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Old 09-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Junk fishing was the name of the game Thursday as the worlds best bass-fishing pros began competing at the Walmart FLW Tour Open on Wheeler Lake presented by Ranger Boats. Multiple styles, patterns and presentations were used as pros from all across the United States began the four-day tournament fishing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

By the end of the weigh-in, one angler had separated himself quite a bit from the pack. National Guard pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., brought a five-bass limit to the scales Thursday weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces to lead day one of the event. Rose now holds nearly a 3-pound lead over Blake Nick of Adger, Ala., who caught five bass weighing 17-15.

“Normally I can say it was this bait, or this pattern,” said Rose, who has career winnings of more than $1.5 million. “Today, I was just blessed and it just happened for me. It was pretty tough, though. I didnt catch that many fish – I only had seven keepers. Wheeler is definitely a tough lake, but its still got them.”

Rose said he fished around a dozen different areas – both shallow and deep – and that he caught fish in both. The bite was better at no certain point in the day, as he caught fish around 60 minutes apart throughout the entire day.

“I caught a big one on a topwater bait,” Rose said. “I got another big one on a crankbait. I caught some on a worm. Im really mixing it up both shallow and deep and just going fishing. From my weight I know it sounds like Im really on them, but Im not. I may go out tomorrow and only catch 5 pounds.”

When asked about his ideal fishing conditions for tomorrow, Rose said that he hopes for cloud cover and a little wind to help the shallow bite. However, meteorologists are predicting more of todays weather for tomorrow – sunny bluebird skies with temperatures in the mid-80s and a zero-percent chance of rain. Rose said hes not changing anything.

“Im going out tomorrow and doing the same thing,” he said. “Just going fishing.”

The top 10 pros after day one on Wheeler Lake are:

1[sup]st[/sup]: National Guard pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., five bass, 21-6
2[sup]nd[/sup]: Blake Nick, Adger, Ala., five bass, 17-15
3[sup]rd[/sup]: Chevy pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., five bass, 15-15
4[sup]th[/sup]: Russell Lane, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 15-14
5[sup]th[/sup]: Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La., five bass, 14-13
6[sup]th[/sup]: Marty Stone, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 14-4
7[sup]th[/sup]: Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., five bass, 13-11
8[sup]th[/sup]: National Guard pro Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 13-10
8[sup]th[/sup]: Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 13-10
10[sup]th[/sup]: Art Ferguson III, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 13-8
10[sup]th[/sup]: National Guard pro Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., five bass, 13-8

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Clent Davis of Montevallo, Ala., caught Thursdays big bass weighing 5-14 on the pro side to win $500.

Overall there were 377 bass weighing 776 pounds, 10 ounces caught by pros Thursday. The catch included 57 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top five anglers in the point standings from the four Walmart FLW Tour Open tournaments will qualify.

Casey Martin of New Market, Ala., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 12-11 followed by Jonathan Henry of Grant, Ala., in second place with five bass weighing 12-5.

The top 10 co-anglers are:

1[sup]st[/sup]: Casey Martin, New Market, Ala., five bass, 12-11
2[sup]nd[/sup]: Jonathan Henry, Grant, Ala., five bass, 12-5
3[sup]rd[/sup]: Ben Todd, Pierson, Fla., five bass, 10-14
4[sup]th[/sup]: Jim Krider, North Vernon, Ind., five bass, 8-9
5[sup]th[/sup]: George Yund, Albany, N.Y., five bass, 8-1
6[sup]th[/sup]: Mark Horton, Nicholasville, Ky., five bass, 8-0
7[sup]th[/sup]: Kenny Beale Jr., Blairs, Va., five bass, 7-10
7[sup]th[/sup]: Patrick Bone, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 7-10
7[sup]th[/sup]: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., five bass, 7-10
10[sup]th[/sup]: Todd McBride, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 7-9
10[sup]th[/sup]: Richard Rhodes, Calvert City, Ky., five bass, 7-9

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Martin also caught Thursdays big bass weighing 4-10 in the co-angler division to win $250.

Overall there were 184 bass weighing 293 pounds, 8 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 14 five-bass limits.
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