Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 04/28/2018

Story and photo courtesy of FLW Communications

JASPER, Ala. – Pro David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to continue his reign atop the leaderboard at the FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by T-H Marine. Williams’ three-day cumulative total of 50-12 gives him a commanding 6-pound, 10-ounce lead heading into the fourth and final day of competition when he will lead the final 10 pros on the water to compete for the top prize of up to $125,000.

Williams started his day by returning to his primary stretch of water and was able to catch the bulk of his weight by 9 a.m. By 10 a.m., he said he left the area alone.

“I got to the point where I was throwing back 2½ to 2¾ pounders and I’m like ‘I’m wasting a lot of weight here and can’t be doing this. I’ll need these tomorrow’,” said Williams, a former Bassmaster Elite Series pro who is fishing his sixth career FLW Tour event this week. “I wanted to stick around, but decided to move on.”

Williams said he caught around 25 keepers today, noting that although he had less bites compared to the first two days of the event, the fish were heavier on average.

“I had a couple of big bites on a frog, but I lost them,” said Williams. “There was one by the boat that was a 3-pounder, and one that wrapped me up in the cover that was probably a 5. Hopefully they’ll still be there tomorrow and I can have another shot at them.”

The North Carolina pro said he plans on making the same milk run he’s made all week to finish out the tournament.

“It’s a blast out there right now,” said Williams. “I’m fishing exactly the way I love to fish.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on Lewis Smith Lake are:
1st:  David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 50-12
2nd:  Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 15 bass, 44-2          
3rd:  Pennzoil Marine pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 43-15      
4th:  Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 43-12    
5th:  John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 43-12          
6th:  Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 41-10              
7th: Yamamoto Baits pro Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., 15 bass, 40-1   
8th: Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., 15 bass, 39-12   
9th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 15 bass, 39-12
10th:  Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 15 bass, 39-2