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Hawk, Rojas get good start on Sabine River

June 9, 2018 GMT

ORANGE, Texas – Lake Havasu City anglers Roy Hawk and Dean Rojas each got a good start to this weekend’s Bassmaster Elite fishing tournament on Sabine River, placing in the top 15 on the opening day of competition on Thursday.

Hawk, the top rookie on the circuit through four events, is in a tie for fifth place after catching a limit of five bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces. He’s tied with fellow rookie Ray Hanselman Jr.

Rojas caught five fish weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces to come in a tie for 15th.

Louisiana’s Greg Hackney hauled in 16 pounds, 3 ounces to take the lead after the first day, holding a nearly four pound advantage over second place in a tight field. Only three pounds separates second place from 28th.

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Laughlin’s Chris Zaldain is in 31st with a limit weighing 8-13, Payson’s Clifford Pirch is in 50th with a limit of 7-15, San Tan Valley’s Josh Bertrand is in 59th with a limit of 7-9 and Phoenix’s Brett Hite is in 60th with a limit weighing 7-8.

The tournament continues through Sunday.

Hawk and Rojas have gotten off to slow starts in each of the last two Elite events, eventually missing the weekend cut in each. Hawk placed in the top three in each of his first two events on the tour and Rojas was in the top five of the Angler of the Year standings before the stretch. Hawk is currently 11th in the AOY standings and Rojas in 20th. Hawk leads Hanselman in the Rookie of the Year standings by 41 points.