Russ Meyer
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Meyer Masters Delta as West Flexes Bass Fishing Muscles

Bethel Island, Calif. – Under normal BASS tournament circumstances, a 26-pound bag is considered an excellent day of fishing, but excellent doesn’t do justice to Russ Meyer’s day. The cool Californian produced a 26-pound, two-ounce catch despite the fact that the creel limit has been reduced to four fish for the event in order to comply with California fishing regulations.
   That didn’t stop Russ Meyer. It didn’t even slow him down. He holds a commanding seven-pound, seven-ounce lead over fellow Californian Ricky Shabazz.
   “I’ve fished a lot of tournaments, and you just never know what’s going to happen after the first day,” Meyer said of his Day One catch.
   “I know where some fish are,” Meyer added, significantly understating his performance. “Sometimes you catch them and sometimes you don’t. Today I caught them.”
   Meyer is no stranger to success in California. He placed second on Lake Shasta and eighth on Clear Lake in the 2004 Bassmaster Open Series.
   Meyer’s bag included a 9-4 behemoth that was good enough to take Purolator Big Bass honors for the day. He’ll get a check for $1,000 for the big fish, capping off a banner day. Also included in his bag was an 8-5 lunker. The average bass Meyer brought to the scales was better than 6 1/2 pounds!
   Meyer used his practice time to sight fish and locate the areas that could produce lunkers during the tournament. He caught all of his fish in and around vegetation.
   For Meyer’s pattern to hold up, the Delta tides will be a key. He caught a limit very early by flipping during the high tide period and then threw reaction baits as the wind increased in the afternoon. Although it would have made little difference, Meyer’s first round did include some disappointment. He broke off a six pounder.
   “I just like to fish,” the low-key Meyer said. “No matter what kind of day I have out there, I just like to keep fishing.”
   It’s tough to be disappointed with four bass weighing 18-11, but when you find yourself trailing by better than seven pounds, it’s also tough to be cheerful. That’s exactly the situation that Ricky Shabazz is in. Nevertheless, the second place angler is optimistic about his chances.
   “There are 30 fish in my area that are as big as the ones I caught today,” Shabazz said. “It’s just a matter of execution tomorrow.”
   Shabazz’s continued success depends on the consistency of the topwater bite he was able to generate today. He plans to stick with it for the rest of the tournament.
   “To be honest, I’m from Southern California,” Shabazz said, “and I don’t know much about this water, so I’ll stick with what’s working.”
   In third is Western bass fishing legend John Murray who brought four bass weighing 17-11 to the scales. Murray was flipping on high tide, much like Meyer, and threw a Yamamoto Senko when the tides shifted.
   “I threw the trolling motor down and just beat up my area,” Murray said. “I probably didn’t burn ten gallons of gas out there.”
   Murray, who is from Arizona and the only non-Californian in the top five, is a worthy adversary for the locals. He won the Busch Shootout in 2004 and also captured the 2003 Open Championship on famed Toledo Bend Reservoir.
   “I just want to get to that Open Championship again,” Murray said. “That’s what I’m here for, and this day helps my chances.”
   Rounding out the top five are Bobby Barrack (17-9) and Brett Leber (17-7).
   It was a banner day for Californians on their home water. Nine of the top ten anglers are from the Golden State.
   That California domination also took place on the non-boater side. Three of the top five non-boaters call California home. Ryan Wake (12-13) leads Merl Nunes (12-1), Hideki Maeda (10-13), Jack Farage (10-11) and Nate Troia (10-9). Another Californian, Brandon Silvey, had the Purolator Big Bass of the day on the non-boater side with a 5-11 lunker. That fish will put an extra $400 in his pocket.
   Daily weigh-ins will be held at Russo’s Marina beginning at 2 p.m.

