Discovery Bay 19-year-old Logan Huntze entered the recent 2019 Costa Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Series, Western Division tournament, as the youngest of 114 co-anglers. But his age might as well have been tossed overboard during the three-day affair in Clear Lake.
The tournament drew co-angler competitors from as far away as Oklahoma. Still, Huntze captured the co-angler division — netting a $27,000 certificate toward a new boat — with his three-day total of 57 pounds, 15 ounces, and 15 fish.
“It feels crazy,” said Huntze, who also works and goes to school. “I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but it feels awesome. It was only my second FLW ever fishing.”
As a co-angler, Huntze fished in different pro anglers’ boats, with the pros making the fishing location decisions.
Finishing in second place on day one with five fish weighing a combined 17 pounds, 6 ounces, Huntze quickly sank any of his doubters. On day two, he reeled in the lead for good with a five-fish bag weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces. Day three brought him a five-fish haul of 16 pounds, 10 ounces, putting Huntze 7 pounds, 15 ounces ahead of second-place finisher Andrew Wallar of Lakeport, California.
“It feels great fishing against all the people that have been fishing longer than me,” said Huntze.
Huntze credits his past experience for his victory. He’s been fishing for 18 years — all but his first year of life, understandably — and over that span has soaked up bits of knowledge from his dad, grandpa and uncles while fishing one-to-five days a week.
All that experience surfaced in Clear Lake, helping him fish “differently” from the pros in front of him: making precise casts, using different presentations of bait and losing only two fish the whole tournament, he said.
Huntze fished with pro anglers Carl Limbrick, Jr., Jim Moulton and Joe Uribe, Jr. on successive days.
“It’s pretty difficult, especially fishing behind someone, no matter who they are,” he said. “They always get first cast to wherever they are fishing, and they are in front of you, so it’s difficult fishing behind someone — especially the guys that I drew. They were very good.”
The victory sits atop a growing list of Huntze’s accomplishments, including winning a tournament of champions on the Delta in March, and twice contending for Angler of the Year while competing in the local, sixth-month Hook, Line, & Sinker circuit, but he wants to make an even bigger splash in the sport: competing in and winning the next FLW event as a pro on the Delta, in September.
“I have been lucky with the success I had, and am hopeful I can keep it up,” he said.