Brock Mosley, of Collinsville, Miss., is leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake with 16 pounds, 15 ounces. 

                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

May 7, 2021

Mosley Junk Fishes His Way To Early Lead In Bassmaster Elite At Muddy Neely Henry Lake

GADSDEN, Ala. — After a few forgettable practice rounds, Brock Mosley polished his junk fishing repertoire to produce a shining start at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

Mosley, a 32-year-old pro from Collinsville, Miss., weighed a limit of five bass on Friday that totaled 16 pounds, 15 ounces, putting him at the top of the pack in the tournament that was due to start Thursday but was postponed because of extremely heavy rain in the region earlier this week.

All that rain swelled Neely Henry’s water level and sent sediment shooting through the north end of the fishery. Anglers struggled to find clean water, if they could at all, and a muddy Neely Henry made fishing tough on those heading uplake. Others heading down the 11,250-acre impoundment found many of their spots inaccessible thanks to the flow of water choked at the natural bottleneck on the lake known as Minnesota Bend.

The varied conditions led Mosley to “junk fishing,” or using a variety of techniques and lures in numerous places to see what worked.

Something certainly did for him, with 5-pound and 4 1/2-pound kickers anchoring the limit he brought to the Gadsden City Boat Docks.

“It was a special day, especially after my practice,” Mosley said. “The biggest one I had in practice was only 2 1/4. I was hoping to just catch a limit today and they just bit better than they have all week. I’m fishing upriver, downriver, anything I can. It was just one of those days where everything bounced my way.”

Because he struggled to find anything consistent during practice, Mosley had no idea where he wanted to begin fishing Friday morning. He settled on a place, he said, mostly “because no one else was in there.”

“I was Boat 92 (of 98 taking off) this morning, and this being a small lake, I figured it might be the only place all day I wouldn’t fish behind somebody,” he said. “That’s where I caught the 4 1/2-pounder and I just started fishing new stuff from there. I had all my weight by 11 a.m., but I didn’t lay off anything because I didn’t have anything to lay off.”

Mosley noted that Friday’s weather (mid-60s, partly cloudy skies) was the best it’s been all week, which could have contributed to the better catches most anglers had.

“The fish also got a break yesterday (with the tournament postponed),” he said. “They got the chance to adjust to the high water, the low water. But it’s not easy. It’s a real grind out there.”

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., is in second place with 16-7. Like Mosley, the 31-year-old pro was surprised by the heft of his bag, considering the struggles he endured in practice.

“I had a little place where I thought I could get some bites, but I couldn’t get to it,” New said. “The water was too low. So, I wound up messing around, practicing, junk fishing. I caught a 4 1/2-pounder and a 3-plus … I think I ruled some stuff out today, maybe added a few things. I think we can make something happen tomorrow.”

Reigning Bassmaster Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, is in third place with 15-13. He was another in the long line of anglers who didn’t figure much out in practice but struck some Alabama gold when competition began.

“I caught four in practice doing the same thing I did today when I caught 15 or 20,” he said. “The water’s dirty still, but I think it’s making the fishing better. Nothing has been easy this week.”

Wendlandt won $1,000 for the 5-4 he caught that was the day’s Phoenix Boats Big Bass.

“I kind of ran into that 5-4,” he said. “I’d love for that to happen again tomorrow.”

Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., is fourth with 15-4, followed by Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., with 15-3 and Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., with 15-2.

A cluster of Alabama anglers is just behind that group — Clent Davis of Montevallo with 14-9, Gerald Swindle of Guntersville with 14-3 and Wes Logan of Springville with 14-1.

The full field of 98 Elites will take off again at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, also known as Coosa Landing, with weigh-in back at the docks at 2:30 p.m. The Top 48 after Day 2 will advance to the semifinal round on Sunday.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast the action live with the leaders beginning at 7 a.m.

The City of Gadsden and the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism are hosting this week’s Elite Series event.

