Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind. retained his lead on Friday at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier, weighing a five-bass limit for 11 pounds, 12 ounces for the day, less than the massive haul of 21 pounds, 15 ounces from Thursday, but enough to keep him in the lead in the four-day event.
Wheeler now has a total of 33 pounds, 11 ounces, giving him a lead of three pounds, three ounces ahead of Jay Yelas of Corvallis, Ore.
Wheeler, Yelas and the rest of the anglers are competing for a $500,000 grand prize to be awarded after the four-day competition finishes on Sunday at the Gwinnett Convention Center.
Wheeler, 21, who won the Bass Fishing League All-American in 2011, had a slower day than Thursday and only had three fish at 1 p.m. but managed to adjust enough to get the bites he needed to stay in first place.
Going into the competition today, Matt Krekovich, of Granite City, Ill., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces.
Nick Hensley of Cumming is in second place with seven fish weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces. Co-anglers are fishing for a $50,000 prize that will be awarded at the end of the day today.
The top 20 anglers advance into the field of 20 for Saturday, and only the top 10 advance to the final round on Sunday.
Fishing begins at 7 a.m. this morning at Laurel Park in Gainesville. Afternoon weigh-in begins at 5 p.m. at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.