Wheeler Cruises To Group A Qualifying Spherical Win At MLF Bass Professional Tour Favourite Fishing Stage Three On Lewis Smith Lake

Academy Sports activities + Open air professional Jacob Wheeler of Harrison caught 11 scorable bass weighing 23 kilos, 12 ounces to earn the win Friday and advance on to his seventh straight Championship Spherical on the Favourite Fishing Stage Three on Lewis Smith Lake Introduced by Mercury in Cullman, Al. This may mark the fourth time Wheeler has earned an automated berth to the Championship Spherical on the Main League Fishing Bass Professional Tour.

Wheeler’s two-day Qualifying Spherical complete of 41 bass weighing 80 kilos, 13 ounces earned him the Group A Day 2 win by a broad 24-pound, 11-ounce margin over second-place angler Favourite Fishing professional Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okay., who caught a two-day complete of 29 bass totaling 56-2. Professional Randy Howell of Guntersville, Al., ended the day in third place with a two-day complete of twenty-two bass weighing 52-12, whereas professional Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C. slipped down two spots to complete the spherical in fourth place with a two-day complete of twenty-two bass weighing 51-4. Professional Andy Morgan of Dayton rounded out the highest 5 with a two-day complete of 25 bass weighing 50 kilos, 10 ounces.

The six-day occasion, hosted by Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports activities Tourism, Cullman County Parks and Rec and the Cullman Space Chamber of Commerce, showcases 80 of the highest skilled bass-fishing anglers on this planet competing for a complete purse of $805,000, together with a prime money prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Wheeler once more spent the day trip in open water over extraordinarily deep timber catching noticed bass.

“Suspended fish could be one of many hardest to catch,” mentioned Wheeler. “I focused a variety of suspended fish as we speak with the Rapala Jigging Rap and a (Storm) Largo Shad. I had a stable lead going into as we speak, so I used to be simply attempting to determine if there was a sample to it. I discovered some areas and issues that helped me dial in and discover the bass a bit of faster. Total, it appears to be much less of a sample and extra of a zone that I want to focus on on Monday.”

Wheeler is sitting in an ideal spot as soon as once more, with two days off and the whole weekend to relaxation and put his recreation plan collectively for the Championship Spherical.

“It’s been a superb week up to now,” mentioned Wheeler. “We completed on prime, and it feels nice to advance straight to the Championship Spherical.

“I do know lots goes to vary between from time to time, so I’ll most likely rig up a mix of rods and be able to attempt a wide range of strategies once we get again out right here on Monday. Clearly, the docks will certainly play extra down the lake, however with the situations we expect, I’ll simply have to concentrate to what the climate is doing.

“We’ll form of hodge-podge it up,” continued Wheeler. “I assure you it’s going to be a hodge-podge sort of day on Championship Monday.”

There was additionally extra pleasure across the Toro Lower Line as we speak in the course of the ultimate interval, with professional John Murray of Spring Metropolis, Tennessee, starting the third interval in thirty second place earlier than catching a flurry of 14 bass weighing 20-12 to catapult into tenth place.

Bass Professional Outlets professional Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mi., completed the day in nineteenth place, throwing Strike King crankbaits.

“Man, what a wrestle as we speak,” mentioned VanDam. “I went the entire first interval and didn’t catch a scorable bass, regardless of operating some actually good things. I’m simply thrilled to be transferring on to the Knockout Spherical and to have an opportunity to proceed fishing this occasion.

“Clearly, a number of the different guys have actually acquired one thing discovered, however on this lake, something can occur at any level. I’ve had some fairly good flurries and have seen what’s doable right here, in order that’s what we’re going to be taking pictures for within the Knockout Spherical.”

Bass Professional Tour newcomer Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo. was sweating it out throughout his first time on the Toro Lower Line, earlier than ending the day in twentieth place.

