Tournament fisherman Shawn Norfolk coaxed this trophy largemouth from Castaic Lake in California. Although not competing in a tournament on that particular day, he had managed to boat the most impressive largemouth bass of his life
Raised on a Maryland farm, Shawn Norfolk acquired a passion for the sport
of fishing at an early age. Referring to the family's property, he
recalled, "We fished in the pond as much as possible. My grandmother lived
on the Patuxent River, and we fished there all the time as well."
California native, Shawn Norfolk, Depends upon a K&N intake system to ensure his Honda Ridgeline gives him optimal performance
Eventually moving to California, Norfolk was introduced to a totally
different environment from the life he had grown accustomed to. However,
it didn't take long to figure out that fishing was good on the west coast
as well. In fact, that's when his passion for bass fishing increased
exponentially. "Once I move to California and caught a few of these big
hybrid bass out here," he explained, "I really got into it hard."
And "get into it hard" he did. Norfolk eventually began to compete in
tournaments held throughout his section of the state. In fact, he has
been fishing against fellow anglers for in the neighborhood of 15 years.
When asked how he got introduced to competitive bass fishing, he said,
"One of my fishing buddies suggested I do it. I had always just fished for
fun prior to that. I finished third, and that was that. . .I was hooked,"
no pun intended.
Still a California resident, Norfolk has the luxury of living in an
environment where the temperatures never dip to a point that will
adversely affect fishing. "Luckily you can fish year around," he shared.
"The tournament schedules vary widely, but that's what's cool about
fishing in Southern California. The water is never frozen, and the bite is
always on. The best time of the year, out here, though, by far is March
April and May. That pre-spawn reaction bite is fun, and once the spawn
starts, that's when you catch the big 'uns."
In the middle of raising a 12 and a 15 year old and with a full time job,
the angler strives to fish as close to home as possible but that's no
indication that fishing opportunities are sparse. Norfolk manages to
juggle his time in a manner that he can fish as a co-angler in Top Stick
sponsored events, and is also scheduled to compete in the Castaic Float
Tube tournament series.
Judging from previous success, the angler will likely be a force to be
reckoned with during his upcoming tourneys. His largest catch during a
tournament weighed in at 9 pounds and eight ounces. This is an impressive
number, no doubt. However, the angler has managed to coax three fish,
tipping the scales at double digits, from the water during his recreation
"I caught all three at Castaic Lake. Two years ago, on a weekday, I hit
the lake for two hours before work, and spotted a big shadow in the
water," recalled Norfolk. "So I tossed out my Zipper ZitZit to find out if
this shadow was a big fish or a stump. I saw the shadow head out to deeper
water, so I decided to stay there and figure this thing out."
Watching as the shadow continued to reappear and swim back into the depths
he cast his white lure in the general direction of the fish. Watching as
his lure disappeared, he set the hook, landing a 10-pound largemouth bass.
Returning to the same section of the reservoir at the workday's end, the
angler enticed another trophy into biting. She was the biggest catch of
his life, weighing in at a staggering 13-pounds and 15-ounces. Norfolk
also managed to catch another double digit bass, on a different date, at
the upper lake in Castaic.
Well, the proof's in the pudding, and Shawn Norfolk is an obvious
candidate for success in the tournaments to come. And even though he is a
co-angler in one series and paddles a float tube in the other, he must
still consider keeping an engine fine tuned and in tip top running
condition. Without the aid of his Honda Ridgeline, he could not make the
tourneys prior to their designating starting times.
He is a firm believer in K&N products and depends upon their expertise and
quality to ensure his vehicle performs to its best ability. "I'm on my
second Ridgeline and have used the K&N intake system on both of them," he
ensured. "K&N stands for quality. You never have to worry about
performance when K&N is involved. It's a no-brainer.
"I use K&N filters on my motorcycles, and have since the early 80s. I
don't get to ride like I used to though, mostly because I've replaced my
seat-time with fishing time and family time. . .I've been using K&N since
I was a little kid (in the neighborhood of 35 years) on my 80 cc two
Looking to the future, Shawn Norfolk concluded, "I'm going to win a float
tube tournament this year, win a big-fish award, be in the box in a Top
Stick tournament, and outfish the guy on front of the boat every time.
That's how it's going down this year."