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Southwestern Tournament Results

Front row: Michael Han (SJF); Chi Quang (OCC), Elaine Gong (OCC), Julie Hanada (SJF), Glen Nagumo (SJF).
Back row: Cindy Han (SJF), Ralph Hardin (OCC), Glen Ozawa (OCC), Austin Emmerling (OCC), Chris Korich (OCC), Henry Mittel (OCC). Not pictured: John Thiele (OCC).

The annual Southwestern Tournament, hosted each year by the Long Beach Casting Club, took place over the Presidents’ Day weekend. Braving the strongest storm in at least 8 years, 10 casters from The Oakland Casting Club and the San Jose Flycasters were on hand bright and early (albeit a bit damp) at the LBCC facility early Saturday morning. Amid downed trees, huge puddles and muddy conditions, the Tournament was efficiently run with great camaraderie, fine competition, and good food.

Representing The Oakland Casting Club: Glen Ozawa, Chris Korich, Henry Mittel, Elaine Gong, Ralph Hardin, John Thiele and Austin Emmerling. The neighboring club, The San Jose Flycasters, had Glen Nagumo, and first-time casters Michael Han and Julie Hamada representing SJF. This club will host the next American Casting Association National Tournament in August 2017.

      

Intermittent rain and ever-changing strong winds challenged the casters during the first event: Trout Fly Accuracy. OCC members took the top 5 places in the ‘A’ Division (all scoring 94 or better), with Chris Korich taking first place; 1st and 3rd place in the ‘B’ Division also went to OCC members. First-time Southwestern Tournament participants from the San Jose Flycasters, Michael Han (a student of Chris Korich) and Julie Hanada (coached by Glen Nagumo), took 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, in the ‘C’ Division. Although conditions were constantly changing and challenging for competitors, the tournament went along smoothly, and complete results are posted at the end of this article.

As befitting the difficulties of driving to the event and dealing with the conditions, only one perfect score was posted for the entire 2 days. Chris shot a perfect 100 points in ‘A’ Division Wet Fly, to best LBCC’s Mark Tsunawaki and Henry Mittel who both shot 98’s, then 96 and 95, respectively, in the cast-off.

Chris Korich and Henry Mittel battled all weekend for dominance, and in the end, Henry edged Chris by ONE point in the fight for the All Accuracy title (776 to 775 points out of a possible 800).

All casters and guests were treated to wonderful meals throughout the tournament, and Long Beach members, especially the “Three Marks” (Mark Lipe, Mark Tsunawaki and Mark Flo), handled the logistics of the 10 casting games with great skill and efficiency that was much appreciated by all participants. We all enjoyed another amazing weekend in Long Beach, despite Mother Nature.

We hope to host many casters at the ‘Northwestern Tournament’, October 21 and 22, 2017 at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Although we can’t predict the weather conditions, we can promise another great tournament with challenging competitions when we meet in the Fall.

Trout Fly - A Casters

A Casters Trout Fly (Cast-offs)
1 Chris Korich 99
2 Henry Mittel 96
3 Glen Ozawa 95 (94)
4 Ralph Hardin 95 (90)
5 John Thiele 94
6 Mike Miller 92
7 Mark Lipe 90
8 Glen Nagumo 89
9 Rick Hilles 87
10 Mark Tsunawaki 85
11 Mark Flo 82

 

Trout Fly - B Casters

B Casters Trout Fly
1 Elaine Gong 86
2 Ed Tamson 83
3 Austin Emmerling 78

 

Trout Fly - C Casters

C Casters Trout Fly
1 Colin Kumabe 84
2 Michael Han 83
3 Julie Hanada 65

 

Bass Bug - A Casters

A Casters Bass Bug (Cast-offs)
1 Chris Korich 98
2 Mark Tsunawaki 96
3 Henry Mittel 95 (98)
4 Mike Miller 95 (90)
5 Ralph Hardin 94
5 John Thiele 94
7 Glen Nagumo 89
8 Mark Flo 88
8 Rick Hilles 88

 

Bass Bug - B Casters

B Casters Bass Bug
1 Glen Ozawa 94
2 Christopher Walker 91
3 Mark Lipe 90
4 Austin Emmerling 87
5 Elaine Gong 86
6 Ed Tamson 83

 

Bass Bug - C Casters

C Casters Bass Bug
1 Colin Kumabe 83

 

1/4 oz Acc. - A Casters

A Casters 1/4 oz. Acc.
1 Henry Mittel 96
2 Chris Korich 94
3 Mark Tsunawaki 91
4 Glen Nagumo 82

 

1/4 oz Acc. - B Casters

B Casters 1/4 oz. Acc.
1 Mark Lipe 92
2 Christopher Walker 90
3 Elaine Gong 84
4 Mark Flo 82
5 Austin Emmerling 81

 

Open Plug - A Casters

A Casters Open Plug
1 Henry Mittel 97
2 Chris Korich 94
3 Glen Nagumo 88
4 Mark Tsunawaki 85

 

 

Open Plug - B Casters

B Casters Open Plug
1 Mark Lipe 96
2 Austin Emmerling 90
3 Elaine Gong 86
4 Mark Flo 85

 

Angler's Fly - A Casters

A Casters Angler's Fly
1 Henry Mittel 158
2 Chris Korich 142
3 Glen Nagumo 131
4 Mark Tsunawaki 128

 

Angler's Fly - B Casters

B Casters Angler's Fly (Second Cast)
1 Mark Flo 111 (106)
2 Austin Emmerling 111 (101)
3 Ed Tamson 110
4 Don Huseman 106
5 Elaine Gong 90

 

 

1/4 oz Dist. - A Casters

A Casters 1/4 oz Dist.
1 Henry Mittel 234*
2 Chris Korich 201+
3 Mark Tsunawaki 160+
4 Glen Nagumo 139+

 

1/4 oz Dist. - B Casters

B Casters 1/4 oz Dist.
1 Mark Flo 180*
2 Austin Emmerling 144+

 

1/4 oz Dist. - C Casters

C Casters 1/4 oz Dist.
1 Colin Kumabe 167*
2 Elaine Gong 126+

 

All Distance Combination

Caster Combination Angler's Fly 1/4 oz Dist.
1 Henry Mittel 392 158 234
2 Chris Korich 343 142 201
3 Mark Flo 291 111 180
4 Mark Tsunawaki 288 128 160
5 Glen Nagumo 270 131 139
6 Austin Emmerling 255 111 144
7 Elaine Gong 216 90 126
8 Colin Kumabe 167 - 167
9 Ed Tamson 110 110 -
10 Don Huseman 106 106 -

 

Dry Fly - A Casters

A Casters Dry Fly (Cast-offs)
1 Henry Mittel 98
2 Chris Korich 97 (99)
3 Glen Nagumo 97 (98)
4 Mike Miller 97 (96)
4 Ralph Hardin 97 (96)
6 Glen Ozawa 96
7 John Thiele 95
7 Mark Tsunawaki 95
9 Mark Lipe 93
10 Mark Flo 90
11 Rick Hilles 84

 

Dry Fly - B Casters

B Casters Dry Fly
1 Eric Callow 95
2 Christopher Walker 94
3 Elaine Gong 92
4 Austin Emmerling 87
5 Ed Tamson 85

 

Dry Fly - C Casters

C Casters Dry Fly
1 Michael Han 91
2 Colin Kumabe 90
3 Julie Hanada 74

 

Wet Fly - A Casters

A Casters Wet Fly (Cast-offs)
1 Chris Korich 100
2 Mark Tsunawaki 98 (96)
3 Henry Mittel 98 (95)
4 Ralph Hardin 95
4 Glen Ozawa 95
6 Rick Hilles 93
7 Glen Nagumo 92
7 Mike Miller 92
9 Mark Lipe 90

 

Wet Fly - B Casters

B Casters Wet Fly
1 Mark Flo 97
2 Ed Tamson 96
3 Elaine Gong 93
4 Christopher Walker 89
4 Eric Callow 89
6 Austin Emmerling 86

 

Wet Fly - C Casters

C Casters Wet Fly
1 Colin Kumabe 87
2 Michael Han 86

 

3/8 oz Acc. - A Casters

A Casters 3/8 oz Acc. (Cast-offs)
1 Henry Mittel 98
2 Chris Korich 96
3 Mark Tsunawaki 92(95)
4 Glen Nagumo 92(94)
5 Bob Middo 86

 

3/8 oz Acc. - B Casters

B Casters 3/8 oz Acc.
1 Mark Flo 90
2 Austin Emmerling 89
3 Mark Lipe 87
4 Elaine Gong 81

 

3/8 oz Acc. - C Casters

C Casters 3/8 oz Acc.
1 Michael Han 80

 

 

5/8 oz Acc. - A Casters

A Casters 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Henry Mittel 98
2 Chris Korich 97
3 Glen Nagumo 92
4 Mark Tsunawaki 89
4 Bob Middo 89

 

5/8 oz Acc. - B Casters

B Casters 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Mark Lipe 88
2 Austin Emmerling 86
3 Elaine Gong 85
3 Mark Flo 85

 

5/8 oz Acc. - C Casters

C Casters 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Michael Han 85

 