2005 Western Open 1 05/26-05/28
California Delta Waterway, Bethel Island  Calif.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total
$$$

1.  Russ Meyer             Redding, Calif.         4  26-02  305   
$1,000.00
  Day 1: 4   26-02   
2.  Ricky Shabazz          Fontana, Calif.         4  18-11  295 
  Day 1: 4   18-11   
3.  John Murray            Phoenix, Ariz.          4  17-11  290 
  Day 1: 4   17-11   
4.  Bobby Barrack          Oakley, Calif.          4  17-09  285 
  Day 1: 4   17-09   
5.  Brett Leber            Dixon, Calif.           4  17-07  280 
  Day 1: 4   17-07   
6.  Mark Naillon           San Jose, Calif.        4  17-02  276 
  Day 1: 4   17-02   
7.  Albert Berendes        Folson, Calif.          4  16-09  272 
  Day 1: 4   16-09   
8.  John Varanai           Manteca, Calif.         4  16-08  268 
  Day 1: 4   16-08   
9.  Zachary Thompson       Orinda, Calif.          4  14-04  264 
  Day 1: 4   14-04   
10. Steve Sapp             Manteca, Calif.         4  14-01  260 
  Day 1: 4   14-01   
11. Leroy Bertolero        El Macero, Calif.       4  13-15  257 
  Day 1: 4   13-15   
12. Brett Hite             Phoenix, Ariz.          4  13-09  254 
  Day 1: 4   13-09   
13. Jim Reese              Witter Springs, Calif.  4  13-08  251 
  Day 1: 4   13-08   
14. Ron Colby              Page, Ariz.             4  13-06  248 
  Day 1: 4   13-06   
15. Steve Klein            Oroville, Calif.        4  13-02  245 
  Day 1: 4   13-02   
16. Vince Hurtado          Waterford, Calif.       4  13-01  243 
  Day 1: 4   13-01   
17. Clifford Pirch         Payson, Ariz.           4  13-00  241 
  Day 1: 4   13-00   
18. Ishama Monroe          Hughson, Calif.         4  12-13  239 
  Day 1: 4   12-13   
19. Lawrence Grzelak       Clarksburg, Calif.      4  12-09  237 
  Day 1: 4   12-09   
19. David Pereira          Modesto, Calif.         4  12-09  237 
  Day 1: 4   12-09   
19. Ken Cassettari         Walnut Creek, Calif.    3  12-09  237 
  Day 1: 3   12-09   
22. Neil Campbell          Fallbrook, Calif.       4  12-08  231 
  Day 1: 4   12-08   
23. Jumpei Kato            Bowling Green, Ky.      4  12-07  229 
  Day 1: 4   12-07   
24. Neil Russell           Nampa, Idaho            4  12-02  227 
  Day 1: 4   12-02   
25. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, Calif.   4  12-00  225 
  Day 1: 4   12-00   
26. Ken Eddy               Madera, Calif.          4  11-14  223 
  Day 1: 4   11-14   
27. Mick Karshner          Fresno, Calif.          4  11-13  221 
  Day 1: 4   11-13   
28. Roy Brooks             Mesa, Ariz.             3  11-12  219 
  Day 1: 3   11-12   
29. Gary Howell            Stockton, Calif.        4  11-09  217 
  Day 1: 4   11-09   
29. Sean Stafford          Fairfield, Calif.       4  11-09  217 
  Day 1: 4   11-09   
31. Gary Boyd              Reseda, Calif.          4  11-08  213 
  Day 1: 4   11-08   
32. Robert Lee             Angels Camp, Calif.     4  11-07  211 
  Day 1: 4   11-07   
33. Alton Forthe           Benicia, Calif.         4  11-05  209 
  Day 1: 4   11-05   
33. Scott Mascadri         Sacramento, Calif.      4  11-05  209 
  Day 1: 4   11-05   
35. Clint Johanson         Benton City, Wash.      4  11-04  205 
  Day 1: 4   11-04   
36. Sean Mindermann        Spokane, Wash.          4  11-03  203 
  Day 1: 4   11-03   
36. Lorenzo Rossetti       Stockton, Calif.        4  11-03  203 
