Rusty Brown Wins 2013 WON Bass U.S. Open

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Rusty Brown 2013 U.S. Open Champion

Rusty Brown 2013 U.S. Open Champion – photo by Dan O’Sullivan

Las Vegas, Nev. –  September 11, 2013 – The rule for the week at the 31st Anniversary WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open had been consistency.   The anglers that seemed to fare the best had been those who had managed to put together steady limits, avoiding the wild swings that can happen in a event on Lake Mead.

Rusty Brown proved that one more time on the final day, and claimed the title of U.S. Open Champion.

The Tustin, Calif. pro posted his third consecutive limit weighing  in excess of 10 pounds to claim his first U.S. Open victory. His final day limit of 10.81 pounds pushed his three day total to 31.25 pounds and help him eclipse a hard charging Clifford Pirch; a two-time U.S. Open Champion who bagged a 15.48-pound bag to give him his second consecutive runner up finish with a total weight of 30.32 pounds.  Day two leader Brett Hite stumbled slightly in his quest for three consecutive 10 pound limits, and brought 9.03 pounds to the Callville Bay Marina scales and slipped to third place with 30.09 pounds.

Brown credited three lures, and his ability to slow down and fish his areas thoroughly with the win.  “I knew there were quality fish in the Greg’s Basin area, so I just had to slow down and fish back and forth around grass beds to try and trigger the big fish into biting,”  I caught my fish on a Rapala Skitter Walk and a few on a Vixen, a shad colored Pro Line spinnerbait with smaller sized willowleaf blades and a size 3 Storm Arashi Squarebill crankbait.”

He said he used erratic retrieves around grass beds trying to contact the grass without bogging the baits down.  he also said that he tried to focus on grinding out the right kinds of bites.  “I fished really hard for three days, after a good practice, and knew that if I just kept fishing without getting in a hurry, I would get the right bites,” he said.  “Everything went great this week, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

He also said he has dreamed of being a U.S. Open Champion, and humbled by the accomplishment.  “I can’t believe I’m standing here with my name on the same list of the guys I’ve watched win this tournament for so many years,” he said.  “I’ve got great sponsors who have stood behind me in working at this for many years and it’s really great to be one of the guys who have won this tournament.”

Merlin Nunes of Vacaville, Calif. fished with Pirch on the final day, and his participation in the 15.47-pound limit brought his three day total weight to 31.78 pounds to claim the AAA Division championship.  He was followed by Robert Jeannotte, who finished with 30.55 pounds to finish in second place for the third consecutive day.  Day two AAA leader Scott Palumbo finished in third place with 28.95 pounds.

Complete Standings are below.

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

 

