WAGONER — Royce Dennington, a teacher from Barnsdall, appears to still be giving some lessons at the BASS Federation Nation's Central Divisional at Fort Gibson Lake.

Rather than teaching the Golden Rule Thursday, Dennington used a Golden Rule Measuring Board to bump his five-fish limit weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces. The limit allowed Dennington to jump from fifth to first place with a two-day total of 24-3, while Day 1 leader George Toalson of Claremore, dropped to second place with 22-11.

The wind made it difficult for Dennington to feel bites but he still managed to catch a limit. “I kept banging the jig down in those rocks and every once in a while I would get a fish,” he said.

The top finisher from each Federation Nation advances to the BASS Federation Nation Championship, the only international contest giving amateur bass anglers a shot at a world title and possibly earning a berth to the CITGO Bassmaster Classic.

The tournament concludes Friday.

The tournament also pits 12-man teams from eight states vying for a total payout of $41,000, with the prize monies to be allocated to each states' conservation, civic and fishing outreach programs.