Local Fishing Team Takes on the Delta

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG)  |  By Rich Peters, MPG Editor
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Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors. Photo by Barry Sibert

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Folsom Bass Team took on the Delta waters on a perfect spring day for a fishing tournament. Boats were launched and fish were weighed in at the Delta Loop’s B&W Resort for the team’s May tournament.

Jerry Lawler and Marshal Smith took home first place honors with a big fish of 7.27 pounds and a total weight of 22.03 pounds.

Tom Manley and Michael Allen placed in second with a big fish of 5.40 pounds and a total of 19.96. Allen credited Manley for his familiarity with the waters. “He took us to the right spot,” said Allen.

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors.

Overall, the 19 boats and 38 fishermen caught 88 fish combining for 207.25 pounds on the day, averaging 2.36 pounds per fish.

Ryan McGinnis currently ranks atop the team’s Angler of the Year standings, followed by Pat Rounds and Mike Bugliarello. With their second place finish, Michael Allen and Tom Manley have moved into the top 10 overall and now rank eighth and tenth place, respectively.

“The Folsom Bass Team started in 1988 as a group of Folsom prison guards who had a passion for bass fishing. In fact, the club meetings used to be held at the prison itself,” according to the team’s mission statement. “Since its humble beginnings the membership has grown and we now have members of all skill level and age. FBT’s mission is to provide its members opportunities to learn about bass fishing in our local area through monthly meetings and tournaments. We emphasize the camaraderie and fun that comes from the sport of bass fishing.”

Now in its 30th year, the team has seen a lot of faces come and go throughout the decades, but one thing remains the same – no one reveals any secrets. “We were all tight lipped back then,” said Kris Sisto, an original member and former correctional officer himself. “Now, everybody lies.”

The team’s next tournament is a two day event on June 2 and 3 at Lake Shasta’s Bridge Bay.

For more information visit www.folsombassteam.com.