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Wheeler Leads Day One At Forrest Wood Cup

Hensley Leads Co-Anglers

by: Julie Huber,,

Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler takes day one lead with 21 lbs 15oz.
Photo by courtesy of FLW Outdoors
(Aug. 09, 2012 - DULUTH, Ga.)

Forty-six of the best professional bass anglers from all over the world began their four-day battle for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, on Lake Lanier on Thursday.

Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., weighed a five-bass limit for 21 pounds, 15 ounces to take the early lead in the tournament. Wheeler now holds an impressive 5-pound, 6-ounce lead over Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., who caught five bass weighing 16-9.

"Every decision I made today was the right decision," said the youngest competitor in the Forrest Wood Cup field. "I was so blessed with the big bites that I had.

"It was everything - from having the opportunity to catch a big one and my co-angler not casting there so I could catch the big one," Wheeler added. "It was just an awesome day, and you just don't have those very often."

Although Wheeler was reluctant to give up too much information on his techniques on the first day of competition, he did say that he fished in water that was 10 feet deep or less. He said he targeted largemouth, but did catch a few spotted bass, for a day's catch of 15 bass, including 10 keepers. All of Wheeler's weigh fish were largemouth.

"I knew going into this tournament that it was going to be tough to be consistent with largemouth," Wheeler said. "I could bust 21 pounds a day and go out again tomorrow and catch nothing. That can happen. I know my chances, but that's where my comfort level is.

"Throughout this whole year, the tournaments I did well in I fished my style and what I was confident in," Wheeler added. "So I said, "I'm going to fish my way, my style, and if it works out, it works out, and if not, I'm going to have a heck of a time."

The top 20 pros after day one on Lake Lanier are:
1st: Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler Indianapolis, Ind. five bass 21-15
2nd: Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury Springville, Ala. five bass 16-9
3rd: Chevy pro Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach, Mo. five bass 14-15
3rd: Cody Meyer Auburn, Calif. five bass 14-15
5th: Cody Bird Granbury Texas five bass 14-11
6th: National Guard pro Scott Martin Clewiston, Fla. five bass 14-9
7th: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift Shelby, N.C. five bass 13-12
8th: Castrol pro David Dudley Lynchburg, Va. five bass 13-11
9th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead Paducah, Ky. five bass 13-1
10th: Chevy pro Luke Clausen Spokane, Wash. five bass 12-5
11th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas Corvallis, Ore. five bass 12-4
12th: Adrian Avena Vineland, N.J. five bass 11-10
12th: Gary Yamamoto Palestine, Texas five bass 11-10
14th: Folgers pro Scott Suggs Bryant Ark. five bass 11-7
15th: Andy Morgan Dayton, Tenn. five bass 11-2
16th: National Guard pro Brent Ehrler five bass 11-0
17th: Troy Morrow Eastanollee, Ga. five bass 10-15
18th: Cheez-it pro Shinchi Fukae Palestine, Texas five bass 10-14
19th: Clent Davis Montevallo, Ala. five bass 10-12
20th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity, S.C. five bass 10-9

Overall there were 212 bass weighing 470 pounds, 14 ounces caught by 46 pros Thursday. The catch included 35 five-bass limits.

Nick Hensley of Cumming, Ga., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 12-2 followed by Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., in second place with four bass weighing 11-9. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $50,000.

The top 20 co-anglers are:
1st: Nick Hensley Cumming, Ga. five bass 12-2
2nd: Matt Krekovich Granite City, Ill. four bass 11-9
3rd: Timothy Dearing Loudon, Tenn. five bass 9-6
4th: Bryan New Belmont, N.C. four bass 9-0
5th: Ralph Myhlhousen Council Bluffs, Iowa. five bass 8-12
5th: Shane Winchester Glasgow, Ky. three bass 8-12
7th: Rob Hicks Lula, Ga. four bass 7-13
8th: Corey Leonard Castalia, N.C. four bass 7-3
9th: Hoyt Tidwell West Point, Tenn. three bass 6-15
10th: David Lauer Loxahatchee, Fla. three bass 6-1
11th: Doug Caldwell Kane, Pa. four bass 6-0
11th: James Waller Cypress, Texas four bass 6-0
13th: Brant Grimm Kingsport, Tenn. three bass 5-15
14th: Brandon Hunter Benton, Ky. four bass 5-12
15th: Mike Helton Jeffersonville, Ind. two bass 5-9
16th: Todd Lee Jasper, Ala. three bass 5-4
16th: Brook Pauley Morgantown, W. Va. four bass 5-4
18th: Chad Billiot Radeland, La. three bass 5-2
18th: Bryan Partak Marselles, Ill. three bass 5-2
20th: Kevin Spooner Vero Beach, Fla. two bass 4-14

Overall there were 103 bass weighing 195 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 46 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included three five-bass limits.

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