Limits Abound at Northwest Division Day 1 Weigh In
Fifty six angler’s, from five states, tested the Oregon waters on the Columbia River today. Most all, were happy with the results after the first day. Fifty of the 56 angler’s brought a five fish limit to the scales on Wednesday afternoon. The other six angler’s brought two or more fish to the scales. All total, the group weighed in 726-06 pounds on the first day of competition. Every single angler weighed in today. Not a bad start to this three day event. The big bass for Wednesday, ended up in a tie. Steve Roth, of Kalispell, MT and Jon Bial, of Vancouver, WA each had a smallmouth that weighed in at 5-05 pounds. The winner was determined by the TBF tiebreakers. The 3rd tiebreaker came into use as the largest single days catch, with Joh Bial with the largest single days catch 19-04.
Leading after Day 1 was David Heldstab of Sandy, Oregon with a limit of fish weighing 19-14 pounds. Right on his heels was Jon Bial, of Vancouver, Oregon with 19-04 pounds. Third place belonged to Roger Stringer, of Nampa, Idaho with 18-13 pounds. Rounding out the top five spots were, Kasey Thomas, of Green River, Wyoming with 18-07 pounds and Kory Ray of Lebanon, Oregon with 18-00 pounds.
The event is a three day cumulative weight event. The top two angler’s from each state at the end of the event, advance to the upcoming 2017 Federation National Championship.