“I’m the final man in, and it was a grind as we speak – that third interval simply chewed me up,” mentioned Lawyer. “I had a recreation plan of sticking with the docks and finesse-fishing across the docks with a few little swimbaits on a Freedom Lures Swimbait Head, and virtually acquired caught. However that’s one of the best factor in regards to the Bass Professional Tour – once we begin on the water once more on Sunday, we’re all even. Doesn’t matter should you’re first or twentieth. I’m simply grateful to be out right here and to go see what we will do within the Knockout Spherical.”

The highest 20 anglers from Group A will now take pleasure in an off day, whereas the 40 anglers in Qualifying Group B will full their two-day Qualifying Spherical of competitors on Saturday. The Knockout Spherical, that includes 38 anglers competing to complete within the prime eight, will happen Sunday. Monday’s Championship Spherical will characteristic Wheeler, Saturday’s Group B winner, and the highest eight anglers from the Knockout Spherical competing in a final-day shootout for the highest prize of $100,000.

The highest 20 professionals in Qualifying Group A that now advance to Sunday’s Knockout Spherical on Lewis Smith Lake are:

1st:           Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 41 bass, 80-13 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

2nd:          Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 29 bass, 56-2

third:          Randy Howell, Guntersville, Ala., 22 bass, 52-12

4th”:         Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 22 bass, 51-4

fifth:           Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 25 bass, 50-10

sixth:           Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 20 bass, 46-8

seventh:           Wesley Strader, Spring Metropolis, Tenn., 19 bass, 42-10

eighth:           Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Ariz., 19 bass, 42-1

ninth:           Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla., 21 bass, 40-11

tenth:        John Murray, Spring Metropolis, Tenn., 20 bass, 40-6

eleventh:        Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., 19 bass, 39-3

twelfth:        Mark Daniels, Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 17 bass, 38-4

thirteenth:        Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 19 bass, 37-5

14th:        Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla., 19 bass, 35-9

fifteenth:        Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 17 bass, 35-0

sixteenth:        Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 15 bass, 31-1

seventeenth:        Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 14 bass, 29-11

18th:        Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., 12 bass, 29-3

nineteenth:        Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 14 bass, 28-10

twentieth:        Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 14 bass, 27-6

An entire record of outcomes could be discovered at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Total, there have been 300 scorable bass weighing 616 kilos, 12 ounces caught by the 40 professionals Friday.

Tharp caught a 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth on a jig within the third interval that catapulted him up into the highest 20 and earned him the third $1,000 Berkley Massive Bass Award of the occasion. Berkley awards $1,000 to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass every day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass of the match.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed of their two-day qualifying spherical on Wednesday and Friday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Thursday and Saturday. After every two-day qualifying spherical is full, the anglers that end in 2nd by twentieth place from each teams advance to Sunday’s Knockout Spherical, whereas the winner of every group advances on to Monday’s Championship Spherical. Within the Knockout Spherical, weights are zeroed, and the remaining 38 anglers compete to complete within the prime 8 to advance to the Championship Spherical. Within the ultimate day Championship Spherical, weights are zeroed, and the very best one-day complete wins the highest prize of $100,000.

Anglers will launch every day at 7:30 a.m. from the Smith Lake State Park, positioned at 403 County Street 386 in Cullman, Alabama. Every day’s Common Tire Takeout might be held on the park, starting at 4:30 p.m. Followers are welcome to attend all launch and takeout occasions and likewise inspired to comply with the occasion on-line all through the day on the MLF NOW! dwell stream and SCORETRACKER protection at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The Favourite Fishing Stage Three on Lewis Smith Lake Introduced by Mercury options anglers competing with a 1-pound, 8-ounce minimal weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimal weights are decided individually for every competitors waters that the Bass Professional Tour visits, primarily based on the productiveness, bass inhabitants and anticipated common measurement of fish in every fishery.

The Bass Professional Tour encompasses a area of 80 of the highest skilled anglers on this planet competing throughout seven regular-season tournaments across the nation, competing for hundreds of thousands of {dollars} and useful factors to qualify for the annual Common Tire Heavy Hitters all-star occasion and the REDCREST 2023 championship.

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