2018 appears to be the year of the “Southern Invasion” with anglers from the Pacific Northwest getting a strong start on the big stage. This may not be the first year for anglers to have some success down south, Rocky Ward enjoyed the taste of success with a WWBT win in 2016 and Jacob Wall excelled in FLW College Fishing in 2017, but it does seem that Oregon and Washington are sending more anglers than ever before to take their shot in FLW Costa Series and Wild West Bass Trail events. Jeremy McKay already put Oregon on the map with a second place finish by just ounces in the WWBT Pro -Am at Lake Shasta. You can see Jeremy’s Facebook Live Interview here. Jeremy will be looking to continue his success at WWBT Don Pedro in early March.
Life on the road is getting contagious as we see more than 20 Pacific Northwest anglers making the trip to the February FLW Costa Series event at Lake Havasu. Straight from College Fishing, Jacob Wall is knocking on the door sitting in 12th place after day one with a solid limit. Jacob is looking for consistency to be his key to success and move into that top 10 on day 2 to have a shot at a big check on Sunday. On the Co-Angler side, Robert Bruggeman from Klamath Falls, Oregon finds himself in 3rd place after day one but over 8 lbs out of first place so there is a lot of ground to make up on day two for a shot at winning it all. Just staying in the top 10 on this lake will be a challenge enough with David Swendseid from Bend, Oregon currently in 15 th place and less than 3 pounds behind our third place angler.
While the Havasu battle continues, other anglers including our own Team Drain Raider captain Art Ferreira, have sights set on the WWBT California Team event coming up Mid-February at Lake Shasta. It’s an exciting start to a full 2018 calendar of bass fishing events! Take a look at the 2018 event list on the AllStarBassFishing.com website and make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram to get all of the updates as we get them through the year. Stay tuned for some exciting coverage of the “Southern Invasion” this year and keep up with Jeremy McKay’s #JeremysJourney as he starts to gain momentum leading up to the TBF National Championships at Bull Shoals, Arkansas.