Place

Name Hometown

Weight

Penalty

Big Fish

Total

1

Rusty Brown Tustin CA

31.25

3.92

31.25

2

Clifford Pirch Payson AZ

30.72

0.4

5.2

30.32

3

Brett Hite Phoenix AZ

30.09

3.04

30.09

4

Justin Hanold Poway CA

29.66

3.49

29.66

5

Tommy Jonovich Phoenix AZ

29.82

0.2

29.62

6

Gary Dobyns Yuba City CA

28.89

2.52

28.89

7

Joe Uribe, Jr. Lake Forest CA

28.56

0.2

3.47

28.36

8

Chris Bozarth Henderson NV

27.26

2.82

27.26

9

Morizo Shimizu Osaka JP

26.85

3.16

26.85

10

Jamie Cyphers Cedar City UT

26.77

3.14

26.77

11

Todd Herman Gilbert AZ

26.07

4.49

26.07

12

Aaron Leon Henderson NV

26.44

0.4

2.8

26.04

13

Ben Byrd Moab UT

25.72

25.72

14

Bill Brown Grand Junction CO

25.64

25.64

15

Todd Woods San Dimas CA

25.42

2.59

25.42

16

John Perkins Lake Havasu City AZ

25.35

2.91

25.35

17

Shaun Bailey Lake Havasu City AZ

25.59

0.4

3.73

25.19

18

Paul Hodges Glendale AZ

24.96

24.96

19

Randy Blaukat Joplin MO

24.88

4.11

24.88

20

Ray Arbesu Henderson NV

25.22

0.4

3.1

24.82

21

Garrett Howard Riverside CA

24.75

0.4

3.3

24.35

22

Johnny Johnson Lakeside AZ

24.17

24.17

23

Randy Estrada, M.D. Corona CA

24.04

24.04

24

Klayton Belden El Cajon CA

23.95

23.95

25

Kenichi Tanaka Minamikawachigun

23.89

2.7

23.89

26

Patrick Whitaker Gilbert AZ

23.87

23.87

27

Dorne Soto Henderson NV

23.62

0.2

23.42

28

Brett Allen Leber Dixon CA

23.35

23.35

29

John Murray Phoenix AZ

23.22

3.32

23.22

30

Josh Rhodes Lakeside CA

23.08

3.87

23.08

31

Gary Pinholster Lake Havasu City AZ

23.19

0.2

22.99

32

Steve Gibson Las Vegas NV

22.73

3.06

22.73

32

Claude Sims Boerne TX

22.93

0.2

22.73

34

Sean Stafford Fairfield CA

22.83

0.2

22.63

35

Andy Manahl Mesa AZ

22.77

0.2

22.57

36

Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ

22.47

3.23

22.47

37

Kyle Grover Trabuco Canyon CA

22.36

0.2

22.16

38

Phillip Dutra Antioch CA

21.96

3.15

21.96

39

Rich Tauber Camarillo CA

21.85

3.99

21.85

40

Aaron Martens Leeds AL

21.78

21.78

41

Kevin Norling San Diego CA

21.77

21.77

42

Gabe Bolivar Ramona CA

21.72

3.45

21.72

43

Matt Shura Gilbert AZ

21.62

21.62

44

Justin Kerr Lake Havasu City AZ

21.51

2.88

21.51

45

Derek Yamamoto Boulder City CO

21.49

21.49

46

David Valdivia Norwalk CA

21.66

0.2

21.46

47

Shawn Lee Arroyo Grande CA

21.55

0.2

3.32

21.35

48

Clayton Meyer Henderson NV

21.32

3.12

21.32

49

Ken Whalen Lompoc CA

21.25

0.2

21.05

50

Byron Velvick Del Rio TX

21.02

21.02

51

Raymond Archer Greeley CO

21

21

52

Bobby Lanham Cave Creek AZ

20.78

20.78

53

Stephen Pike Las Vegas NV

20.71

20.71

54

Dick Watson Alta Loma CA

20.7

0.4

20.3

55

Kevin Wiggins Las Vegas NV

20.27

20.27

56

John Weisfuss Oxnard CA

20.45

0.2

20.25

57

Vu Au Tucson AZ

20.37

0.2

20.17

58

Marco Valdez Mesa AZ

20.14

20.14

59

Rick Mason Glendale AZ

19.99

2.3

19.99

60

Garrett Lorenzen Escondido CA

19.89

2.7

19.89

61

Kevin Caruso Glendale AZ

19.87

3.2

19.87

62

Jamie Shaw Coolidge AZ

19.82

19.82

63

Devin McDonald Las Vegas NV

19.65

3.04

19.65

64

Dave Wendrich Elko NV

19.59

19.59

65

Ricky Shabazz Rialto CA

19.56

19.56

66

Bill O’Shinn Granite Bay CA

19.48

2.83

19.48

67

Neil Flores Menifee CA

19.45

19.45

68

Matt Massey Golden CO

19.33

19.33

69

Ed Arledge Valley Center CA

19.23

19.23

70

Jiggs Benn Myrtle Creek OR

