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FISHING: Hawk near cutline after opening day on Lake Toho

January 30, 2019 GMT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Lake Havasu angler Roy Hawk caught five bass on the opening day of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Stage One stop on Lake Toho, but unlike his previous stops, that wasn’t a limit.

Hawk is in 23rd place, three spots off the cutline, after pulling in five bass weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces on Tuesday. Unlike on the Bassmaster Elite Series, there isn’t a limit to the amount of bass that can be caught on the BPT, allowing anglers who can find a honey hole to vault to the top of the standings.

That was the case with Alabama’s Randy Howell, who caught 26 fish at an average weight of 1 pound, 15 ounces, hauling in a total catch weighing 49 pounds, 12 ounces to lead Group 1 after the shotgun round. He lead’s Ish Monrow by nearly nine pounds for second place.

Group 2, which includes Havasu’s Dean Rojas, will go out today, with the elimination rounds starting on Thursday. The top 20 fishermen from each group will advance to the weekend, a group that will be pared down to 10 for Sunday’s championship round.

While his number of fish caught was modest for the round, Hawk isn’t far off from a spot in the next round, sitting just 6 ounces outside of the top 20 and a little more than a pound from 18th place.

The second shotgun round begins today at 5:30 a.m. local time, with lines out at 1:30 p.m. Each round will be streamed live at MajorLeagueFishing.com with a camera on each boat.