Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 10/16/2017

Story courtesy of Anglers Press Media

Las Vegas, Nev. – Beginning Monday October 16, 207 professional anglers and their AAA partners will blast off onto the waters of Lake Mead to contest The WON Bass Bass Cat Boats / Mercury U.S. Open of Bass Fishing.  As it has for the past five U.S. Opens, the Costa See What's Out There Live show will be presented by Costa Sunglasses throughout the entirety of the three day event.

In its 35td year, the U.S. Open has proven to be a world class bass fishing event that is no easy tournament to conquer. The last angler who can hold on to their seat in the Costa See What's Out There Hot Seat on Wednesday's final day will be crowned the U.S. Open champion.

The 2017 field has broken the record set last year for the largest field in the modern history of the event with 207 professional anglers and their AAA partners signed up to compete in the three day event on Lake Mead. As with any U.S. Open the field includes past champions, current and former tour level anglers and established Western pros who will create fireworks throughout the event.

With the record field, and the addition of Bass Cat Boats as a partner to the U.S. Open, the payout for the event should be one of the riches in the history of Western tournament fishing history. The pro angler who outlasts the competition this year will receive the keys to a 2018 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard valued at $61,000. Couple that with the cash prizes, and the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open awards should be quite impressive.

At press time, several of the anglers who currently compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tours have registered for the event.

Headlining the list of those anglers are three-time Champions Clifford Pirch and two-time U.S. Open winners Rick Clunn and John Murray.  Joining them are their fellow Elite Series counterparts are Josh Bertrand, Brett Hite, Chris Zaldain Luke Clausen and Jared Lintner.  Joining them will be former Elite Series pro, and two-time Elite Series champion turned Bass Cat Marketing Manager Kevin Short from Arkansas.

Joining the B.A.S.S. contingent, the FLW Tour pros are also making their way to the desert for the event. 2015 champion Roy Hawk is confirmed, as are Hayabusa pro Kurt Dove, Bass Cat Boats pros Carl Jocumsen, Andrew Upshaw, Matt Stefan, Chad Randall, Randy Blauket, Jim Moynagh as well as Western based FLW Tour pros Jimmy Reese, Aaron Britt, Billy Hines and Gary Yamamoto.

For the past five years, the Costa Live broadcasts of the WON Bass U.S. Open have allowed fans and industry members to follow along with the three day event with daily updates from the waters of Lake Mead, the daily weigh-ins from Calville Bay Marina and from the post-game shows from the host hotel at Boulder Station Casino.  While these now standard elements of the U.S. Open will remain, there have been some new developments that will add to the excitement of the 35th Anniversary of the WON Bass U.S. Open of Bass Fishing.

The Costa See What's Out There Live Coverage will continue to bring all of the action from Las Vegas and Lake Mead throughout the three day event. You can go to to connect and watch the live streaming video on the following schedule – ALL TIMES PACIFIC.

Sunday October 15th – Pregame Show at 3:00PM during Sponsor Row

Monday October 16 through Wednesday October 17
Event Coverage 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Live weigh-in 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Daily Post Game – 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Wednesday Sept 14 Awards Show 6:30PM - 9:00PM from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino

In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats will be hosting demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in.  The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time

Once again, the Costa Live Show will bring all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury.