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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 www.wonbass.com.


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.

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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).

Showdown at Havasu January 9-11
How pros Dean Rojas, Roy Hawk, Joe Uribe and Josh Bertrand see the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open playing out

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ

WON BASS Contributor


LAKE HAVASU CITY — A winter bass tournament winner will be cold-forged at Lake Havasu when the inaugural WON BASS Arizona Open kicks off a new tradition January 9-11.


Not only is this event the perfect opener for the 2019 competitive bass fishing season, the timing is ideal. Sure the water will be chilly, but there’s something about this season at Havasu that produces big fish. To find out why and collect some thoughts on how the event will play out, we asked Havasu local bass pros Dean Rojas and Roy Hawk and lake regulars Josh Bertrand and Joe Uribe to share their thoughts. All of these high-caliber pros are gearing up to fish the tournament, so take some of what they say (or better yet don’t say) with a grain of salt.


Dean Rojas, the natural


bassmastereliteseriesBASSMASTER ELITE SERIES pro Dean Rojas makes his home at Lake Havasu so he figures to have a home-field advantage at the WON BASS Arizona Open. He says catching 5 each day will be the biggest goal. PHOTO COURTESY DEAN ROJAS


Rojas is a natural one to ask about Havasu in winter. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro has made his home here since, well, forever. He’s thrilled WON BASS is coming to his home waters.


“I want to thank WON BASS for bringing the Arizona Open to Havasu, the diamond of the Colorado River system. January is an interesting time, it will showcase a lot of the great things Havasu has on offer,” he said.


How so? Havasu offers shallow cover, deep water, and fish on rock, grass and brush. All techniques are in play, but he mentioned two by name. “Lipless cranks and dropshotting play a factor in catching Havasu bass this time of year,” Rojas added.


Winter is a fickle time. The longtime Havasu resident warns that it’s susceptible to high winds. “We won’t see what happened at the U.S. Open (when dangerously high winds scrapped day 1), but one of the days we’ll have wind, it’s just a matter of how much we have,” he said. Plot your tactics accordingly.


Rojas said when preparing for the actual competition days, it would be good to have fish all over the lake, in the lower end, upper end, and the river. “Conditions could change hourly, the wind comes up and goes flat, a lot of things happen in January, a lot of variables,” he said. “But I think Havasu is the one lake in the southwest where you could hold an event in January with over 100 boats and have the potential to catch 25 pounds.”


Rojas well knows the biggest weights Havasu has seen come in January. The fish are in early, early pre-spawn at that point, and the water is as cold as it’s going to get. “The days are starting to get a little longer. It’s the time of year when big fish are eating. Every lake in the country has a time big fish bite. At Havasu that’s January. The big ones just bite, we could hit it while we’re there, you never know,” he added.


Catching five will be the biggest goal. “If you come in with 5 you have a good chance, but to catch more you have to get lucky on those big ones,” Rojas said.


Grass beds, those that are left, will be at a premium in the winter. Rojas doesn’t see this as a problem. Secondary stuff, the brush piles and natural rock structure of the lake itself will stand in for the grass. “Havasu is known for a huge habitat enhancement program for many years with plastic cages placed throughout the whole system. There’s a lot of cover for the fish to get under,” he said.


One more note. The lake level was still high as Rojas spoke. He said it’s likely to drop prior to the Open. “The usual winter drawdown could drop the lake 3-4 feet and could spread the fish out more,” he said.


Homestanding Roy Hawk


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HERE’S ROY HAWK with a chunk of a Havasu largemouth. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro figures it’ll take a bunch of these to win the tournament — maybe 52 pounds! PHOTO COURTESY ROY HAWK

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THIS PHOTO SENT by Roy Hawk demonstrates that the smallies at Havasu come bonus-sized too. PHOTO COURTESY ROY HAWK

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Roy Hawk also calls Havasu home turf. He’s a big believer in the Arizona Open, especially this year. “We encourage everyone to come out. The Arizona Open will be the single biggest tournament in Arizona this year, when there’s no FLW, no Wild West. Guys should come out and be supportive of it,” he said.


Hawk said the winter has been a mild one so far, and Havasu is fishing at a 6.5 or 7 out of a 10 scale. He predicts the winner will need to come up with heavy limits each day. “It’ll take 55 pounds or close to that. Maybe 52 pounds,” he said.


