Much has been made of the success Alabama angler Jesse Wiggins has had in his young Bassmaster career. That includes two Opens wins, and leading his first Elite Series tournament for two days so far.
One thing to note. Wiggins first Opens win was at Smith Lake, his home lake near Cullman, Ala. To my eyes Cherokee is very similar to Smith. They're both highland lakes. Both are deep, with steep, rocky banks in some area. So his first Elite is on a familiar style lake, just four hours or so from home. Advantage Wiggins. It will be fun to see how he does on Okeechobee in a few wins.
But I should also note that he won Florida's Harris Chain Open a few weeks ago. That's impressive. No doubt this boy can fish.
He's off to a little slower start today. One nearly three pound smallmouth in his livewell at this point.