Todd Herman Leads Day One of U.S. Open

ichael Caruso Second, Gary Dobyns Third

Todd Herman Leads Day One of U.S. Open
Todd Herman – Day One U.S. Open Leader – photo by Brad Schweit / WON Bass

Las Vegas, Nev. – September 9, 2013 – When the opening round of the 2013 Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open commenced at Callville Bay Marina on Lake Mead, the skies were calm. However, as with any fishing tournament, there was some excitement brewing. While the weather remained calm throughout the day, the fishing was reportedly tough for much of the field. However, someone is always bound to figure out the pieces to the puzzle to stand ahead of the pack. Today was no different, as Todd Herman, a second time U.S. Open pro, took a strong position atop the leaderboard with 13.22 pounds that included the second largest bass of the day on the pro side.

 

Ariz. pro Michael Caruso
Michael Caruso – U.S. open Day One Second place – photo by Brad Schweit / WON Bass

Standing only a pound and a half behind Herman is young Peoria, Ariz. pro Michael Caruso, who proved his ability to produce big bites on Lake Mead in last year’s event; and did so once again today with a 5.08 pounder that was the biggest bass of the day on both sides of the field. his big fish  anchored an 11.77-pound limit that puts him in good position to contend for the win.

 

Looming closely in third place is past U.S. Open Champion Gary Dobyns of Yuba City, Calif. who proved why he is one of the best professional anglers in the business with a solid 11.36-pound limit of bass that included a pair of solid kickers; one a 2.52 pounder caught by Dobyns, and a 3.79 produced by his AAA partner Michael Bidak.

 

Herman said that he has found one particular pattern that was able to produce for him in a variety of locations. “I caught all of my fish on one lure in four different areas today,” the Gilbert, Ariz. pro said. “I was the last boat out today, so when I got to what I had hoped would be my starting spot, there were several boats there, so I went to my backup plan, and had it all to myself.”

 

Herman also said that he has been on the same pattern for the past eight days during practice, and as a result, he feels comfortable; as comfortable as he can be. “I feel like I can catch fish in clean water, or behind other boats with what I’m doing,” he said. “So, I feel like I can do well tomorrow; especially being the first boat out, but we’ll just have to see what happens from here.”

 

Caruso said that today was a grind, but he was able to use the same lure he used to catch one of the

Gary Dobyns and Michael Bidak - U.S. Open Day One Third Place - photo by Brad Schweit : WON Bass
Gary Dobyns and Michael Bidak – U.S. Open Day One Third Place – photo by Brad Schweit / WON Bass

biggest event at last year’s event, to catch his big one today. “I really had a difficult day today; it wasn’t a good day for me,” he said. “I covered a lot of water, burned 31 gallons of fuel, scraped up some keepers and managed to get the one big bite. Hopefully I can put things together tomorrow, and this lake really allows you to do many different things, we’ll just have to see what happens.”

 

Dobyns said that he had to adjust from what he was doing in practice. “I had two good days, and two horrible days, and then the bite changed today again,” he said. “I really picked up baits that I really like to fish and junk fished my way to a good limit today; it’s nice to be in a position to make a run at this event again.”

 

Mike Hyland, a AAA from Lompoc, Calif. was paired with Herman for the day, and took the day one lead on the AAA side with 13.22 pounds. Second place on the AAA side is Robert Jeannotte with 11.77, and Bidak is third with 11.36 pounds. The big bass for the day on the AAA side was caught by Kevin Gross of Claremont, Calif. his 4.46 punder earned him big bass money on the first day of the event.

 

Complete Standings are below.

 

The WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open takeoff will continue tomorrow at Callville Bay Marina on Monday, beginning at 5:45AM, with weigh-in starting at 2:00PM. Following the event’s conclusion on Wednesday, a champion will be crowned at Boulder Station Casino the final evening of the event.

 

The WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open See What’s Out There Live Webcasts presented by Costa Sunglasses will begin with a pregame show from the Boulder Station Casino after the Sponsor Showcase and mandatory partner pairing meeting; the live pregame show will begin Sunday Night at 5:30PM.

