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Jacob Wheeler Charges Ahead At Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest On Lake Travis

by: JamieDay Matthews,

Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, TN, takes the lead on the 2nd day of the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest 2 out of Jonestown, Texas, with a 2-day total weight of 35 LBs, 7 oZ.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
(May 18, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX)

 Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., fished “a hodge-podge of lures, techniques and depths today to earn 18 pounds, 3 ounces of largemouth bass and take command of the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Travis.
 
“The way I’ve been catching my bass this week has been through a long list of tactics, lures and locations,” he said. “I’ve been fishing ‘hodge-podge.’ That’s the best way I can explain it. But that’s really how I like to fish, and it’s been working well for me.”
 
This isn’t the first time the second-year Bassmaster pro has been in the lead. Wheeler has two Elite Series victories to his credit, but Texas Fest carries more weight than a regular-season Elite Series tournament.
 
His two-day total weight of 35-7 moves him closer to the $100,000 first-place payday and a coveted berth into the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.The 27-year-old pro admitted to having 18 rods on the deck of his boat during Friday’s second round of competition, but he claimed to have learned more about his pattern as the day went on.
 
“I dialed in on them a little more today,” Wheeler said. “Not enough to say I’m confident in winning this tournament. Not just yet. I used most of the rods I had out, and I caught fish from 6 inches of water to 40 feet and I hit a bunch of spots. It was a hodge-podge day.”
 
Most pro anglers keep their cards close to the vest at this point in major tournaments, but he did say he his big fish were coming from a couple specific structural elements.
 
“I still think it’s going to take 15 to 17 pounds a day to win on Lake Travis,” he said. “I’ve kept myself in position to potentially win even if I have a tough Saturday or Sunday. I'm very happy with how my day went, and I hope I can stay consistent into tomorrow.”
 
After leading on Thursday’s opening round, Ray Hanselman Jr. of Del Rio, Texas, fell back to second place after producing only four bass that weighed 12-2, pushing his two-day total to 34-1.
 
“Today was definitely tougher,” Hanselman said. “I didn’t get any of the big bites I had hoped for, and only bringing in four fish certainly hurt. I think I could have caught another keeper somewhere else, but I was focusing on big bass only.”
 
In hindsight, Hanselman said he should have spent more time fishing docks for his limit bass.
 
“The dock thing was working for me, but I left it too soon. In looking back I should have downsized my lure while I was there,” he said.
 
Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., stayed consistent and held down third place for the second day in a row.
 
“Catching that 10-5 yesterday sure helped, but I was able to stay on quality fish again today,” Pace said. “This lake is receiving a lot of fishing pressure right now, but I think it will get better tomorrow with fewer fishermen on the lake.”
 
If no one catches a bass heavier than Pace’s 10-plus-pounder in the final two rounds, he’ll win the big bass prize, a new Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
 
The full field of 108 anglers has been cut to the Top 50 pros for Saturday’s semi-final round of competition.
 
Rounding out the Top 5 are Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., with 32-7 in fourth place and Drew Benton of Panama City, Fla., with 30-12 in  fifth place.
 
Takeoff will begin at 6:15 a.m. CT each morning at Jones Brothers Park in Jonestown, Texas, and weigh-ins will be at the same location each afternoon beginning at 3 p.m.
 
The Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo will take place at the park on Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature boat demo rides, an aquarium, free prizes and the latest fishing products on the market. The fan-favorite kid’s area, Bassmaster Get Hooked on Fishing presented by Toyota and Shakespeare, will also include catfish-casting ponds and a chance to meet the pros. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area will welcome visitors of all ages to try out archery, learn ways to contribute to conservation and participate in other fun outdoor activities.
 
