A dream come true! The 35th annual Won Bass US Open on Lake Mead is in the books. Going into the event with 208 of the best anglers in the business I knew I had to be on my game, fish hard, make the right decisions and execute on every bite. I decided to practice a day and a half and spend two days before the event with my family. Spending quality time with my wife Jamie and two toddlers Jase and Jaxon was a very important part of my preparation. As expected practice was to…ugh and I got 2 quality bites that gave me enough confidence to win the event.
I was very fortunate to draw three Rock Star Co-Anglers Kevin Smith, Steve Larsen and Bill Lansford and we fished like we had been fishing together for years. One of my favorite things about fishing pro/am’s is the lifelong friendships we make on the water and we have this memory to share forever. Leading the event wire to wire and winning the event means a lot more to me then people think.
I’ve won several titles throughout my 10 years of Tournament Bass Fishing and only my family and I know how much work, heart, and soul we put into this sport only to struggle to prove we have what it takes for companies to take a risk in us. The sense of relief and the accomplishment of winning the biggest event in US Open History is an amazing accomplishment and I will never take it for granted! Being on that stage, having my wife and kids by my side and listening to all my friends and family scream out loud when our winning bag hit the scale will forever be one of the most exciting and emotional moments of my bass fishing career.
I can only hope for many more to come and if you’d like to follow my journey check out justinpattifishing.com YouTube @ Justin Patti Fishing or Instagram @ Justin_patti_fishing Big shout out to WON BASS and Billy Egan for putting on such a spectacular event, Bass Cat Boats for the sexy new Puma FTD, Mercury Marine for the bad to the bone 250 Pro XS, Arizona Custom Baits, Spiralite Custom Rods, The Hook Up Tackle, Costa Sunglasses, A&M Graphics, Sunline, Boca Jeff Brooks and everyone who believed in me! We Did it!!!