Saturday, February 11, 2012
WON BASS Lake Havasu ProAM 2012
|The day two teams have launched into cooler temperatures than expected; with temps still registering in the mid to high '40s. Some anglers are hoping to hold position and others need a big come up. It's fishing and anything can happen.
And they're off ! Day 2 and every boat is eager to get the day started.
As we saw at the 2012 WON BASS season opener at Shasta three of final top-5 made moves from below the 25th spot on the pro side.
All will be revealed today at 3 p.m. The final weigh in will be held at Lake Havasu Marina, 1100 McCulloch Blvd. North, Lake Havasu City
Day 1 Report-
2012 WON BASS Havasu Day One Klayton Beldon with the biggest bass of day one at 6.60 is in 3rd place with 16.56. Beldon stated he only got five bites today; but that was all he needed.
Lake Havasu's Official Practice Period is closed. Final registration, the mandatory meeting and partner pairings are also behind the 56 teams ready for blast off at the 2012 WON BASS Southern Division season opener.
The London Bridge is one of the defining landmarks at Lake Havasu. This years WON BASS ProAm is being held on the island so many anglers will be driving over the bridge each morning to get to the launch ramp.
Except for a handful of anglers, the consensus was that the fishing was ultra tough. A few mentioned that the bite turned on today, others were putting their results into prayer or luck.
This wasn't the usual Havasu bed fishing battle that the WON BASSers were used to and that was the plan remarked WON BASS Director Billy Egan. Explaining that scheduling this event earlier in the year made so it wasn't just geared for the locals Egan stated, "All of you guys have a great opportunity to place well in this tournament."
While no one was going to give up specifics on their strategy, the confidence in a few anglers was evident. This was the case with last year's Havasu champion EverGreen International pro and Lake Havasu City resident Shaun Bailey who was paired with the 2011 Southern AOY Tami Curtis for day one. Bailey made made a mark on that 2011 event with a 9.5 big fish in the tournament.
Another local favorite from Lake Havasu City, Billy Skinner was paired with AAA Geoff Peterson-a notable match that is a duplication from the 2010 day one pairings where the team brought in 18.88 and set Skinner up for a second place finish for the tournament. They hadn't fished Havasu together since that time, but were hoping being back together on the boat would be good luck.
None of the anglers asked revealed any significant success with an Alabama style rig. The story at the scale may be a different one; but that will be seen tomorrow.
If fished, the five wire lure will only be allowed to have two baits with hooks as per Arizona regulations.
Weather conditions call for slight drop from an above average high of 80-degrees on Friday to 77 on Saturday. The forecast for day one on Havasu is for a clear to partly cloudy sky. Those hoping for a flat calm are not expected to get their wish, as the winds that blew from the northeast today are anticipated to double in speed to 14-mph and come from the southwest. Tonight's low will dip to 54-degrees.
Reported water temps today were as low as the mid '50s up the river to low '60s on the main lake.
More pre fish information is available from the anglers on the WON BASS facebook page.