Wheeler’s been a fish-catching machine

Jacob Wheeler has apparently changed tactics a bit today, looking for quality instead of quantity. But if this tournament were decided strictly by number of fish caught, Wheeler would be running away with it.

Wheeler estimated he caught 75 fish yesterday, and according to photographer Gettys Brannon, that’s a conservative number.

“On three casts I caught six bass,” said Wheeler, referring to three straight doubles. “I caught catfish, Guadalupe bass, crappie, white bass.”

The crappie was a good one – 14 inches long – and it came at a depth of 42 feet. That’s an indication of the wide range of depths that Wheeler is fishing – from the surface to 40-plus feet.