Todd Herman Leads U.S. Open Day One

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Day One Leader Todd HermanLas 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.

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 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 form 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.

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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