2020 WON BASS CA Open at Clear Lake Results

BY JODY ONLY

LAKEPORT –  The scales have closed at the 2020 WON BASS California Open. The final day’s highly-anticipated clash of Clear Lake titans saw the 2018 U.S. Open winner, Bub Tosh, of Modesto, and two-time California Open champion (2016, 2017) Wayne Breazeale, of Kelseyville, square off with less than a pound separation and six hours of fishing ahead of them.

To say the day was epic for Tosh, is too much of an understatement.

With AAA partner Dave Kiesgen, from Peoria, Ariz., Tosh put together a five-fish limit at 32.72 – an average of 6 ½-pounds each.  It was the biggest stringer of the event – the only one to break the 30-pound range. The awe-striking sack rocketed Tosh and Kiesgen both to the top of their respective leaderboards.

Tosh crushed the 160 other pro competitors, widening his gap over the runner-up position by more than 11-pounds.Article Inline Ad

“Who’s the king,” exclaimed Tosh as the excitement of his win began to sink in.

Kiesgen climbed from his Day Two spot at 99th to 1st with the addition of the Day Three weight.

“I’ve never really punched before and today Bub put on a clinic for me,” said Kiesgen. “He really is an amazing puncher. The best part was when I caught a seven. We kept looking at her and we just couldn’t believe the size of her head.”

The seven that Kiesgen referred to was a 7.29, that he put in the box for the shared-weight event. The AAA win put $6K in his pocket.

For his efforts, Tosh took home the WON BASS pro prize package valued at $67,500, including a Bass Cat Sabre FTD with a Mercury 150 ProXS and a cash payout.

“Maybe even more than the prize, I wanted to beat Wayne,” said Tosh. “He is widely regarded as the best at Clear Lake and I wanted to beat him. I love you Wayne, but I wanted to beat YOU at Clear Lake.”

Breazeale faced his most challenging day of the three-day tournament, bringing in 17.84 for his five.

“It was Bub’s time,” said Breazeale.

When the winner was announced, the fierce competitors shook hands and parted ways; but we all know, the rivals Tosh and Breazeale will meet again next year, when the Clear Lake crown will once again be up for grabs.

Stayed tuned to the WON BASS Facebook page for future events. The next on the schedule is the 2020 U. S. Open at Lake Mead October 12 – 14, 2020.

Rescheduling CA Open 2020

3/18/20

If you missed the previous FACEBOOK “LIVE” broadcast we hosted at 12:30 PM today, please read below!

At this time, we regretfully need to inform you that effective immediately the WON BASS CA Open scheduled for April 8th – 10th at Clear Lake has been postponed until July 22nd – 24th at Konocti Vista Casino due to the COVID-19 concerns. Konocti Vista Casino (707-262-1900) is wide open for these new dates. We recommend calling to adjust your reservation accordingly.

All entry fees that we currently have processed for the CA Open will be forwarded to the new dates. There is no need to pay balances now. We will post the new itinerary ASAP for the new dates. We will have the website information changes done soon. We are already getting new sign ups as I type this message for the new dates.

IF you CANNOT fish the event during the new dates, and have made a deposit or full payment, please email me at bille@wonews.com and we will process those refunds or transfers as soon as we can. IF you had to back out of the event prior to this announcement and wish to re-enter, you are encouraged to call us when you are able.

We thank you all for your understanding and continued support of WON BASS and our sponsors. WON Bass wishes everyone the best in these tough times. We are a family and we look out for each other!

Next up…. The 2020 CA Open at Clear Lake

2/25/20

There are still a few Pro spots available until we reach our 200 boat count for the 2020 CA Open at Clear Lake.  The event is April 8-10 at Konocti Vista Casino.  Don’t miss the boat!

The balance payments for the 2020 Won Bass CA Open are due by March 15th.  Please use the link below to pay your balance or call Billy Egan at 949-366-0248 or mail in your check to Won Bass P.O. Box 73370 San Clemente, Ca 92673.  If you have made a deposit and CAN NOT make the event, we need to know ASAP!

We are currently sitting at 193 Pro’s with 191 AAA’s registered.  The boat limit for the event is 200.  We are not taking any new AAA’s as we are waiting until balances are paid up!  You may call the office to be put on the call list, and if we need you, we will reach out!

Shaun Bailey took home more that $72,000 in cash and prizes from the recent AZ Open.  We look forward to crowning a new 2020 CA Open champion at this yeas event!

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All anglers that are fishing only one event or signed up for an event after December 31st, must update and pay their WON BASS membership if you have not already done so.

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Thank you for supporting WON BASS and our great Sponsors.

Billy Egan

Consistent Bailey captures the WON BASS Arizona Open championship

BLISTERING START

WON PHOTOS PAUL LEBOWITZ

BLISTERING START – Shaun Bailey of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., the 2020 WON BASS Arizona Open Champion, was propelled to his eventual victory by this 9.31 pound largemouth caught on a Roboworm Zipper. His 3-day tally totaled 52.34 pounds.

 

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ

WON BASS CONTRIBUTOR

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Shaun Bailey of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. bested the field in the record-setting, 173-boat second annual 2020 WON BASS Arizona Open, claiming a Bass Cat Sabre FTD powered by a Mercury Pro XS 150, a Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor worth $2,000, plus $25,424 and additional Big Bass cash for total cash and prizes of some $70,000.

