GREENEVILLE, S.C. – If you run a Google search on “Jacob Wheeler bass fisherman,” you’ll find a 27-year-old, highly-accomplished young man with an impressive bass fishing resume. Everything you read, however, will likely say he is from Indianapolis, Indiana. That would be wrong.
The man who was in 7th place going into Day Two of competition in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic is actually from Harrison, Tenn., basically a suburb of Chattanooga. Wheeler moved to be near Chickamauga Lake, what he has described as being “in the middle of bass fishing country.”
He grew to like the area, a lot, when he won the $100,000 in the 2014 BASSFest on Chickamauga Lake.
But now Wheeler is focused on Lake Hartwell. He came to the scales Friday with 16 pounds 1 ounce of bass – just over four pounds out of the lead. It is second Classic appearance. He was also at the 2015 Classic, also on Lake Hartwell, where he came in 14th place.
Wheeler says in the Classic, anglers can’t use the same strategy they might use in other multi-day tournaments.
“All those days on the water, daylight to dark, it all comes down to one moment. Nobody remembers who came in second at the Bassmaster Classic,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler’s primary sponsor is Academy Sports, On the water he and his boat are easily recognized seeming wrapped in nothing but the word, “Academy.”
He has career winnings on the BASS circuit to-date of $446,366. However he won more than a $1,000,000 on the FLW circuit.
Wheeler is in solid position to make the Top 25 cut so he can continuing fishing the final day of the Classic on Sunday.