CITGO Bassmaster TOUR Presented by Busch Beer
California Delta (April 10-13)

News from the Tour (event 8 of 10)

CLEARLAKE, Calif. - April 8, 2003 - The CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer continues its historic first-ever trip to California with a visit to Clear Lake.

The first event of the two-tournament west coast swing saw Robert Lee win his fourth straight event on the San Joaquin Delta. Lee's amazing accomplishment is unprecedented in BASS history.

Clear Lake has seen its share of history in BASS events, particularly Byron Velvick hauling in 83 pounds, 5 ounces during a three-day tournament to set the BASS record for a three-day event.  Fans could be in for more record-setting action this year, with many anglers predicting record-setting catches.

Additionally, the event on Clear Lake is a Showdown event that will see the weights of the anglers reset following the cut to 12 on Friday. The 12 pros and amateurs will then fish a series of six links style "holes" during Saturday's semifinal round. Just the Super Six pros will compete in Sunday's final round.

TELEVISION
The event from Clear Lake will be telecast on ESPN2 in two parts, part one airs April 19th at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and part two will air on April 26 at 10:30 a.m.

UP NEXT
This is the eighth event of 10 on the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Tour schedule.  The next event takes place May 1-4 in Hot Springs, Ark.

Schedule of Events for California CITGO Bassmaster Tour Event

Registration Wed., April 9, 4:00 p.m.
Clearlake Senior/ Community Center

Briefing Wed., April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Clearlake Senior/ Community Center

First day launch Thurs., April 10, 5:45 a.m.
Red Bud Park

Day 1 weigh-in Thurs., April 10, 2:30 p.m.
 Red Bud Park

BASS Sponsor Expo Fri., April 11, Noon to 6
Red Bud Park

Day 2 weigh-in and cut Fri., April 11, 2:30 p.m.
Red Bud Park

BASS Sponsor Expo Sat., April 12, 10 to 6
Red Bud Park

CastingKids Sat., April 12, 10:30-1:30
Red Bud Park

Day 3 weigh-in and cut Sat., April 12, 3:30 p.m.
Red Bud Park

BASS Sponsor Expo Sun., April 13, 10 to 6
Red Bud Park

Day 4 weigh-in Sun., April 13, 3:30 p.m.
Red Bud Park

ORIGINS OF THE TOUR

While BASS has conducted tournaments since 1967, records for the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer begin with the 1994-95 season, as that was the first year the pro-am tournaments earned points toward the Busch BASS Angler of the Year award.  The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail, which comprises the CITGO Bassmaster Tour and the CITGO Bassmaster Open circuits, is the world's most prestigious tournament series.

There have been 44 different winners on the CITGO Bassmaster Tour. Interestingly, of the five winners this season, while all but Edwin Evers had claimed BASS wins previously (Gary Klein 7; David Wharton, 3; Terry Scroggins, 1 and Skeet Reese, 1), none had claimed a Tour victory prior to this year.

POINTS RACE FOR BUSCH BASS ANGLER OF THE YEAR
Pros will be competing for valuable Busch BASS Angler of the Year points throughout the 2003 season.  Points are awarded based on each angler's finish in an event, with 175 points awarded to the first-place angler and one fewer point as positions descend. An angler must catch at least one bass to earn points.

BUSCH BASS Angler of the Year point Standings (following 7 events)


