Double-digit largemouth weighed in tournament at Lower Otay

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BY MIKE STEVENS

CHULA VISTA— Despite the obvious presence of active bass at Lower Otay Reservoir, fishing seems to be up on one day and down the next but a double-digit largemouth caught in a tournament last weekend raised eyebrows in the San Diego bassing community.

Bruce Smith caught an 11.27-pound bucketmouth that highlighted a 25.06-pound, 5-fish bag in a San Diego Bassmasters event held on Nov. 4. That locked up the tourney win for Smith, and his backseater, Brandon Moreno, took third place with a 14.77-pound bag with a 5.5-pound kicker.

A great day for those guys for sure, but according to lake staffers the bite has been fair on average for 6- to 12-inch bass. The good news is, they are showing up more frequently –especially in the coves – and biting drop-shots and shaky heads.

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BRUCE SMITH shows off an 11.27-pound Lower Otay largemouth that capped off a 25.06-pound bag that secured a win in the final San Diego Bassmasters event of the season.
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