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Showdown at Havasu January 9-11


ARIZONA OPEN RECAP 2019

 BY PAUL LEBOWITZ

WON Staff Writer

FINAL DAY:

LAKE HAVASU CITY – Pro Division angler Todd Woods held firm on Day 3, catching a limit of nice largemouth while fishing docks in the Lake Havasu Marina to defend his Day 2 lead and go wire to wire at the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open. He ended the event with 61.95 pounds and built on his lead to coast into first place overall.


BIG PRIZE -- WON BASS Arizona Open winner Todd Woods cleaned up, claiming a Bass Cat Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS 175 and more than $11,000 in cash. Here Bass Cat representative Kevin Short congratulates Woods.


For his efforts, Woods won a Bass Cat Boats Sabre FTD outfitted with a Mercury Pro XS 175, plus some $11,000 for first place, and additional Big Stringer cash.

“I was fishing mostly grass, shallow grass. I had excellent AAAs, especially my last day guy Derrek Stewart ‘cause he kept my head in the game. He caught the first fish. We kept it loose,” Woods said.

TODD WOODS rocked the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open Pro Division, going wire to wire and piling up a 3-day total of 61.95 pounds to win.


Joe Uribe, Jr. had a spectacular Day 3, using it to move from third after Day 2 into second overall in the Pro Division with a total of 56.90 pounds.

“I had a great time at the first WON BASS AZ Open at Lake Havasu and caught a lot of fish the last couple of days. We didn’t catch the key fish to seal the deal,” Uribe said, adding that he fished mostly swimbaits.

Canadian visitor Ted Stewner put in strong work on Day 3, and it was just enough to edge Kerr out of third place with 51.81 pounds. “I was working a deep pattern, 23-24 feet using a Spro Fly and Keitech,” Stewner said.

Justin Kerr, whose Day 2 charge had narrowed Woods’ lead to 3 pounds, found the going tough on Day 3 and finished fourth with 50.97 pounds – including the Pro Big Fish of the Tournament, a 5.97-pound largemouth caught on Day 2.

“I had a lot of fun on the first couple of days. Today was a struggle. I didn’t figure out the largemouth bass at all,” Kerr said.

On the AAA side, Joe Bolen finished first with 47.62 pounds. He was followed by Ed Cox, 44.78 pounds, and Paul Herber, 43.72 pounds.


Day 2 update:


Todd Woods holding firm in first place after Day 2 of the WON BASS Arizona


LAKE HAVASU CITY – Todd Woods didn’t sleep well the night before Day 2 of the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open sponsored by Bass Cat Boats. The pressure was on after he took a 5+ pound lead in the Pro Division on Day 1. Who knows if he’ll sleep at all tonight? After Day 2 and with just one day to go, he’s still leading the pack.


HE CAN SLEEP LATER -- Todd Woods says he doesn't sleep well during tournaments, particularly if he's leading. Two days in, and two days in the lead in the Pro Division means Woods might not get any sleep until Day 3 is over. After Day 2 of the WON BASS Arizona Open he has a 3+ pound lead and a 40.82-pound total weight. He's pictured with his Day 2 partner Joe Bolen, who sits in first in the AAA Division.


Woods, while fishing with AAA Joe Bolen, piled up a 17.12-pound limit on Day 2. Added to his spectacular Day 1 23.70-pound effort, that’s 40.82 pounds total.

“We only caught 5 today. We’ll have to work hard tomorrow,” Woods said.

Justin Kerr vaulted into second overall with the big bag of the day, 21.34 pounds backstopped by the Pro Big Fish of the day, a 5.97. With his Day 1 16.10 pounds, that puts him at 37.44 pounds overall, a little more than 3 pounds behind Woods. It might have been less. Kerr said he lost a couple of big ones. “It’s something to go after tomorrow,” he said.

JUSTIN KERR is all smiles with a big move on day 2.


