. The pros totaled 5,805-9.
Co-angler Jim White catching 33-8 on Day Two to set what is believed to be the all-time largest single day bag for a non-boater.
Johnny Graham's 11-3 lunker was the best of the co-anglers.