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Cocktails US Open

Let the games begin

BY BILL MAYS

The practice days are over and the anglers have a day off before the tournament starts tomorrow. The poker tournament started at 9:00 this morning, the sponsors showcase is at 2:00 pm, and the partner pairings are at 6:00 pm.

RIGGING RODS--left to right Claude Sims, Carson Sims, and Joe Gunnells of Texas are rigging their rods for the first day of the U.S. Open event.

Some of the anglers are making last minute tackle and boat preparations and others are just enjoying the day off before the 3 day event begins.

“Is that Gary Klein over there,” said Carson Sims from Texas, the youngest angler to ever fish a U.S. Open event. Carson and his dad Claude were rigging rods on top of the Boulder Station garage this morning and Klein was in the boat next to them rigging his rods. I told Carson I would take him over and introduce him to Klein and he immediately said yes. “I got to meet Rick Clunn last night at the Angler Appreciation event last night and that was pretty cool,” said Carson. Klein took some photos with Carson and they chatted as they rigged there rods for tomorrows event.

Pro angler Brett Leber of Dixon CA was also rigging rods with one of the Japanese anglers Naoaki Fujimoto of Osaka Japan. Leber spent 3 days on the water with 3 different Japanese anglers pre-fishing this last week

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 BRETT LEBER--of Dixon CA and Naoaki Fujimoto of Japan

Some of the anglers chose to play card at the poker tournament this morning and the non lucky card players, like me, chose to save their money and not donate to the

cause.



I can’t wait for the biggest bass fishing event to begin tomorrow!  



And we’re off! The WON BASS U.S. Open festivities get underway in fun fashion

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Well, ladies and gents, another chapter of the WON BASS U.S. Open legacy is beginning to unfold, as the festivities marking the commencement of this year’s tournament kicked off last night in the Railhead Room at the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino.

          The Angler Appreciation Cocktail Reception, as it was so affectionately labeled, was a veritable who’s who of the bass fishing world. Legends such as Rick Clunn and Gary Klein were in attendance, in addition to newcomers such as 13-year-old Carson Simms.

          The evening featured a hosted bar, courtesy of the myriad event sponsors, in addition to an array of hors d’ouerves. Anglers enjoyed sipping cocktails while catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances.

          Before the evening wrapped, Tournament Director Bill Egan led a memorial of sorts for Harvey Naslund, who recently passed away after enduring a long battle with cancer. Naslund, a former WON BASS Director and key figure in making western tournament bass angling what it is today, will be missed by many; as evidenced by the somber tone amongst those in attendance.

          The mood lifted quickly, however, as Egan announced that what had been a “hosted bar,” was now an “open bar,” thanks to our event sponsors and Victor Cole, a participating angler who just so happens to work for Remy beverage company.

          In short, the evening ended on a high note, and it was the perfect way to kick off what should prove to be an outstanding tournament.

   






We got a new batch of on the water Lake Mead Photos sent in showing how the high water has created new places to fish and has added a ton of new structure to the lake.

In many of the photos you can see the bushes and trees extending up and out of the water, and if you look closer in the deeper water you can also see trees that are now completely submerged. It is exciting both for this years U.S. Open but also for Lake Mead for years to come, as this structure will not only attract fish now,  but will also provide protection for future generations of young bass and many other fish such as crappie and bluegill fry.






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