Jacob Wheeler has put a 3-pound smallmouth bass in his livewell this morning. No one is more surprised than Wheeler about his smallmouth success this week. Over the first two days, his 10 bass weighed-in have included 8 smallmouth bass and only 2 largemouths. He weighed all smallmouths in his 17-pound, 11-ounce bag yesterday.
"If you would have told me that at the start of the tournament, I would have said no way," Wheeler said yesterday. "It had been hard to catch a smallmouth (in practice), even a non-keeper."