Washington team captain Chris Lambert of Olympia, Wash., won The Bass Federation 2008 Western Divisional Championship on Lake Havasu Friday. His winning three-day total of 15 bass weighed 41 pounds, 15 ounces. For his victory, Lambert earned a $500 Wal-Mart gift card.
Lambert said he caught most of the bigger fish drop-shotting a 4-inch Roboworm in a staging area and caught a few key fish on the new Berkley Hollow Belly swimbaits, but had to change his plan for the final day of competition.
"I was mainly fishing prespawn fish, and there was a new wave of fish that had just moved up," Lambert said. "They were going really close to one of the off-limits bays, so I wouldn’t have been able to follow them in if they moved. I think the weather was a factor and, finally, on Day 3, they made the move back to spawn, so I ended up having to go up river and threw swimbaits and drop-shots to catch smallmouth."
Lambert had a dead fish, but still opened the tournament in second place Wednesday with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces. He added another five bass weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces Thursday to capture his lead. He then caught five bass weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces Friday to seal the win.
The top-finishing angler from each 12-person state team will advance to the 2009 TBF National Championship.
Advancing as a co-angler is David Kromm of Kennewick, with a 15 bass limit weighing 39 pound, 10 ounces.
Washington was the top-finishing team in this week’s divisional, taking home the traveling cup and $3,600 cash award for bringing in 156 bass, weighing 353 pounds, 5 ounces over the three-day competition.