 

Daily event coverage will begin following tournament take off with hourly updates at 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM and 11:00AM each day, followed by weigh-in coverage beginning at 2:00PM and finally a 6:30PM post game show; all show times are Pacific Standard Time. .

 

The WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open presented by Costa Sunglasses Webcasts can be accessed by visiting www.wonbass.com, or directly at the event page of the 2013 The WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open See What’s Out There page presented by Costa Sunglasses

 

The WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open Live Webcast is presented by Costa Sunglasses, the event is also brought to you by Nitro Boats, Mercury Outboards, Costa Sunglasses, Bass Pro Shops, Adoption Awareness, Big Hammer, Bridgford Foods, Cousins Tackle, Daiwa, Frog Toggs, Fuji, Global Fish Mounts, Lobina Lures, Lowrance, Mustang Survival, Optimum Baits, Plano Molding, Pro Boats, Pro Mar, Seaguar, Snug Top, SPRO, St.Croix Rods, Star Tron, YoZuri and Zip Baits

 

2013 WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open
Day One Pro Standings

 

Place Angler Hometown Weight Penalty Big Fish Total
1 Todd Herman Gilbert AZ 13.22 4.49 13.22
2 Michael Caruso Peoria AZ 11.77 5.08 11.77
3 Gary Dobyns Yuba City CA 11.36 2.52 11.36
4 Tommy Jonovich Phoenix AZ 11.29 0.2 11.09
5 Gary Robbins Burbank CA 10.91 10.91
6 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ 10.81 3.04 10.81
7 Chris Bozarth Henderson NV 10.54 2.82 10.54
8 Phillip Dutra Antioch CA 10.5 3.15 10.5
9 Rusty Brown Tustin CA 10.27 10.27
10 Morizo Shimizu Osaka JP 10.26 3.16 10.26
11 Shaun Bailey Lake Havasu City AZ 10.13 0.2 9.93
12 Jamie Cyphers Cedar City UT 9.79 3.14 9.79
13 Devin McDonald Las Vegas NV 9.78 3.04 9.78
14 Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ 9.5 3.23 9.5
15 David Peltier Acton CA 9.34 9.34
16 Josh Rhodes Lakeside CA 9.12 3.87 9.12
17 Todd Woods San Dimas CA 9.09 2.59 9.09
18 Joe Uribe, Jr. Lake Forest CA 8.93 0.2 3.47 8.73
19 John Murray Phoenix AZ 8.67 8.67
20 Aaron Leon Henderson NV 8.54 8.54
21 Paul Hodges Glendale AZ 8.53 8.53
22 Gary Freeman Las Vegas NV 8.49 8.49
23 Robert Schoessler Henderson NV 8.46 8.46
24 Bobby Lanham Cave Creek AZ 8.44 8.44
