Havasu fisherman leads Elite Rookie of the Year standings
HIAWASSEE, Ga. — Lake Havasu City fisherman Roy Hawk has bolstered his case for Bassmaster Elite Rookie of the Year, opening the final tournament of the year in the top 10.
Hawk, who currently leads the tour’s Rookie of the Year standings by just four points, is in eighth place after the first round of the Angler of the Year Championship, catching a limit of five bass weighing in at 13 pounds, 1 ounce. Second-place rookie Jake Whitaker is in fifth place with a limit weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces.
The field is tightly packed after a relatively small day on Lake Chatuge, with weight leader James Elam of Oklahoma hauling in 16 pounds,10 ounces to pull ahead of the field by 1 pound, 10 ounces.
Alabama’s Justin Lucas took a sizable lead in the Angler of the Year standings after San Tan Valley’s Josh Bertrand, who entered the day in second place, caught just two fish and is in last place of 50 anglers at the meet.
Havasu’s Dean Rojas is in 39th place, catching a limit weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces.
Phoenix’s Brett Hite is in 30th, Payson’s Clifford Pirch is in 46th and Laughlin’s Chris Zaldain is in 49th.
This weekend’s Angler of the Year Championship tournament is fielding only the top 50 anglers in the Bassmaster Elite AOY standings. In addition to deciding the winners of Angler and Rookie of the Year trophies, it is also the final tournament to make the top 35 of the AOY standings and earn a spot in next year’s Bassmaster Classic.