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When it comes to winning bass fishing tournaments, having a level of consistency is recommended. To win a WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open; consistency is almost mandatory.

In an event that is frequently billed as one of the toughest bass fishing events in the world, the angler who is able to produce consistent limits full of two-pound bass is one who will be rewarded.   That game plan stands in contradiction to those anglers who throw caution to the wind and look for one big fish then try to fill in around it; especially on Lake Mead in the summer.

Such was the case on day two of the U.S. Open of Bass Fishing on Lake Mead, as a group of anglers began to separate themselves from the field by producing steady limits.

Carrying the mantle of consistency the most was Phoenix, Ariz. pro Brett Hite; a veteran of many U.S. Opens and an FLW Tour Champion, produced a 10.25-pound limit today to bring his total weight to 21.06 pounds to take the lead on day two.  In search of his first WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury.

U.S. Open title, Hite holds a .62-pound lead over Tustin, Calif. pro Rusty Brown who produced a limit weighing 10.17 pounds today to bring his total to 20.44 pounds, and second place.

Joe Uribe Jr., of Lake Forest, Calif. was the exception to the consistency rule today. He upgraded his day one weight by nearly three pounds with an 11.46-pound limit that brought him from 18th place to third with a total of 20.39 pounds. Their efforts, along with the close proximity of weights throughout the rest in the top five and beyond set up what is sure to be an exciting final day tomorrow.

Hite said that he strategized himself for consistency. “You really have to try and produce limits that are going to give you the chance to win a tournament here at Lake Mead, and those are consistent limits,” said Hite. “I try to get a couple of those better bites in the morning and then fill it in with keepers as the days go on. I had three fish today that were excellent quality and two that were solid keepers.”

Hite also said that he feels like he can continue his search for consistency, and hopes to have a little increase tomorrow. “I feel like I am doing something that will help me catch fish behind others, and I’m getting the right bites,” said Hite. “That being said, I’d love to catch 12 pounds tomorrow and feel great about my chances.”

Brown also planned on trying to be steady. “I felt like if I could catch 10 pounds a day I would be in position to win,” he said. “I was able to move around a little bit more yesterday, but had to slow down and work the areas a little slower today, and feel like if I stay with my strengths tomorrow I’ll have a good chance.”

Uribe said that he figured out something that helped him increase his position on day two. “I really slowed down today and fished on the bottom,” he said. “I practiced with a reaction bait, but the fish haven’t moved up in these cloudy conditions, so I put a spinning rod in my hands and stayed with that all day; in fact, I need to go to the tackle store and buy some more worms because I’m running really low after today.”

The AAA leader Scott Palumbo, also from Phoenix, Ariz. proved that the consistency game worked by taking part in producing a 10.17-pound limit today to move from sixth place to the lead with 20.98 pounds. He holds a scant half-pound lead over Robert Jeannotte from Henderson, Nev. who upped his total to 20.47 pounds, and finished in second place for the second day in a row.

The full fields of both the Pro and the AAA anglers will compete on Wednesday for the chance to be crowned the 2013 WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury U.S. Open Champion.

Two Day Pro Standings

 

