UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Mizell Busts 25-11 on the Big O

Mizell Busts 25-11 on the Big O
Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, Fla., won the April 23 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with a 25-pound, 11-ounce limit to claim over $5,300 in winnings.

Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee presented by Minn Kota. For his victory, Mizell took home $5,336.

Mizell said he targeted bass that were feeding on bluegill in a lagoon along a 100-yard stretch near Harney Pond.

“When I heard the bluegill popping, I would head into the pads,” says Mizell, who earned the win in his first-ever event with FLW. “The water was clean on the outside of the hydrilla line, but that morning there was a southwest wind that blew in some dirty water so I decided to focus on the back side of the pads.

“I used a green-pumpkin Z-Man ChatterBait rigged with a Gambler Little EZ to catch my limit for the day,” Mizell continues. “I rolled it as slow as I could and just kept pecking at them. It was a grind, but I knew the fish were in there.”

Mizell says he made a midday adjustment which helped him catch nearly 12 keepers.

“In the morning, I lost a lot of fish,” details Mizell. “I was pulling the bait aside when they swiped at it and it scared them off. But after a while, I figured them out. I noticed they would eat it after I stopped cranking to let it drop, so that’s what I did throughout the rest of the day and it worked.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Jessie Mizell, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 25-11, $5,336

               2nd:         Kail Stevens, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 24-5, $2,668

               3rd:          Raymond Trudeau, Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 23-7, $1,780

               4th:          Jared Dial, Winter Haven, Fla., five bass, 23-6, $1,245

               5th:          Steve Yeatts, Palm Springs, Fla., five bass, 22-10, $1,487

               6th:          Richard Held, Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 19-14, $978

               7th:          Mike Keyso Jr., North Port, Fla., five bass, 19-11, $889

               8th:          Victor Knight, Lehigh Acres, Fla., five bass, 19-9, $800

               9th:          Gary Milicevic, Labelle, Fla., five bass, 19-6, $712

               10th:        Roger Crafton, Boca Grande, Fla., five bass, 19-4, $623

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Yoan Alvarez of Miami, Florida, caught an 8-pound, 5-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $420.

 

Co-angler Alex Mut of Miami, Fla., won the April 23 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with a 22-pound, 11-ounce limit and took home over $2,600 in prize money.

Mut tops co-anglers

Alex Mut of Miami, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 22 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,668.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Alex Mut, Miami, Fla., five bass, 22-11, $2,668

               2nd:         Walter Sargent, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 19-2, $1,334

               3rd:          Christopher Kelley, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., five bass, 17-1, $888

               4th:          Michael Chadwick, La Belle, Fla., five bass, 14-9, $623

               5th:          Terry Chapman, Brooksville, Fla., five bass, 13-15, $534

               6th:          Robert Turcotte, Naples, Fla., five bass, 13-7, $489

               7th:          Matthew Wolfe Jr., Casstown, Ohio, five bass, 13-6, $445

               8th:          David Bozeman, Ocala, Fla., five bass, 13-5, $400

               9th:          General Johnson, Fort Myers, Fla., four bass, 13-3, $356

               10th:        Greg Smith, Naples, Fla., five bass, 13-1, $311

William Brown of Davie, Florida, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $420.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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