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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
U.S. Open Day 3 Update


2017 WON BASS U.S. Open
Day 3


Justin Patti Wins the 2017


WON BASS U.S. Open



Arizona pro survives late charge


from Brett Hite to win in


Wire-to-Wire Fashion


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Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – October 18, 2017 – The discussion leading up to the 35th Anniversary edition of the WON BASS, Bass Cat / Mercury U.S. Open were the changes. The addition of Bass Cat Boats as a key partner, and the change of dates to October were the hot topics.


Change became the focus of discussion on the third and final day of the event.


While the first two days of the event featured bright, bluebird skies with light breezes, day three brought high clouds that made for darkened, calm conditions. The result was tougher conditions as the fish scattered a bit more, making it harder for the field to relocate the fish that had served them over the first two days of the event.


No matter the conditions, good anglers will always figure out a way to overcome difficulties, and someone is always going to win. The angler that was able to master the conditions well enough over the three-day event to earn the title of 2017 WON BASS U.S. Open Champion was Phoenix, Arizona’s Justin Patti, who won the event in wire-to-wire fashion with a total weight of 36.30 pounds.


Patti withstood a late event charge from fellow Phoenix resident and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brett Hite, who caught an 11.66-pound limit on the final day to weigh 35.70 pounds for the event to finish second.


Patti has experienced the highs and lows of the U.S. Open in the past two years. He led the 2016 event on day one, only to fall victim to the wild swings of fortune that Lake Mead offers to its guests. After leading both days this year, he left his fishing area in the upper Overton Arm feeling like he had left it on the table again, having caught a small limit. Watching Hite weigh-in a strong sack, he felt his chances slipping away again, but when his limit hit the scales with 8.59 pounds, he had enough to hold onto the win by just over a half of a pound.


For his victory, Patti received the $63,000 Bass Cat Puma FTD / Mercury 250 ProXS prize package, along with $50,000 cash and any other bonuses he earned which will bring his total winnings to over $120,000.


Patti said that he felt relief and ecstasy with the outcome. “I can’t believe that I won this event,” he said. “I really thought that I had let it slip through my fingers again, but it’s really hard to describe how I’m feeling right now; it’s what I’ve wanted for a while now.”


Patti spent the bulk of his event fishing a single stretch of grass in eight feet of water on a western bank of the upper Overton. He said that he used a couple tactics. “I caught a few fish on a Chatterbait in the morning around the grass, and after the sun got high in the sky, I fished a Phenix jig with an Arizona Custom Lures Craw as a trailer in the grass by popping it free from the edges. Most of the fish I weighed came on the jig.”


Hite fished in the back of the Overton Arm as well, but targeted the opposite shorelines. A specialist with the bladed jig, Hite used his signature Evergreen Jackhammer bladed jig matched with a Yamamoto Lures Zacko trailer, and it resulted in his finish. “I was fishing it through the grass, and I caught all of my fish on it this week, but I lost one on Monday that would have made the difference,” he said. “I’ve wanted to win this tournament for many years, and while it doesn’t feel great right now, I’ve finished third and second the last two times I’ve fished it; so maybe next time will be the charm.”


Mesa, Ariz. pro Mike Williams began the day in 12th place with 21.19 pounds, but he produced a 12.88-pound limit on day three to move all the way up to third place for the event with 34.07 pounds. Steve “Bub” Tosh, from Modesto, Calif. began the final day in eighth place, and after a 12.54-pound limit on day three, he finished fourth with 34.05 pounds. Fifth place went to Nick Salvucci, who moved from 14th place by posting 12.73 pounds on day three to bring his total weight to 32.93 pounds for the event.


On the AAA side, Japanese angler Yoshikazu Komada earned the $10,000 first prize and the St. Croix bonus prize for his winning weight of 33.94 pounds. He was followed in second place by Bret Nagelhout of Red Rock Ariz., with 31.45 pounds. Sonny Gibson from Las Vegas, Nev. finished third with a total weight of 30.35 pounds. Fourth place went to Levi Samz, of Green River Wyo., who posted 30.21 pounds, and rounding out the top five in the AAA Division was Ryan Wishnack of San Diego, Calif. with 29.48 pounds.


For the sixth consecutive year, the Costa Live Show brought all of the action of the 2017 WON BASS U.S. Open presented by Bass Cat Boats and Mercury to the fans. The Costa Live broadcasts featured On-the-Water, weigh-in and post-game shows all the way through the awards presentation Wednesday night.


The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open were: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.





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The weigh-in is rocking, and we are about halfway through the field with the leaders still yet to arrive.


Cloud cover made the fishing a little tougher, but these are some of the best anglers in the West and the country, and they will certainly figure it out.


Make sure to tune in to the COSTA See What's Out There Live Weigh-in to see who is going to claim the keys to the Bass Cat Puma FTD and Mercury 250 ProXS.