25 Bill Brown Grand Junction CO 8.34 8.34
26 Randy Estrada, M.D. Corona CA 8.31 8.31
27 Kevin Caruso Glendale AZ 8.24 3.2 8.24
28 Ernie Stumpf Carrollton TX 8.36 0.2 8.16
29 Ray Arbesu Henderson NV 8.33 0.2 3.1 8.13
30 Randy Cnota Tucson AZ 8 8
31 Klayton Belden El Cajon CA 7.92 7.92
32 Dorne Soto Henderson NV 7.9 7.9
33 Kevin Wiggins Las Vegas NV 7.88 7.88
34 Kyle Grover Trabuco Canyon CA 8.05 0.2 7.85
35 Michael Phua Chino CA 7.81 7.81
36 Neil Flores Menifee CA 7.75 7.75
37 Bill O’Shinn Granite Bay CA 7.72 2.83 7.72
38 John Perkins Lake Havasu City AZ 7.67 7.67
39 Claude Sims Boerne TX 7.64 7.64
40 Justin Hanold Poway CA 7.59 7.59
41 Garrett Howard Riverside CA 7.78 0.2 7.58
42 Matt Shura Gilbert AZ 7.58 7.58
43 Ken Whalen Lompoc CA 7.56 7.56
44 Gary Boyd Reseda CA 7.54 7.54
45 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO 7.51 7.51
46 Jamie Shaw Coolidge AZ 7.51 7.51
47 Ben Byrd Moab UT 7.49 7.49
48 Dave Wendrich Elko NV 7.45 7.45
49 David Kemper Tempe AZ 7.58 0.2 7.38
50 Patrick Whitaker Gilbert AZ 7.32 7.32
51 David Valdivia Norwalk CA 7.45 0.2 7.25
52 Vince Gennaro Henderson NV 7.23 7.23
53 John Morrow Brea CA 7.2 7.2
54 Gary Pinholster Lake Havasu City AZ 7.38 0.2 7.18
55 Philip Roesener Parowan UT 7.09 2.13 7.09
56 Matt Massey Golden CO 7.04 7.04
57 Aaron Martens Leeds AL 7.01 7.01
58 Byron Velvick Del Rio TX 6.98 6.98
59 Rick Mason Glendale AZ 6.94 6.94
60 Neil Campbell Fallbrook CA 6.83 6.83
61 Shawn Lee Arroyo Grande CA 6.81 6.81
62 Ricky Shabazz Rialto CA 6.64 6.64
63 Marvin Barellano Monterey Park CA 6.6 6.6
64 Gabe Bolivar Ramona CA 6.56 6.56
65 William Ruehle Peoria AZ 6.52 6.52
66 Ed Arledge Valley Center CA 6.49 6.49
67 Craig Miller Las Vegas NV 6.46 6.46
68 Brett Allen Leber Dixon CA 6.44 6.44
69 Kenichi Tanaka Minamikawachigun 6.44 6.44
70 Mike Folkestad Villa Park CA 6.43 6.43
71 Clayton Meyer Henderson NV 6.43 3.12 6.43
72 Ken Phillips Antioch CA 6.38 6.38
73 Johnny Johnson Lakeside AZ 6.29 6.29
74 Ed Shaver Lake Havasu City AZ 6.29 6.29
75 Trevor Young Fontana CA 6.14 6.14
76 Sean Stafford Fairfield CA 6.33 0.2 6.13
77 John Mackey Boulder City NV 6.1 6.1
78 Kevin Norling San Diego CA 6.1 6.1
79 Stephen Patek Chula Vista CA 6.06 6.06
80 Garrett Lorenzen Escondido CA 5.89 2.7 5.89
81 Derek Yamamoto Boulder City CO 5.88 5.88
82 Rich Tauber Camarillo CA 5.83 5.83