19.17

2.67

19.17

71

Rick Clunn Ava MO

18.99

18.99

72

John Mackey Boulder City NV

18.95

18.95

73

Mark Poe Coolidge AZ

18.87

2.94

18.87

74

Randy Cnota Tucson AZ

18.98

0.2

18.78

75

John Morrow Brea CA

18.38

18.38

76

Craig Miller Las Vegas NV

18.33

18.33

77

Keith Beever Aliso Viejo CA

18.47

0.2

18.27

78

Ken Phillips Antioch CA

18.09

18.09

79

Neil Campbell Fallbrook CA

17.44

17.44

79

Jay Wright Pasadena CA

17.44

2.75

17.44

81

Gary Freeman Las Vegas NV

17.41

17.41

82

Ernie Stumpf Carrollton TX

17.6

0.2

2.77

17.4

83

Michael Caruso Peoria AZ

17.32

5.08

17.32

84

Jonathan D. Demonet Downey CA

17.2

17.2

85

Vern Ridgway Chandler AZ

17.12

17.12

85

Ed Shaver Lake Havasu City AZ

17.12

17.12

87

Mike Brillhart Waddell AZ

16

16

88

Nick Young Ontario OR

15.93

15.93

89

Gary Boyd Reseda CA

15.75

2.42

15.75

90

Mike Folkestad Villa Park CA

15.84

0.2

2.27

15.64

91

Guy Savidan Yorba Linda CA

15.58

2.68

15.58

92

William Ruehle Peoria AZ

15.41

15.41

93

Shane Moline Kingman AZ

15.16

15.16

94

Stephen Patek Chula Vista CA

14.84

2.62

14.84

95

David Peltier Acton CA

14.82

14.82

96

Gerald Kimzey Willcox AZ

14.69

2.83

14.69

97

Scott Wingo San Diego CA

14.57

3.35

14.57

98

Jason Burchfield Las Vegas NV

14.91

0.4

14.51

98

Thomas Wennerlund Gilbert AZ

14.51

14.51

100

Clyde Evans Las Vegas NV

14.4

14.4

101

Marvin Barellano Monterey Park CA

14.27

14.27

102

George Kramer Lake Elsinore CA

14.45

0.2

14.25

103

Michael Phua Chino CA

14.16

14.16

103

Joseph Raftery Las Vegas NV

14.16

14.16

105

Steve Molinari Waddell AZ

14.01

14.01

106

Trey Campbell Gardena CA

13.95

13.95

107

Max Bauer La Mesa CA

13.94

13.94

108

Pete Marino Moreno Valley CA

13.9

13.9

109

Travis Richards Henderson NV

13.78

13.78

110

Melvin Williams Chula Vista CA

13.67

13.67

111

Philip Roesener Parowan UT

13.48

2.39

13.48

112

Ty Sandefer Escalante UT

13.4

13.4

113

Gary Robbins Burbank CA

13.36

13.36

114

Robert Schoessler Henderson NV

13.3

13.3

115

Cody Compton Palisade CO

13.11

13.11

116

Clay Lippincott Goodyear AZ

13.04

13.04

117

Wade Strelic El Cajon CA

12.87

12.87

118

Trevor Young Fontana CA

12.7

12.7

119

Kevin Stewart Elk Grove CA

12.23

12.23

120

Vince Gennaro Henderson NV

12.22

12.22

121

Mike Lavallee Sandy UT

11.74

11.74

122

Zachary Elrite San Jose CA

11.87

0.2

11.67

123

Christopher Dixon Granada Hills CA

11.58

0.2

11.38

124

Chester Baxter Glendale AZ

11.29

11.29

125

Tony Lain Menifee CA

11.15

11.15

126

Sean Coffey Mesa AZ

10.74

10.74

127

Jason Borofka Salinas CA

10.18

3.22

10.18

128

Ron Hammett La Mesa CA

9.66

9.66

129

Keith Ferlanie Henderson NV

9.23

9.23

130

Michael McFarland Corona CA

8.69

3.15

8.69

131

David Kemper Tempe AZ

8.82

0.2

8.62

132

Brent Becker Henderson NV

8.5

8.5

133

Robert Jenks Diamond Bar CA

7.54

7.54

134

Chris Studinger Oceanside CA

7.64

0.2

7.44

135

Tom Pryor Page AZ

7.32

7.32

136

John O’Brien Henderson NV

7.28

0.2

7.08

137

John Browning Payson AZ

7.22

0.2

7.02

138

David Patrick San Jacinto CA

6.8

2.92

6.8

139

Paul Brockmann Lomita CA

6.73

0.2

6.53

140

Bill Snyder Las Vegas NV

4.4

4.4

141

Oscar Torrado Mira Loma CA

4.27

4.27

142

Jeffery Klicka Brawley CA

2.06

2.06

 

 

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

 

