Wiggins came out fat from the get-go weighing in a total of 59 pounds, 4 ounces in three-day 2017 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #1 at Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, FL. – Jesse Wiggins Wins Bassmaster Season Opener
Jesse Wiggins Wins Bassmaster Season Opener
Cullman’s 27-year-old professional bass fishing phenomenon – Jesse Wiggins – won the season opener of the es Bass Pro Shops series.
Wiggins came out fat from the get-go weighing in a total of 59 pounds, 4 ounces in the three-day 2017 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #1 at Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, FL.
Wiggins receives a winner’s package that included a substantial cash prize of $8,533 and a Nitro boat valued at $51,400. He also earned the first berth in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic, even before the location has been announced. Before that event, Wiggins will compete in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Texas’ Lake Conroe in March thanks to his first Bass Pro Shops first win at the Southern Open last season on Smith Lake.
After his victory in Florida, Jesse was a bit stunned following the weigh-in ceremony:
“I expected to win that one on Smith Lake, that’s close to home. This one, I had no idea. I’m shaking like a leaf on a tree up here. It’s a great bag to finish with, and a perfect way to start the season. I’m absolutely speechless.”
A Jenko crankbait was instrumental in Wiggins win.
His Day 3 bag of 21-5 not only the largest of the day, it was the eighth heaviest of the event. Combined with his weights on the first two days (17-5 on Thursday and 20-10 on Friday,) it was more than enough to win.
Behind Wiggins in the Top 12 were: second, John Pollard, 58-1; third, Hunter Shryock, 56-4; fourth, Lucas, 53-2; fifth, Marty Robinson, 52-10; sixth, David Kilgore, 46-8; seventh, Scott Canterbury, 44-13; eighth, Brandon Card, 43-9; ninth, Derek Hudnall, 42-15; 10th, John Cox, 41-11; 11th, Joshua Stracner, 40-11; 12th, David Hudson, 39-8.
The five pros who finish atop the points standings after the three Southern Opens are complete will be eligible to join the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series. The other two 2017 Southern Opens will be held April 20-22 on Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga and Sept. 28-30 on Smith Lake in Alabama.
And just like Wiggins, the winner of each of those two tournaments will earn a spot into the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.
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