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Grizzly Bass Masters take on Lake Berryessa
Posted 4/10/19

By Ed Hawkins

Photos by Ed Larson


A cool morning greeted the Golden Sierra Grizzly Bass anglers at Lake Berryessa as they gathered in the pre-dawn hours on the morning of March 24, for high school bass tournament number 7 of 8. 

Golden Sierra’s primary four teams were there at the blastoff of over 80 boats.  Year end results and a chance to compete in the Nor-Cal High School Tournament of Champions in May remains on the line for some of our teams. 

For the team of Jon Loya and Luke Gerondakis making the TOC is a done deal.  They came to the afternoon weigh in with a huge limit that no one from Golden Sierra could come close to. 

They generally had the same fish as everyone else except for a huge 6.43 pound bassmaster1

largemouth that Jon Loya caught on a…well he isn’t saying, that kept them on the top of the Golden Sierra standings and earned them second place in the tournament. 

After two weak finishes in the middle of the season Jon and Luke have come on at the end and are giving us all a clinic on how it is done.  Second place for Golden Sierra was the team of Riley Maloney and Clay Smith. 


They had a fine bag but could not find the big one Team Loya found.  Right behind Smith and Maloney was the team of Josh Weinberger and Jacob Lawrence.


Losing a big one at the boat cost these guys a great finish but they still nailed a nice limit and finished well in the tournament. 

Our fourth-place team was James and Keaton Wright. 

These guys battled boat troubles all year but have kept their heads up and hung in there for every event with a smile on their face and a solid effort.   They inspire us all.  Our next, and final regular season, event is April 14 at the Delta.   For the teams on the bubble for the TOC the pressure will be on.