FISHING: Light day for Hawk on Lake Conroe
CONROE, Texas — Lake Havasu City angler Roy Hawk battled a tough day on Lake Conroe that saw more than half the compeition catch five fish or fewer in the first round at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Stage Two on Wednesday.
Hawk reeled in just four bass, each weighing less than two pounds, for a total weight of 6 pounds to sit in 33rd place in Group B after the shotgun round.
Despite the relatively light day on the lake, he is just five pounds back of the cutline with most of the field settling for five bass or less. Phoenix’s Brett Hite is in 16th place with a catch of six bass at a weight of 13 pounds, 11 ounces.
Alabama’s Jordan Lee continued to thrive in the “every fish counts” format, bagging a group high 12 fish and a total weight of 32 pounds, 3 ounces. Lee, the two-time defending Bassmaster Classic champion who won the inaugural event a few weeks ago, leads the rest of Group B by more than six pounds. Only 13 anglers in the group broke 15 pounds and only five had more than 20 pounds.
Group A, which includes Havasu’s Dean Rojas, will begin its elimination round this morning at 9 a.m. MST, with the action being live streamed at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The top 20 anglers from each of the two groups will advance to Saturday’s knockout round, the top 10 from that day advancing to Sunday’s championship round.
Rojas is sitting in 24th place entering the elimination round, needing to make up just 2 pounds, 8 ounces to reach the top 20.