  Day 1: 4   11-03   
38. Chad Martin            Sacramento, Calif.      4  11-01  199 
  Day 1: 4   11-01   
39. Cameron Smith          Dana Point, Calif.      4  11-00  197 
  Day 1: 4   11-00   
39. Tom Wardrope           Dublin, Calif.          4  11-00  197 
  Day 1: 4   11-00   
41. Bill Mc Aninch         Sylmar, Calif.          4  10-15  193 
  Day 1: 4   10-15   
42. Keith Clow             Kennewick, Wash.        3  10-12  191 
  Day 1: 3   10-12   
43. Dick Watson            Alta Loma, Calif.       4  10-11  189 
  Day 1: 4   10-11   
44. Bryan Roland           Brentwood, Calif.       4  10-10  187 
  Day 1: 4   10-10   
45. Cooch A Cuccia         Oakley, Calif.          4  10-08  185 
  Day 1: 4   10-08   
46. Andre Moore            Scottsdale, Ariz.       4  10-07  183 
  Day 1: 4   10-07   
47. Robert Cagle           Yuba City, Calif.       4  10-06  181 
  Day 1: 4   10-06   
47. Brent Lyon             Reno, Nev.              4  10-06  181 
  Day 1: 4   10-06   
49. Larry Brower           Cottonwood, Calif.      4  10-04  177 
  Day 1: 4   10-04   
49. Steve Geffs            Antelope, Calif.        4  10-04  177 
  Day 1: 4   10-04   
49. Justin Kerr            Semi Valley, Calif.     4  10-04  177 
  Day 1: 4   10-04   
52. Charlie Davidson       Temecula, Calif.        4  10-03  171 
  Day 1: 4   10-03   
53. Ken Mercurio           Sparks, Nev.            4  10-01  169 
  Day 1: 4   10-01   
53. Tom Perkins            Sitka, Alaska           4  10-01  169 
  Day 1: 4   10-01   
55. Nicolas Sakata         Manteca, Calif.         4  10-00  165 
  Day 1: 4   10-00   
56. MATT LOWERY            El Cajou, Calif.        4   9-15  163 
  Day 1: 4    9-15   
57. Jim Davis              San Jose, Calif.        4   9-13  161 
  Day 1: 4    9-13   
58. Gary Thomas            Tracy, Calif.           4   9-10  159 
  Day 1: 4    9-10   
59. Tony Marsh             Chino Valley, Ariz.     4   9-07  157 
  Day 1: 4    9-07   
59. Steve Merlo            Bakersfield, Calif.     4   9-07  157 
  Day 1: 4    9-07   
59. Art Roland             Brentwood, Calif.       4   9-07  157 
  Day 1: 4    9-07   
59. Lonnie Woodlief        Brentwood, Calif.       4   9-07  157 
  Day 1: 4    9-07   
63. Keith Allen            Theresa, N.Y.           4   9-04  149 
  Day 1: 4    9-04   
64. Leo Carrillo           Tuscon, Ariz.           4   9-03  147 
  Day 1: 4    9-03   
64. Don Cox                Colorado Springs, Colo  4   9-03  147 
  Day 1: 4    9-03   
66. Fred Todd              Fort Bragg, Calif.      4   9-01  143 
  Day 1: 4    9-01   
67. James Opalecky         Elk Grove, Calif.       4   9-00  141 
  Day 1: 4    9-00   
67. Randy Potter           Camas, Wash.            4   9-00  141 
  Day 1: 4    9-00   
67. Rus Snyders            San Mateo, Calif.       4   9-00  141 
  Day 1: 4    9-00   
67. James Taylor           Madera, Calif.          4   9-00  141 
  Day 1: 4    9-00   
71. Fred Roumbanis         Auburn, Calif.          4   8-15  133 
  Day 1: 4    8-15   
72. Phil Mitsueda          Shasta Lake, Calif.     4   8-13  131 
  Day 1: 4    8-13   
73. Mike Knight            Bakersfield, Calif.     4   8-12  129 
  Day 1: 4    8-12   
74. Michael Delnero        Manteca, Calif.         4   8-09  127 
  Day 1: 4    8-09   
75. Donald Davis           Brentwood, Calif.       4   8-08  125 
  Day 1: 4    8-08   