Thursday 2PM-6PM Final Day live broadcast on www.wonbass.com



Complete U.S. OPEN standing at www.wonbass.com


Follow along with the Costa Live broadcasts at wonbass.com.


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THIS IS BRETT HITE, who caught his third keeper of the day immediately after this photo was taken

Things have changed on Day 3, the clouds have rolled in and the wind is flat, but the Overton arm is still the hub of activity this morning.



Day 2



Justin Patti Extends Lead on Day Two of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open

Consecutive Double Digit Limits Put Arizona Pro in Position to Claim Victory




Las Vegas, Nev. – October 18, 2017 – A little over a year ago, Justin Patti left Callville Bay Marina on the second day of the WON Bass U.S. Open in the lead.By the end of the day, he had succumbed to the wild swings that Lake Mead’s fishing is known for.

2017 has proven to be a different year for the Arizona pro.

After opening the event with a stellar 14.71-pound limit, Patti took last years’ experience and made all the right moves to post a 13.00-pound limit that pushed his two-day weight to 27.71 pounds.His second consecutive strong day increased the margin of his lead to nearly three and a half pounds over second place pro Kyle Grover of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

His performance helped him nearly match the goal weight he set for himself for the three day event – in two days.“I started this event hoping to catch 10 pounds a day to have a shot to win,” he said.“I didn’t expect to be catching this quality of fish, I’ve had two great AAA partners, and we’ve worked really well together to make it happen.”

Despite his lead, he said he feels a little pressure, because his area is as well.“There are a lot of boats in my area, and while everyone is working well together, I can tell it is having an effect,” he said.“I’m doing a few different things and I’m ready to make an adjustment, I just hope that I can make the right adjustments to finish this off.”

While a three pound lead is big on Lake Mead, Grover finished the day with a total weight of 24.25 pounds after his 11.74-pound limit on day two.The young pro - a veteran of many entries in this event - knows that he has a chance. “I found something on the first day of the event that really worked out well,” he said.I’m fishing some deep grass that I have pretty much to myself, and I think if I lean on it a little, I might be able to catch a few more good ones.If that doesn’t pan out, I have a couple areas I can go to; it’s going to be interesting.”

Third place went to Phoenix, Ariz. pro Brett Hite, who made a second day charge with a 14.23-pound limit that brought his two day total to 24.13 pounds.He feels that his experience, and the fact that he is fishing his way gives him an advantage.“I’m catching them in a way that I’m really comfortable with, and I’m kind of off to myself,” he said.“I’ve been in this situation before in big events on the FLW Tour and the Elite Series and I feel like I know how to keep myself focused and deal with the pressure; I feel pretty good about my chances.”

Utah pro Travis Jewell slipped a bit, but his 9.77-pound limit brought his total weight to 22.99 pounds, good enough to finish fourth on day three.Rounding out the top five was Sean Coffey, who had 9.95 pounds on day one, but upgraded to 12.78-pounds to bring his total to 22.73 pounds.

The AAA Division is being led by Aaron Haring with a total weight of 24.27 pounds.He is followed by Bret Nagelhout who placed second with 24.18 pounds with 24.18 pounds.Third place AAA Levi Samz worked with his day-two pro Jeff Martineau to weigh 15.16 on day two to bring his weight to 23.53.Yoshikasu Komada ended the day in fourth place with 22.28, and he is followed by Johnny Limbrick in fifth with 22.13 pounds.

Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.

The Costa See What's Out There Live Coverage will continue to bring the rest of the action from Las Vegas and Lake Mead on Wednesday. You can go to WonBass.com to connect and watch the live streaming video on the following schedule – ALL TIMES PACIFIC.

Through Wednesday October 17
Event Coverage 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Live weigh-in 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Daily Post Game – 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Wednesday October 17 Awards Show following weigh-in from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino

In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats will continue to host demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in.The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time

Once again, the Costa Live Show will bring all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury.The Costa Live broadcasts will continue with the On the Water, weigh-in and post-game shows carrying on through the awards presentation Wednesday night.

The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.

Beginning Monday, 207 Pros and their AAA partners will head out onto the waters of Lake Mead Monday to contest the 34nd Anniversary of the WON Bass Bas Cat Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open.



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It's about that time! The anglers are powering up and making their runs back toward the day two weigh-in of the 2017 WON BASS, Bass Cat Boats / Mercury U.S. Open at Calville Bay Marina.

With 11 flights of anglers to get through, it will be an exciting conclusion to a day that will set the table for who is going to compete for the title of U.S. Open Champion at this 35th edition of the most prestigious event in the West. Yesterday produced some of the most impressive overall catches in the history of the event, with 28 limits eclipsing the 10-pound mark.

Let the fireworks begin, log in to the COSTA See What's Out there Live Weigh-in and be prepared for the show.

