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

by Dan O’Sullivan

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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.

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.

2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One Pro Standings

PlaceNameHometownBig FishTotal Weight
1Jason BorofkaSalinas CA3.7913.84
2Steve Tosh, Jr.Modesto CA2.8613.20
3Kurt DoveDel Rio TX12.85
4Matt StefanJunction City WI3.4112.75
5Kona BorjaHenderson NV3.6012.44
6Chase ColbyHeber City UT12.24
7Randy BlaukatJoplin MO3.7411.84
8Chris BozarthHenderson NV3.3411.74
9Bill BrownGrand Junction CO3.3711.61
10Ricky ShabazzLa Mesa CA3.2211.47
11Nick SalvucciPaso Robles CA11.41
12Chris ZaldainSan Jose CA2.8211.21
13Kevin ShortMayflower AR10.81
14Shannon AbbottOceanside CA3.7010.79
15Tommy JonovichPhoenix AZ3.6510.72
16Jess TorreRiverside CA10.68
17Michael CrowtherPage AZ10.50
18Thomas WennerlundQueen Creek AZ10.47
19Roy HawkLake Havasu City AZ3.2510.39
20Shaun BaileyLake Havasu City AZ10.37
21Steve KennedyAuburn AL10.19
22Todd WoodsLos Angeles CA2.7310.17
23David KemperTempe AZ10.11
24Julius MazyPhoenix AZ10.07
25Richard GarciaBeaumont CA10.04
26Clayton EslickGilroy CA2.9210.03
27Bradley HallmanNorman OK9.99
28Jason BradshawSacramento CA2.829.96
29Dylan MaxonPhoenix AZ9.76
30Ellison HubbardLAS VEGAS NV9.70
31Jerren SlatonAfton TX9.67
32Mike BrillhartWaddell AZ2.359.62
33Kyle GroverTrabuco Canyon CA9.59
34John StewartPeoria AZ4.069.58
35Kazuki KodamaTokyo Japan9.50
36Dan MerchantCanyon Lake CA3.029.48
37Michael McLernonOceanside CA9.39
38Jordan CollomTemecula CA9.26
39Todd HolversonSan Diego CA2.859.23
39Mike WoodBayfield CO9.23
41Brent ShoresBoise ID9.21
42Jason HickeyWeiser ID9.19
43Chris KinleyLake Havasu City AZ9.17
44Don IglinskiHenderson NV3.319.16
45Justin KerrSimi Valley CA9.13
45Tim PriceGlendale AZ9.13
47Miles PeshlakaiLas Vegas NV9.11
47Guy SavidanNORCO CA9.11
49Laythe MooreBanning CA9.10
50Carl Limbrick, Jr.Bonita CA3.499.08
51Dung Van VuParamount CA2.229.04
52Gerard ThomasRalston WY2.109.00
53Doug GaskillLas Vegas NV8.98
54Noah CookLancaster CA8.93
55Johnny JohnsonLakeside AZ8.90
56Aaron MartensLeeds AL8.87
57Garrett HowardRiverside CA8.86
58Bryan Grier


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