Sonora Bass Club’s Josh Parris won his second straight Angler of the Year honor in 2016 but will have some ground to make up for a run at a three-peat after Team Sheppard won the group’s first event of the new year.
Parris didn’t place in the top three on Dec. 17 in the Tournament of Champions at New Hogan Reservoir, which features club’s top 10 teams, but he did enough throughout the year to claim the top award.
Bob and Dustin Hemphill won the TOC with 13.55 pounds of bass. Jerry and Patty McGowan were second with 11.67 pounds, which also included the biggest fish at 4.74 pounds. Bob and Cheryl Harskamp were third with 10.12 pounds.
Randy and Tami Sheppard took top honors Saturday in the club’s opening derby at New Melones Reservoir. It was rescheduled from the previous week due to weather and Team Sheppard bested a field of 21 boats that launched on a foggy and cold morning from Glory Hole Point.
The duo caught 18.01 pounds of bass, which included the big fish, a 9.43-pounder.
Rounding out the top five were Team Hemphill with 16.28 pounds, George Broekema and Pat Griswold with 14.76 pounds, Josh Parris and Jeremiah Payne with 13.50 pounds and Jim Junette, who fished alone, with 12.17 pounds.
All total, 104 fish were caught totaling 231.85 pounds. All were released alive.