April 27, 2011 – Hood River, OR – Long time fishing legend Renaud Pelletier representing the Oregon federation from Vancouver, Washington is the Day 1 leader of the TBF Northwest Division Championship, presented by Cabela’s from Hood River, Oregon. With colder than normal water and weather conditions, anglers are targeting pre-spawn fish on the river system. Renaud weighed in a big 5 fish limit of 20 pounds 5 ounces today. Renaud said that he caught fish all day in varying depths using both reaction baits and soft plastics fishing near flats on the river. Pelletier also landed the big fish for the day with a 5 pound 6 ounce Smallmouth bass.
In second place, from Idaho, is non-boater Joshua Polfer from Nampa. Joshua weighed in a 5 fish limit from the back of the boat totaling 17 pounds 12 ounces. He was paired with Oregon angler Michael Gibney who is currently in 3rd place. Gibney weighed in a 5 fish limit of 17 pounds 6 ounces. Both Polfer and Gibney were fishing reaction baits all day long and fishing shallow areas all over the river. “I had great day fishing with Gibney and he was awesome to fish with,” stated Polfer.
In fourth place is the Oregon boater, David Mays from Portland, Oregon, weighing in a 5 fish limit of 17 pounds even. Fifth place is held by Oregon federation angler David Simmons of Molalla, Oregon with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 16 pounds 6 ounces.
Day 2 should be a different story, as weather conditions call for higher winds and rainy conditions all day, which could hamper some anglers with big waves which create sea-like conditions on the Columbia River. Launch time tomorrow will be at 6:00
AM from the Port of Hood River PST. Weigh-in will begin promptly at 2:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. Weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
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