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Wheeler Reclaims Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga

Wheeler Reclaims Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga
Jacob Wheeler

DAYTON, Tenn. – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 12 ounces Thursday to reclaim his lead in the $1.3 million Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super-Tournament at Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler now holds a 4-pound, 13-ounce edge over his closest competitor, Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, heading into the fourth and final day of competition. The $1.3 million Super Tournament that featured 204 anglers competing from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) with a top prize of up to $160,000.

Link to photo of Day Three leader pro Jacob Wheeler
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Although Wheeler’s weight on the scale was 27-12, he was credited with 25-12 after being assessed a 2-pound penalty for accidently making a cast with six fish in his livewell. After catching a 10-pound largemouth, Wheeler placed it into his livewell and quickly jumped up to make another cast. The problem was that Wheeler already had a five-bass limit. Wheeler made one cast before realizing his mistake, and did not catch a fish, but the Tennessee pro was assessed a 2-pound penalty and allowed to cull out his smallest fish.

“When you catch one that big, you get a little flustered,” Wheeler joked on the weigh-in stage. “I was so excited to make another cast. As soon as I fired it out there, I was like ‘Gosh, dang it. I’ve got six in my livewell.’ I immediately called (Tournament Director) Daniel Fennel and I knew I was getting a 2-pound penalty. I was so mad at myself for making that error, I used it to motivate myself to go out and catch even more than what I had.”

Other than the penalty, it was a near flawless day for Wheeler on the water Thursday as he caught the largest limit of the tournament. After spending the first two days of the tournament bouncing back and forth between shallow and deep water, Wheeler spent day three mainly offshore.

“It was an awesome day out there on the lake,” Wheeler said. “Yesterday I had 10 to 15 places shallow, but today I spent most of my time deep. I had some stuff in my back pocket that I was sort of saving, and I still have some stuff that I saved shallow where there should be some big ones.

“I’m going out tomorrow with the mindset that I’m going to have to catch a really big bag,” Wheeler said. “It’s so easy here for someone to catch a 10-pounder and put together a 30-pound limit, so I’ve got to catch another 20+ pounds. If I lose, I lose, and I leave it out on the water, but for me, my goal is to keep catching 20.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition Friday on Lake Chickamauga are:

 1st: Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 72-6
 2nd: Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 67-9
 3rd: Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 62-3
 4th: Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 57-1
 5th: Miles Burghoff of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 15 bass, 55-6
 6th: John Cox of DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 55-1
 7th: Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 54-11
 8th: Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 15 bass, 53-2
 9th: David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 51-15
 10th: Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, 15 bass, 51-14

Finishing in 11th through 30th are:

 11th: Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, La., 15 bass, 51-10, $14,000
 12th: Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 50-1, $14,000
 13th: Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 49-2, $14,000
 14th: Wade Strelic of Alpine, Calif., 15 bass, 48-14, $14,000
 15th: Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala., 15 bass, 48-9, $14,000
 16th: Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 48-3, $14,000
 17th: Kerry Milner of Bono, Ark., 15 bass, 48-1, $14,000
 18th: Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 47-11, $14,000
 19th: Jesse Wiggins of Logan, Ala., 15 bass, 46-14, $14,000
 20th: Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 15 bass, 46-10, $14,000
 21st: Matt Greenblatt of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 15 bass, 46-8, $11,000
 22nd: Christopher Brasher of Longview, Texas, 15 bass, 46-7, $11,000
 23rd: Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 46-6, $11,000
 24th: Jason Meninger of Saint Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 46-3, $11,000
 25th: Jonathan Canada of Helena, Ala., 15 bass, 46-1, $11,000
 26th: Barry Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 45-15, $11,000
 27th: Kyle Cortiana of Coweta, Okla., 15 bass, 45-14, $11,000
 28th: Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
 29th: Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
 30th: Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., 15 bass, 45-5, $11,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 237 bass weighing 678 pounds, 3 ounces, caught by 50 pros Thursday. Of the final 50 pros, 44 of them were able to bring a five-bass limit to the scale.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga is hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 204 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Thursday. Now only the top 10 pros will continue competition on Championship Friday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

FLW anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, the Pro Circuit championship. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 24-29.

MLF pros competing in the Pro Circuit Super Tournaments will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the AOY title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

The top 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. EDT Friday from Point Park at Dayton Boat Dock, located at 185 Chickamauga Drive, in Dayton. Friday’s Championship weigh-in will also be held at Dayton Boat Dock and will begin at 3 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the expanded “FLW Live” broadcasts and weigh-in coverage at FLWFishing.com.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Aug. 14 on the Outdoor Channel. Beginning July 3 and running through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Episodes have been expanded to two hours long, allowing each show to go in-depth to break down the final rounds of regular-season competition. Each episode will premiere in Friday night primetime slots on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water broadcast has been expanded to air on all four days of competition, featuring live action from the boats of the tournament’s top pros each day. Host Travis Moran is joined by Toyota Series pro Todd Hollowell and MLF’s Marty Stone to break down the extended action Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

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