FISHING: Woods holds on to slim lead at Arizona Open
California pro Todd Woods had another big day on the lake to hold off a strong group of competitors on the second day of the WON Bass Arizona Open on Thursday.
Woods caught five bass weighing 17.12 pounds in the round, helping increase his two-day total to 40.82 pounds.
His healthy first day lead slimmed to just three pounds after a big day from Southern California’s Justin Kerr, who hauled in a limit of five bass at 21.34 pounds, including a big catch of 5.97 pounds that took the largest prize for the round, increased his weight to 37.44.
Surprise’s Joe Uribe, Jr., hauled in a limit at 20.12 pounds to move up five spots to third place with a total of 35.40 pounds. Canada’s Ted Stewner, who entered the day in second place, kept pace with the leaders, catching a limit weighing 14.75 pounds to increase his total weight to 33.36. Flagstaff’s Jeffrey Scott Allen is in fifth with a weight of 33.02.
Havasu’s Dean Rojas is sitting in sixth place as the top local entrant on the leaderboard, catching five fish weighing 17.81 pounds in the second round for a total of 32.28. Havasu’s Mike Powell is in eighth at 29.05 and Terrence Rath is in 10th at 27.33.
Bass Tour Pro Roy Hawk rebounded in the second round, moving up 27 spots to 14th place with a limit of 15.56. Fellow top flight anglers Josh Bertrand and Cliff Pirch are still further back, each in the bottom 30 after only catching one fish on Thursday.
Havasu has eight anglers currently in the top 20 with one round remaining.
California’s Joe Bolen leads the co-angler division with a limit of 10 fish at total weight of 35.30 pounds. He’s currently edging Justin Bolen who is sitting in second at 30.79. California’s Paul Herber is just behind with 30.63.
With so many anglers finding better bites on Day 2, there’s a chance the final round could get tight. Boats launch at dawn with weigh-ins expected to start at Lake Havasu State Park at 3:30 p.m.