DAYTON, Tenn. – Veteran FLW pro Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 4 ounces – the largest limit weighed in the event – to capture the lead after day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super-Tournament at Lake Chickamauga with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 49-14. He now holds a 3-pound, 4-ounce lead in the $1.3 million Super Tournament that features 204 anglers competing from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF).
“I caught a 7-pounder early, then I went a good stretch this morning with only that one fish,” said Reyes, who is competing in his 14th season on FLW’s top circuit. “Finally the sun peeked out a little bit and I think that set them off. I caught around 18 bass total – probably 12 or 13 keepers – and I caught eight in the last hour.”
Reyes said that he caught his fish on three different stretches of pepper grass. He weighed in one fish yesterday on a frog, but the rest of his keepers have come on a Yamamoto Senko.
“I’m not doing anything special or fancy,” Reyes said. “They come in spurts. I’ll have a 40-minute window where I’ll catch three or four, then I’ll go an hour without one. It took me a little bit to get dialed in. They want it so slow. I’ll throw a bait in there and just hold it and they’ll walk off with it. If I pump it, or shake it at all, they won’t bite it.
“This is a huge field, with huge names – (Jacob) Wheeler, (John) Cox has won here multiple times – and it feels good to be hanging around with those guys,” Reyes said. “But I know they’re not going to let me slip. You slip and they’ll pass you. So, I’m going to need to keep plugging big sacks to have a chance to win.”
The top 20 pros after day two on Lake Chickamauga are:
1st: Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 10 bass, 49-14
2nd: Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 46-10
3rd: Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, 10 bass, 43-14
4th: John Cox of DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 41-12
5th: Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 10 bass, 38-2
6th: Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 37-15
7th: Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, La., 10 bass, 37-7
8th: Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 10 bass, 36-12
9th: Miles Burghoff of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 10 bass, 35-4
10th: Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 35-1
11th: Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 35-0
12th: David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 35-0
13th: Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 34-15
14th: Kyle Cortiana of Coweta, Okla., 10 bass, 34-15
15th: Christopher Brasher of Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 34-13
16th: Barry Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., 10 bass, 34-2
17th: Chip Harrington of Olathe, Kan., 10 bass, 33-15
18th: Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 33-15
19th: Jason Meninger of Saint Augustine, Fla., 10 bass, 33-12
20th: Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., 10 bass, 33-10
Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Floyd brought the largest bass of the day, a 9-pound, 4-ounce largemouth, to the scale Wednesday to claim the day’s $500 Berkley Big Bass award.
Overall there were 945 bass weighing 2,598 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 200 pros Wednesday. The catch included 175 five-bass limits.
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 now advance to Thursday. 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 50 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday from Point Park at Dayton Boat Dock, located at 185 Chickamauga Drive, in Dayton. Weigh-in each day 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 each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com, the FLW YouTube channel and the FLW Facebook page.
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, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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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