Double-digit largemouth weighed in tournament at Lower Otay



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.

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.