BassFan – Right Depth, Wind Were Keys For Gutierrez

Greg Gutierrez was nearly 5 pounds out of the lead after day 1 of the Lake Shasta FLW Western Costa Series, but ended up winning by almost that same margin. PHOTO: FLW

Greg Gutierrez was nearly 5 pounds out of the lead after day 1 of the Lake Shasta FLW Western Costa Series, but ended up winning by almost that same margin. PHOTO: FLW

By John Johnson
BassFan Senior Editor

Conditions set up just right for Greg Gutierrez at last week’s Lake Shasta FLW Western Costa Series, and the retired firefighter and former Bassmaster Elite Series pro won the event on his home lake throwing a shaky-head that he created.

Gutierrez found a lot of big fish hanging in the 30-foot depth range during practice, and the nasty weather that plagued the event – which followed an extended period of spring-like conditions – ensured that they stayed there. He did most of his work with a finesse worm attached to a 1/4-ounce Frenzy Nail stand-up jighead that took 3 years of testing and refining before it was ready to bring to market.

The Red Bluff, Calif. resident was nearly 5 pounds behind leader Richard Dobyns after day 1, but was dominant the rest of the way to leave the remainder of the field nearly 5 pounds in his wake at the end. His 13 1/2-pound-per-day average wasn’t eye-popping by high-level tournament standards, but it was stout on a lake that’s primarily a spotted bass fishery and in weather that was a lot more suited for duck hunting than fishing.

The win was the two-time Classic qualifier’s most significant victory since a Bassmaster Open triumph at the same venue in 2004. Following are some of the details of how he achieved it.