The 338 adults and 52 young anglers fishing in the Rio Vista Bass Derby on the weekend of October 12-13 enjoyed great weather and fine fishing.
“It was a perfect weekend, with no breeze on the water,” said K.C. Nash, a volunteer for the 72nd Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival. “A lot of fish were caught – we had a full leader board to 8 places in each division.”
Steve Cruz won first place in the adult striped bass division by catching a 29.75-inch striper, the closest fish to the target length of 30 inches. He won $3,000 for his efforts.
Carlton King placed second in the striper division with 29.65 inches, winning $1500. Jason Tenorio placed third with a 29.52 inch striper, taking home $1000.
Charles Leon won first place in the adult sturgeon division by catching a 53.17-inch sturgeon, the closest entry to the 54-inch target length. He won $1,000
Tim Matthews placed second in the sturgeon division with a 52.95-inch diamondback, winning $500. Jason Gargill won third place with his 51.69-inch sturgeon, winning $250.
“The sturgeon fishing was very good, the salmon fishing was solid and the striped bass was fair at best during the derby,” said Barry Canevaro, board member of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA), Isleton Chapter, the organization that measured and weighed in the fish.