Place

Name Hometown

Weight

Penalty

Big Fish

Total

1

Merlin Nunes Vacaville CA

31.78

3.12

31.78

2

Robert Jeannotte Henderson NV

30.55

2.61

30.55

3

Scott Palumbo Phoenix AZ

28.95

3.5

28.95

4

Todd Kline San Clemente CA

28.08

3.48

28.08

5

Chris Beverly Mesa AZ

27.65

27.65

6

Barry Johnson Carson City NV

27.42

4.49

27.42

7

Tim Irwin LaVerne CA

26.34

26.34

8

Gabriel Diaz Nuevo CA

26.44

0.2

3.32

26.24

9

Mark Dalton Fountain Hills AZ

25.86

3.15

25.86

10

Charles Fleisher Las Vegas NV

25.67

3.42

25.67

11

Josh Paxton Spring Creek NV

24.67

3.08

24.67

12

Marty Rolph Paradise CA

24.46

2.31

24.46

13

Vince Dwan Rancho Mirage CA

24.33

2.95

24.33

14

Darian V. Stumpf Las Vegas NV

24.32

24.32

15

Ronald Cross Pahrump NV

24.09

24.09

16

Paul H. Matthews Peoria AZ

24.07

0.2

2.8

23.87

17

Chris Patek Chula Vista CA

23.77

0.2

2.85

23.57

18

Shannon Henry Anthem AZ

23.46

23.46

19

R J Nevarez Bonsall CA

23.42

23.42

20

Carl Limbrick, Jr. Bonita CA

23.2

4.56

23.2

21

Seth Hausman Sandy UT

23.32

0.4

22.92

22

Coy Nelson Las Vegas NV

23.07

0.2

2.39

22.87

23

Doug Delgado West Lake Village CA

22.91

0.2

22.71

24

Eric Hammer Peoria AZ

22.77

0.2

2.38

22.57

25

David Burrows Placentia CA

22.34

3.76

22.34

26

Michael D. Sisco Henderson NV

22.32

1.71

22.32

27

Robert Schneider Temecula CA

22.22

22.22

28

Andrew Moreau Satatoga Springs UT

21.71

2.44

21.71

29

Duke Ayers Flagstaff AZ

21.7

2.47

21.7

30

Craig Hammett Eagle ID

21.61

21.61

31

Geoff Peterson Huntington Beach CA

21.53

21.53

32

Chad May Mesa AZ

21.43

21.43

33

Jason Swearengin Rancho Mirage CA

21.42

21.42

34

Bill Wentworth Dixon CA

21.61

0.2

21.41

35

David Bebawy Chandler AZ

21.4

3.57

21.4

36

Brian P. Day Rncho Snta Margarita CA

21.27

4.58

21.27

37

Gerard Thomas Ralston WY

21.26

21.26

38

Randy Okubo Evanston WY

21.44

0.2

2.06

21.24

39

Blaine Christiansen San Francisco CA

21.22

21.22

40

Stephen Foster Tazewell TN

21.09

21.09

41

Ken Cates LaQuinta CA

21.07

21.07

42

Stephen Lamb Lakeside CA

20.84

3.37

20.84

43

Tracy Purtee Payson AZ

20.8

20.8

43

Brent Benish San Diego CA

20.8

20.8

45

Allan Ruddock Klamath Falls OR

20.74

3.03

20.74

46

Michael Bidak Pheniox AZ

20.72

0.2

3.79

20.52

47

Tracy Smart Lake Havasu City AZ

20.21

20.21

48

Rob Larson Fountain Green UT

20.11

20.11

49

Kevin Gross Claremont CA

20.06

4.46

20.06

49

Bobby Steele Goodyear AZ

20.06

20.06

51

Mike Hyland Lompoc CA

20.05

20.05

52

James Broughton Henderson NV

20.03

20.03

53

Dave Della Sparks NV

20.17

0.2

19.97

54

Chuck Kavros Grass Valley CA

19.87

2.2

19.87

55

Gabriel Jones Granite Falls NC

19.59

2.56

19.59

56

Glenn Kierstead Coventry CT

19.47

19.47

57

John D. Helm Tempe AZ

19.86

0.4

19.46

58

Allison Shaw La Quinta CA

19.59

0.2

19.39

59

Conrad Demecs Scottsdale AZ

19.57

0.2

1.83

19.37

60

Jerome Peacock Visalia CA

19.34

19.34

61

Dave Kiesgen Peorea AZ

19.33

2.83

19.33

62

David Hudson Henderson NV

19.28

19.28

63

Bill Lansford Lake Havasu City AZ

19.36

0.2

19.16

64

Greg Galloway Valencia CA

19.11

19.11

65

Dale Howard Las Vegas NV

18.83

18.83

65

Duane Mierop Escondido CA

18.83

18.83

67

Mark Torrez Camarillo CA

18.81

18.81

68

Paul A. Williams Lake Havasu City AZ

18.67

18.67

69

Mike Byrum Lakewood CA

18.72

0.2

2.84

18.52

70

Steve Amata East Vale CA

18.45

18.45

71

Chris Martens Leeds AL

18.33

18.33

72

Bob Nokley Las Vegas NV

18.42

0.2

18.22

73

Matthew Rivera Aliso Viejo CA

18.21

2.79

18.21

74

Liz Jones Conoga Park CA

18.26

0.2

18.06

75

Steven Cook Phoeniz AZ

18.04

2.26

18.04

76

Mona Dunlap Lake Arrowhead CA

17.97

17.97

77

Dante Ray Sparks NV

17.86

17.86

78

Erik Bomstad Temecula CA

17.85

17.85

79

Eddie Lero Bryan TX

17.87

0.2

17.67

80

Brian Pierce Colorado Springs CO

17.65

0.2

17.45

81

Layne Gray Milford UT

17.35

17.35

82

Robert Nicholson Grand Terrace CA

17.42

0.2

17.22

82

Edward Smith Blythe CA

17.22

17.22

84

Steve Lindner Lake Havasu City AZ

17.36

0.2

17.16

85

Brad Ankrum Grand Junction CO

17.11

17.11

86

Robert Jones Clayton CA

17.09

17.09

87

Yoki Usuki

17.22

0.2

17.02

88

Robert Rick Adams Signal Hills CA

17

17

89

Shawn Cooke Wilcox AZ

16.72

16.72

90

Norman Santos Rosamond CA

16.71

0.2

16.51

91

Chang Won Park Palmdale CA

16.49

16.49

92

Larry Holona Las Vegas NV

16.65

0.2

16.45

93

Jason Caine Las Vegas NV

16.62

0.2

16.42

94

Andrew M. Schadegg Reno NV

16.17

16.17

95

Allen Todd Gardnerville NV

16.16

16.16

96

Tim Demecs Pheonix AZ

16.08

16.08

97

Christian Borucki Scottsdale AZ

16.03

1.85

16.03

98

Brant List Huntington Beach CA

15.78

15.78

99

Yasuhiro Okada Los Angeles CA

15.72

15.72

100

Bryan Klem San Diego CA

15.67

15.67

101

Butch Nessline Peoria AZ

15.61

15.61

101

Tim S. Wells, Sr. Clovis CA

15.61

15.61

103

James Cope Las Vegas NV

15.46

15.46

104

Bill Hart Temecula CA

15.34

1.98

15.34

105

Rick Melead Yorba Linda CA

15.25

0.2

15.05

106

Julius Mazy Phoenix AZ

14.94

14.94

107

Chris Mason South Gate CA

14.92

14.92

108

Paul Reutlinger West Jordan UT

14.74

14.74

109

Stephen Watte Calipatria CA

14.6

14.6

110

Patrick McLaren Las Vegas NV

14.69

0.2

14.49

111

Brian Grizzle Dahlonega GA

14.97

0.6

3.35

14.37

112

Laythe Moore Banning CA

14.33

14.33

113

Dan Zehring Gilbert AZ

14.26

14.26

114

Kevin Tucker Ontario OR

14.21

14.21

115

Rafael Gonzalez, Jr. Las Vegas NV

14.39

0.2

14.19

116

Larry Triplett Aurora CO

14.29

0.2

2.73

14.09

117

Oliver Merrick Carpinteria CA

13.93

13.93

118

Mike Lepori Saint Helena CA

13.8

13.8

119

Bret Nagelhout Red Rock AZ

13.96

0.2

13.76

120

Phillip Hudnall Huntington Beach CA

13.75

13.75

121

Andrew Napoleon Mesa AZ

13.28

13.28

122

Jess Torre Corona CA

13.16

13.16

123

Kirk Russell Payson AZ

13.52

0.4

13.12

124

Daniel Bonaccorso Concord, Sydney, NSW

12.38

2.95

12.38

125

Andy Sanchez Antioch CA

12.2

12.2

126

Troy Blankenship Orange CA

12.11

12.11

127

Robert Lutes Saugus CA

12.06

12.06

128

Bob Keck Las Vegas NV

11.59

11.59

129

Mark Rauenzahn San Diego CA

11.28

11.28

130

Gunnar Stanton Boulder City NV

11.25

11.25

131

Dan Cranston Visalia CA

10.72

10.72

132

Darin Guglielmo Santa Barbara CA

10.88

0.2

2.11

10.68

133

Zach Holt

10.32

3.26

10.32

134

Carson Sims Boerne TX

10.27

10.27

135

Todd Dunlap Lake Arrowhead CA

9.9

9.9

136

Szu Nien Yeh Las Vegas NV

9.69

9.69

137

Vincent Alcantara Glendale AZ

8.83

8.83

138

Sonny Gibson Las Vegas NV

7.35

7.35

139

Dave Cunningham Hawthorne CA

6.98

6.98

140

Ralph Wells Castaic CA

6.42

6.42

141

Dino Uwanawich Camarillo CA

6.25

6.25

142

Tom Nguyen Lawndale CA

2.13

2.13