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WON BASS is the leading tournament bass fishing organization in the West, offering both a pro-am circuit and a full slate of team tournaments across the Tri-States (California, Nevada, Arizona) area. Part of the Western Outdoors family of events and publications, WON BASS not only produces a monthly supplement to Western Outdoor News on everything connected with the bass fishing world, but is also the host organization for the prestigious U.S. Open of Bass Fishing held annually on Lake Mead outside of Las Vegas, NV. For tournament schedules and rules, check out

Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, Calif. claims title

A wire-to-wire win for Breazeale for second victory in two years


CLEARLAKE -- The 2017 WON Bass California Open came to a close with a record-setting event Friday.  With the first-ever wire-to-wire victory Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, CA claimed the title and the trophy for the second consecutive year. Breazeale bested the field with a tournament total of 76.14, a weight that led by more than six-pounds and included the event’s biggest bass at 10.83.

Breazeale is the only California Open champ to take the trophy twice. His win earned a grand prize package that included a Bass Cat Boats Sabre FTD with a Mercury Motor 150 HP ProXS Optimax.

Also earning a wire-to-wire win was AAA victor James Bunker of Martinez, Calif. Bunker was paired with Breazeale on Day One and held the AAA top spot through the final day. His final weight came in at more than five-pounds his nearest competitor at 61.93.

WON Bassers will compete again on October 17, 18 and 19 for the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Open at Lake Mead. Anglers will fish for a grand prize package that includes a Bass Cat Puma FTD paired with a Mercury 250 ProXS Optimax plus a $50,000 cash prize for a full 150-boat field.

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WAYNE Breazeale’s wire-to-wire win earned the 2017 California Open championship with a total weight of 76.14.

AAA JAMES Bunker also claimed a wire-to-wire win with a tournament total of 61.93.

Day 2 results
 Breazeale remains  atop  board with  48.97.


CLEARLAKE -- For the second consecutive day, the scales of the WON BASSS 2017 California Open closed Thursday with the reigning champion in the lead. Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, Calif sits atop the pro leaderboard with a total of 48.97.

With the help of his 7.25 big bass, Miles Howe from San Juan Capistrano, Calif. whittled away at Breazeale’s gap over the field and moved up one spot into 2nd place with a two-day total of 45.91.

On the AAA side, James Bunker of Martinez, Calif. continued his hold on the top spot with 43.30.

Another NorCal angler Bill Hart from Lincoln made a move from 20th place to 2nd. Hart added 21.52 to his Day One weight, which included his first day’s 9.17 big bass. He sits just behind Bunker with 38.37.

The quantity of bites seemed to soar today, with many reporting 30-plus keepers over the course of the day. Many experienced some pick up in the afternoon; but most felt there was a mid-day lull.

Although the fish catches were plentiful, the class size of bass boated decreased. The overall average weights seemed lower with no double-digits or nine-pounders brought in as they were on the first day.

The anglers are expected to experience similar lower weather temps in the mid-70’s with some cloud cover for the final day of competition.

Join the event for the Day Three weigh-in. Scales open at 2 p.m. at the Konocti Vista Casino. The 2017 WON Bass California Open champion will be crowned.

WAYNE Breazeale holds on to lead for 2nd day of the 2017 California Open with 48.97.

AAA JAMES Bunker remains in the top spot with 43.30.

CA Open Day 1
Ready to defend his 2016 California Open champion title, Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, Calif. and his AAA partner James Bunker of Martinez, Calif came to the scales with an extraordinary five-fish limit of 30.70, anchored by Breazeale’s 10.83 pro Big Bass of the day.

WAYNE BREAZEALE, THE reigning California Open champ, takes the lead on Day 1 with 30.70.

Trailing by nearly seven-pounds is another California team – Danny Miller from Orangevale and AAA Kevin Graney of Jamul. Miller and Graney weighed a total of 23.77 and the biggest bass on the AAA side with Graney’s 10.33.

Breazeale and Graney’s double-digits were the only ones brought up on Day 1.

A general consensus was that the bites were plentiful, but the bass were small and morning hours were the better time for quantity and quality.

After a 10-degree temperature drop today from official practice days and another 10-degree dip forecasted for tomorrow, with cloud cover moving in, anglers can expect changes in the fishing. Many will welcome that change and hope Day 2 will be their moving day.

Stay tuned to find out where your favorite fisherman lands.

Weigh-in begins at 2 p.m. at Konocti Vista Casino and Resort.

MILLER AND GRANEY sit in second with 23.77.

Game on with 186 teams
It’s game time this morning!

Dan Sullivan reporting:

186 boats gathered in Callville Bay Marina ready to push off into the waters of Lake Mead for day one of the 2016 WON Bass U.S. Open. The National Anthem has been sung and the rooster tails have started.

Follow on with the Costa Live broadcast all day for the next three days starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time. 


UPDATE at 9 a.m.The winds have come up early this morning on day one at Lake Mead with 20 to 30 mile per hour winds projected this afternoon. The anglers better strike early rhis morning.

CLEAR LAKE: Local knowledge counts

CLEAR LAKE: Local knowledge counts

2016 California Open title taken by WAYNE BREAZEALE, who took home the Nitro Z18/Mercury prize package. He came back and won the event after placing 23rd the first day!


Special to Western Outdoor News

CLEAR LAKE -- The 4th Annual WON Bass California Open at Clear Lake crowned Wayne Breazeale the 2016 champion with a three-day weight of 85.06. Breazeale’s victory on Friday came with a lead of more than 7 pounds.

The lake local started the event in 23rd place on Day 1 and rocketed up the leaderboard to 2nd after weighing in big stringer on Day 2 with 37.08. His biggest bass of the event went 9.41. Breazeale reported rippin’ his fish all week long.

On the AAA side, Dink Mendez climbed from 5th place on Day 2 to claim victory today with a tournament total of 73.54. His biggest catch weighed in at 8.17. Mendez attributed his best fish to an umbrella rig.

full results

See more results at and this week’s print and digital editions of Western Outdoor News, and the special event review supplement for WON BASS.

2016 California Open victors pro Wayne Breazeale 85.06 (left) and AAA Dink Mendez 73.54 (right).

THE FIRST DAY'S start at Clear Lake. 

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