Also taking place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is Bassmaster University. Bassmaster Elite Series pros will be teaching seminars at the park on a variety of topics related to fishing including techniques, gear, electronics and more. All activities are free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Title and Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Elite Partner: Black Velvet Canadian Whisky

2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Beneficiary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Local Hosts: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Gulf States Toyota and the City of Jonestown, Texas

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2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 5/17-5/20
Lake Travis, Jonestown  TX.


(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Jacob Wheeler          Harrison, TN            10  35-07  110
  Day 1: 5   17-04     Day 2: 5   18-03  
2.  Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX              9  34-01  109
  Day 1: 5   21-15     Day 2: 4   12-02  
3.  Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  32-12  108
  Day 1: 5   19-08     Day 2: 5   13-04  
4.  Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           10  32-07  107
  Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   21-13  
5.  Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  30-12  106
  Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   16-13  
6.  Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  30-04  105
  Day 1: 5   21-02     Day 2: 5   09-02  
7.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  30-04  104
  Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   14-11  
8.  Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          10  29-10  103
  Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   14-13  
9.  Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                9  28-12  102
  Day 1: 4   13-07     Day 2: 5   15-05  
10. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA 10  27-11  101
  Day 1: 5   19-05     Day 2: 5   08-06  
11. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC            10  27-11  100
  Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   17-00  
12. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  27-09   99
  Day 1: 5   16-01     Day 2: 5   11-08  
13. Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ      10  27-07   98
  Day 1: 5   19-05     Day 2: 5   08-02  
14. Brent Ehrler           Redlands, CA            10  27-06   97
  Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   14-03  
15. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           10  27-05   96
  Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   11-06  
16. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  27-02   95
  Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   15-08  
17. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  27-01   94
  Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   14-03  
18. Gary Klein             Mingus, TX              10  26-13   93
  Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 5   16-12  
19. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  26-13   92
  Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   13-07  
20. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             10  26-12   91
  Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   15-05  
21. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              9  26-10   90
  Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 4   11-10  
22. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  26-10   89
  Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   14-13  
23. Gerald Spohrer         Gonzales, LA            10  26-09   88
  Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   13-07  
24. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA            10  25-15   87
  Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   14-06  
25. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  25-10   86
  Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   12-02  
26. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  25-06   85
  Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   14-10  
27. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               10  25-05   84
  Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   12-15  
28. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  25-02   83
  Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   16-07  
29. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  25-02   82
  Day 1: 5   15-13     Day 2: 5   09-05  
30. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  25-00   81
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   11-12  
31. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  24-14   80
  Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   13-13  
32. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  24-08   79
  Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   10-15  
33. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  23-15   78
  Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   12-10  
34. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  23-14   77
  Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   13-15  
35. Shin Fukae             Palestine TX JAPAN      10  23-13   76
  Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 5   10-06  
36. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             10  23-13   75
  Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   12-00  
37. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV             9  23-08   74
  Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 4   14-12  
38. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  23-05   73
  Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   14-15  
39. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               10  23-01   72
  Day 1: 5   15-12     Day 2: 5   07-05  
40. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  23-01   71
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   14-07  
41. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            10  23-00   70
  Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   13-01  
42. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  23-00   69
  Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   10-10  
43. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        10  22-13   68
  Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   08-08  
44. Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID              10  22-10   67
  Day 1: 5   15-13     Day 2: 5   06-13  
45. Jonathon VanDam        Gobles, MI              10  22-03   66
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   11-14  
46. John Murray            Spring City, TN         10  21-12   65
  Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   08-01  
47. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        10  21-10   64
  Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   07-01  
48. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  21-09   63
  Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   09-13  
49. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  21-08   62
  Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   13-02  
50. Mike McClelland        Bentonville, AR         10  21-07   61
  Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   11-08  
51. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           10  21-06   60
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   05-08  
52. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  21-06   59
  Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   07-13  
53. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         10  21-06   58
  Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   09-10  
54. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL             10  21-05   57
  Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   08-02  
55. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  21-02   56
  Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 5   07-11  
56. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  21-02   55
  Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   09-12  
57. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                9  20-09   54
  Day 1: 4   05-06     Day 2: 5   15-03  
58. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       8  20-08   53
  Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 3   05-08  
59. Ott DeFoe              Blaine, TN              10  20-07   52
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   12-00  
60. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  20-05   51
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   12-09  
61. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            8  20-03   50
  Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 3   05-01  
62. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL       10  20-01   49
  Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   08-08  
63. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  19-13   48
  Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 5   11-14  
64. Alton Jones Jr.        Waco, TX                10  19-12   47
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   12-12  
65. Darrell Ocamica        New Plymouth, ID        10  19-12   46
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   11-02  
66. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  19-08   45
  Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   09-14  
67. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  19-08   44
  Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   09-11  
68. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          8  19-06   43
  Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 3   05-04  
69. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  19-06   42
  Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   06-14  
70. Roy Hawk               Lk Havasu Cty, AZ       10  19-06   41
  Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   08-15  
71. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             10  19-06   40
  Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   09-08  
72. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL          10  19-02   39
  Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   07-12  
73. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  19-01   38
  Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   06-10  
74. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN         10  18-15   37
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   08-12  
75. Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN           10  18-10   36
  Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   07-10  
76. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             10  18-07   35
  Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   09-00  
77. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            9  18-04   34
  Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 4   06-00  
78. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  18-04   33
  Day 1: 5   06-13     Day 2: 5   11-07  
79. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        10  17-12   32
  Day 1: 5   06-05     Day 2: 5   11-07  
80. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  17-09   31
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   08-15  
81. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  17-06   30
  Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   09-08  
82. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH        9  17-05   29
  Day 1: 4   09-01     Day 2: 5   08-04  
83. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  17-03   28
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   08-04  
84. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         9  17-02   27
  Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 5   10-06  
85. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          6  17-01   26
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 1   01-07  
86. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  17-01   25
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   06-14  
87. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA          9  16-10   24
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 4   05-08  
88. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL              10  15-15   23
  Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   07-02  
89. David Fritts           Lexington, NC           10  15-15   22
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   07-15  
90. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            7  15-14   21
  Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 2   03-02  
91. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             7  15-00   20
  Day 1: 2   05-06     Day 2: 5   09-10  
92. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX         8  14-15   19
  Day 1: 3   03-14     Day 2: 5   11-01  
93. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          7  14-11   18
  Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 2   06-13  
94. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL         7  14-02   17
  Day 1: 2   03-01     Day 2: 5   11-01  
95. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA           7  14-01   16
  Day 1: 2   03-08     Day 2: 5   10-09  
96. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  14-00   15
  Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 5   07-06  
97. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              9  13-14   14
  Day 1: 5   06-00     Day 2: 4   07-14  
98. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         10  13-14   13
  Day 1: 5   06-11     Day 2: 5   07-03  
99. Fred Roumbanis         Russellville, AR         9  13-03   12
  Day 1: 4   05-00     Day 2: 5   08-03  
100. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               6  13-03   11
  Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 3   05-13  
101. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              7  13-02   10
  Day 1: 2   02-04     Day 2: 5   10-14  
102. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 8  13-00    9
  Day 1: 3   04-14     Day 2: 5   08-02  
103. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               7  11-14    8
  Day 1: 2   05-00     Day 2: 5   06-14  
104. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     7  11-08    7
  Day 1: 2   02-03     Day 2: 5   09-05  
105. Fletcher Shryock       Dennison, OH             5  11-00    6
  Day 1: 3   04-09     Day 2: 2   06-07  
106. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA          7  09-10    5
  Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 2   02-09  
107. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  06-14    4
  Day 1: 4   05-06     Day 2: 1   01-08  
108. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         5  05-15    3
  Day 1: 4   04-15     Day 2: 1   01-00  

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        91       507      1173-03
 2        91       502      1110-04
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         182      1009      2283-07