Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 09/01/2017

Moore, OK – Darrell Ocamica Finished in 2nd place at the 2016 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship last November on Lake Conroe.  When Ryan Lavigne (who won the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship) declined his invitation to fish on the 2017 Elite Series, Ocamica was offered the spot and accepted.

With less than three months to prepare for the start of the 2017 Elite Series season on Cherokee Lake in Tennessee, Ocamica, who lives in Idaho, knew that he had an uphill climb but was determined to conquer the challenge.  

Things got off to a promising start as he cashed a check in his first taste of Elite Series competition with a 50th place finish on Cherokee.  He logged his best finish of the year two months later on Ross Barnett, where he finished in 48th place.  

Over the course of the 2017 season, Ocamica, fished 20 days of Elite Series competition and weighed-in a limit 12 of those days.  Even though he finished the season in 103rd place in the TAOY point standings, there were a lot of positives to be garnered from the experience.  

Here’s what he told The BASS ZONE following his last day of competition this season at Lake St. Clair: