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Beatty Cracks 27-10 on Big O

Beatty

Robert Beatty of Clermont, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament of 2017 on Lake Okeechobee presented by Navionics. For his victory, Beatty took home $8,200.

“I started out the morning pitching into flattened reed clumps at the East Wall,” says Beatty, who earned his seventh career win in FLW competition. “I rotated between a couple of different baits that were the same shadow-blue color – a Gambler Lures BB Cricket and a Gambler Why Not. By 8:30 a.m. I had a limit that included two 4-pounders and a 5-pounder.”

Beatty preferres to use 1- and 2-ounce weights, depending on how thick the cover was.

“In the afternoon I headed up to the Shoal and targeted hydrilla and hyacinth,” says Beatty. “I caught two of my biggest bass there, and was culling 4-pound fish by the end of the tournament.”

Beatty said he ended up catching 20 to 25 keepers throughout the event.

“I’ve got to credit my Ranger boat and Minn Kota trolling motor for getting me to where I needed to be,” Beatty says. “They’re very reliable products.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Robert Beatty, Clermont, Fla., five bass, 27-10, $6,200 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Neal Stark, Davie, Fla., five bass, 23-2, $3,000

3rd:          Justin Morgan, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 22-13, $3,100

4th:          Don Demott, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 21-11, $1,400

5th:          Jason Smith, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 21-5, $1,200

6th:          Benny Townend, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 20-9, $1,100

7th:          Ken Fitton, Loxahatchee, Fla., five bass, 19-14, $1,000

8th:          Cody Davis, Deerfield Beach, Fla., five bass, 19-12, $900

9th:          Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 19-11, $800

10th:        Greg Harp, Vero Beach, Fla., five bass, 19-8, $700

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Morgan caught the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – a nice 8-pound, 5-ounce largemouth – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1000.

 

Chadwick

Chadwick wins co-angler title

Michael Chadwick of Labelle, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 18 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $3,000.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Michael Chadwick, Labelle, Fla., five bass, 18-6, $3,000

2nd:         Moses Wilson, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $1,500

3rd:          Jay Trudel, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 15-7, $1,000

4th:          Nik Kayler, Apopka, Fla., five bass, 15-3, $900

5th:          John Trudel, Lighthouse Point, Fla., five bass, 14-13, $600

6th:          Jake Stark, Davie, Fla., five bass, 14-9, $550

7th:          Shawn York, Sarasota, Fla., four bass, 14-5, $1,000

8th:          Loel Brandstrom, Jensen Beach, Fla., five bass, 13-11, $425

8th:          Mitchell Layell, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 13-11, $425

10th:        Chris Baker, Wesley Chapel, Fla., five bass, 12-14, $400

York caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $500.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

 

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