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Justin Kerr takes U.S. Open Title

Posted: 9/2/2008

In a race going down to the final flight on Wednesday, pro Justin Kerr of Simi Valley, California nipped Gary Dobyns of Yuba City by .47 pounds to win the 2008 WON Bass U.S. Open tournament on Lake Mead.

Kerr, whose 9.16-pound sack today pulled him from fourth place to the lead, utilized a one-two punch of oxblood RoboWorms and Super Spooks each day of the contest to edge past Dobyns who weighed 8.23 pounds today.

“It wasn’t as good a day,” Kerr said of Wednesday’s fishing, noting “I could only catch a limit in the morning all week. Today, I finally culled one in the last five minutes.” He finished with 27.31 pounds.

Catching a bass that has swirled on his topwater, he followed with the plastic worm to catch a 2.2 pounder that allowed him to release a fish weighing just 1.2 pounds. “There’s no way I would have won without that fish,” said the champion, who takes home cash and prizes worth $150,000.

The tournament, which was held out of the Silverton Lodge Casino-Bass Pro Shops, experienced calm conditions and temperatures in the low 100’s.