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We have discovered a veritable smorgasbord of activity in the Overton arm this morning. In our time on the water yesterday, we struggled to find anglers mid-lake; apparently, this is one of the places to be.

On the 1/2 mile stretch of the arm, we counted eight different boats, and all of them are fishing fairly shallow. No word on what they are throwing, but they aren't moving around much.



Day 1

Justin Patti Leads Day One of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open

Mild Conditions Lead to Higher Weights on First Day of Tournament

Las Vegas, Nev. – October 17, 2017 – When WON Bass announced the October dates for the 25th edition of the WON Bass, Bass Cat / Mercury U.S. Open, the hope was that the field size would increase once again to new record levels, and that the fishing would be excellent.

WON Bass got their wish on both instances.

The 207 boats that ventured out onto the waters of Lake Mead at daybreak on the first day of the event found Lake Mead’s black bass population to be cooperative, and the larger fish seemed to join into the festivities as well. In a tournament that has long taken less than 11 pounds a day to win, on day one of the 2017 edition, the top 13 anglers eclipsed 11 pounds and it took more than 10 pounds to crack the top 20 in the standings.

Of all of the outstanding performers, Phoenix, Ariz. pro Justin Patti proved to be the cream of the crop on the day one. It is the second consecutive years that Patti has sprinted through the tape in first positon on the first leg of the U.S. Open marathon.

Despite a late takeoff slot, Patti said that he was able to work his way into an area, working with the other anglers who had set up shop there, and in the end, he was able to get the bites he needed. “I really have to give a lot of credit to the other anglers we were working around,” he said. “We all worked well together and we were really fortunate that we were able to get the bites we needed.”

He said that he, and his day one AAA Kevin A. Smith used several techniques to catch their creel. But it was Smith’s early 4.50-pound big fish that set the tone. “He really fished hard all day, but at 9:00 this morning, he caught that big one that made a huge difference,” said Patti. “It really made us settle in and focus, and we were able to cull several more times; it was a really good day, and I hope to be able to get close to that weight tomorrow, and have a chance on the final day.”

Sandy, Utah pro Travis Jewell and his AAA partner Michael Fisher brought 13.22 pounds to the scales at the Calville Bay weigh-in site, which was enough to earn them second place by the day’s end. He said that it was the quick comfort level his AAA gave him that helped when things did not go as planned on their first stop. “I had metered the area with my graph in practice, and found some big fish, but when we got there today; they were gone,” he said. “It was frustrating, but we worked together and made a short move and found them again; then we pulled out the dropshot and started catching them.”

Third place went to pro Nick Salvucci and his AAA partner Yoshikazu Komada. The pair posted 13.07 pounds, and did so by fishing multiple techniques in traffic. “It was a true junk fishing day,” he said. “We fished around a lot of boats today and just did what we had to do to make things happen.”

Fourth place went to Arizona pro Josh Bertrand and his AAA partner Wes O’Brien with 12.74 pounds, and Anaheim, Calif. pro Kyle Grover and his AAA partner Aaron Haring rounded out the top five with 12.51 pounds.

Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.

The Costa See What's Out There Live Coverage will continue to bring all of the action from Las Vegas and Lake Mead throughout the rest of the event. You can go to WonBass.com to connect and watch the live streaming video on the following schedule – ALL TIMES PACIFIC.

Through Wednesday October 17
Event Coverage 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Live weigh-in 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Daily Post Game – 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Wednesday Sept 14 Awards Show 6:30PM - 9:00PM from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino

In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats will continue to host demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in. The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time

Once again, the Costa Live Show will bring all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury. The Costa Live broadcasts will continue with the On the Water, weigh-in and post-game shows carrying on through the awards presentation Wednesday night.

The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.

Beginning Monday, 207 Pros and their AAA partners will head out onto the waters of Lake Mead Monday to contest the 34nd Anniversary of the WON Bass Bas Cat Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open.


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WON BASS Tournament Director Bill Egan has taken the stage and the anglers are starting to arrive at the tanks as the day 1 weigh-in has commenced. Watch the COSTA See What's Out There Live Show at wonbass.com to see who masters Lake Mead on the first day of the 2017 WON BASS U.S Open

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207 boats, 414 anglers stand as the National Anthem is played immediately prior to takeoff for the 2017 WON Bass U.S Open. Tournament Director Bill Egan sent this crew out onto Lake Mead with all of them seeking the title of U.S. Open Champion.

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The morning is abuzz at Calville Bay Marina on day one of the 2017 WON BASS U.S. Open as livewells are being checked. Boats will come through the WON BASS check station this morning prior to blast off, and everyone seems to be ready, including past AAA Champion Tyler Rempe's little buddy "Little Lebowski," who is ready to pass his safety inspection, complete with his own PFD.


Time to "Get. It. On." is rapidly approaching in the desert.


Follow along with the Costa Live broadcasts at wonbass.com.


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