Today was moving day at Lake Mead for the anglers fishing the 32nd WON Bass US Open, day 2 was the first chance to establish consistency and whether they’re a contender or a pretender this year. Veteran tournament pro Gabe Bolivar of Ramona backed up a solid first day with an even better second. His 10.04 pounds weighed today lifted him from 23rd all the way up to 5th, only 4.19 pounds behind leader Clifford Pirch who stumbled a little bit today on the heels of his jaw dropping 15.47 pound limit on day 1.
Lake Mead tightened its belt a little bit on the second day of competition, many anglers stuggled to get limits and fewer were able to fill out those limits with solid weights. WON Bass Tournament Director Billy Egan joked on stage that he would have to remember this US Open as the “tough” one, after nearly every competitor that crossed the stage described their day by saying it was “tough.”
Still, Pirch will be the overwhelming favorite to finish the deal tomorrow and claim his third US Open Title. While on stage Pirch admitted the weather had hindered his success today, but remained confident in saying he had saved some fish for the final day.
While Bolivar is the only San Diegan with a realistic shot of passing Pirch and finishing on top of the 167 pro field, several others are well on their way to cashing a check in the prestigious event.
Rusty Salewske of Alpine has posted back to back limits weighing a total of 14.9 pounds to hold down 33rd place. San Marcos’ Chris Studinger is in 34th with 14.88 pounds and Dan Price of San Diego is just a couple slots behind in 37th place with 14.83 pounds. El Cajon’s Wade Strelic is in 44th place with 14.48 pounds. Those anglers will need to post solid weights again tomorrow to secure a check as one of the top 30 pro anglers.
On the AAA side, San Diego anglers had a tough go of it on today. Carl Limbrick, who fished with San Diego pro Adam East today tops the 8 county anglers in 13th place with 17.86 pounds. He trails the AAA leader by 2.49 pounds. AAA anglers are fishing for a $10,000 first place prize, with the top 30 receiving checks also.
How the local guys sit after day 2
- Gabe Bolivar is 5th with 18.88
- Rusty Salewske is 33rd with 14.9
- Chris Studinger is 34th with 14.88
- Dan Price is 37th with 14.83
- Wade Strelic is 44th with 14.48
- Michael McLernon is 59th with 13.46
- Adam East is 62nd with 13.42
- Tom Leedom is 66th with 12.93
- Josh Rhodes is 77th with 12.25
- Mark Rauenzahn is 78th with 12.15
- Marco Fenelli is 91st with 11.27
- Ed Arledge is 105th with 9.86
- Elliott Holsbo is 106th with 9.81
- Tony Richards is 132nd with 8.13
- Justin Hanold is 137th with 7.88
- Tom Lowery is 141st with 7.47
- Ron Hammett is 152nd with 5.9
- Melvin Williams is 157th with 3.9
- Carl Limbrick Jr is 13th with 17.66
- Matt Menzel is 24th with 15.85
- Bryan Klem is 26th with 15.55
- Dustin Tingle is 34th with 15.09
- Stephen Lamb is 91st with 10.72
- Brent Benish is 119th with 9.1
- Bryden Mugleston is 126th with 8.8
- Alex Galvin is 160th with 4.39