This week I find myself in the SUNSHINE STATE of FLORIDA for the first FLW Tour Event of the year at Lake Okeechobee. I will be competing with over 180 professional anglers for the top prize of $100,000.
I am looking forward to this event since the FLW Rayovac tournament at Rayburn last week left me frozen; I’m pretty sure I can thaw out in the 85 degree Florida sunshine for! I’ve got my shades, flip flops, and sunscreen ready!
Lake Okeechobee is the premier trophy bass fishing lake and has been known for many years as being, the most famous lake for large-mouth bass in the country.
Lake Okeechobee means "big water" in the Seminole Indian language. With a surface area of 730 square miles, it is the largest lake in the southeastern United States. Despite its impressive size, the lake is shallow, with an average depth of only 9 feet. With main fishing waters 3 to 4 feet.
On Okeechobee the two primary ways to fish are with artificial lures or wild shiners. Bass fishing on the “Big O” with wild shiners is the preferred bait for trophy bass, because it happens to be the natural food that they feed on daily. In the tournament; however, we can only use artificial baits.
Tournament Information is as follows:
Take off and Weigh In Information:
Takeoff: Days 1 & 2 - 7:30 a.m., Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina
Takeoff: Days 3 & 4 - 7:30 a.m., Clewiston Boat Basin
Days 1 & 2 Weigh-in: 3:00 p.m., Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina
Days 3 & 4 Weigh-in: 4:00 p.m., Walmart #2484
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina & Resort
920 East Del Monte Avenue
Clewiston FL 33440
Weigh-ins will be streamed live on www.flwoutdoors.com beginning at 3:00 PM. Don’t forget Florida is an hour ahead of us in Texas so start watching at 2:00 PM. Mandy will be updating my Facebook Pages for more specific times.
Keep Your Trolling Motor Down and Keep Making Cast,