83 Nick Young Ontario OR 5.83 5.83
84 Jiggs Benn Myrtle Creek OR 5.76 5.76
85 Gerald Kimzey Willcox AZ 5.74 2.83 5.74
86 Marco Valdez Mesa AZ 5.73 5.73
87 Justin Kerr Lake Havasu City AZ 5.68 5.68
88 Andy Manahl Mesa AZ 5.62 5.62
89 John Weisfuss Oxnard CA 5.61 5.61
90 Clifford Pirch Payson AZ 5.99 0.4 5.59
91 Joseph Raftery Las Vegas NV 5.53 5.53
92 Jason Borofka Salinas CA 5.44 3.22 5.44
93 Melvin Williams Chula Vista CA 5.44 5.44
94 Vu Au Tucson AZ 5.64 0.2 5.44
95 Stephen Pike Las Vegas NV 5.4 5.4
96 Christopher Dixon Granada Hills CA 5.33 5.33
97 Ron Hammett La Mesa CA 5.19 5.19
98 George Kramer Lake Elsinore CA 5.18 5.18
99 Steve Molinari Waddell AZ 5.18 5.18
100 Steve Gibson Las Vegas NV 4.99 4.99
101 Trey Campbell Gardena CA 4.9 4.9
102 Robert Jenks Diamond Bar CA 4.76 4.76
103 Raymond Archer Greeley CO 4.64 4.64
104 Keith Beever Aliso Viejo CA 4.61 4.61
105 Pete Marino Moreno Valley CA 4.49 4.49
106 Mike Lavallee Sandy UT 4.48 4.48
107 Bill Snyder Las Vegas NV 4.4 4.4
108 Clay Lippincott Goodyear AZ 4.36 4.36
109 Ty Sandefer Escalante UT 4.17 4.17
110 Max Bauer La Mesa CA 4.15 4.15
111 Guy Savidan Yorba Linda CA 4.15 4.15
112 David Patrick San Jacinto CA 4.11 2.92 4.11
113 Sean Coffey Mesa AZ 4.04 4.04
114 Vern Ridgway Chandler AZ 3.98 3.98
115 Mike Brillhart Waddell AZ 3.97 3.97
116 Chester Baxter Glendale AZ 3.92 3.92
117 Jonathan D. Demonet Downey CA 3.79 3.79
118 Brent Becker Henderson NV 3.75 3.75
119 Zachary Elrite San Jose CA 3.54 3.54
120 Thomas Wennerlund Gilbert AZ 3.45 3.45
121 Tom Pryor Page AZ 3.24 3.24
122 Kevin Stewart Elk Grove CA 3.15 3.15
123 Dick Watson Alta Loma CA 3.12 3.12
124 Keith Ferlanie Henderson NV 3.05 3.05
125 Tony Lain Menifee CA 2.95 2.95
126 Clyde Evans Las Vegas NV 2.9 2.9
127 Shane Moline Kingman AZ 2.6 2.6
128 Jason Burchfield Las Vegas NV 2.51 2.51
129 Wade Strelic El Cajon CA 2.4 2.4
130 Jay Wright Pasadena CA 1.82 1.82
131 Cody Compton Palisade CO 1.51 1.51
132 Rick Clunn Ava MO 1.25 1.25
133 Paul Brockmann Lomita CA 0.98 0.98
134 John O’Brien Henderson NV 0.96 0.96
135 Travis Richards Henderson NV 0.95 0.95
136 Scott Wingo San Diego CA 0.94 0.94
137 John Browning Payson AZ 0 0
138 Jeffery Klicka Brawley CA 0 0
139 Michael McFarland Corona CA 0 0
140 Mark Poe Coolidge AZ 0 0
141 Chris Studinger Oceanside CA 0 0
142 Oscar Torrado Mira Loma CA 0 0