Havasu will make for a level playing field. “It’s so diverse from one end to the other. You can fish dirty water or clear, current or no current, you can flip, you can fish in 25 to 30 feet. Finesse and heavy gear both come into play,” Hawk said.


In some ways, this diversity makes the lake hard to break down. “Just fish to your strengths and if you’re catching fish narrow it down,” he said.


If Hawk is wrong about the mild winter and the conditions go south, he figures the fish will pull off. When the conditions are good there are always fish up shallow in the reeds, up the coves and up the river. “We catch them shallow year round,” he said.


Hawk shared a few of his favorite winter baits. In general, they are: the A-1 rig, tailspinners, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and dropshot year round. Small, do-nothing baits like the Ned rig, the fly, and small tube jigs without a lot of action to them work very well in the winter, he said.


Winter is a tougher time of year. Hawk figures 50 percent of the field could come in shy of a limit at least one of the 3 competition days. “It’s a technical time of year, but we’ll see some weight, some 20 pound bags. It could be tough for sure, you won’t catch 50 a day like some times of the year,” Hawk added.


Lake regular Joe Uribe


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FLW PRO JOE URIBE figures to be in the mix at the WON BASS Arizona Open. He’s won a couple tournaments at Havasu, highlighted by a 26.5-pound daily limit. PHOTO COURTESY JOE URIBE


FLW pro Joe Uribe’s parents have a place in Lake Havasu City, making him a regular visitor from his home in Surprise, Ariz. He’s won two FLW events at the lake, highlighted by notching a 26 1/2 –pound daily limit with a 9-pound kicker. “That was in February. This is the early part of January in the dead of winter. Fishing could be tough. The lake level could drop after the first of the year making access harder for anglers venturing into the Colorado River backwaters and tributaries,” he said.


The shared weight format will help. Uribe said getting 5 bites a day will be an accomplishment, but the size of the fish will be good. “They’re feeding heavily on threadfin and gizzard shad as well as small gamefish like bluegill and crawdads. There’s no lack of forage,” Uribe said.


Uribe figures it will take 15 pounds a day to do well, and 18 pounds a day to win the Arizona Open.


In his opinion, the usual winter pattern has a lot of largemouth and smallmouth in and around manmade structure, brush piles, palm fronds, shallow reefs and points. “There’s a lot of cover at Havasu,” Uribe says, echoing several of his fellow pros.


Some competitors may chase the bass that school up with the stripers to hunt the baitfish so plentiful on the lake, but most anglers will find better consistency finesse fishing, Uribe figures. “Light line, small baits, long casts… The water is clearer the colder it gets. It could be interesting. Some anglers may find largemouth in and around the tules,” he said.


Havasu is a big lake. The California side holds deeper water and lava-style rock. The Arizona side features flatter bays and coves for anglers to target. “Anglers can venture south by the dam, into the Bill Williams arm where there’s shallow water, tules, baitfish and stained water,” Uribe points out.


Frequent visitor Josh Bertrand


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JOSH BERTRAND, Bassmaster Elite Series pro, says the colder months of winter produce the biggest fish at Havasu. If you can find a group of big female bass, you can rack up the weight fast. PHOTO COURTESY JOSH BERTRAND


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Josh Bertrand loves Lake Havasu. He’s been fishing it for 15 years on and off. “I’ve watched the lake get better and better over the years. I only get to fish it a couple times of year but I have a handful of top ten finishes in regional tournaments,” he said.


“There’s so much you can do as a fisherman. There are largemouth and smallmouth, all kinds of different cover, rocks, grass and artificial structure,” he added. “Finesse and power anglers, anyone has a legitimate chance to do well. It’s rare you can have both. Guys will get checks doing a lot of different things. Different sections of the lake all fish differently. Get to a section of the lake you feel comfortable and get them to bite,” he said.


Bertrand isn’t put off by the colder water of winter. It’s a common time for fish to be fattened up. “They feed for the winter, their metabolisms are revved up and fish get grouped up. When those guys (single day lake record holders John Bailey and his partner Mike Williams, and runner up John Galbraith and Billy Skinner) caught gigantic bags they found the motherlodes. Sometimes the fish school by size, and if you can find a group of giant females you can catch a huge bag of fish,” he points out.


“You should expect fewer bites than spring but the bites you will get will be bigger fish on average. At Havasu the average quality is one of the best in the country,” Bertrand said.


Havasu is home to some big gizzard shad, bait when full grown almost too big for average bass to eat. “There are always some that are the perfect bite size for a 5-pound fish. It’s one of those high risk, high reward things to target,” he said.


