The nationally-televised Superclean Showdown Pro/am Bass Tournament kicked off bright and early on Shasta Lake Friday.
Over one hundred boats and about 200 anglers from all over the western United States made their way to the Redding area to participate in the tournament and take a shot at $100,000 in cash and prizes.
“We have anglers all the way from Arizona, we have anglers from San Diego, we have Oregon, Washington,” tournament director Jason Bubier said. “I mean, we have a lot of anglers that come from all over the Western United States that come fish here. Right now, I would say probably a third in the field are local.”
Fishermen like Nick Wood who drove from Yreka to compete in the tournament.
“I enjoy the fishing, and it pays a lot of money to win this event,” Wood said. “It's about anywhere from 18 to 20-thousand dollars paycheck. So the money's good, and it's fun to come out with friends and I enjoy fishing.”
This is the third year the tournament has taken place on Shasta Lake.
And this three-day tournament gives a big shot in the arm to the local economy.
“It's a huge boost for the economy,” Bubier said. “They come and they stay for 3, 4, 5 days. They'll spend on average about 100 to 150 dollars a day during practice on fuel, food, lodging, you know if you figure it all out.”
Many fishermen stay in the area for a little more than the three days just to get some practice and to get the lay of the land.
“The last two days have been pre-fish,” Wood said. “We've been basically trying to locate fish for the tournament. Today is the first day of a three-day event. Today, tomorrow everyone will fish. And then on the final cut the top ten pros fish on Sunday.”
Wood has participated and won several other fishing competitions in the past, and is hoping for the best this weekend.
“With the weather and everything, I'm pretty optimistic,” he said. “So I'm hoping for a good day. We'll see. It's a lot of boat pressure which certainly changes the fish behaviors, so we'll see how it goes.”
The tournament runs through Sunday with only the top 10 anglers making it to the final day.
Weigh-ins begin at 3PM Each day at Bridge Bay, and the public is invited to attend.