The “Delta Summer Shootout – Best of Both Bites” Event to be Held in Stockton

The summer months are often referred to by bass anglers as the “dog days of summer,” a phrase that actually dates back to Egyptians astrologers, who when observing Sirius – the “dog star”, noted that it could always be seen rising alongside the sun during the summer months and quickly surmised that the star provided extra heat and humidity to the air, which of course, they believed, made the days hotter.

In modern times however, most prognosticating bass anglers say that the hot, so-called “dog days” of summer, are the reason that largemouth bass head for deeper, cooler temperatures, where they are extremely difficult catch. And for most anglers, we are only left with two choices. Either spend the day baking in the hot sun while you dropshot for fish that you believe have moved to deeper water…or simply put away your bass boat for the summer and wait for the cooler temperatures of fall to arrive.

But hold on….you now have third choice.

Go get your boat, load it up with lots of top water offerings such as big frogs, giant buzzbaits, wake baits, and loud Zara spooks, and get ready for an event that will help re-define the meaning of the “dog days” of summer.

What event? …..The “Delta Summer Shootout – Best of Both Bites” event, a regular season two-day event to be held Saturday, August 18th, and Sunday, August 19th on the California delta and launching going out of Stockton.

A “Best of both Bites” format

How often do you get the opportunity to fish in a tournament that presents you with the most opportunities to compete for those “BIG BITES” that you know mostly occur during the late evening hours, where YOU KNOW the big monster bass are usually most active, and then – the next day, apply those same top water techniques to the summer morning hours where YOU KNOW the summer top water bite is always at its best!

Well here is your chance as this will be a regular season event that combines both the FPT’s northern region with the central region, providing a challenge like none other, AND providing anglers with a big payout from the large field of anglers participating.

On Saturday, day one, anglers will blast off at 1:00pm with the first weigh-in commencing at 7:00pm. All weights for that day will be calculated, and carried over to the following day where anglers will then blast off at safelight to begin that day’s competition. The 2nd day weigh-in period will start around 11:00am, after which we will crown the event’s champions who will be featured in the FPT’s television broadcast of the event two weeks later!

Get your sleep – AND get your grub on!

Everyone will concede that today’s challenging economy has made it more difficult for anglers to take off from work early to fish. And for those that can’t take off early, the idea of getting up to go fish just mere hours from when they arrived, can make for a long day.

The format of this event allows you to go to work on Friday, hang out with the family, get your rest and THEN get up the next day and enjoy a relaxing drive to the delta! Even better is that when you arrive to the official registration location, all anglers will be treated to a delicious FREE BBQ lunch beginning at 11:00am, courtesy of the C&C Marine!

While you enjoy your lunch, you will be able to participate in our annual Angler Expo where we will host seminars featuring some of the best professional anglers – that are true “Delta Rats” and participate in major events on the California delta such as Mike Tuck, Zack Thompson, Charlie Alamassey, and Jeff Huth. Also, many of the FPT’s big sponsors will be at the Expo so you will be able to see and sample, free product and services from those sponsors.


The first 100 teams to sign up will receive anglers will also receive:

·         Free pack of premium Gamakatsu hooks

·         Free Frog hook swap-out with Gamakatsu hooks (one per angler)

·         Free Berkley HAVOC or Chigger Craw bait

·         Coupons for Yamamoto Baits

·         Salamander Sinker Drop shot weights

–         FREE software updates for your Fish Finders

–         FREE software updates for your Navionics chips


There will also be a HUGE raffle for tons of premium prizes such as:

·         Chevron gas cards –  Fish Finder – On-board battery charger – Rods – Reels – Florocarbon line

·         8-hour tour of Napa Valley in a Luxury Limosine (ladies only raffle)

And much more!

So stop worrying about how to beat the heat of the “dog days of summer”, and let’s get “READY TO RUMBLE” as the FPT presents the “Delta Summer Shootout – Best Bite” event which is sure to bring out the best in anyone that desires to catch BIG FISH on top water during the summertime.

For more information about this exciting event, lodging options, and to find out how you can participate, please visit the Future Pro Tour website, or call the FPT offices ANYTIME and we will be happy to provide you with all the information you need.

See you all there!


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·         Thunder Valley Casino Resort

·         Nationwide Insurance

·         Ranger Boats

·         Evinrude Outboards

·         NAVIONICS

·         Johnson Outodoors – featuring Humminbird /Minn Kota

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·         River2Sea USA

·         Gamakatsu USA

·         The Fish Sniffer

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·         ABU Garcia

·         Yamamoto Custom Baits

·         Kinami Baits

·         Lucky Craft

·         West Marine

·         Snag Proof

·         MAACO Auto Painting

·         Dobyns Rods

·         Billy Chapman Jr’s Anglers Inn International

·         Roboworms

·         C&C Marine – Citrus Heights/Modesto

·         Anglers Marine – Anaheim/San Diego

·         Marine Unlimited – Petaluma

·         Fisherman’s Warehouse – Sac, Manteca/Fresno/San Jose and now online!

·         Hook, Line & Sinker – Oakley/Bethel and now online!

·         Walton’s Pond – San Leandro

·         Outdoor Pro Shops – Ronhert Park/Oakland and now online!

·         Comfort Suites of Oakley

·         Adventure Memories – Go Pro Cameras

·         Destiny Wine Tours of Napa Valley

·         Boomerang Tools

·         Fat’s Asian Bistro




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Mark Lassagne, born and raised in California is the creator of the popular, BASS ANGLER magazine. Mark a skillful professional angler, outdoor writer, promoter and top competitor on the western tournament circuits.


  1. Great idea to hold a tournament that includes fishing time in the later afternoon. With free BBQ lunch and excellent prizes, sounds like a great tourney!

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