WON BASS Arizona Open Sign Up


To sign up or for more information on the WON BASS Arizona Open, visit wonbass.com and click on “Schedule and Results,” or visit wonews.com and click on the “Events” tab, or call WON BASS Tournament Director Billy Egan directly at (949) 366-0248.


Bob Tosh Wins 2018 U.S. OPEN

Californian Bub Tosh Wins 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open
Oklahoma’s Matt Pangrac Wins AAA Division

by Dan O'Sullivan

Las Vegas, Nev. - September 17, 2018 – When the first day of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open concluded, Jason Borofka’s 13.84 pounds held little more than a half pound lead over Bub Tosh’s 13.20 pounds. With the first day having been cancelled due to extreme winds causing unsafe conditions, the shortened event became more of a shootout with the anglers competing for two days instead of three.


The stiff winds continued into the following day, and anglers found that they had to adjust to the conditions. As can happen during bass fishing tournaments, the conditions made a complete 180-degree turn, and the final day brought high skies, light winds with very little surface disturbance.

While the conditions didn’t make for a typical power fishing bite, Tosh managed to ride a Double Soft Jerkbait rig in the Vegas Wash and produce enough quality bites to post an 11.74-pound limit to close out the victory in the weather shortened 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Cat Boats and Mercury Marine with a two-day total weight of 24.94.

Tosh said he employed a method he learned from Lake Mead and Western bass fishing legend Pat Donoho when he was a kid. “I talked to my dad when I came down here and he reminded me of how Pat prepared for this event, and that was to look for bait,” he said. “I spent my whole practice period driving around and looking for clouds of baitfish; and I spent the whole tournament fishing in those few areas.”

He said he caught the primarily on a pair of Yamamoto D Shad soft jerkbaits in shad colors rigged on an 7’ medium heavy IRod AIR Series casting rod. The key was a special swivel that he is developing for Paycheck Baits. “The swivel helps me cast the rig without it getting me tangled, it is a very important part of the rig,” he said. “I threw it around shallow grass and rocks in the Vegas Wash, and the current in the back of it was very important factor as well.”

Tosh takes home a 2018 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury 250ProXS rigged with Lowrance Electronics and MotorGuide Trolling Motor valued at $64,000 and $52,000 cash plus bonuses to bring his total earnings for the event to over $116,000.

Nick Salvucci, who has won on Lake Mead in the past, started day two in 11th place with 11.41 pounds, posted 12.89 to leap all the way to second place with 24.30; his second top five in a row. Salvucci said that he caught his fish in the Overton Arm on bladed jigs and buzz baits. But, he said that he was a little disappointed overall. “I didn’t come here for another top five, I came here to win this event,” he said. “I’m not happy with a second place finish, but I did all I could do, and this is how this sport goes. I wish I could have done a little more, but I’ll take the finish and let it drive me for next year.” Salvucci takes home $21,600 for his efforts.

The AAA Division was won by Oklahoma’s Matt Pangrac; who works for U.S. Open broadcast partner BASSZONE.com. He practiced with fellow Soomer State pro Bradley Hallman, and drew Salvucci and Arizona’s Matt Shura, and thanked them all profusely. “We all meshed really well and got into a rhythm,” he said. “I had a great time, and learned a lot. This is a great event, and because of my Pro partners and my boss Mark Jeffreys who allowed me the time to fish it, I was able to do something I would have never imagined; I can’t believe I won the U.S. Open.” Pangrac earned $10,600 for his tournament.

Complete final standings can be found below.

That wraps up the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open from Lake Mead. The event was presented by Bass Cat Boats and Mercury Marine, and the live streaming broadcasts of the event were brought to you by Costa.

The Sponsors of the 2018 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Hayabusa, Plano, Frabill, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Kuiu, Sure Life, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Storm, Anglers Marine, Century Marine, Boatmasters, Last Chance Performance Marine, Strike King, BG Insurance, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.

2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Final Pro Standings

Jason Borofka Leads Day One of 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open
Bub Tosh Stands in Second after Opening Round

FOR DAY ONE FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE


by Dan O'Sullivan


Las Vegas, Nev. - September 16, 2018 Following the cancellation of the first scheduled day of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open due to extreme winds, Jason Borofka battled the post front conditions to post a 13.84-pound limit to grab the lead on the first day of competition.


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2018 WON BASS U.S. OPEN Day One Leader Jason Borofka.


