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Nokes leads day 1 at WON Bass U.S. Open

Nokes leads day 1 at WON Bass U.S. Open

The 2020 WON Bass U.S. Open at Nevada's Lake Mead got under way on Monday with chamber of commerce weather and the usual tough bite.

While most anglers want wind and waves to trigger the bass bite, high skies and slick conditions dominated. When conditions slick off at Mead, anglers can try to force the bite they found in practice or fall back to something that requires a little more deftness.

The latter is precisely what day-1 leader Tom Nokes of Utah and AAA partner Luke Spreitzer (pictured) chose to do. The pair produced a stellar 12.69-pound limit.

The duo reported trying to run aggressive patterns first thing this morning, but when the fish didn’t respond, they hunkered down.

“We went to our water and the fish weren’t responding to our presentations early, so we turned to dropshotting and they bit,” said Nokes. “We were able to cull a couple of fish later in the day and expand on my area, so I feel like I have something to go on going forward.”

Cody Steckel and his AAA partner Clara Ricabal put 11.44 pounds on the scale at Callville Bay to finish the day in 2nd place. Steckel said that it could have been better.

“I kind of expected to have a decent day with the practice I had and saw some fish that would have made today very interesting,” he said. “I caught everything fairly close to takeoff, and on plastics."

Robert Maddox and partner Christopher Dix weighed 11.18 for 3rd place. They were followed by Carl Limerick and Len Scinto with 10.82, and rounding out the Top 5 was the team of John Stewart and Kyle Charles with 10.63.

The second day of the 2020 WON Bass US Open will play out Tuesday. On the final day (Wednesday), the pro winner will receive $100,000 cash and the keys to a 2020 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury Pro XS 250 Four Stroke outboard valued at $64,000.

For full day-1 pro results, click here.

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