In addition to being a construction professional and HCSS super user, MGE Underground, Inc. COO Nick Salvucci, is a pro of another kind — a fishing pro.
Salvucci can now add fishing champion to his resume too with his 2019 WON Bass U.S. Open title win in October.
Salvucci came into the finals on Lake Mead one fish short of his daily limit. But he had posted consecutive 11-pound limits on days one and two and held a 2.5-pound lead heading into the final day, and he was the last angler to check into the scales at the end of the event.
HCSS implementer Dan Lisbony was in California training MGE Underground on HCSS software. He said he and 20 MGE employees attended the weigh-in after training.
“Since Nick was leading after day 2, he was the last to weigh in on day three,” Lisbony said. “He only had four fish and was 7 pounds behind. The average bass for most weigh-ins was between 1 and 1.5 pounds so it looked like it would be tough for him to overcome the 7-pound deficit with just four fish.”
But Salvucci had no trouble closing out the win.
“When Nick walked up, he had a monster fish in his bag, a 4.5-pounder, plus the other three were good sized as well,” Lisbony said. “He weighed in at over 9 pounds and won the event. It was exciting to watch with his coworkers.”
Salvucci, from Paso Robles, Calif., finished runner up in the U.S. Open in 2018. He will receive $100,000 cash and a 2019 Bass Cat Puma FTD with a Mercury Pro XS 250 Four Stroke outboard motor for his win.
“I’ve wanted this trophy for so long, and I’ve been fishing this lake so well for the past several years that it hurt to come so close,” Salvucci said. “Now I get to put my hands on that trophy, and I’ve got the perfect place for it at home. I can’t believe it’s finally happened.”
Salvucci reportedly fished in the mid-lake area during the tournament, focusing on the Echo Bay area of the Overton Arm and working his way back towards the main lake. He caught his winning fish using multiple lures.
“I really don’t have any one thing that I caught them on,” Salvucci said. “I junk-fished my way through, throwing what I felt I needed to throw. The real key to this week was to keep a positive attitude and just keep my head down. I pulled the hood of my Aftco shirt over my head and stayed focused. It feels amazing.”