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Rose Continues To Lead Walmart FLW Tour On Wheeler Lake Presented By Ranger Boats

Todd Paces Co-Anglers

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

National Guard pro Mark Rose increased his lead after the Day 2 weigh-in, to a 2-day total of 38 lbs. 14 oz.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 21, 2012 - DECATUR, AL.)

Similar conditions led to similar weights Friday at the Walmart FLW Tour Open on Wheeler Lake presented by Ranger Boats as the world's best bass-fishing pros continued their four-day battle for a top cash award of up to $125,000. Underneath sunny bluebird skies with 80-degree temperatures, FLW anglers continued targeting bass at a variety of depths with a variety of baits and techniques.

National Guard pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., increased his lead after the Day 2 weigh-in - his second straight day at the top of the leaderboard - after again weighing the largest five-bass limit of the day of 17 pounds, 8 ounces. Rose's two-day total of 10 bass weighing 38 pounds, 14 ounces now gives him a commanding 4-pound, 6-ounce lead heading into the third day of the tournament. Blake Nick of Adger, Ala., remains in the No. 2 spot - also for the second straight day - after bringing a five-bass limit to the scales weighing 16-9, for a two-day total catch of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 8 ounces.

"It was just a good, average day for me," said Rose, who has four tournament wins from fisheries on the Tennessee River chain in his FLW career. "The good Lord really blessed me. I still didn't catch a whole lot of fish - I only had seven or eight bites again today. You just really have to capitalize on the ones that do bite. I'm fishing with a lot of confidence right now. I haven't spent a whole lot of time on Lake Wheeler, but I like it. I'm confident fishing on the Tennessee River, and I'm just fishing my style."

Rose said he mainly fished two deeper offshore areas today and would run to the bank when it looked right.

"I've been throwing a topwater, but it's coming into play pretty randomly," Rose said. "Whenever I see a bank that I really like, with a bunch of shad and a little shade, I'll go throw a topwater on it. I usually won't stay long, but a lot of times there will be a big one there. It's more offshore, deeper fishing, and I'm coming in when I see a bank that looks good.

"The areas I'm fishing are about 15 miles from the harbor and awful small," he continued. "I'm not real confident that they can hold up. I may have to go looking for some new fish yet. The locals have been real respectful, though. There hasn't been a lot of fisherman in my spots. I hope to continue to have these areas to myself and just milk them for all they're worth."

Rose said he has been mixing it up the past two days, fishing deep by throwing crankbaits, worms, spoons and swimbaits and mixing in the shallow topwater. When asked what he was doing differently, Rose said he still didn't know.

"I may be throwing a bait that has a little different color that may make a difference, but I really don't know," Rose said. "Strike King really makes the best colors for any scenario, so it may be triggering the better bite for me. These are really just some little niche deals that I found, so I just have to keep fishing and make the best of it."

The top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on Wheeler Lake are:

1st: National Guard pro Mark Rose West Memphis, Ark. 10 bass 38-14
2nd: Blake Nick Adger, Ala. 10 bass 34-8
3rd: Chevy pro Luke Clausen Spokane, Wash. 10 bass 31-13
4th: Michael Williamson Fort Smith, Ark. 10 bass 30-4
5th: Shane Long Willard, Mo. 10 bass 29-6
6th: National Guard pro Brett Hite Phoenix, Ariz. 10 bass 28-7
7th: Corey Saint Lexington, Ala. 10 bass 28-1
8th: Russell Lane Prattville, Ala. 10 bass 27-2
9th: Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby Maple Grove, Minn. 10 bass 27-1
10th: Jerry Lawler Athens, Ala. 10 bass 26-14
11th: EverStart pro Randall Tharp Gardendale, Ala. 10 bass 26-10
12th: National Guard pro Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. 10 bass 26-6
13th: Greg Hackney Gonzales, La. 10 bass 26-3
14th: Folgers pro Scott Suggs Bryant, Ark. 10 bass 25-12
15th: Art Ferguson III Saint Clair Shores, Mich. 10 bass 25-7
16th: Tommy Martin Hemphill, Texas 10 bass 24-13
17th: Castrol pro David Dudley Lynchburg, Va. 10 bass 24-9
18th: National Guard pro Jonathan Newton Rogersville, Ala. 10 bass 24-7
19th: Castrol pro Mike Surman Boca Raton, Fla. 10 bass 23-11
20th: Chevy pro Larry Nixon Bee Branch, Ark. 10 bass 23-5

Long won the day's big bass weighing award with a fish weighing 7-4 on the pro side to win $500.

Overall there were 388 bass weighing 850 pounds, 5 ounces caught by pros Friday. The catch included 68 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.

Ben Todd of Pierson, Fla., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces, followed by Nick Loeffelman Jr. of Valles Mines, Mo., in second place with 10 bass weighing 21-9.

The top 20 co-anglers are:

1st: Ben Todd Pierson, Fla. 10 bass 21-13
2nd: Nick Loeffelman Jr. Valles Mines, Mo. 10 bass 21-9
3rd: Jonathan Henry Grant, Ala. 10 bass 20-13
4th: Hiroyuki Watanabe Shizuoka, Japan eight bass 18-8
5th: Casey Martin New Market, Ala. eight bass 16-1
6th: Alan Hults Gautier, Miss. 10 bass 15-15
7th: Theo Corcoran Kansas City, Mo. seven bass 15-10
8th: George Yund Albany, N.Y. nine bass 15-1
9th: Mark Horton Nicholasville, Ky. 10 bass 14-11
10th: Kevin Brumfield Madison, Miss. 10 bass 14-10
11th: Castrol pro Philip Jarabeck Lynchburg, Va. eight bass 14-7
12th: Jim Krider North Vernon, Ind. nine bass 14-0
13th: Richard Peek Centre, Ala. 10 bass 13-13
14th: Hale White Vestavia Hills, Ala. seven bass 13-3
15th: Cecil Chunn Spring Hill, Tenn. 10 bass 12-15
17th: Jimmy Brumfield Madison, Miss. 10 bass 12-8
18th: Philip Henderson Pineville, La. five bass 12-6
19th: Gary McClain Chesapeake, Va. five bass 11-7
20th: Terry Chastain Guthrie, Ky. seven bass 11-6

Watanabe also caught Friday's big bass weighing 4-2 in the co-angler division to win $250.

Overall there were 216 bass weighing 367 pounds even caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included 19 five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top five co-anglers in the point standings from the four Walmart FLW Tour Open tournaments will qualify.

Decatur at 6:30 a.m. each day. Saturday and Sunday's final weigh-ins will be held at the Walmart located at 2800 Spring Ave. S.W. in Decatur beginning at 4 p.m.

2800 Spring Ave. S.W. in Decatur on Saturday and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. prior to the final 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.

Coverage of the Wheeler Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs October 28 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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