The prognosticators were right. The California Delta is not the waterway it has been–at least right now–and the weights in today’s Stren Series (click here) contest confirm it. Tami Curtis Jennings (Tami on Tour) sits in a 16th place tie among co-anglers with 11 pounds, 5 ounces–but that’s just 6 ounces out of a top 10 spot!

The draw was kind to Tami as she was paired with the young, but expert John Billheimer, Jr. who holds down ninth place among the pros after weighing in 17 pounds, 14 ounces. As you might guess, Tami’s day had its tense moments. “My pro already had three fish in the boat when I got my first one about 30 minutes into the morning,” she told me just a few minutes ago. “But my first one was my biggest (a 4-12 that fell for a black/blue Senko).”

The top co-angler weight was actually four ounces more than the pro leader (Ish Monroe), but the contest is way too close to call. “It was a slow bite,” said Tami, though she was upbeat. “I’m pretty excited about the day.”

I also caught up with SoCal’s legendary Mike Folkestad, and his 15 pounds even is just 6 pounds out in the pro division–hardly anything by Delta standards. I asked him about why the bite is so tough and he was somewhat at a loss to explain things. “We’re in the post-spawn,” he said, “and I don’t know if the fish are there or not. I don’t see them. I don’t know if they’re suspended. If not, then maybe there are not as many fish here as there have been.”

Friday will be “moving day for” the field. Tomorrow evening we’ll know who’s on ’em and who isn’t.


One Response to “Delta Stren Series tough; Tami stays close”

by Rich Thiel

Tami should do well tomorrow. She drew a local, and if Mike can do the same tomorrow, he’ll also do well. The fish are changing everyday. TIDE!!!!!!!