Written by Patrick Friedman, Edited by Kaylan Stedman
It was a cold, dark December morning at Diamond Valley Lake. The light sticks of about 90 boats lit up the marina. They were the lights of fisherman, all gathered to participate in a derby and share the passion for freshwater bass fishing. This derby, an Anglers Marine tournament, took place on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Anglers Marine is a premier boat dealership in Southern California, and they have established a tournament circuit exclusively for their customers. In addition, in an effort to show customer appreciation, 100% of the entry fees get paid back to the winner.
At the tournament, the hopeful anglers were ready and waiting for sunrise, which would signal what is called the “blast-off”. This is when fisherman get released to start the tournament in an order randomly selected. While waiting for their turn in the blast-off, most just pray no one is headed to “their” spot.
As the tournament began the fishermen, and the last boats took off onto Diamond Valley Lake, the behind-the-scenes work started. As I was watching some fisherman catch fish to the left of the marina, I noticed a man on a boat handing out food in the early morning light. This was none other than Rick Grover, the owner of Anglers Marine. It is a seemingly random, yet much appreciated reward that Grover enjoys giving out to the participants.
As morning turned into early afternoon, over at the Anglers Marine trailer the helpful staff began getting ready for the weigh-in. A big barbeque was smoking with a compelling scent drifting nearby. This free barbeque was run by Jordan, and he had seemed to have done this more than a few times before. I can attest that indeed the food on the barbeque tasted as delicious as it smelled.
As anglers came in to weigh their fish, you could make a pretty good guess about how their day went just based off of their facial expressions. Whether a fishermen experienced a tough bite or not, luckily no one left empty handed. As anglers got food, they also passed by the Water Boats Bass booth to pick up free gifts. Water Boats Bass is an effort on behalf of the Metropolitan Water District and the Sportfishing Conservancy to celebrate and appreciate Diamond Valley Lake bass fishing. Anglers picked up Water Boats Bass shirts, bottles, and hats. They also got a brochure explaining all of the perks Water Boats Bass has for fisherman, which include DVL updates and future rewards for catching big fish. The social media influencers known as the Bass Bros. volunteered at the booth to help celebrate fisherman by handing out the free swag. All and all, at the end of the day fisherman stood around with full bellies and big smiles. Fishing is just a way to enjoy the outdoors and be around some of the most remarkable people you will ever meet.
We, on behalf of Water Boats Bass, would like to thank everyone involved with making this happen. Thank you to Anglers Marine for putting on such an amazing event at Diamond Valley Lake. Thank you to the Sportfishing Conservancy and Metropolitan Water District for coming together to celebrate Diamond Valley Lake anglers. Thank you to the Diamond Valley Lake Marina staff for collaborating with us and making the process of setting up at the tournament much easier. Thank you to the Bass Bros. for being at the booth and helping to voice our gratitude to fellow bass fisherman. Water Boats Bass will be doing more events, so please keep up with our social media to stay informed!
For more information about these organizations:
Anglers Marine: https://www.anglersmarine.com/
Diamond Valley Lake Marina: http://www.dvlake.com/
The Sportfishing Conservancy: https://sportfishingconservancy.org/
Bass Bros. Fishing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8E8iCmfoctFhUAkoDC2Fuw
Metropolitan Water District: http://www.mwdh2o.com/