75. John Parks             Aztec, N.M.             4   8-08  125 
  Day 1: 4    8-08   
75. Mark Tyler             Scottsdale, Ariz.       4   8-08  125 
  Day 1: 4    8-08   
78. Shaun Bailey           Agoura, Calif.          4   8-07  119 
  Day 1: 4    8-07   
79. Dan Castelhano         Fremont, Calif.         4   8-06  117 
  Day 1: 4    8-06   
79. Daryl Dempsey          Las Vegas, Nev.         4   8-06  117 
  Day 1: 4    8-06   
79. Charlie Weyer          West Hills, Calif.      4   8-06  117 
  Day 1: 4    8-06   
82. Tim Higbee             Santa Cruz, Calif.      4   8-05  111 
  Day 1: 4    8-05   
83. Lucy Mize              Ben Lomond, Ark.        4   8-04  109 
  Day 1: 4    8-04   
84. Melinda Mize           Ben Lomond, Ark.        4   8-03  107 
  Day 1: 4    8-03   
85. Ed Arledge             San Diego, Calif.       4   8-02  105 
  Day 1: 4    8-02   
85. Mike Gutierrez         Salinas, Calif.         4   8-02  105 
  Day 1: 4    8-02   
87. Brent Shores           Boise, Idaho            4   8-00  101 
  Day 1: 4    8-00   
88. Jami Fralick           Martin, S.D.            4   7-15   99 
  Day 1: 4    7-15   
88. Greg Gutierrez         Red Bluff, Calif.       4   7-15   99 
  Day 1: 4    7-15   
90. Bernie Gaunt           West Sacramento, Calif  4   7-14   95 
  Day 1: 4    7-14   
90. Roy Hawk               Salt Lake City, Utah    4   7-14   95 
  Day 1: 4    7-14   
90. Larry Hutchens         Durham, Ore.            4   7-14   95 
  Day 1: 4    7-14   
93. Howard Hughes          Redding, Calif.         4   7-12   89 
  Day 1: 4    7-12   
94. Wayne Hinrichs         Novato, Calif.          4   7-08   87 
  Day 1: 4    7-08   
94. Mike O'Shea            Westlake Village, Cali  4   7-08   87 
  Day 1: 4    7-08   
96. Mike Campbell          Oak View, Calif.        4   7-07   83 
  Day 1: 4    7-07   
96. Garrigan Robert        Brentwood, Calif.       4   7-07   83 
  Day 1: 4    7-07   
98. Stephen Garcia         Battleground, Wash.     4   7-06   79 
  Day 1: 4    7-06   
99. Armando Perez          Lincoln, Calif.         4   7-05   77 
  Day 1: 4    7-05   
99. Brian Nixon            Grand Junction, Colo.   4   7-05   77 
  Day 1: 4    7-05   
101.Frank Morton           Madras, Ore.            4   7-03   75 
  Day 1: 4    7-03   
101.Rob Wenning            Sparks, Nev.            4   7-03   75 
  Day 1: 4    7-03   
103.Nick Rook              Coeur Dalene, Idaho     4   7-01   73 
  Day 1: 4    7-01   
104.Jiggs Benn             Myrtle Creek, Ore.      4   7-00   72 
  Day 1: 4    7-00   
105.Jay Pennington         Las Vegas, Nev.         4   6-13   71 
  Day 1: 4    6-13   
106.Jake Arbuckle          Lodi, Calif.            4   6-12   70 
  Day 1: 4    6-12   
106.Ed Cummings            Tucson, Ariz.           4   6-12   70 
  Day 1: 4    6-12   
106.Scott Nielsen          Salt Lake City, Utah    4   6-12   70 
  Day 1: 4    6-12   
109.Russ Barger            Boise, Idaho            4   6-11   67 
  Day 1: 4    6-11   
109.Scott Head             Knightsen, Calif.       3   6-11   67 
  Day 1: 3    6-11   
111.Kazuki Kodama          Tokyo 192-0911, Japan   4   6-09   65 
  Day 1: 4    6-09   
112.Ray Brazier            Lawrenceburg, Tenn.     4   6-06   64 
  Day 1: 4    6-06   
113.John Semken            Olympia, Wash.          4   6-05   63 
  Day 1: 4    6-05   
114.Sieg Taylor            Fresno, Calif.          4   6-03   62 