 001 Bud Pruitt            Texas         991
 002 Roger Boler           La.           975
 003 Kevin VanDam          Mich.         974
 004 Alton Jones           Texas         965
 004 Jay Yelas             Texas         965
 006 Mark Davis            Ark.          957
 007 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr    Fla.          953
 008 Mike Wurm             Ark.          952
 009 John Murray           Ariz.         951
 010 Zell Rowland          Texas         935
 011 Elton Luce Jr.        Texas         928
 012 Mark Kile             Ariz.         927
 013 Brent Chapman         Kan.          924
 014 Dustin Wilks          N.C.          897
 015 Jeff Reynolds         Okla.         893
 016 Gary Klein            Texas         891
 016 Mike Reynolds         Calif.        891
 018 Kelly Jordon          Texas         890
 019 Skeet Reese           Calif.        885
 020 Harold Allen          Texas         871
 021 Todd Faircloth        Texas         854
 022 Ishama Monroe         Calif.        852
 022 Tom Mann, Jr.         Ga.           852
 024 Jay Kendrick          Tenn.         836
 025 Jeff Kriet            Okla.         831
 025 Jack L. Wade          Tenn.         831
 027 Jim Bitter            Fla.          820
 028 Edwin Evers           Okla.         819
 029 Ron Shuffield         Ark.          800
 029 Roland Martin         Fla.          800
 031 Chad Morgenthaler     Ill.          799
 032 Randy Howell          Ala.          794
 033 Kevin Wirth           Ky.           786
 034 Curt Lytle            Va.           784
 035 Tim Horton            Ala.          779
 036 Peter E. Thliveros    Fla.          777
 037 Lance Vick            Texas         772
 038 David Wharton         Texas         770
 039 Mark Tyler            Calif.        757
 039 Takahiro Omori        Texas         757
 039 Stacey D. King        Mo.           757
 042 Tommy Stiles          Tenn.         752
 043 Mark Menendez         Ky.           748
 043 Terry Scroggins       Fla.          748
 045 Jimmy D. Mize         Ark.          738
 045 Joe Thomas            Ohio          738
 047 Pete Ponds            Miss.         737
 047 Gerald Swindle        Ala.          737
 049 Kenyon Hill           Okla.         736
 050 Guy H. Eaker          N.C.          735
 051 Ben Matsubu           Texas         733
 052 Matt Reed             Texas         729
 053 Stephen Browning      Ark.          727
 054 Dalton Bobo           Ala.          718
 055 Woo Daves             Va.           714
 056 Mike Auten            Ky.           713
 057 Allen Armour          Ga.           711
 057 J. T. Kenney          Md.           711
 059 O. T. Fears III       Okla.         696
 060 Brian Snowden         Mo.           682
 061 George Cochran        Ark.          679
 062 Tim Loper             Miss.         678
 063 Ken Cook              Okla.         664
 064 Robert Hamilton Jr.   Miss.         663
 065 Mark Rogers           Fla.          662
 066 Gary Yamamoto         Texas         661
 067 Dennis Kolender       Calif.        656
 068 Koby Kreiger          Fla.          655
 069 Paul L Elias          Miss.         653
 070 Jack A. Gadlage       Nev.          651
 070 Brett Hite            Ariz.         651
 072 Tom Biffle            Okla.         640
 073 Rick Morris           Va.           631
 073 Bernie Schultz        Fla.          631
 075 Rick Taylor           Mich.         627
 076 Marty Stone           N.C.          625
 077 Denny Brauer          Mo.           623
 078 Todd Auten            S.C.          618
 078 Luke Clausen          Wash.         618
 080 Jimmy Reese           Calif.        617
 081 Jason Barber          Texas         613
 082 Ray Sedgwick          S.C.          610
 083 Kyle Mabrey           Ala.          607
 084 Casey Iwai            Ariz.         598
 085 Shonn Blassingame     Texas         597
 086 Charlie Weyer         Calif.        591
 087 Warren Wyman          Calif.        590
 088 Dean Rojas            Texas         582
 089 Danny Kirk            Ga.           578
 090 Robert Lee            Calif.        575
 090 Kotaro Kiriyama       N.J.          575
 092 Chad Brauer           Mo.           555
 092 Randall R Romig       Pa.           555
 094 Yusuke Miyazaki       Texas         551
 095 Michael Iaconelli     N.J.          549
 096 Jason Quinn           S.C.          548
 097 David Fritts          N.C.          547
 098 Byron Velvick         Nev.          528
 099 Charles Hammack       Texas         525
 100 Charlie Hartley       Ohio          524

CITGO INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

CITGO Rookie of the Year award
Newcomers to the Tour this season have the opportunity to earn not only a $10,000 bonus, but also the title of CITGO Rookie of the Year. CITGO will reward the Tour's top newcomer based on final standing in the Busch BASS Angler of the Year program at the 2003 CITGO Bassmasters Classic.