 

2013 WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open
Day One AAA Standings

 

Place Name Hometown Weight Penalty Big Fish Total
1 Mike Hyland Lompoc CA 13.22 13.22
2 Robert Jeannotte Henderson NV 11.77 11.77
3 Michael Bidak Pheniox AZ 11.36 3.79 11.36
4 Doug Delgado West Lake Village CA 11.29 0.2 11.09
5 Charles Fleisher Las Vegas NV 10.91 3.42 10.91
6 Scott Palumbo Phoenix AZ 10.81 10.81
7 Marty Rolph Paradise CA 10.54 2.31 10.54
8 Josh Paxton Spring Creek NV 10.5 10.5
9 Merlin Nunes Vacaville CA 10.27 3.12 10.27
10 Tracy Purtee Payson AZ 10.26 10.26
11 Bill Wentworth Dixon CA 10.13 0.2 9.93
12 Carl Limbrick, Jr. Bonita CA 9.79 9.79
13 Chuck Kavros Grass Valley CA 9.78 2.2 9.78
14 Shannon Henry Anthem AZ 9.5 9.5
15 Matthew Rivera Aliso Viejo CA 9.34 2.79 9.34
16 Mark Dalton Fountain Hills AZ 9.12 9.12
17 Steven Cook Phoeniz AZ 9.09 2.26 9.09
18 Dave Della Sparks NV 8.93 0.2 8.73
19 Chris Beverly Mesa AZ 8.67 8.67
20 Daniel Bonaccorso Concord, Sydney, NSW 8.54 2.95 8.54
21 Ken Cates LaQuinta CA 8.53 8.53
22 Allen Todd Gardnerville NV 8.49 8.49
23 Duke Ayers Flagstaff AZ 8.46 8.46
24 Stephen Lamb Lakeside CA 8.44 8.44
25 Allan Ruddock Klamath Falls OR 8.34 3.03 8.34
26 Robert Nicholson Grand Terrace CA 8.31 8.31
27 Michael D. Sisco Henderson NV 8.24 8.24
28 Mike Byrum Lakewood CA 8.36 0.2 2.84 8.16
29 John D. Helm Tempe AZ 8.33 0.2 8.13
30 Bob Keck Las Vegas NV 8 8
31 Robert Rick Adams Signal Hills CA 7.92 7.92
32 Coy Nelson Las Vegas NV 7.9 7.9
33 Rob Larson Fountain Green UT 7.88 7.88
34 Gabriel Diaz Nuevo CA 8.05 0.2 7.85
35 Greg Galloway Valencia CA 7.81 7.81
36 Mark Torrez Camarillo CA 7.75 7.75
37 Ronald Cross Pahrump NV 7.72 7.72
38 Andrew Moreau Satatoga Springs UT 7.67 2.44 7.67
39 R J Nevarez Bonsall CA 7.64 7.64
40 Kevin Tucker Ontario OR 7.59 7.59
41 Craig Hammett Eagle ID 7.58 7.58
42 Bob Nokley Las Vegas NV 7.78 0.2 7.58
43 Robert Jones Clayton CA 7.56 7.56
44 Laythe Moore Banning CA 7.54 7.54
45 Brent Benish San Diego CA 7.51 7.51
46 Vince Dwan Rancho Mirage CA 7.51 7.51
47 Duane Mierop Escondido CA 7.49 7.49
48 Barry Johnson Carson City NV 7.45 7.45
49 Conrad Demecs Scottsdale AZ 7.58 0.2 7.38
50 Dave Kiesgen Peorea AZ 7.32 7.32
51 Eric Hammer Peoria AZ 7.45 0.2 7.25
52 Erik Bomstad Temecula CA 7.23 7.23
53 Chad May Mesa AZ 7.2 7.2
54 Jason Caine Las Vegas NV 7.38 0.2 7.18
55 Troy Blankenship Orange CA 7.09 7.09
56 Gerard Thomas Ralston WY 7.04 7.04
57 Tim S. Wells, Sr. Clovis CA 7.01 7.01
58 Dave Cunningham Hawthorne CA 6.98 6.98
59 Mona Dunlap Lake Arrowhead CA 6.94 6.94
60 Chris Patek Chula Vista CA 6.83 6.83
61 Darian V. Stumpf Las Vegas NV 6.81 6.81
62 David Hudson Henderson NV 6.64 6.64
63 Christian Borucki Scottsdale AZ 6.6 1.85 6.6
64 Stephen Watte Calipatria CA 6.56 6.56
65 Norman Santos Rosamond CA 6.52 6.52
66 Paul H. Matthews Peoria AZ 6.49 6.49
67 David Bebawy Chandler AZ 6.46 6.46
68 Blaine Christiansen San Francisco CA 6.44 6.44
69 Oliver Merrick Carpinteria CA 6.44 6.44
