UPCOMING EVENT: ABU GARCIA COLLEGE FISHING - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

Kapiton Crushes 31 pounds on Big O

Kapiton Crushes 31 pounds on Big O
George Kapiton of Inverness, Fla., won the January 9 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with a 31-pound limit to claim $9,000 in winnings.

George Kapiton of Inverness, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds even Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Okeechobee, presented by Navionics. For his victory, Kapiton earned $9,000.

“I couldn’t establish a stable pattern in practice so I went out there and just fished the conditions,” says Kapiton, a veteran of the Walmart FLW Tour who has earned more than $190,000 in FLW competition. “It was really an interesting day of fishing.

“I caught a small limit of staging fish early in the morning using a perch-colored Rapala X-Rap Prop bait,” continues Kapiton. “After the sun came out, I went looking for more males in Harney Pond. I was able to dial in on staging fish that were coming in from the lake to spawn and basically intercepted them before they reached the bedding area.”

Kapiton says he used a Texas-rigged penetration-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver and a black and blue-colored Medlock Double Weedguard Flipping Jig rigged with the Sweet Beaver to flip mats and reeds.

The Florida pro caught a 6½- and an 8-pounder on the Sweet Beaver, as well as another 6½-pounder on the Medlock Jig in one area of the Harney between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kapiton stopped at an area near the boat ramp with 30 minutes left to fish and used the Medlock Jig to catch an 8-pound, 2-ounce behemoth to cap off his winning stringer.

“I credit my Halo Daylite Series rod with helping me get the win,” said Kapiton. “The rod is lightweight, but durable enough to catch the big ones on Lake Okeechobee. It performed very well.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., five bass, 31-0, $6,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus + $1,000 Mercury Bonus

2nd:         Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 28-15, $3,000 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

3rd:          Jim Hurlock Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 24-8, $2,000

4th:          Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., five bass, 22-14, $1,400

5th:          Jai Hunter Sr., Deland, Fla., five bass, 22-6, $1,200

6th:          Juan Ruiz, West Palm Beach, Fla., five bass, 21-9, $1,100

7th:          John O' Farrell, Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 21-0, $1,000

8th:          David Oliveira, Homestead, Fla., five bass, 19-15, $900

9th:          Kyle Giella, Ruskin, Fla., five bass, 19-13, $800

10th:        Sandy Melvin, Boca Grande, Fla., five bass, 19-12, $700              

Complete results can be found here.

Crosnoe caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a monster weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $1,000.

Co-angler Alex Mut of Miami, Fla., won the January 9 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with a 17-pound 12-ounce limit to claim $3,000 in winnings.

Mut earns co-angler title

Alex Mut of Miami, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to earn the $3,000 win in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Alex Mut, Miami, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $3,000

2nd:         Charles Cenko, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 17-9, $1,500

3rd:          John Davis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 16-15, $1,000

4th:          Raymond Guerra, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., five bass, 15-10, $700

5th:          Kirk Kastner, Margate, Fla., five bass, 15-9, $600

6th:          Michael Gilliard, Tallahassee, Fla., five bass, 15-8, $550

7th:          Junior Iriban, Lantana, Fla., five bass, 15-5, $475

7th:          Israel Panozzo, Palm Springs, Fla., five bass, 15-5, $475

9th:          Thomas Helton, Charleston, Tenn., five bass, 15-1, $400

10th:        Kyle Stafford, Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 14-15, $350

Shannon Pitts of Vero Beach, Florida, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $500.

 

Tags: lake-okeechobee  gator-division  headline-story  2016-01-09-lake-okeechobee 

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