Gunnar Stanton of Boulder City came in third place in the pro division of Western Outdoor News’ 2021 U.S. Open bass fishing tournament held Oct. 11-13 at Lake Mead.
He won $12,000 for his total of 20.27 pounds of fish, after a .20 pound penalty for a dead fish, caught during two days of fishing.
He said 201 boats launched out of Callville Bay for the tournament.
For this tournament, he was paired with an AAA co-angler, who was fishing his own tournament out of the back of Stanton’s boat.
He said the random assignments help keep the fishermen honest.
Before turning pro, Stanton competed in high school and college tournaments. He has been fishing since he was 14 years old.
Stanton, 24, said there are tournaments nearly every weekend and he competes in between 20 and 25 a year.
“I’m definitely one of the younger pros out there,” he said.
He said he is eyeing the Major League Fishing Toyota series next year and hopes to qualify for a national tournament.
Stanton said the…