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> Day 3: 5, 16-07 (15, 55-14) It was not the fast and furious morning like he’s been having, but Rojas managed to put together a solid bag to stay in contention.

“I had no fish until 9:30 and I needed to go catch a bass,” he said. “I finally did that and then it started rolling, but they were small ones.”

He slowly upgraded through the day and with 15 minutes left caught a largemouth that he weighed in along with four smallmouth.

“It just got better as the day went on,” he added. “I moved around and changed areas and caught one or two here and there.”

As for Sunday’s game plan, he needed some time to ponder his options as he faces a deficit of 2 1/4 pounds.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said Read more

Dean Rojas 

> Day 1: 5, 20-09 With how practice went for Rojas, he felt 20 pounds was a real possibility today, so he was pleased to hit his goal and he’s confident that he can transition away from sight-fishing tomorrow if need be and stay in contention.

“It put me in a good position for the rest of the week,” he said. “I’m glad I’m not down there where a lot of guys are. Every time we come (to New York), it’s always about ounces. You have to balance-beam every fish because that 1 ounce can make a big difference.”

He had his weight in the boat by 9 a.m. and spent the rest of the day trying to upgrade while formulating a plan of attack for Friday.

“I did some flipping and sight-fishing,” he said. “I know that it’s probably going to be won flipping so I wanted to get the sight-fish out of the way.”

He said he fished around many of the anglers in the Top 5 today so he knows there are quality fish in the area he’s focusing on. If the wind isn’t a factor tomorrow, he may try to pick off more spawning fish. Read more