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Brothers Shane & Michael Soriano of Merced took 2 nd place with a five fish limit weighing 14.23, anchored by a 4.26 largemouth giving them two nice plaques and $811.00. The Bait Barn sponsored team from Hickman, Jimmy & Gerald Clawson cashed in on third place with 13.94 anchored with a 5.01 kicker landing them two nice plaques and $519.00. Fourth place went to Larry & Mike Freeman (both Stan- dard) catching 11.29 anchored with a 4.60 kicker netting them $270. The Angler Of The Year race has tightened up and the team of Mike Beevers & Rob Kocher (both Newman) took fifth place putting them in contention to repeat as AOY’s. They brought three fish to the scales anchored by a 5.16 kicker for a total of 11.21 and good enough to win $205.Another Bait Barn sponsored team Ryan & Tim Cook (both Atwater) took sixth place with 11.21 pounds giving them a check for $170 and positioning them ounces from the lead in the AOY race. Last in the money, 7th place, is Bruce Fetzer and Bobby Oliver with 11.02 good for $160. The Motherlode Young Guns, Brandon Gaith- er & Kyle Gentry (both Oakdale), had a small misfire but are currently still the leaders in the Angler Of The Year race. With only one event left it looks like Don Pedro June 13, 2009 will be the shoot out place with the possibility of the top five teams still in the race for AOY. At our awards today all teams present received tackle prizes and to those who wore A/C, Bait Barn, Or Berserk Bait sponsor shirts or hats they received a Huddleston swim bait compliments of the Bait Barn.

The A/C Motherlode Semi-Pro Team trail held the sixth of seven events on Tulloch Lake Saturday May 9, 2009. First, a big thank you to South Shore Tulloch Marina and John, Mike, & Jorge. The weath- er was beautiful as was the lake and 35 teams arrived with hopes of catching the Lake Tulloch Monster. By 5:40 AM all teams had safely blast off with most boats heading east for either Black Creek or Green Springs. We were on a full moon with expectations of large bed fish and a wide open bite on smallmouth bass. Many teams had practiced in the week or so prior to this event and had found the fish they wanted for the tournament. Even though most all the conditions were right for catching the good ones, it seemed the fish weren’t going to cooperate. The bite was very tough with only 11 teams catching five fish limits. There didn’t seem to be any specific bait or technique that worked best, some teams reported top water (Zara Spook & Poppers) while others said Berserk jigs, senkos, drop shot, split shot, & Texas rigs. Big fish of the tournament a 6.56 bucketmouth, caught by Kev- in Ryan (Oakdale), fell to a Zara Spook and his partner Rich Hale (Hughson) caught one over six pounds on a senko. These two kick- er bass brought their total weight to 16.90 even though they only had four fish it was good for 1 st place. For Rich it is his first big win, he practiced very hard for the last month and that persistence paid off for his team winning a beautiful big fish plaque, two 1 st place plaques, and scooping up $1715.00.

moTherlode 5/9/2009

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Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Boater KEVIN RYAN SHANE SORIANO JIMMY CLAWSON LARRY FREEMAN MIKE BEEVERS RYAN COOK BRUCE FETZER KEVIN EVANS RANDY HARRIS PAUL HUNTEMANN

5/9/09 Tulloch/S.Shore

Fish BigBass Weight WiNNiNgs 4 6.56 16.9 $1,715.00 5 4.28 14.23 $811.00 5 5.01 13.94 $519.00 5 4.6 11.29 $270.00 3 5.16 11.21 $205.00 5 3.96 11.13 $170.00 5 3.75 11.02 $160.00 5 4.67 10.5 $0.00 5 3.05 10.07 $0.00 3 5.34 8.96 $0.00

NoN-Boater RICH HALE MICHAEL SORIANO GERALD CLAWSON MIKE FREEMAN ROB KOCHER TIM COOK BOBBY OLIVER BROOKS GALE TIM CHAPMAN CHARLES WELCH

Kevin Ryan & Rich Hale

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