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Strickland, Jackson lead ABA

From Staff Reports

Rusty Strickland and Daniel Jackson shared one thing this morning — both are in the lead at the American Bass Anglers Grand Slam Series event at Wheeler Lake.

With a limit haul of five fish weighing 18 pounds, 32 ounces on the first day of competition Friday, Strickland leads the professional side, while Jackson holds the lead for the amateurs, grabbing five fish at 10-79.

Saturday marks the final day of the two-day competition.

Strickland leads by nearly four pounds over Nicholas Reeves (14-48). Lee Pitts sits in third, weighing in at 14-39, Rick Tilson is fourth at 14-28 and David Young rounds out the top five at 12-09.

In the amateur division, Robbie McDowell came in right behind Jackson with a weigh-in of 10-72. Chris Abbott's 9-89 weigh-in was good enough for third. Dennis Hollis (9-41) and Dustin B. Terry (7-34) are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Pro Chris Jackson took the day's biggest fish, weighing in at 6-66, while Ronnie Leatherwood took the same distinction for the amateurs at 3-52.

Anglers will begin at 5:45 a.m., with the final weigh-in at 3 p.m. at Ingalls Marina.

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