Mark Kile of Arizona leads the race for the CITGO Rookie of the Year award.

2003 CITGO Rookie of the Year Standings (After 7 events)

1. Mark Kile Ariz. 927
2. Jeff Reynolds Okla. 893
3. Mike Reynolds Calif. 891
4. Jay Kendrick Tenn. 836
5. Chad Morgenthaler Ill. 799
6. Lance Vick Texas 772
7. Terry Scroggins Fla. 748
8. Pete Ponds Miss. 737
9. Matt Reed Texas 729
10. J.T. Kenney Md. 711

CITGO Horizon Award
At the conclusion of the 2003 season, CITGO will reward the angler that posts the greatest improvement over the 2002 season. During the festivities surrounding the CITGO Bassmasters Classic this August in New Orleans, the winning angler will receive a check for $25,000.

2003 CITGO Horizon Award Standings (After 7 events)

Place Angler State Improvement from 2002
1. Wade, Jack Tenn. 100
2. Omori, Takahiro Texas 99
2. Boler, Roger La. 99
2. Bitter, Jim Fla. 99
5. Tyler, Mark Calif. 93
6. Loper, Tim Miss. 92
7. Lytle, Curt Va. 87
8. Grigsby, Shaw Fla. 82
9. Stiles, Tommy Tenn. 76
10. Monroe, Ishama Ariz. 67

THE LAST TIME OUT
California's Robert Lee became the first angler in BASS history to win four consecutive events on one fishery by weighing in a four-day total of 86 pounds, 8 ounces on the San Joaquin Delta near Stockton, Calif.

SEASON SUPERLATIVES

HEAVIEST WINNING WEIGHT
Zell Rowland Santee Cooper Lakes (S.C.) 98-9

HEAVIEST BASS WEIGHED IN
Jay Yelas Lake Seminole (Ga.) 10-4

LARGEST ONE-DAY CATCH
Ray Sedgwick Day 1 Santee Cooper (S.C.) 31-2

HEAVIEST TOTAL WEIGHT TOURNAMENT (FIELD)
Santee Cooper Lakes  (S.C.) 4,971-4

MOST NUMBER OF LIMITS (FIELD)
Lake Okeechobee (Fla.) 227

MOST NUMBER OF BASS CAUGHT (FIELD)
Lake Okeechobee (Fla.) 1,492

BASS IN CALIFORNIA
BASS has previously conducted nine events in California including two on  Clear Lake. This is the second of two BASS events on the Tour's West Coast swing.

THE LAST TIME IN CALIFORNIA
Aaron Martens claimed victory in the CITGO Bassmaster Western Open on Clear Lake in BASS' last visit to the Golden State in April of 2002. Interestingly, that event had the distinction of being the final draw style tournament in BASS history where two pros fished together out of the same boat.

IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS
Gary Klein recently became the seventh member of the BASS Millionaires Club when he won the CITGO Bassmaster Tour event on Lake Seminole. Other members of the elite group include Denny Brauer, Rick Clunn, Larry Nixon, Shaw Grigsby, Kevin VanDam and Jay Yelas.

TOP 10 ALL-TIME MONEY WINNERS

1. Denny Brauer $1,650,652
2. Larry Nixon $1,521,734
3. Rick Clunn $1,513,170
4. Shaw Grigsby $1,183,655
5. Kevin VanDam $1,151,350
6. Jay Yelas $1,106,532
7. Gary Klein $1,074,444
8. Roland Martin $   924,642
9. George Cochran $   862,576
10. Ron Shuffield $   853,996


BASS SPONSOR EXPO
A new component of the CITGO Bassmaster Tour events this season is the interactive BASS Sponsor Expo area. Sponsors present exhibits, many of which are interactive and provide an enjoyable experience for all family members. The Expos are free to those attending and take place from noon until 6 p.m. on Fridays; and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at each Tour stop.

