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Oakdale Men Reap The Bounty Of Dart Head Lures
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Oakdale residents Steve Pester and Ron Weaver don’t need to stretch their arms across their mustache-clad frames to spin yarns of catching fish ‘this’ big.

An impressive photo will suffice.

The pair posed proudly with monstrous bass taken from Lake Don Pedro on Saturday, March 23 during the 2013 Anglers Choice Motherlode Western Rookie League tournament.

The event saw a remarkable 177 fish weighing in at 375 pounds brought in from the depths of Lake Don Pedro as more than three dozen teams nabbed their five-fish limit.

Pester and Weaver reeled in second-place honor with 15.64 total pounds of fish and the second biggest fish of the day at 5.6 pounds (bucket mouth). The pair said they hauled their catch from a depth of five to 30 feet and utilized their dart head lures. Their patience paid off for an impressive winnings paycheck of $1,137 and a pair of hefty plaques.

The top team of the day (Anthony Souza and Zak Sawyer of Turlock) landed a 12.63 behemoth large mouth and cruised past the competition with 20.85 total pounds. The pair used a combination of berserk purple hornet, S-wave and A-rig lures and nabbed the fish on shallow beds at the north end of the lake.

The teams also had a chance to win prizes donated by Bait Barn, C &C Marine, BassTackleDepot, Berserk Baits, BigFoot Jerky and the Kelsey Bass Ranch.

The next Motherlode WRL tournament is at Lake McClure on April 13.

The Tournament of Champions for the WRL will be Oct. 5 and 6 at Russo’s Marina on the Delta.

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Danny Peluso contributed to this report