The local angler was staked to a quick start on a fiercely windy Day 1 of the 3-day competition when he weighed 21.95 pounds backstopped by a tremendous 9.31-pound largemouth, the Big Bass of the tournament. Bailey credited good luck for finding the lunker in 25 feet of water on a Roboworm Zipper.

That effort put him in range of Day 1 leader and good friend Matthew Williams, also of Lake Havasu City., who smashed his own expectations by weighing 24.50 pounds with a 7.62-pound largemouth kicker. Williams said he caught his fish shallow.

Williams would hold his lead through a calm and sunny Day 2, when Matthews weighed 16.55 pounds to Bailey’s 16.23, setting up an intriguing final day duel between two locals on Championship Friday. Matthews, with a 2-day total of 41.05 pounds, had just under a 3-pound edge on Bailey. Popular Pro Joe Uribe, Jr. of Surprise, Ariz. sat in third with 35.36 pounds.

On Day 3, another flat calm day with high, bluebird skies, Bailey weighed 5 bass for 14.16 pounds for a 3-day tally of 52.34 pounds to capture the 2020 WON BASS Arizona Open Championship. Matthews faltered, weighing just 3 fish for 8.50 pounds and finishing with 49.55 pounds, a total which dropped him to fourth overall. He earned a $8,424 payout.

Meanwhile Uribe, Jr. brought 5 fish to the scale for 15.97 pounds, vaulting him to second overall for consecutive Arizona Opens with 51.33 pounds. Uribe Jr. said he targeted smallmouth using a swimbait designed with his father Joe Uribe, Sr. He won $15,424.

Perennial WON BASS hot stick Justin Kerr Simi Valley, Calif., who sat in sixth place going into the third and final day, weighed 17.34 pounds for a 3-day tally of 50.58 pounds, good for third place and $10,424. Kerr said he fished the run of the lake.

Winner Bailey switched to crankbaits on Day 2, sticking with that pattern through a tough Day 3 during which he missed several fish, causing him to doubt his chances, but he prevailed by powering through.

WON BASS Opens are shared-weight Pro-Ams. On the Amateur side, Jim Poff of Apple Valley, Calif. finished on top with 42.67 pounds and $6,142, and a prize quiver of top of the line St. Croix bass-specific sticks. He was followed in second place by Kevin McBean of Shafter, Calif. with 38.58 pounds, good for $5,142. Jason Akins, also of Apple Valley, finished third with 38.51 pounds, for $4,142.

The 173-boat field for a bass tournament is a new Lake Havasu record, besting the former record of 160 set by FLW.

A more detailed account of the Arizona Open will be featured in the next edition of Western Outdoor News.

Major WON BASS sponsors include Bass Cat Boats – Feel the Rush!; Mercury Marine; LifeSource Water Systems for the year-long LifeSource Cup $10,000 points race; Daiwa; St. Croix; Strike King; Rapala; Lew’s; Gamakatsu; Phenix and Power-Pole.

For full 2020 Arizona Open standings, visit WONBASSEvents.com. WON BASS action resumes with the California Open, April 8-10 at big bass factory Clear Lake, Calif. The season ends with the prestigious U.S. Open, Oct. 12-14 at Lake Mead, Las Vegas. Both events are virtual sell-outs. Visit WONews.com and click on the Events tab to add yourself to the wait list or for more information.

 

VICTORY POSE

VICTORY POSE – Shaun Bailey with his trophy and the Bass Cat Boats Sabre FTD prize boat, outfitted by a Mercury Pro XS 150. In all, his Arizona Open victory brought him some $70,000 in cash and prizes.

CONSISTENCY PERSONIFIED

CONSISTENCY PERSONIFIED – Joe Uribe, Jr. of Surprise, Ariz. finished second at the 2020 Arizona Open for consecutive years. He said he fished a highly technical pattern to overcome the pressure of a Lake Havasu record 173-boat tournament field.

MATTHEW WILLIAMS

MATTHEW WILLIAMS of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. took a 2-day total of 41.05 pounds into Championship Friday but could not seal the deal. He finished fourth with 49.55 pounds.

PERENNIAL WON BASS

PERENNIAL WON BASS hot stick Justin Kerr finished third with a 3-day total of 50.58 pounds. He said he fished the run of the lake.

WON BASS 2020 Arizona Open Information

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Feb 5-7, 2020 at Lake Havasu

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WON BASS and our title sponsors Bass Cat Boats and Mercury Motors are excited for our 2nd Annual Arizona Open at Lake Havasu February 5th -7th, 2020.  WON BASS after 36 successful years of running professional bass fishing tournaments, which include 36 U.S. Open’s,  7 California Open’s at Clear Lake and now 2nd AZ Open at Lake Havasu.  The event is slated for February 5th – 7th, 2020 at beautiful Lake Havasu.  This fishery has been on the rise for many years with the growing population of small mouth bass and the stable large mouth bass population.  It’s a great place for an Open style event, and February is a great way to kick off 2020 at Havasu.

The first round of “Early Birds” end November 1st, 2019.  Official practice is February 1st – 4th until noon.  February 4th is off limits after 12:00 Noon for registration and partner pairing.  Bass Cat test rides will be available on February 3rd from noon till 6:00 pm at Windsor launch ramp. Entry deadline is January 31st.

To enter online simply click on the correct link on the top right of this page. If you mail in your entry you can save 4% by paying by check or cashiers check. To be eligible for the early bird drawing you can do it online and the registration date will be immediate. On checks mailed in the postmark date will apply. Entries will be processed however in the order they are received in our offices.

 

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