Dean Rojas in third after first day of Bassmaster


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Dean Rojas in third after first day of Bassmaster
By Ed Zieralski
July 31, 2004

Former San Diegan Dean Rojas was in third place yesterday after the first round of the 34th Bassmaster Classic at Lake Wylie in Charlotte, N.C.

Rojas, who grew up fishing Lake Murray and other area reservoirs before setting out on a pro bass fishing career, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 8 ounces. He trailed leader Takahiro Omori by 12 ounces. Omori's five bass totaled 16-2.

This is Rojas' third Classic, and all signs point to it being his best. His best finish in the previous Classics was 10th in 2001 at the Louisiana Delta. Rojas entered this Classic as one of the top 10 anglers from B.A.S.S.' new Elite 50 Series that featured B.A.S.S.' top 50 anglers competing in a four-tournament series after the regular season's six events.

"I'm fishing against the best in the world right now, and the good thing is I'm at the top of my game," Rojas said by phone from Charlotte after his successful first round. "I'm really optimistic about my chances here. I'm fishing against the best, but I'm fishing my best."

Rojas said he found good fishing a month ago when he and the other 52 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers were given practice time on Lake Wylie. When he went out Wednesday for the one-day practice round, he found the same fish.

"I didn't even touch them," he said. "I saw that they were there and let them alone until today, and I went in and caught them."

Rojas caught 11 bass, seven keepers and five of which he sacked for the weigh-in.

Rojas said this is the most relaxed he's ever been at a Classic.

"I had six top-10s this year (in B.A.S.S. and Forrest L. Wood circuit events), so I've been around all the glitz and cameras," he said. "My highest finish was a fifth place, so I'm ready to win again."

Rojas, who celebrates his 33rd birthday today, has earned over $500,000 in his career as a bass fisherman. But a win at the Bassmaster Classic is to a pro bass angler what winning the Masters is to a golf professional. It's the most prestigious tournament in the game, and Rojas right now is as close as he's ever been to winning it.

Round 2 is today, followed by the final round tomorrow. ESPN and ESPN2 are covering the event, and live scoring and updates can be found on

Meantime, Defending champion Michael Iaconelli was second with four bass totaling 15-15.
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