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
“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
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
I can’t wait for the biggest bass fishing event to begin
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
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
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.