Dean Rojas enters this tournament 11 points behind Aaron Martens in the Toyota Angler of the Year race. And Rojas is in classic one-day-at-a-time focus. He thinks a 15-pound average will put anyone in Sunday's Top 12 finale. But at Wednesday's anglers' meeting, he wasn't looking any further down the road than Day 1 at Chesapeake Bay.
"We have 12 more days of competitive fishing," said Rojas, referring to this event and the final two remaining on the schedule. "I have to be at my best for 12 more days to do what I want to do. (Today) is day No. 1 of the 12."
Dean Finishes 6th on Havasu, Leaves West Coast With Points Lead
After making a big jump on Day 3 to qualify for Sunday’s final Top 12, Lake Havasu City resident Dean Rojas caught just 14-6 Sunday. He finished sixth with 61-7, just ahead of reigning Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley (61-4).
However, Rojas, who has qualified for the final round in the last three of the four Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments this year, currently leads the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race with 365 points (based on cumulative finishes in Elite tournaments), just 10 points of Lucas, winner of the Sacramento Elite, and Martens, who has 332 points.
Day 3: 5, 19-09 (15, 47-01) Rojas, who finished 3rd at Sacramento, spent the first 2 days of the event on his home lake floundering around the middle of the pack. He made some big noise on day 3 with a sack that was topped only by Omori's.
"We'd been having wind, clouds and high water, and those are three things I'm not used to seeing on this place," he said. "It threw me a curveball."
This is Havasu weather right now, and this is when they bite the best for me. It's going to be hotter tomorrow and I really like the way the conditions are setting up."
A 5 1/4-pounder was the biggest of the nine keepers he caught on day 3. He broke off a 3 1/2-pounder, but he doesn't know whether that one would've made the trip to the scale.
He had little company in his best areas.
"That goes with anybody who's fishing their home lake – you always have little stretches or spots you can go to. I'm just kind of bouncing around between them.
"I really got on (the fish) late today – I saw what they were doing and I liked it. Tomorrow's going to be a shootout." Read More