Hawk, Rojas seal places at Bassmaster Elite championship meet
WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Lake Havasu City angler Roy Hawk improved jumped up the leaderboard again on Saturday at the Bassmaster Elite series fishing tournament on the St. Lawrence River, finishing in 15th place.
Hawk caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces, in the third round to increase his total weight to 64 pounds, 15 ounces, missing the final day cut by 12 ounces.
The haul also vaulted Hawk into a slight lead in the Rookie of the Year standings and secured a spot in the top 30 of the Angler of the Year standings. The top 50 anglers in AOY points at the end of this weekend will be invited to the season-ending AOY Championship tournament next month in Georgia. The top 35 anglers in points after the championship meet earn an invite to next season’s Bassmaster Classic.
Havasu’s Dean Rojas will also be headed to Georgia next month, though his tournament this weekend didn’t finish as strong. Rojas caught just 13 pounds, 12 ounces in the third round, falling to 42nd overall after a big catch in the first round had him in seventh place to start.
Rojas’ position in the points standings was safe, however, with his finish this weekend likely keeping him in the top 10 overall.
Arizona’s other fishermen are doing well too.
San Tan Valley’s Josh Bertrand continues his run at the Angler of the Year championship, moving up to second place this weekend with another large catch, bringing in 23 pounds, 9 ounces in the third round to trail the leader by just 3 ounces. Bertrand and Alabama’s Justin Lucas are in a tight race for the points lead.
Phoenix’s Brett Hite finished in 20th place and is in the lead for big bass of the weekend, catching a 6 pound, 12 ounce smallmouth in the first round. All five Elite Arizona anglers and Laughlin’s Chris Zaldain are projected to qualify for the championship meet.