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Introduction: We met Chris Zaldain back in January of 2010 during the annual media event at Lake Pardee hosted by Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass Radio. It was the year of the “Young Guns” with fresh, local talent joining the event and giving us a glimpse of what may lay ahead for the bass fishing tournament circuits. Indeed, with Zaldain in particular, this is exactly what transpired as we found out that he’s qualified to participate in bass fishing’s most prestigious circuit, Bassmasters Elite! We caught up with this shooting star to learn more about his journey and of course, the tools and techniques he favors to fill his livewell on tournament day.Cal: Chris, congrats once again and thanks for joining us. Let’s go back to the beginning. What is your first memory of fishing?
CZ: My first memory of fishing is back when I was 8 years old trout fishing on the banks of the Colorado River below the Davis Dam. My dad built a house in Nevada so he would drive the family to Laughlin every other weekend. I specifically remember watching the river level rise in the mornings and fall in the evenings. I quickly figured out that those rainbow trout liked that cool, clean dam water and every morning when they opened the gates, I would get bit on trout spinners and chartreuse powerbait.