Jimmy Decker & Tracy Viloria, 1st place finish in SWBA Offshore Island Challenge

Mon, 01/19/2009

The SWBA held their two day California Offshore Challenge last week in tough winter conditions at Catalina Island. The best calico bass anglers along the Southern California coast competed in 2 person teams / 5 fish per a day total weight format.

Day 1 Decker and Tracy were actually field testing a pair of Revo Winch prototypes, spooled with #65 Ultracast, Techna AV rods, and 7” Gulp! Jerk Shads. They weighed in 20.39 lbs end of the day and were in 5th place. The film crew from Inside Sportfishing rode along on Jimmy’s Everglade and captured the all the calico bass action.

Going into Day 2 they were 7 lbs below the Day 1 leaders. Decker decided to fish the same zone on Day 2 and got into a ‘ripping’ bite on the 7” Gulp! jerk shads fished really tight to the island. At one time they had a double going that went 11 lbs for two fish and continued to fish hard to reach their 5 fish limit with Tracy catching a personal best going 7.43 lbs. Decker and Tracy made the 12pm weigh-in with 25.53 lbs for a two day total of 45.92 lbs. Their competitors had tough fishing on Day 2 while Decker / Tracy ended up winning the tournament by 4 lbs and $3,600 in prize money.

Congratulations Jimmy Decker and Tracy Viloria for ‘back to back’ WINS on the SWBA circuit.