70 Todd Kline San Clemente CA 6.43 6.43
71 Paul Reutlinger West Jordan UT 6.43 6.43
72 Liz Jones Conoga Park CA 6.38 6.38
73 Dan Cranston Visalia CA 6.29 6.29
74 Bill Lansford Lake Havasu City AZ 6.29 6.29
75 Chris Mason South Gate CA 6.14 6.14
76 Rick Melead Yorba Linda CA 6.33 0.2 6.13
77 Brian Pierce Colorado Springs CO 6.1 6.1
78 Andy Sanchez Antioch CA 6.1 6.1
79 Butch Nessline Peoria AZ 6.06 6.06
80 Geoff Peterson Huntington Beach CA 5.89 5.89
81 Jess Torre Corona CA 5.88 5.88
82 Steve Lindner Lake Havasu City AZ 5.83 5.83
83 Carson Sims Boerne TX 5.83 5.83
84 Stephen Foster Tazewell TN 5.76 5.76
85 James Cope Las Vegas NV 5.74 5.74
86 Dante Ray Sparks NV 5.73 5.73
87 Bryan Klem San Diego CA 5.68 5.68
88 Bobby Steele Goodyear AZ 5.62 5.62
89 Layne Gray Milford UT 5.61 5.61
90 Seth Hausman Sandy UT 5.99 0.4 5.59
91 Kevin Gross Claremont CA 5.53 4.46 5.53
92 Dale Howard Las Vegas NV 5.44 5.44
93 Tim Irwin LaVerne CA 5.44 5.44
94 Yoki Usuki 5.64 0.2 5.44
95 Vincent Alcantara Glendale AZ 5.4 5.4
96 James Broughton Henderson NV 5.33 5.33
97 Yasuhiro Okada Los Angeles CA 5.19 5.19
98 David Burrows Placentia CA 5.18 3.76 5.18
99 Kirk Russell Payson AZ 5.18 5.18
100 Andrew Napoleon Mesa AZ 4.99 4.99
101 Bill Hart Temecula CA 4.9 4.9
102 Glenn Kierstead Coventry CT 4.76 4.76
103 Chang Won Park Palmdale CA 4.64 4.64
104 Randy Okubo Evanston WY 4.61 2.06 4.61
105 Steve Amata East Vale CA 4.49 4.49
106 Andrew M. Schadegg Reno NV 4.48 4.48
107 Gunnar Stanton Boulder City NV 4.4 4.4
108 Robert Schneider Temecula CA 4.36 4.36
109 Jason Swearengin Rancho Mirage CA 4.17 4.17
110 Larry Holona Las Vegas NV 4.15 4.15
111 Edward Smith Blythe CA 4.15 4.15
112 Patrick McLaren Las Vegas NV 4.11 4.11
113 Paul A. Williams Lake Havasu City AZ 4.04 4.04
114 Jerome Peacock Visalia CA 3.98 3.98
115 Tracy Smart Lake Havasu City AZ 3.97 3.97
116 Sonny Gibson Las Vegas NV 3.92 3.92
117 Robert Lutes Saugus CA 3.79 3.79
118 Shawn Cooke Wilcox AZ 3.75 3.75
119 Zach Holt 3.54 3.54
120 Gabriel Jones Granite Falls NC 3.45 3.45
121 Tim Demecs Pheonix AZ 3.24 3.24
122 Allison Shaw La Quinta CA 3.15 3.15
123 Rafael Gonzalez, Jr. Las Vegas NV 3.12 3.12
124 Brad Ankrum Grand Junction CO 3.05 3.05
125 Ralph Wells Castaic CA 2.95 2.95
126 Eddie Lero Bryan TX 2.9 2.9
127 Larry Triplett Aurora CO 2.6 2.6
128 Todd Dunlap Lake Arrowhead CA 2.51 2.51
129 Darin Guglielmo Santa Barbara CA 2.4 2.4
130 Mike Lepori Saint Helena CA 1.82 1.82
131 Chris Martens Leeds AL 1.51 1.51
132 Mark Rauenzahn San Diego CA 1.25 1.25
133 Julius Mazy Phoenix AZ 0.98 0.98
134 Bret Nagelhout Red Rock AZ 0.96 0.96
135 Brian Grizzle Dahlonega GA 0.95 0.95
136 Szu Nien Yeh Las Vegas NV 0.94 0.94
137 Brian P. Day Rncho Snta Margarita CA 0 0
138 Phillip Hudnall Huntington Beach CA 0 0
139 Brant List Huntington Beach CA 0 0
140 Tom Nguyen Lawndale CA 0 0
141 Dino Uwanawich Camarillo CA 0 0
142 Dan Zehring Gilbert AZ 0 0

 

 

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