Saturday Accuracy

Caster Combination Trout Fly Bass Bug 1/4 oz. Acc. Open Plug
1 Chris Korich 385 99 98 94 94
2 Henry Mittel 384 96 95 96 97
3 Mark Lipe 368 90 90 92 96
4 Mark Tsunawaki 357 85 96 91 85
5 Glen Nagumo 348 89 89 82 88
6 Elaine Gong 342 86 86 84 86
7 Mark Flo 337 82 88 82 85
8 Austin Emmerling 336 78 87 81 90
9 Christopher Walker 271 90 91 90 -
10 Glen Ozawa 189 95 94 - -
10 Ralph Hardin 189 95 94 - -
12 John Thiele 188 94 94 - -
13 Mike Miller 187 92 95 - -
14 Rick Hilles 175 87 88 - -
15 Colin Kumabe 167 84 83 - -
16 Ed Tamson 166 83 83 - -
17 Michael Han 83 83 - - -
18 Julie Hanada 65 65 - - -

 

Sunday Accuracy

Caster Combination Dry Fly Wet Fly 3/8 oz Acc. 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Henry Mittel 392 98 98 98 98
2 Chris Korich 390 97 100 96 97
3 Mark Tsunawaki 374 95 98 92 89
4 Glen Nagumo 373 97 92 92 92
5 Mark Flo 362 90 97 90 85
6 Mark Lipe 358 93 90 87 88
7 Elaine Gong 351 92 93 81 85
8 Austin Emmerling 348 87 86 89 86
9 Michael Han 342 91 86 80 85
10 Ralph Hardin 192 97 95 - -
11 Glen Ozawa 191 96 95 - -
12 Mike Miller 189 97 92 - -
13 Eric Callow 184 95 89 - -
14 Christopher Walker 183 94 89 - -
15 Ed Tamson 181 85 96 - -
16 Rick Hilles 177 84 93 - -
16 Colin Kumabe 177 90 87 - -
18 Bob Middo 175 - - 86 89
19 John Thiele 95 95 - - -
20 Julie Hanada 74 74 - - -


All Fly Accuracy

Caster Combination Trout Fly Bass Bug Dry Fly Wet Fly
1 Chris Korich 394 99 98 97 100
2 Henry Mittel 387 96 95 98 98
3 Ralph Hardin 381 95 94 97 95
4 Glen Ozawa 380 95 94 96 95
5 Mike Miller 376 92 95 97 92
6 Mark Tsunawaki 374 85 96 95 98
7 Glen Nagumo 367 89 89 97 92
8 Christopher Walker 364 90 91 94 89
9 Mark Lipe 363 90 90 93 90
10 Elaine Gong 357 86 86 92 93
10 Mark Flo 357 82 88 90 97
12 Rick Hilles 352 87 88 84 93
13 Ed Tamson 347 83 83 85 96
14 Colin Kumabe 344 84 83 90 87
15 Austin Emmerling 338 78 87 87 86
16 John Thiele 283 94 94 95 -
17 Michael Han 260 83 - 91 86
18 Eric Callow 184 - - 95 89

 

 

All Accuracy

Caster Combo Trout Fly Bass Bug 1/4 oz. Acc. Open Plug Dry Fly Wet Fly 3/8 oz Acc. 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Henry Mittel 776 96 95 96 97 98 98 98 98
2 Chris Korich 775 99 98 94 94 97 100 96 97
3 Mark Tsunawaki 731 85 96 91 85 95 98 92 89
4 Mark Lipe 726 90 90 92 96 93 90 87 88
5 Glen Nagumo 721 89 89 82 88 97 92 92 92
6 Mark Flo 699 82 88 82 85 90 97 90 85
7 Elaine Gong 693 86 86 84 86 92 93 81 85
8 Austin Emmerling 684 78 87 81 90 87 86 89 86
9 Christopher Walker 454 90 91 90 - 94 89 - -
10 Michael Han 425 83 - - - 91 86 80 85
11 Ralph Hardin 381 95 94 - - 97 95 - -
12 Glen Ozawa 380 95 94 - - 96 95 - -
13 Mike Miller 376 92 95 - - 97 92 - -
14 Rick Hilles 352 87 88 - - 84 93 - -
15 Ed Tamson 347 83 83 - - 85 96 - -
16 Colin Kumabe 344 84 83 - - 90 87 - -
17 John Thiele 283 94 94 - - 95 - - -
18 Eric Callow 184 - - - - 95 89 - -
19 Bob Middo 175 - - - - - - 86 89
20 Julie Hanada 139 65 - - - 74 - - -

 

All Around

Caster All-Around Trout Fly Bass Bug 1/4 oz. Acc. Open Plug Angler's Fly 1/4 oz Dist. Dry Fly Wet Fly 3/8 oz Acc. 5/8 oz Acc.
1 Henry Mittel 14 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
2 Chris Korich 17 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2
3 Mark Tsunawaki 37 5 2 3 6 4 4 4 2 3 4
4 Glen Nagumo 39 3 4 5 4 3 6 2 6 3 3
5 Mark Flo 51 6 5 5 6 5 3 6 4 5 6
6 Elaine Gong 57 4 7 4 5 7 7 5 5 7 6
7 Austin Emmerling 58 7 6 7 3 5 5 7 7 6 5

 

 

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