He is followed in second place by Bub Tosh with 13.20 pounds, and third place by FLW Tour pro Kurt Dove with 12.85 pounds.


Borofka said that he made a 40-minute run and fished a few key areas to get his limit, and left fish biting midday. “I made the long run, which took a little longer than usual because of the wind, and caught 25 to 30 fish, finishing our final limit by 11:00 this morning,” he said. “I have four rods on my deck, and when I get to grass, I pick one up, when I get rock, I pick up a different one; it was a good day, and feel pretty good about tomorrow.”


Tosh, said that he had a pair of casualties that cost him, but that he really enjoyed their day. “I made a long run, and lost a couple of big ones, so I had to regroup, but it worked out,” he said. “I really covered a lot of water, fished far and close, and junk fished with several baits. My partner caught a big one, and was really excited, and that is what this is all about. I’m happy to be here, and we’ll see what tomorrow holds.”


Dove, from Del Rio, Tex. is fishing his second WON Bass U.S. Open, and is excited to be where he is. “I had to scramble a little to catch ‘em, but that’s the name of this game,” he said. “I feel good about what I did today, and am looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”


The amateur partners earned the shared weight equal to that of their pro partners for the day. Robert Schneider ended the day in first place with 13.84 pounds followed by Thor Dusenberry, with 13.20 pounds, and third place AAA Brian Eslick with 12.85. Full Standings are posted below.


The final day of the weather shortened 2018 WON Bass Open will occur tomorrow, and the pro winner will receive the keys to a 2018 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury Pro XS 250 outboard. The live broadcast, presented by COSTA will bring all of the final day’s action to you from the waters of Lake Mead, the weigh-in at Callville Bay Marina, and the awards ceremony from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino.


The Sponsors of the 2018 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Hayabusa, Plano, Frabill, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Kuiu, Sure Life, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Storm, Anglers Marine, Century Marine, Boatmasters, Last Chance Performance Marine, Strike King, BG Insurance, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.


Jason Borofka Leads Day One of 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open
Bub Tosh Stands in Second after Opening Round

FOR DAY ONE FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE


by Dan O'Sullivan


Las Vegas, Nev. - September 16, 2018 Following the cancellation of the first scheduled day of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open due to extreme winds, Jason Borofka battled the post front conditions to post a 13.84-pound limit to grab the lead on the first day of competition.


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2018 WON BASS U.S. OPEN Day One Leader Jason Borofka.


He is followed in second place by Bub Tosh with 13.20 pounds, and third place by FLW Tour pro Kurt Dove with 12.85 pounds.


Borofka said that he made a 40-minute run and fished a few key areas to get his limit, and left fish biting midday. “I made the long run, which took a little longer than usual because of the wind, and caught 25 to 30 fish, finishing our final limit by 11:00 this morning,” he said. “I have four rods on my deck, and when I get to grass, I pick one up, when I get rock, I pick up a different one; it was a good day, and feel pretty good about tomorrow.”


Tosh, said that he had a pair of casualties that cost him, but that he really enjoyed their day. “I made a long run, and lost a couple of big ones, so I had to regroup, but it worked out,” he said. “I really covered a lot of water, fished far and close, and junk fished with several baits. My partner caught a big one, and was really excited, and that is what this is all about. I’m happy to be here, and we’ll see what tomorrow holds.”


Dove, from Del Rio, Tex. is fishing his second WON Bass U.S. Open, and is excited to be where he is. “I had to scramble a little to catch ‘em, but that’s the name of this game,” he said. “I feel good about what I did today, and am looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”


The amateur partners earned the shared weight equal to that of their pro partners for the day. Robert Schneider ended the day in first place with 13.84 pounds followed by Thor Dusenberry, with 13.20 pounds, and third place AAA Brian Eslick with 12.85. Full Standings are posted below.


The final day of the weather shortened 2018 WON Bass Open will occur tomorrow, and the pro winner will receive the keys to a 2018 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury Pro XS 250 outboard. The live broadcast, presented by COSTA will bring all of the final day’s action to you from the waters of Lake Mead, the weigh-in at Callville Bay Marina, and the awards ceremony from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino.


The Sponsors of the 2018 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Hayabusa, Plano, Frabill, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Kuiu, Sure Life, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Storm, Anglers Marine, Century Marine, Boatmasters, Last Chance Performance Marine, Strike King, BG Insurance, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.


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