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Wheeler Continues To Lead Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart On Lake Lanier

Illinois' Krekovich Paces Co-Anglers

by: Chad Gay, Director - Public Relations,

Wheeler battles a nice fish, but loses it at the boat. .
Photo by Shaye Baker
(Aug. 10, 2012 - DULUTH, GA.)

Forty-six of the best professional bass anglers from all over the world continued 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 Friday.

Overcast skies and wind greeted anglers on the second day of competition. After weighing a massive 21 pounds, 15 ounces on the opening day of competition, Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., retained his lead after Day 2 by weighing a five-bass limit for 11 pounds, 12 ounces. Wheeler's two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 11 ounces gives him a 3-pound, 3-ounce lead heading into the third day of the tournament.

"I just never got that big bite," said Wheeler, who won the Bass Fishing League All-American in 2011. "It was a struggle this morning to catch what I caught. I pulled into the area that I really thought was a good area where I caught three big ones yesterday and didn't catch any good ones there today."

Wheeler said he had only three fish at 1 p.m. He started to scramble, and managed to eke out seven keepers during the day.

"When you start fishing against the clock, you start worrying, not fishing well and you stop concentrating," Wheeler said. "It just doesn't work out real well. Fortunately, I made a few good adjustments and I was blessed with a few good bites. Hopefully, tomorrow if I can get a couple of big bites I'll be right back where I need to be."

Wheeler said most of his fish came while flipping a Trigger X Flippin' Tube or using a Rapala X-Rap Prop. He also caught a few fish on a different prop bait as well as a Chatterbait. He said the area he fished is small, and the shallow, spooky fish he was targeting were affected somewhat by boat traffic.

Wheeler said one area he's fishing contains resident fish that aren't moving around, and when those fish are all caught, that spot will be empty. He said he has a backup plan, including areas he fished during practice he hasn't touched during competition.

"Some spots I'm revisiting, and some spots I'm just pulling into a pocket or area and saying, ?OK. That looks good,'" Wheeler said. "You have to make adjustments on the fly in this tournament. In a four-day tournament that's what you have to do."

Chevy pro Jay Yelas of Corvallis, Ore., is in the No. 2 spot with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30-8.

The top 20 pros that will continue to Saturday's competition are:

1st: Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler Indianapolis, Ind. 10 bass 33-11
2nd: Chevy pro Jay Yelas Corvallis, Ore. 10 bass 30-8
3rd; National Guard pro Scott Martin Clewiston, Fla. 10 bass 29-4
4th: Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury Springville, Ala. 10 bass 29-0
5th: Chevy pro Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach, Mo. 10 bass 29-0
6th: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift Shelby, N.C. 10 bass 27-7
7th: Cody Bird Granbury, Texas 10 bass 27-2
8th: Andy Morgan Dayton, Tenn. 10 bass 25-6
9th: Castrol pro David Dudley Lynchburg, Va. 10 bass 24-5
10th: Troy Morrow Eastanollee, Ga. 10 bass 24-5
11th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead Paducah, Ky. 10 bass 24-3
12th: Chevy pro Luke Clausen Spokane, Wash. 10 bass 24-3
13th: Cody Meyer Auburn, Calif. 10 bass 23-11
14th: Clent Davis Montevallo, Ala. 10 bass 23-8
15th: Folgers pro Scott Suggs Bryant Ark. 10 bass 23-8
16th: Clark Wendlandt Leander, Texas 10 bass 23-0
17th: Cheez-it pro Shinchi Fukae Palestine, Texas 10 bass 22-0
18th: Rayovac pro Jason Christie Park Hill, Okla. 10 bass 21-6
19th: National Guard pro Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. 10 bass 21-2
20th: Dr Pepper TEN pro Glenn Browne Ocala, Fla. 10 bass 20-15

Overall there were 189 bass weighing 433 pounds, 8 ounces caught by pros Friday. The catch included 28 five-bass limits.

Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces, followed by Nick Hensley of Cumming, Ga., in second place with seven bass weighing 14-13.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $50,000 that will be awarded Saturday. The top 20 co-anglers are:

1st: Matt Krekovich Granite City, Ill eight bass 18-14
2nd: Nick Hensley Cumming, Ga. seven bass 14-13
3rd: Josh Smith Hamilton, Ohio four bass 12-8
4th: Jason Johnson Dawsonville, Ga. six bass 12-6
5th: Rob Hicks Lula, Ga. six bass 12-3
6th: Bryan New Belmont, N.C. five bass 12-1
7th: Richard Peek Centre, Ala. seven bass 11-12
8th: Timothy Dearing Loudon, Tenn. six bass 11-9
9th: Mike Devere Berea, Ky. six bass 11-6
10th: Cory Leonard Castalia, N.C. five bass 11-3
11th: Alex Posey Roswell, Ga. seven bass 11-1
12th: James Waller Cypress, Texas seven bass 11-1
13th: Doug Caldwell Kane, Pa. seven bass 10-15
14th: Shane Winchester Glasgow, Ky. four bass 10-14
15th: Hoyt Tidwell West Point, Tenn. five bass 10-3
16th: Rich Dalbey Greenville, Texas four bass 10-2
17th: JR Wright Truckee, Calif. five bass 10-2
18th: Brook Pauley Morgantown, W. Va. six bass 10-2
19th: Casey Martin New Market, Ala. four bass 9-8
20th: Ralph Myhlhousen Council Bluffs, Iowa five bass 8-12

Overall there were 82 bass weighing 167 pounds, 10 ounces caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included one five-bass limit.

Anglers will take off from Laurel Park located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville, Ga., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the Gwinnett Convention Center located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Ga., beginning at 5 p.m. daily.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Gwinnett Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. On Saturday 500 free rods and reels will be given away to the first 500 children 14 years and under who are accompanied by an adult. On Sunday 1,000 free rods and reels will be given away to the first 1,000 children 14 years and under who are accompanied by an adult. The rod and reel giveaways are courtesy of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Also on Sunday, one lucky fishing fan will win a Ranger Z520 with a 250-horsepower Evinrude, Lowrance electronics and Minn Kota trolling motor. The Ranger boat giveaway is courtesy of the Gwinnett Daily Post and is free to enter, but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday's final weigh-in to win.

Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Sept. 16 from 1-2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

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