WAGONER — George Toalson of Claremore took Wednesday’s first-day lead of the BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional at Fort Gibson Lake.

Toalson took the lead in the three-day tournament by catching a five-fish limit weighing 15 pounds, 3 ounces to nudge runner-up Bruce Shockley of Hammond, La., who finished the day with a 14-10 limit. Toalson owns Gene Larew Lures Company and is competing in his first Central Divisional.

“The fishing was a lot slower than I thought it would be,” said Toalson, who joined the Federation Nation this year. “It was a long time before we started catching them. We tried all the shallow stuff and the water was dropping and it was all bad. We finally started going off shore and caught every single one of our fish out 10 to 15 feet deep.”

The Central Divisional is the third of six regional qualifying events that advance top Federation Nation competitors from America and abroad to the only international world fish-off for amateur anglers, the BASS Federation Nation Narional Championship. The event is scheduled for January 2007 at Lake Neely Henry in Alabama.

The weigh-ins begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Taylor Ferry North Ramp near Wagoner.

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