Tony Neal

Tony Neal

Tournament Angler

Tony has been a tournament bream and bass angler in the ABT on and off for many years. Last year whilst on a family holiday he took the opportunity to fish the WON BASS tournament on Lake Mead, Nevada as a non-boater. Tony placed 26th in field of over 250 anglers and is now on a mission to go back and fish the comp every year – taking an team of Aussies to make their place in history!

Tony’s Tips For The US Open At Lake Mead

  • Dabbling in the US largemouth bass tournament scene is more accessible and less expensive than most Australian’s would imagine – and the prize money is enough that there is a chance of winning back what it cost you to participate, or more.
  • Unlike some other tournaments, anglers don’t need to qualify for the WON BASS competitions, its simply a matter of registering and participating.
  • The October 2019 WON BASS tour on Lake Mead is booked out, but WON has three events that Aussies can participate in:during 2020: The Arizona Open in January on Lake Havasu, the California Open in April on Clear Lake and the US Open in October on Lake Mead.
  • Anyone interested in fishing any of these tournaments should commit early as the numbers are capped and they do sell out well in advance.
  • Doing plenty of planning and research in the lead-up t the competition will improve your chances of both having a good time and getting yourself on the scoreboard. 
  • For those fishing bass tournaments in Australia, it’s possible to use the same tackle etc as you would at home. Tony found that US tournament bass anglers tend to fish heavier (20lb line and leader), faster and use larger lures than Australian’s are used to. But once he found his feet Tony was able to catch plenty using the comparatively light setups he’d normally use back home.
  • Those who fish tournaments in Australia will find plenty of similarities, except that the days are longer, the field is larger and there is a lot more fanfare, 
  • Interested in giving the largemouth bass a shot in 2020? Check out the WON BASS competition at the links below or get in touch with Tony via Facebook message

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