FISHING: Hawk misses cut at Bass Pro Tour Stage One
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Roy Hawk increased the amount of fish he caught and the overall weight from the first round, but it wasn’t quite enough to get him over the hump and into the weekend after the elimination rounds at the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Stage One on Thursday at Lake Toho.
The Havasu angler caught six bass weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces, both increases from the opening round, to lift his total two-day weight to 26 pounds, 6 ounces.
The catch wasn’t enough, however, falling 4 pounds, 6 ounces short of the cutline. The top 20 anglers from the group advanced to Saturday’s third round, Hawk finishing in 26th.
Phoenix’s Brett Hite just made the cut in 18th, with a total weight of 33 pounds, 7 ounces, hauling in 20 fish over the two rounds.
Northern California’s Ish Monroe is in first place from Group A after two rounds, building on an impressive 40 pound, 13 ounces first day to add more than 20 pounds in the second round for a total weight of 61 pounds, 4 ounces.
The top 20 anglers from Group B, which launches for its elimination round today, will join the set from Group A on Saturday. All scores will be reset for the new round with the top 10 advancing to Sunday’s championship round.
Havasu’s Dean Rojas is in 29th in Group B heading into today’s elimination round, but needs to make up more than 12 pounds to vault into the top 20. If anyone can do it, it would be Rojas, who caught a record five bass weighing 45 pounds, 2 ounces on the waterway in 2001.
Today’s wound will run from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. local time, with a streaming broadcast available on MajorLeagueFishing.com.