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Ober, Wolak tie for lead at FLW Series event on Lake Champlain

Pennsylvania pro Jason Ober caught a 21-pound bag by dropshotting in Champlain's north end.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - FLW pros Jason Ober of Johnstown, Pa. and David Wolak of Wake Forest, N.C., each landed five bass weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces Wednesday to lead day one of the FLW Series Eastern Division tournament on Lake Champlain. They share a 1-pound, 5-ounce lead in the tournament featuring 146 pros and 146 co-anglers representing 35 states and Canada.

"I am covering a lot of water and just keep moving," said Ober, who won an FLW AFS event on Lake Champlain two years ago. "That and my experience are what really made the difference for me today.

"I am fishing up North using a drop-shot with a proto type bait that mimics a perch; right now the bass seem to be feeding on the perch so mimicking them has been key.

"I was able to eliminate a lot of water today and tomorrow I am hoping the predictions for wind are wrong, I may not be able to get to my location if that happens, I need some bright sunshine too! I didn't have a bite after noon today and that's when the wind started to play a factor and the sun went under."

Wolak was also using baits that mimicked the perch. He was using reaction baits and said the key for him was to keep the bait moving. Unlike Ober, who caught all smallmouth, Wolak's bag consisted of all largemouth bass.

"I ended up having a good day, but it started out really slow, I didn't have my limit until about 11. I was here two weeks ago for an AFS tournament and the bite was crazy; I didn't see those bites today but luckily the bites I did get were quality."

Rounding out the remainder of the top-10 pros after day one at Lake Champlain are:

3rd: Sheron Brown, Shirley, Mass., five bass, 19-13

4th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 19-12

5th: Lancen Halbert, Enoree, S.C., five bass, 19-9

6th: Charlie Hartley, Grove City, Ohio, five bass, 19-5

6th: Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., five bass 19-5

8th: Mark Hickory, St. Albans Bay, Vt., five bass, 19-4

9th: Chevy pro Dion Hibdon, Stover, Mo., five bass, 19-1

10th: Matthew Applebaum, Johnson, Vt. five bass, 18-15

10th: Gary Yamamoto, Palestinie, Texas, five bass, 18-15

Overall there were 676 bass weighing 1915 pounds, 5 ounces caught by 146 pros Wednesday. The catch included 123 five-bass limits.

In FLW Series competition, pros are competing for a top award of $50,000 plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for a shot at the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

Chris Kinney-Hermes of Champlain, N.Y., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 18-15 followed by Christopher Hall, Clarks Summit, Pa., in second place with five bass weighing 17-12.

"This is the best day on the water I have ever had," said Kinney-Hermes, who last year was fishing in the FLW College division for SUNY-Plattsburgh. "Anthony (Gagliardi) was just a great guy to fish with, and we were able to find a couple of really good spots. I was using a Gary Yamamoto Flat Tail Worm, black, most of the day. We each had our limit by about 11 a.m. and then from 11:45 to 12:15 we were on this spot that allowed each of us to cull all of our fish, it was incredible."

Kinney-Hermes caught his bass on a drop-shot while fishing with Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, who is currently in fourth place.

The remainder of the top-10 co-anglers are:

3rd: National Guard pro Pat Lay, Cleveland, Tenn., five bass, 17-10

4th: Tony Bushey, Champlain, N.Y., five bass, 17-6

5th: Robert Gulley, Tupelo, Miss., five bass, 17-3

5th: Jerry Thompson, Bemidji, Minn., five bass, 17-3

7th: James Dixon, Southfield, Mich., five bass, 16-15

8th: Jeff Gengler, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 16-11

9th: Max Allen, Frankfort, Ky., five bass, 16

10th: Edward Pecore, Plattsburgh, N.Y., five bass, 15-10

Overall there were 589 bass weighing 1366 pounds, 11 ounces caught by 146 co-anglers Wednesday. The catch included 90 five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are competing this week for a Ranger 177TR with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard motor as well as valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup.

Anglers will take off from Dock Street Landing located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh at 6:30 each morning. All weigh-ins will be held at the marina; Thursday and Friday weigh-ins will begin at 2:30 p.m. while Saturday's final weigh-in will begin at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to a Family Fun Zone at the marina prior to Saturday's weigh-in from noon to 4 p.m. There will be a drawing for a $300 Cabela's gift card and drawings for rod and reel combos will be held every 30 minutes during the event. Activities in the Family Fun Zone include a boat simulator and National Guard obstacle challenge. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Lake Champlain tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. "FLW Outdoors", will air Oct. 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 ET. "FLW Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide.

About FLW Outdoors

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing awarding the largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including Player's Advantage. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com.

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