Dobyns big bass actually best on Monday; weather could be a factor today at Mead


LAS VEGAS—While each of the five largest bass taken on Monday’s first round of the U.S. Open win identical $1,000 cash awards, it was actually Gary Dobyn’s 3.60-pound largemouth that was the biggest of the day. It was mistakenly reported earlier that leader Shaun Bailey’s 3.23 pounder was the top fish.

If Dobyn’s fish holds up over the next two day’s of competition, it would earn the Yuba City pro a $5,000 houseboat vacation from Forever Resorts in addition to his daily cash award.

Monday saw a brief, 15-minute thunderstorm hit the Las Vegas area, dumping more than a half inch of rain in a brief, but heavy downpour. That type of weather could again be a factor on Tuesday, where scattered thunder showers are forecast for the eastern boundary of Lake Mead.

The National Weather Service is predicting 105 degrees for Overton and 106 degrees on the balance of the lake.

Several of the leaders hinted that they are chasing wolfpacks of bass, but the time of the best action reportedly varies from early to late in the tournament day. Looking at the overall standings, outside of the leader Bailey, a narrow span of two pounds puts much of the field in striking distance of the lead.

Lost fish, not merely caught fish, could ultimately determine the winner.

Weigh-ins are set to begin Tuesday, August 26, at 2 p.m. Pacific time at Callville Bay.