Joe Uribe, Jr. put in a tremendous Day 2 effort of 20.12 pounds. With his strong 15.28-pound Day 1, he’s sitting in third overall with 35.40 pounds total. “It was one of those days. We caught them all by 9. I’m looking forward to the final day,” he said.


JOE URIBE JR. had a great day on day 2, putting him in 3rd place overall with one day to go.


Pro Ted Stewner sits in fourth place with 33.36 pounds overall, and Jeffrey Allen Scott is in fifth with 33.02. Local favorite Dean Rojas is sixth with 32.28 pounds.

“It was tougher today for us, we had only 7 bites. When you get all your bites good things happen,” Stewner said. For his part, Rojas said he feels far behind. “I’ve got to figure out how to catch bigger ones,” he said.

Joe Bolen leads the AAA Division after day 2 with 35.30 total pounds. Justin Taylor Bolen sits in second with 30.79, and Paul Herber is third with 30.63. AAA Big Fish of the day was a 7.74-pound largemouth caught by Kelly Burns.

Many anglers found the going tough on day 2, and that includes Major League Fishing pro Josh Bertrand, who weighed in one fish on the day. “This is one of the most challenging bites I’ve ever seen. I was hard-headed in what I was doing. I’ll be more open minded tomorrow,” he said.



DAY 1 UPDATE



Todd Woods and Kelly Burns Blast into Day 1 Arizona Open Lead

LAKE HAVASU CITY – On a tough first day of fishing at the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open sponsored by Bass Cat Boats, Pro Division competitor Todd Woods and AAA angler Kelly Burns smashed the 77-boat field on the strength of Burn’s overall and AAA Big Fish of the day, a 7.74-pound largemouth. Woods big weighed 4.36, for a total bag of 23.70 pounds and more than a 5-pound lead.

Arizona Open day 1

Ted Stewner and Bobby Tidd after weighing in a mixed bag on day one of the three day ARIZONA OPEN at Lake Havasu


Pro Ted Stewner and AAA Bobby Tidd sit in second place with 18.61 pounds, and pro Jason Cloke and AAA Joe Bolen sit in third after day one of the 3-day event at Lake Havasu. Cloke’s 5.91-pound largemouth was the Pro Division Big Fish. He earned $770 for Pro Day 1 Big Fish.

“We caught all our fish shallow. It was just run and gun,” Pro Division day 1 leader Woods said. His AAA for the day, Kelly Burns, added, “Be in contact with your pro ahead of time. Listen to him. That was our key.”

SMASHING -- Pro Todd Woods and AAA Kelly Burns lead the WON BASS Arizona Open after day one on the strength of a hefty, 23,70-pound bag backstopped by a 7.74-pound largemouth caught by Burns. That largemouth was the Big Fish of Day 1.


Woods earned $770 for Pro Big Stringer, and his AAA angler Kelly Burns added $385 for AAA Day 1 Big Fish and another $385 for his share of the Day 1 Big Stringer.

Day 1 second place Pro Todd Stewner played down his good day. “We caught one here and one there. I think we got lucky,” he said.

Third place Pro Jason Cloke said he didn’t get many bites. “We got 8, but we got them all on the boat,” he said.

On the Pro side, Day 1 Big Fish was rounded out by Tom Nokes, who was second with a 4.90, and Shannon Abbott, with a 4.76. Both Pros earned $385. On the AAA side, second place Day 1 Big Fish went to James Wiegand with a 5.78 and third to David Crunden with a 5.38. Each earned $192.50.

Anglers fished under a high, clear sky and warmer conditions into the high 60s, yet many in the field found tough going. “We threw everything in the box and moved around a lot. Hopefully we’ll get them tomorrow,” said AAA Nick Teschler, who fished with Pro Tony Lain.

Day 2 gets underway at safe light on Thursday, January 10. For full results and to follow the action over the 3 competition days of the WON BASS Arizona Open, visit wonbass.com (hit refresh on your browser if you’ve visited the site and don’t see the day 1 results).

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