The 2016 Won Bass US Open Lake Mead started off great. Day one I ran to my primary water where I had found some larger bass up shallow on weed lines. I knew this spot was special because in practice I had been catching a lot of smaller fish in other areas of the lake. I ran water with a topwater just trying to see fish and I had a bunch of good-sized largemouths come out of the grass and hit my bait. I actually had this 4lber come out of a very specific clump of grass so I marked her for tournament day.
I started day one throwing a topwater and quickly caught a good 2lber. My second fish was Big fish of the day and I’m certain it was the one I saw in practice. I decided to rig up a Yamamoto flappin hog on a 3/8oz texas rig and use that as a follow-up bait. I flipped to the clump of grass, worked the edge a couple seconds and she bit. I soon abandoned the top water and fished a couple more grass patches and caught 2 more largemouths. I filled my limit with a small mouth on a jig and headed to the weigh-in.
I figured I had a decent bag day one but to my surprise, I was leading the US Open out of 187 anglers!
Day two showed winds of 35mph as Mead is known for and made it impossible for me to position my boat and fish the grass lines. (I really need Power Poles 😉 😉 I went to plan B, then plan C, and then I went to the weigh-in without a limit and fell to 36th place.
Day three the wind died down and I was able to fish the way I wanted to. The water stained up a little and made the topwater bite tough but I was able to get one bite early. I saw a couple bass feeding on dragonflies so I through over a frog on 65lb braid and I broke off my first fish on the hook set. Not really sure why but this kind of thing only happens on tournament day… Lucky for me I had a really good Co day three and he kept my head in the game. We ground out the day fishing grass and finished our limit with a jig in deeper water.
I finished the tournament with a respectable finish and cashed a good check for day one big fish, day one big bag and 26th place.
Johnny Johnson Won with a three day limit of 27.65lbs and 102K dollars in cash and prizes!