Wooley mines Chickamauga ledges for win


000165539_original_650x650Michael Wooley doesn’t say much, but his fishing does plenty of the talking.

Known as an offshore stick, Wooley proved just that in hanging on for his first Major victory at the FLW Tour event at Lake Chickamauga. The second-year pro milked one good school for the lead after three days, but Day 4 saw his fish vanish, forcing him to scramble. Stetson Blaylock made a late run at the win, but Wooley was able to scrape together just enough to secure the victory.

With the win, Wooley now finds himself in the top 75 (74th to be exact), despite having some terrible finishes at Eufaula and Lewis Smith this year. Meanwhile, Blaylock is now in the top 40, nicely settled in 36th.

However, the big news may be the angler most figured was a lock for a good tournament – hometown angler Andy Morgan. Morgan finishes 81st, with fellow hometowner and Angler of the Year contender – he was first going into the event – Wesley Strader.

Morgan has been the No. 1-ranked angler for much of the last two seasons, but he has now slipped to third after Chickamauaga. Strader also slipped, with him falling outside the top 10 to 13th.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for BassRankings.com, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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