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Texan Reyes in lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga

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“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. (Image: FLWFishing).

Veteran FLW pro Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas caught a five-bass limit Wednesday 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.

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 will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 24-29.

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