BY JODY ONLY
LAKEPORT – As Day Two of the 2020 WON BASS California Open came to a close, the anticipation of a final day clash of champions is palpable.
The current event leader and 2018 U.S. Open champion Bub Tosh, of Turlock holds 46.62. Less than a pound back is the lake local known as the King of Clear Lake, Wayne Breazeale, a two-time California Open champion (2016, 2017). It is an unprecedented bass battle of Open champs – akin to a Holyfield V. Tyson rematch or a Steelers V. Pats Superbowl.
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Breazeale is playing it closer to the vest, only revealing a minimal amount of info.
“I’m just fishing some old stuff and getting lucky,” said Breazeale.
Tosh on the other hand has been vocal about his baits and setup.
“I have two flippin’ sticks out,” said Tosh. “I am probably going through more plastics than anyone else on the lake – Yamamoto – Mermaid, Cowboy, Sanshouo, Flapping Hog.”
Should Breazeale pull out the “W,” it will earn a triple crown as a California Open victor. An honor that no other is close to obtaining, as he is the only two-time champion.
Should Tosh hold his top spot, it will give him a bookend set of WON BASS Open hardware – a 2020 California Open trophy to match the one he claimed at the 2018 U.S. Open.
If this occurs, Tosh will be the 2nd angler in WON BASS history to grab both Open victories.
The feat was first accomplished by Justin Kerr, of Simi Valley – U.S. Open (2008) California Open (2015).
While the champs battle each other, the remainder of the field will be gunning for their position and with less five-pounds separating any of the pros in the top-10 from the first place price package, the final day wrap could be anyone’s game. Afterall, it is Clear Lake and any cast can be the fish of a lifetime.
Stayed tuned to the WON BASS Facebook page for a live stream of this epic event. The final round will take place Friday, July 24. Scales open at 12 noon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, weigh-ins are not open to the public.