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>Day 2: 5, 18-14 (10, 39-07) It was another day of sight-fishing for Rojas, who’s among the best in the sport at it. They didn’t come as quickly or as easily as they did Thursday and he’s not sure what he’ll catch tomorrow if he remains committed to that style, but he’s happy where he’s at.

“The fish are just running out,” he said. “Even though there are a lot of fish in this lake, the big ones are getting caught.”

He caught his biggest fish right away today, then added another one an hour later.

“I had to move around quite a bit,” he added. “It’s hard with so many boats out there. Everything got covered up. I had to keep moving. I found a spot and caught three more, then just went hunting.”

He spent the last two hours largemouth fishing in an attempt to formulate a backup plan for Saturday in the event the smallmouth he’s been catching dry up.

“It’s going to be interesting,” he said. “I know what I’m going to do, but I’m not certain of the weight I can catch (tomorrow).” Read more

Dean Finishes 6th on Havasu, Leaves West Coast With Points Lead

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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.

Place Name Pts
1 Dean Rojas 365
2 Justin Lucas 355
3 Aaron Martens 332
4 Cliff Pirch 315

Dean Finishes 3rd on the Delta Takes Over AOY Points Lead

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Considering the position he was in toward the end of day 1, Rojas is thrilled to be leaving California with a Top-3 finish and the lead in the AOY points.

“I keep going over it in my head, but day 1 was very challenging,” he said. “I only had 7 pounds in the boat with 20 minutes to go before I made that long run back. I pulled into an area and it was, ‘Wham, bam.’ That set the tone for the rest of the event. I just stayed in there the next 3 days.”

All told, he figures he caught 74 of his 78 pounds out of the canal he went to out of desperation Thursday afternoon.

Today, his first five weigh between 10 and 12 pounds, but he was aided by two late-day 5-pounders that served as twin kickers and gave him the day’s heaviest stringer. He caught most of his fish throwing a SPRO Bronzeye frog and flipping a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog.

“I think it (big ones biting) had something to do with the tide,” he said. “There were times when they started to feed really good and the incoming tide was good, but I was losing it every day. Each day it got worse and I only had 30 minutes of prime conditions.”

Blame it on the fish

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ANDERSON, S.C. – When the stakes are as high as they are at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, a bad day can devastate an angler.

So you’d be inclined to think that Dean Rojas, the Classic’s Day 1 leader, would be licking his wounds after struggling to find a small limit on Day 2.

But you’d be wrong.

“I fished perfectly,” Rojas said soon after leaving the water Saturday afternoon. “I have no complaints about my performance.”

Blame it on the fish. They just didn’t bite for Rojas on Day 2. He fished the same way and in the same areas as Friday, but after weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces on the weather-shortened first day, Read More

Rojas survives 28-minute penalty to catch 21-2 to Lead Classic

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Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

Arizona angler Dean Rojas wowed the crowd at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., with five Lake Hartwell bass that weighed 21 pounds, 2 ounces despite frigid temperatures that were in the neighborhood of 10 degrees just before takeoff at Green Pond Landing in Anderson.

Rojas also overcame a 28-minute penalty that he was forced to spend in the tournament “penalty box” as punishment for being late for check-in to Wednesday’s practice period. Leaderboard  Read More

He leads California angler Skeet Reese (20-2), Texas pro Keith Combs (18-8) and fellow Arizona angler Brett Hite (15-7).