> Day 3: 5, 21-01 (15, 59-07) Rojas knows next week is going to be exciting being able to compete in his backyard at Lake Havasu, but he’s not quite done with the Sacramento River just yet. This is his second straight 12-cut and assured himself a sixth straight Top-20 finish going back to the Cayuga Lake tournament last year.
After catching 16-12 Thursday, he’s put together consecutive 21-pound days that have him within spitting distance of Lucas, especially after seeing how some of the leaders gave ground today.
“I’ve not been sight-fishing,” he said. “I’m just fishing around. The tide is getting progressively worse for sight-fishing every day and with the tide getting later every day, that’s when those guys are seeing them the best.
“For me, I have a couple areas that I’m going back and forth on. I know they’re bedding in there. I just can’t see them. I’m fishing the points and pockets and edges, everything really.”
His kicker was an 8-03 that came flipping.
“I was just fishing around and I picked up on it and it got heavy,” he said. “Those 8-pounders really help. That’s what I’ve been focused on. I had one big one on day 1 and two yesterday and that one today. Without them, you’re just catching 2- and 3-pounders.”
He knows he’s not out of it with the kind of potential that swims in the water around the Delta.
“I just need a big bag tomorrow,” he said. “Where I’m fishing at, the fishing is evolving every day for me so if I can big ones, I have a shot.” Read more
Congratulations to Casey Ashley on winning the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Casey is a great angler, and an even better person who will be an outstanding representative for the sport of professional bass fishing as Classic champ. I gave it absolutely everything I had this week, and left it all out on the water. What a great way to get my year started! Time to relax and decompress, before the Elite Series kicks off in a few weeks. I sincerely would like to thank everyone who supported me, and wished me well this week, it really meant a lot.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — The final day of the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all with a handful of former Classic champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp.
Takahiro Omori, an Elite Series pro from Japan who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.
The 2004 Classic winner holds a razor-thin lead over Elite Series pro Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (31-9); 2003 Classic winner Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J. (31-0); 2014 Classic winner Randy Howell of Springville, Ala. (30-11); and Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C. (29-14).