2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake 5/7-5/10
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden  AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         5  16-15  100
Day 1: 5   16-15
2.  Bryan New              Belmont, NC              5  16-07   99
Day 1: 5   16-07
3.  Clark Wendlandt        Leander, TX              5  15-13   98   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-13
4.  Matt Arey              Shelby, NC               5  15-04   97
Day 1: 5   15-04
5.  Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  15-03   96
Day 1: 5   15-03
6.  Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC           5  15-02   95
Day 1: 5   15-02
7.  Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           5  14-09   94
Day 1: 5   14-09
8.  Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL         5  14-03   93
Day 1: 5   14-03
9.  Wes Logan              Springville, AL          5  14-01   92
Day 1: 5   14-01
10. Bob Downey             Hudson, WI               5  13-15   91
Day 1: 5   13-15
11. KJ Queen               Catawba, NC              5  13-14   90
Day 1: 5   13-14
12. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX         5  13-13   89
Day 1: 5   13-13
13. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN         5  13-10   88
Day 1: 5   13-10
14. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            5  13-08   87
Day 1: 5   13-08
15. Seth Feider            New Market, MN           5  13-07   86
Day 1: 5   13-07
16. Drew Benton            Blakely, GA              5  12-08   85
Day 1: 5   12-08
17. Ed Loughran III        Richmond, VA             5  12-05   84
Day 1: 5   12-05
18. Joshua Stracner        Vandiver, AL             5  11-13   83
Day 1: 5   11-13
19. Kyle Welcher           Opelika, AL              5  11-12   82
Day 1: 5   11-12
20. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR               5  11-09   81
Day 1: 5   11-09
21. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC           5  11-08   80
Day 1: 5   11-08
22. Frank Talley           Temple, TX               5  11-07   79
Day 1: 5   11-07
23. Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC            5  11-06   78
Day 1: 5   11-06
24. Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC          5  11-05   77
Day 1: 5   11-05
25. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  11-03   76
Day 1: 5   11-03
26. Caleb Kuphall          Mukwonago, WI            5  11-02   75
Day 1: 5   11-02
27. Brandon Card           Salisbury, NC            5  11-01   74
Day 1: 5   11-01
28. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               5  11-00   73
Day 1: 5   11-00
29. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  10-15   72
Day 1: 5   10-15
30. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  5  10-13   71
Day 1: 5   10-13
30. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               5  10-13   71
Day 1: 5   10-13
32. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK             5  10-08   69
Day 1: 5   10-08
33. Koby Kreiger           Alva, FL                 5  10-07   68
Day 1: 5   10-07
34. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              5  10-06   67
Day 1: 5   10-06
35. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA           5  10-05   66
Day 1: 5   10-05
36. Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC              5  10-04   65
Day 1: 5   10-04
36. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               5  10-04   65
Day 1: 5   10-04
38. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  10-03   63
Day 1: 5   10-03
38. Matt Robertson         Kuttawa, KY              5  10-03   63
Day 1: 5   10-03
40. Kenta Kimura           Osaka JAPAN              5  10-01   61
Day 1: 5   10-01
41. Randy Pierson          Oakdale, CA              5  10-00   60
Day 1: 5   10-00
42. Gregory DiPalma        Millville, NJ            5  09-15   59
Day 1: 5   09-15
42. Chad Pipkens           Dewitt, MI               5  09-15   59
Day 1: 5   09-15
42. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC             5  09-15   59
Day 1: 5   09-15
45. Jay Yelas              Lincoln City, OR         4  09-15   56
Day 1: 4   09-15
46. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                5  09-13   55
Day 1: 5   09-13
47. Buddy Gross            Chickamauga, GA          4  09-10   54
Day 1: 4   09-10
48. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             5  09-09   53
Day 1: 5   09-09
48. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA             5  09-09   53
Day 1: 5   09-09
48. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  09-09   53
Day 1: 5   09-09
51. Marc Frazier           Newnan, GA               5  09-07   50
Day 1: 5   09-07
52. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY              5  09-02   49
Day 1: 5   09-02
53. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             5  09-01   48
Day 1: 5   09-01
54. Derek Hudnall          Denham Springs, LA       5  09-00   47
Day 1: 5   09-00
54. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             5  09-00   47
Day 1: 5   09-00
56. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  08-14   45
Day 1: 5   08-14
57. Scott Martin           Clewiston, FL            5  08-10   44
Day 1: 5   08-10
58. Justin Hamner          Northport, AL            5  08-09   43
Day 1: 5   08-09
59. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  08-08   42
Day 1: 5   08-08
60. Taku Ito               Chiba JAPAN              5  08-05   41
Day 1: 5   08-05
61. Bryan Schmitt          Deale, MD                5  08-01   40
Day 1: 5   08-01
62. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY               5  07-12   39
Day 1: 5   07-12
63. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  07-11   38
Day 1: 5   07-11
64. Lee Livesay            Longview, TX             5  07-10   37
Day 1: 5   07-10
64. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX               5  07-10   37
Day 1: 5   07-10
66. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 4  07-07   35
Day 1: 4   07-07
67. Chris Johnston         Otonabee Ontario CANADA  5  07-05   34
Day 1: 5   07-05
68. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  07-04   33
Day 1: 5   07-04
69. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL             5  06-14   32
Day 1: 5   06-14
70. Drew Cook              Cairo, GA                4  06-14   31
Day 1: 4   06-14
71. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            4  06-13   30
Day 1: 4   06-13
71. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX              4  06-13   30
Day 1: 4   06-13
73. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI               5  06-11   28
Day 1: 5   06-11
74. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA             4  06-11   27
Day 1: 4   06-11
75. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL           3  06-09   26
Day 1: 3   06-09
76. Jeff Gustafson         Keewatin Ontario CANADA  3  06-08   25
Day 1: 3   06-08
77. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         3  06-03   24
Day 1: 3   06-03
78. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         3  05-12   23
Day 1: 3   05-12
79. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            5  05-09   22
Day 1: 5   05-09
80. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL               2  05-05   21
Day 1: 2   05-05
81. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA             3  05-02   20
Day 1: 3   05-02
82. Chris Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX           3  05-00   19
Day 1: 3   05-00
83. Quentin Cappo          Prairieville, LA         3  04-04   18
Day 1: 3   04-04
83. Rob Digh               Denver, NC               3  04-04   18
Day 1: 3   04-04
85. Cody Hollen            Beaverton, OR            2  04-03   16
Day 1: 2   04-03
86. Scott Canterbury       Odenville, AL            3  04-00   15
Day 1: 3   04-00
87. Destin DeMarion        Grove City, PA           3  03-09   14
Day 1: 3   03-09
88. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          2  03-09   13
Day 1: 2   03-09
89. John Cox               Debary, FL               1  03-08   12
Day 1: 1   03-08
90. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA          2  03-07   11
Day 1: 2   03-07
91. Pat Schlapper          Eleva, WI                2  03-06   10
Day 1: 2   03-06
92. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL         1  03-05    9
Day 1: 1   03-05
93. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         2  02-10    8
Day 1: 2   02-10
94. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            1  02-06    7
Day 1: 1   02-06
95. Hunter Shryock         Ooltewah, TN             1  01-04    6
Day 1: 1   01-04
96. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland AUSTRALIA     0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
96. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
96. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1   Clark Wendlandt          Leander, TX         05-04      $1,000.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        68       414       872-06
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68       414       872-06

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