Modesto, Calif., native Hunter Schlander caught a 21-13 stringer Saturday to capture the win at the California Delta Western FLW Series with a 3-day total of 57-01.
“I feel like I’m on top of the world right now – this is incredible,” said Schlander, who earned his first career-win in FLW Series competition. “Most of my fish this week were post-spawn. They wanted to be in some grass and some current.”
Schlander's two primary patterns each day of the event consisted of casting a delta craw-colored Lucky Craft Silent Fat BDS crankbait along riprap-filled banks in the morning flipping a Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits Senko near tule points in the afternoon.
“I had three banks where riprap would run down to the bottom and meet the hydrilla 5 to 6 feet offshore,” said Schlander. “I positioned my boat between the two and ran a crankbait as close as I could to the grass, in anywhere from 4 to 6 feet of water. Right where the two intersected on the bottom was where I wanted the crankbait – it’s what seemed to produce the most bites.”
Schlander said his first stretch of bank was mid-lake, while his other two were farther south as he followed the outgoing tide.
“Once the tide fell out, I couldn’t put my boat in the shallow water, so I headed back north to some tule island points,” said Schlander. “The points were near Franks Tract (Recreation Area), and I was just able to slow down with a watermelon red-colored Senko to catch my fish.”
Additional details of Schlander's pattern will be published later this week.
Here's a look at how the top 10 finished up:
1. Hunter Schlander: 57-1
2. Robert Lee: 50-2
3. Beau Joudrey: 49-3
4. Stephen Tosh Jr.: 45-11
5. Joe Uribe Jr.: 45-4
6. Justin Kerr: 44-3
7. Andy Scholz: 42-7
8. Patrick Whitaker: 42-7
9. Dane Mitchell: 41-00
10. Shane Peirson: 35-9