Wheeler snags another $100,000 BIG WIN during Bass Pro Tour stage 7.
BRANSON, Mo. – Jacob Wheeler has been in contention at several events this year, but one thing had eluded him: a Bass Pro Tour win.
Wheeler owned the Bass Pro Tour Bad Boy Mowers Stage Seven Presented by Covercraft. He was the story after the Shotgun Round with his record-setting pace, then after leading the Elimination Round, and again when he survived a midday boat swap to still finish eighth in Tuesday’s Knockout Round.
He remained in contention every day, and was able to run away with the win Wednesday after capturing 56 Table Rock bass for a total of 84 pounds, easily outdistancing Brandon Palaniuk’s 69-2.
Another Big Day for Wheeler
When time expired, Wheeler was visibly emotional after the realization that he won had set in. He finished second to Jacob Powroznik at Stage Three, and stated on MLF NOW! that he told himself if he was ever in the same situation, he would not let up. And he didn’t.
“The fishing was crazy good the first day (88 fish for 129-14), but I knew the pressure would get to them, so I had to change it up,” Wheeler said after his win.
Having to change boats during the Knockout Round was understandably stressful, but he overcame it.
“Today, it was great to be back in my boat and familiar with everything,” he recalled.
Several baits accounted for Wheeler’s fish this week. He fished a 3- and 4-inch white Storm Largo Shad swimbait, a Googan Baits Slim Shake Worm in Blue Baby on a shaky head, a morning dawn hand-poured worm on a drop-shot, and a Neko-rigged Googan Baits Lunker Log.