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California's Cody Meyer leads Day 1 of FLW Tour at Beaver Lake

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published April 28, 2017

Pro Cody Meyer of Auburn, California, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce Thursday to take the lead on opening day of the four-day FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake. The event, presented by General Tire, features a field of 322 of the world's best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.

A rainy week has brought Beaver Lake water levels up drastically - as much as 8 feet - in the last seven days. As anglers launched from Prairie Creek Park Marina they faced a very different fishery than the one that they had experienced during practice. While many competitors fished shallow water, Meyer ran into a few smallmouth in deeper water with a drop-shot rig.

"Today was awesome, but I got really lucky," said Meyer, an eight-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. "I pulled up on a deep spot where I had gotten a bite in practice and caught four good smallmouth. It happened really quickly. I had a limit around 13 pounds or so, and I ended up making my way back to the check-in at Prairie Creek to end my day. I ended up catching two largemouth shallow just before checking in - my two biggest of the day. It was so random, but those big ones really helped."

Meyer's five-bass limit consisted of two largemouth and three smallmouth bass.

 "I caught them on four different baits," he said. "I flipped a couple, threw some little swimbaits and had a couple of different drop-shot rigs.

"I'm looking forward to going back out there tomorrow, but who know what's going to happen," Meyer went on to say. "I've been here so many times that I know it is very possible to go out tomorrow and not even get a bite. I'm very happy to be where I'm at, though."

The top 10 pros after day one on Beaver Lake are:

              1st:          Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., five bass, 16-1

              2nd:         Christopher Brasher, Longview, Texas, five bass, 15-11

              3rd:         Mud Hole Custom Tackle pro John Cox, DeBary, Fla., four bass, 14-4

              4th:         Johnny McCombs, Morris, Ala., five bass, 14-3

              5th:         Daniel Kweekul, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 13-14

              6th:         Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, five bass, 13-13

              7th:         Keith Bryan, Novato, Calif., five bass, 13-5

              8th:         Nick Gainey, Charleston, S.C., five bass, 13-4

              9th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 12-15

              10th:       Timmy Thompkins, Myrtle Beach, S.C., four bass, 12-10

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.