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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Florida native John Cox leads the field after day one of the FLW Tournament Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing.

Cox weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces. He holds a slim 1-pound, 13-ounce, lead over Brandon McMillian of Clewiston, Florida, who caught five bass weighing 14-14, good for second place.

Cox said he spent his day on the south end of Wheeler Lake dissecting a 300-yard creek arm off of the main river. He said it was one of four arms that he had hit during practice.

“I was on my way into a hole that I figured no one could get to, and I ended up catching them on the way back there,” said Cox, who won the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell earlier this season. “It took about 40 minutes to get in there. There were a lot of logs I had to go across.”

Cox said he caught 10 fish along his path using a variety of baits including a buzzbait, spinnerbait and a Yamamoto Senko.

“I saw some duckweed in a tree and caught one on a frog, and then another from a clump nearby,” said Cox. “I flipped and casted all day. I caught my largest fish in the morning – a 3-pounder – when I finally got to the back of the creek.”

The top 20 pros after day one on Wheeler Lake are:

  1. John Cox, Debary, Fla., five bass, 16-11
  2. Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 14-14
  3. Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 14-7
  4. Joseph Webster, Fulton, Miss., five bass, 14-2
  5. Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., five bass, 13-15
  6. Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., five bass, 13-8
  7. Yamamoto Baits pro Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, five bass, 13-7
  8. Shane Lehew, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 13-3
  9. Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 12-8
  10. Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., five bass, 12-1
  11. Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 11-13
  12. Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 11-6
  13. Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 11-2
  14. Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., four bass, 10-12
  15. Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla., five bass, 10-11
  16. Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 10-8
  17. Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., five bass, 10-7
  18. Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 10-2
  19. Old Spice pro Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark., five bass, 9-15
  20. Tyler Suddarth, Valdosta, Ga., five bass, 9-12

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