Place Name Hometown Weight Penalty Big Fish Total
1 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ 21.06 3.04 21.06
2 Rusty Brown Tustin CA 20.44 3.92 20.44
3 Joe Uribe, Jr. Lake Forest CA 20.59 0.2 3.47 20.39
4 Tommy Jonovich Phoenix AZ 20.38 0.2 20.18
5 Todd Herman Gilbert AZ 19.42 4.49 19.42
6 Jamie Cyphers Cedar City UT 19.12 3.14 19.12
7 Gary Dobyns Yuba City CA 18.61 2.52 18.61
8 John Murray Phoenix AZ 18.51 3.32 18.51
9 Chris Bozarth Henderson NV 18.27 2.82 18.27
10 Devin McDonald Las Vegas NV 18.13 3.04 18.13
11 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO 18.11 4.11 18.11
12 Morizo Shimizu Osaka JP 17.7 3.16 17.7
13 Ben Byrd Moab UT 17.66 17.66
14 Aaron Leon Henderson NV 17.57 0.4 17.17
15 Patrick Whitaker Gilbert AZ 17.16 17.16
16 Ray Arbesu Henderson NV 17.27 0.2 3.1 17.07
17 Paul Hodges Glendale AZ 16.84 16.84
18 Aaron Martens Leeds AL 16.62 16.62
19 Shaun Bailey Lake Havasu City AZ 16.74 0.2 3.73 16.54
20 Claude Sims Boerne TX 16.74 0.2 16.54
21 Todd Woods San Dimas CA 16.54 2.59 16.54
22 Johnny Johnson Lakeside AZ 16.52 16.52
23 Phillip Dutra Antioch CA 16.29 3.15 16.29
24 Bill Brown Grand Junction CO 16.19 16.19
25 Randy Cnota Tucson AZ 16.27 0.2 16.07
26 Justin Hanold Poway CA 15.97 15.97
27 Matt Shura Gilbert AZ 15.9 15.9
28 Randy Estrada, M.D. Corona CA 15.89 15.89
29 Kenichi Tanaka Minamikawachigun 15.87 2.7 15.87
30 Shawn Lee Arroyo Grande CA 15.83 3.32 15.83
31 Josh Rhodes Lakeside CA 15.64 3.87 15.64
32 Gary Pinholster Lake Havasu City AZ 15.79 0.2 15.59
33 John Mackey Boulder City NV 15.58 15.58
34 Kyle Grover Trabuco Canyon CA 15.77 0.2 15.57
35 Gary Freeman Las Vegas NV 15.35 15.35
36 Rick Mason Glendale AZ 15.23 2.3 15.23
37 Dorne Soto Henderson NV 15.18 15.18
38 Kevin Norling San Diego CA 15.1 15.1
39 Ed Arledge Valley Center CA 15.09 15.09
40 Byron Velvick Del Rio TX 15.07 15.07
41 Brett Allen Leber Dixon CA 15.01 15.01
42 John Perkins Lake Havasu City AZ 14.94 2.91 14.94
43 Clifford Pirch Payson AZ 15.24 0.4 14.84
44 Garrett Howard Riverside CA 15.03 0.4 14.63
45 Steve Gibson Las Vegas NV 14.54 3.06 14.54
46 Sean Stafford Fairfield CA 14.57 0.2 14.37
47 Dave Wendrich Elko NV 14.36 14.36
48 Derek Yamamoto Boulder City CO 14.35 14.35
49 David Valdivia Norwalk CA 14.55 0.2 14.35
50 Gary Boyd Reseda CA 14.23 2.42 14.23
51 Michael Phua Chino CA 14.16 14.16
52 Vu Au Tucson AZ 14.34 0.2 14.14
53 Michael Caruso Peoria AZ 14.13 5.08 14.13
54 Jamie Shaw Coolidge AZ 14.1 14.1
55 Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ 14.09 3.23 14.09
56 Justin Kerr Lake Havasu City AZ 14.03 2.88 14.03
57 Andy Manahl Mesa AZ 14.01 14.01
58 Ken Whalen Lompoc CA 14.01 14.01
59 Marco Valdez Mesa AZ 13.91 13.91
60 Klayton Belden El Cajon CA 13.87 13.87
61 Ken Phillips Antioch CA 13.87 13.87
62 Ricky Shabazz Rialto CA 13.86 13.86
63 Neil Flores Menifee CA 13.84 13.84
64 Kevin Wiggins Las Vegas NV 13.63 13.63
65 Stephen Pike Las Vegas NV 13.5 13.5
66 Matt Massey Golden CO 13.42 13.42
67 John Weisfuss Oxnard CA 13.39 13.39
68 Raymond Archer Greeley CO 13.32 13.32
69 Garrett Lorenzen Escondido CA 13.26 2.7 13.26
70 Bobby Lanham Cave Creek AZ 13.24 13.24
71 Clayton Meyer Henderson NV 13.05 3.12 13.05
72 Rich Tauber Camarillo CA 12.88 12.88
73 Trey Campbell Gardena CA 12.84 12.84
74 David Peltier Acton CA 12.81 12.81
75 John Morrow Brea CA 12.64 12.64
76 Ed Shaver Lake Havasu City AZ 12.5 12.5
77 Craig Miller Las Vegas NV 12.35 12.35
78 Joseph Raftery Las Vegas NV 12.27 12.27
79 Guy Savidan Yorba Linda CA 12.15 2.68 12.15
80 Gerald Kimzey Willcox AZ 12.13 2.83 12.13
81 Scott Wingo San Diego CA 12.12 3.35 12.12
82 Kevin Caruso Glendale AZ 11.9 3.2 11.9
83 Keith Beever Aliso Viejo CA 11.77 11.77
84 Jiggs Benn Myrtle Creek OR 11.66 11.66
85 Melvin Williams Chula Vista CA 11.63 11.63
86 Max Bauer La Mesa CA 11.38 11.38
87 Trevor Young Fontana CA 11.13 11.13
88 Dick Watson Alta Loma CA 11.3 0.2 11.1
89 Gabe Bolivar Ramona CA 11 11
90 Gary Robbins Burbank CA 10.91 10.91
91 Vern Ridgway Chandler AZ 10.88 10.88
92 Vince Gennaro Henderson NV 10.87 10.87
93 Mike Folkestad Villa Park CA 10.85 2.27 10.85
94 William Ruehle Peoria AZ 10.68 10.68
95 Robert Schoessler Henderson NV 10.59 10.59
96 Wade Strelic El Cajon CA 10.56 10.56
97 Mike Lavallee Sandy UT 10.51 10.51
98 Mike Brillhart Waddell AZ 10.36 10.36
99 Jason Borofka Salinas CA 10.18 3.22 10.18
100 Stephen Patek Chula Vista CA 10.05 2.62 10.05
101 Shane Moline Kingman AZ 10.04 10.04
102 Steve Molinari Waddell AZ 10.01

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