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2012 U.S. OPEN News and Announcements


U.S. OPEN champsJuly 2, 2012- U.S. OPEN Champions Rich Tauber and Aaron Martens at the 2009 U.S. OPEN, where Gary Dobyns joined the ranks of U.S. OPEN champions.

2012 U.S. OPEN to celebrate 30th anniversary

Be a part of history at the 30th WON BASS U.S. Open, Sept. 10-12


The U.S. Open made history back in 1981 with the first ever professional bass tournament offering over $150,000 in prizes payouts. Back then, tournament fishing was still in its infancy, and nothing like the U.S. Open had ever been offered to a national audience. Winning the U.S. Open has paved the way for many anglers since the inaugural event when Greg Hines captured the title. The U.S. Open has produced 29 different champions along the way--the list is a virtual who’s who in the bass industry. Names such as three-time winners Mike Folkestad and Aaron Martens; two-time winners Clifford Pirch, Byron Velvick, John Murray; and of course, none other than Mr. Bass Pro Shops himself, Rick Clunn, have earned the title of champion during the 30-year history of the U.S. Open.

The 2012 U.S. Open will mark the 30th anniversary of what is arguably the most challenging West Coast tournament ever. Lake Mead, located in Nevada near Las Vegas, has been home to the event since its inception, a tradition that has no reason to change. The conditions here make for one of the most level playing fields in the sport. The vastness of the reservoir, the extreme heat and unpredictable weather conditions on Mead all contribute to the challenge.

Hall of Fame angler Rick Clunn has described the contest as “…the toughest, most grueling test of an angler’s skill and will, to overcome the obstacles and mental exhaustion which is the U.S. Open.” He has also boldly stated, “That if you do not have a U.S. Open title on your resume, you really can’t call yourself a true champion.” Testimonials such as these describe character and strength of the anglers that gauge themselves and their equipment at this ultimate test — the U.S. Open.

With the experience and well-trained staff at WON BASS and Western Outdoor News, combined with the partnerships from our great sponsors, we will strive to make each and every U.S. Open the best there ever was. Once again title sponsors, Nitro Boats and Mercury Motors, have joined forces to offer the 2012 U.S. Open Champion a brand-new, ready-to-drive-away Nitro Z7 with a Mercury 225 Pro SX OptiMax package, plus the first place payout earnings based on our official 2012 boat count. Based on 150 boats entering this year’s event, we plan on doling out over $180,000 in cash to the Pro side, with $50,000 on the AAA side.

The U.S. Open is a shared-weight format, and the amateurs are encouraged and coached by the Pros during the three-day event. The U.S. Open will once again be hosted at the Boulder Station Casino and Hotel, and they are once again offering a discounted rate for our anglers during the event. Make sure to get signed up and involved--this could be your time to make history.

US Open Dates - September 10th - 11th - 12th, 2012.
US Open Entry Fee: Pro $1600 ALL IN - AAA $600 ALL IN
US Open Options Included in basic entry cost:
Both Pro and AAA Top 5 Big Fish Each Day earn $1000 = 3 Days $30,000
Both Pro and AAA Biggest Sack each day earn $2,000 = 3 days $12,000.
Biggest Fish each day on Pro side earn MotorGuide Trolling MotorBiggest
Fish each day on AAA side earn Dobyns RodAngler who nets each days
Biggest Fish earn Promar "Best Net Man" Award
More sponsor Items to come.....

US Open Host Hotel – Boulder Station Casino & Hotel - Click link
US Open Host Marina – Callville Bay Marina - http://callvillebay.com

Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 31st, 2012 - TOP THIS is giving away a "Super Sport" Snug Top worth $2,700 to one of the anglers who signs up before the deadline. See the WON BASS U.S. OPEN pages for more details and information on TOP THIS at http://www.wonbass.com/archives/2012/pro/news/us_open/us_open.html

AAA or Co angler recommendations: Get signed up as soon as possible with your deposit. This will get you on the waiting list. As we get closer to the event, and more Pro's start to sign up, those on the list will be removed and entered with Pro's that do NOT sign up with a AAA. I strongly recommend that as a AAA, you network with your local anglers and tackle shops, to find a Pro who intends on fishing the Open. Once you find someone, ask to be their "Sign-Up Partner" which guarantees your entry into the Open. Otherwise, your just sitting on a list that tends to not move as fast as anyone would like.

For more information or to sign up for this year’s Open, call WON BASS Director of Operations Billy Egan at (949) 366-0030, ext. 40. or click on this link here: http://www.wonbass.com/archives/2012/pro/news/us_open/us_open.html

See you at the U.S. OPEN !

Billy Egan
U.S. OPEN Tournament Director