Diet Mt. Dew pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., took over the lead on the second day of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Christie had his five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31-7.
Christie holds a 12-ounce lead over National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., who weighed five bass weighing 11-9 for a two-day total of 10 bass for 30-11 in a tournament featuring 58 of the world’s best professional bass anglers.
Christie said he caught 12 keepers during the course of the day and indicated the conditions on the first day of competition were better suited for fishing Ouachita’s clear waters. He said he’s fishing shallow and moving down the bank covering water and flipping whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Martin, who led the first day of competition, slipped to second place Friday, but said he remains confident about his chances in the tournament. Martin’s co-angler, Jeffrey Cummins, caught 17-11 out of the back of the boat Friday.
Washington competitors Chevy pro Luke Clausen of Spokane is currently in 11th place with 10 bass weighing 25-11. Ron Hobbs Jr. of Orting finished the event in 51st place with eight bass weighing a total of 12-00, and missed the cut. Hobbs takes home $7,000.
Rounding out the Top-20 pros are:
3rd: EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Gardendale, Ala., 10 bass, 29-1
4th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., nine bass, 28-11
5th: Cody Meyer, Grass Valley, Calif., 10 bass, 27-3
6th: National Guard pro Mark Rose, Marion, Ark., 10 bass, 27-1
7th: National Guard pro Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 10 bass, 26-15
8th: Andy Montgomery, Grover, N.C., 10 bass, 26-13
9th: Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 10 bass, 26-12
10th: Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-0
11th: Chevy pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 10 bass, 25-11
12th: EverStart pro Ron Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 10 bass, 24-8
13th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., seven bass, 24-6
14th: Duracell/Gillette pro Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 10 bass, 24-6
15th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 10 bass, 24-4
16th: Jon Strelic, El Cajon, Calif., 10 bass, 24-3
17th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 24-2
18th: National Guard pro Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-10
19th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., eight bass, 23-9
20th: Shane Long, Sarcoxie, Mo., 10 bass, 23-3
Overall there were 228 bass weighing 508 pounds, 8 ounces caught by 57 pros Friday. The catch included 34 five-bass limits.
The second day of competition marks the cut to the top 20 pros and co-anglers. Pros are competing for the title of Forrest Wood Cup champion, the most prestigious award in professional bass fishing, as well as a top award of up to $600,000 — the sport’s biggest award. Co-anglers are competing for up to $60,000.
Mike Helton of Jeffersonville, Ind., leads the Co-angler Division with nine bass weighing 21-11 followed by Spencer Shuffield of Bismarck, Ark., in second place with eight bass weighing 21-4.
Overall there were 120 bass weighing 252 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 53 co-anglers Friday. The catch included five five-bass limit.
Anglers will take off from Brady Mountain Resort & Marina located at 4120 Brady Mountain Rd. in Royal, Ark., at 6:30 each morning. Daily weigh-ins will be held at Summit Arena & Hot Springs Convention Center located at 134 Convention Blvd. in Hot Springs beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.
For more information visit the FLW Outdoors website.