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Rojas moves into contention at Elite stop in South Dakota

July 1, 2018 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. — Lake Havasu City angler Dean Rojas took advantage of a smoother day on Lake Oahe to hop 12 spots into 13th place on Saturday at the Bassmaster Elite fishing tournament on the swell in the Missouri River.

Rojas caught five bass weighing 14 pounds, 10 ounces to increase his total weight to 27-10 and easily into reach of a spot in the championship round. Rojas is just 3 ounces outside of 12th, the cut line for the final day of fishing, but still has some weight to reel in the leaders, with Alabama’s Mark Daniels Jr. leading with a total weight of 39 pounds.

Havasu angler Roy Hawk was unable to recover from a rough start and missed the cut for the second straight week, finishing in 93rd place with a two-day total of 12 pounds, 2 ounces, hauling in four bass weighing just 4-4 on Saturday. The two-week slide has dropped Hawk out of the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings, slipping to third place, yet still in reach with two events remaining.

San Tan Valley’s Josh Bertrand is in fifth place with a total weight of 33-3, Payson’s Clifford Pirch is in 18th at 25-14 and Phoenix’s Brett Hite is in 26th at 23-3. Laughlin’s Chris Zaldain missed the cut, finishing with 15-8.