CASTINGKIDS
The Bassmaster CastingKids program presented by Chevy Trucks and CITGO will hold a competition prior to Saturday's weigh-in. From 10:30 until 1:30, youngsters ages 7-14 will have the opportunity to pitch, flip and cast a lure in this popular program. Local winners will advance to state competition and state winners will compete for valuable scholarships including a $5,000 scholarship to the champions in both the 7-10 and 11-14 age groups.

The event will be conducted by the Chico Bassmasters. Members of the BASS Federation will also be on hand to provide youngsters with instruction in the proper techniques for flipping, pitching and casting.

CLASSIC QUALIFIERS
The following list of anglers have already qualified for this August's CITGO Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, La. through the CITGO Bassmaster Open series which took place last fall.

>From the CITGO Bassmaster Northern Division:
Koby Kreiger, Indiana
Lee Bailey, Connecticut
Michael Iaconelli, New Jersey
Randall Romig, Pennsylvania
David LeFebre, Pennsylvania

>From the CITGO Bassmaster Central Division:
Greg Hackney, Louisiana
Edwin Evers, Oklahoma
Mike Gough, Florida
Homer Humphreys, Louisiana
Chad Morganthaler, Illinois

>From the CITGO Bassmaster Southern Division:
Jason Quinn, South Carolina
Wesley Strader, Tennessee
Todd Auten, South Carolina
Michael Johnson, Georgia
Tom Hamlin, Georgia

Additionally, if the reigning CITGO Bassmaster Classic Champion, Jay Yelas, and the reigning Busch BASS Angler of the Year, Davy Hite, do not earn berths based on their 2003 performance, they will receive automatic entry into the event.

2003 CITGO BASSMASTER TOUR SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Site: Harris Chain of Lakes - Leesburg, Fla.
Winner: Skeet Reese 15-2

Site: Lake Okeechobee - Okeechobee, Fla.
Winner: Terry Scroggins 62-2

Site: Lake Seminole - Bainbridge, Ga.
Winner: Gary Klein 69-15

Site: Toledo Bend Reservoir - Many, La.
Winner: David Wharton 32-6*

Site: Lake Eufaula - Eufaula, Ala.
Winner: Edwin Evers 73-5

Site: Santee Cooper Reservoir - Manning, S.C.
Winner: Zell Rowland 98-9

Site: San Joaquin River Delta - Stockton, Calif.
Winner: Robert Lee 86-8

Site: *Clear Lake - Clearlake, Calif.
Competition Days: April 10, 11, 12, 13, 2003
Practice Days: April 7, 8, 9, 2003

Site: Lake Hamilton - Hot Springs, Ark.
Competition Days: May 1, 2, 3, 4, 2003
Practice Days: April 28, 29, 30, 2003

Site: *Alabama River - Montgomery, Ala.
Competition Days: May 22, 23, 24, 25, 2003
Practice Days: May 19, 20, 21, 2003

*designates Showdown events

BASS ON THE INTERNET
For information and news about BASS events, www.bassmaster.com is available to members of the media and the general public and provides daily wrap-ups and standings from each event as well as schedules of events and other BASS news. 

BASS SPONSORS
Sponsors of the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Busch Beer, Chevrolet Trucks, Yamaha Outboards, Mercury Marine, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Kumho Tires, Progressive Boat Insurance, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Diamond Cut Jeans, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, and BASS Platinum Visa/First USA.

Associate Sponsors include Bass Cat Boats, G3 Boats and Bryant Heating and Cooling.

Sponsored locally by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information contact: BASS Communications at (334) 551-2375.