  Day 1: 4    6-03   
115.Tim Rath               Lake Havasu City, Ariz  4   6-02   61 
  Day 1: 4    6-02   
116.Rick Kendrick          Sacramento, Calif.      4   6-01   60 
  Day 1: 4    6-01   
117.Anthony Klonowski      Eagle, Idaho            4   5-15   59 
  Day 1: 4    5-15   
118.Monty Fralick          Martin, S.D.            4   5-14   58 
  Day 1: 4    5-14   
119.Kent Brown             Roseville, Calif.       4   5-13   57 
  Day 1: 4    5-13   
119.Greg Hall              Crystal River, Fla.     3   5-13   57 
  Day 1: 3    5-13   
121.Nick Grebb             Roseville, Calif.       3   5-12   55 
  Day 1: 3    5-12   
122.Rodney Reed            Bakersfield, Calif.     4   5-11   54 
  Day 1: 4    5-11   
123.Keith Bryan            Novato, Calif.          3   5-10   53 
  Day 1: 3    5-10   
124.Nick Guadagnolo        Manteca, Calif.         4   5-09   52 
  Day 1: 4    5-09   
125.Chad Dwyer             Granite Bay, Calif.     4   5-07   51 
  Day 1: 4    5-07   
126.Walter Kondracki       California City, Calif  4   5-06   50 
  Day 1: 4    5-06   
126.Robert Mansor          Modesto, Calif.         2   5-06   50 
  Day 1: 2    5-06   
128.Raul Morineau          Mexico City 03810, Mex  3   5-05   48 
  Day 1: 3    5-05   
129.Jerry Fischer          Lincoln, Calif.         4   5-03   47 
  Day 1: 4    5-03   
130.Clyde Evans            Las Vegas, Nev.         4   5-01   46 
  Day 1: 4    5-01   
130.David Rush             Palermo, Calif.         2   5-01   46 
  Day 1: 2    5-01   
132.Stephen Pike           Las Vegas, Nev.         4   4-13   44 
  Day 1: 4    4-13   
133.Shinya Uesas           Osaka 553 0007, Japan   3   4-12   43 
  Day 1: 3    4-12   
134.George Galletti        Martinez, Calif.        3   4-07   42 
  Day 1: 3    4-07   
135.Scott McClaskey        Chico, Calif.           2   4-03   41 
  Day 1: 2    4-03   
136.Gino Campiotti         Manteca, Calif.         3   4-02   40 
  Day 1: 3    4-02   
137.Joe Spraggins          Madera, Calif.          3   3-15   39 
  Day 1: 3    3-15   
138.James Broberg          Spokane, Wash.          2   3-10   38 
  Day 1: 2    3-10   
139.Lyndelle Mccullough    Modesto, Calif.         2   3-07   37 
  Day 1: 2    3-07   
140.Bink Desaro            Boise, Idaho            2   3-03   36 
  Day 1: 2    3-03   
141.Fred Ward              Peoria, Ariz.           1   2-04   35 
  Day 1: 1    2-04   
142.Gene Buchholz          Oakley, Calif.          2   2-02   34 
  Day 1: 2    2-02   
142.Mike Moffitt           Granada Hills, Calif.   2   2-02   34 
  Day 1: 2    2-02   
144.Allen Posella          Sanger, Calif.          2   1-11   32 
  Day 1: 2    1-11   
145.Larry Rook             Coeur D'Alene, Idaho    1   1-09   31 
  Day 1: 1    1-09   
146.Steve Bell             Elepha Butte, N.M.      0   0-00    0 
  Day 1: 0    0-00   
146.Tim Edington           Bakersfield, Calif.     0   0-00    0 
  Day 1: 0    0-00   
146.Harry Jioras           Laverne, Calif.         0   0-00    0 
  Day 1: 0    0-00   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Russ Meyer              Redding, Calif.            9-04  $1,000.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        0       544      1313-06
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          0       544      1313-06



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