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ROGERS, Ark. – Coming into day three at the FLW Tour Major on Beaver Lake the largest stringer that had been weighed in for the bass fishing tournament was a nice 16-pound, 3-ounce bag weighed in Friday by J.T. Kenney. That weight was shattered on Saturday as Kenney’s fellow pro Scott Canterbury wowed the Rogers, Ark., crowd with a huge 19-pound, 11-ounce stringer of Beaver Lake bass. He now leads a full field of bass pros as they fish for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

The Springville, Ala., native weighed in a five-bass limit Saturday vaulting him from 13th place yesterday into the top spot. After three days of fishing, Canterbury has weighed in 15 bass totaling 42 pounds, 5 ounces. He now holds a slim 12-ounce lead over Luke Clausen of Spokane, Wash., who caught five bass today weighing 14-5. Clausen has weighed in 15 bass totaling 41-9 after the first three days.

“Man, it was an absolutely awesome day today,” said Canterbury, who has career earnings of more than $500,000 on the FLW Tour. “I have not changed anything, and I’m fishing the exact same way that I did on day one and day two. I was just blessed today. Every time I moved, I caught them. Every time I changed baits, I caught them. When I switched to bigger lures, I caught bigger fish. It was one of those days where everything that I did just worked out for me.”

Canterbury said that he covered a lot of water Saturday, and plans on doing the same Sunday.

“I started today in Prairie Creek and just started catching them right off of the bat,” Canterbury said. “Then I went way up the river and had some good bites up there as well. I’m really just looking for the transition banks and fishing the shallow cover. I was throwing so much different stuff today. I was power fishing. I threw the Alabama rig. I was throwing a big jig. I fished some topwaters. I was throwing a squarebill-crankbait. I’m just covering as much water as I can and trying different lures. I caught nine keepers on the day today. I feel like I’m around some fish – it’s just all about getting the big bites, though. Luckily that happened for me today, and I’m hoping I can do it again tomorrow.”

After his success on day three, Canterbury said he has no plans of altering his strategy heading into the fourth and final day.

“My plan for day four is to just keep doing the same thing. It’s just how I like to fish,” he continued. “I’ve got a good chance to catch some big fish tomorrow, but you never really know. I feel good about my chances, but this is still Beaver Lake. I only weighed in 8 pounds on the second day, and I’ve zeroed here before. I feel like I’m around a lot of fish but it’s all about getting those bites. Hopefully I can make that happen and everything goes good for me on day four and I can finish this thing off.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros and advancing to the final day or competition on Beaver Lake are:

3rd: Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla., 15 bass, 39-0

4th: David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 15 bass, 37-14

5th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 36-7

6th: Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., 15 bass, 36-5

7th: Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala., 15 bass, 35-8

8th: Charlie Evans, Gilbertsville, Ky., 15 bass, 35-7

9th: Brad Rightnour, Mingoville, Pa., 15 bass, 34-8

10th: Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 15 bass, 34-6

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