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Mizell's Plan B Pays Off

Jessie Mizell

Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, Florida, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee Saturday with a five-bass limit totaling 23-pounds even. For his victory, Mizell pocketed $4,915.

 

“I began the day fishing near Bird Island, but the wind picked up and muddied the water,” says Mizell, who earned his second career-win on Lake Okeechobee in BFL competition. “I stayed there for a while and caught a couple of small ones. By 1 p.m., I knew I needed to change things up.

 

“I went to a little cove by the North Shore that was out of the wind and fished really slow in the calm water,” explains Mizell. “I focused on some small lilypads. I went back and forth along a 100-yard stretch and caught my limit by 3:30 p.m.”

 

Mizell said he used a Red Ear-colored Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin' Frog 60 on a 7-foot, 11-inch medium-heavy 13 Fishing rod to craft his limit.

 

“I could see a slight wake under the frog that most people wouldn’t notice,” says Mizell. “I paused and let the bait sit for about 10 or 15 seconds. When I moved it, they’d eat it.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 

1st:          Jessie Mizell, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 23-0, $4,915

2nd:         Brianne McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., five bass, 22-4, $2,658

3rd:          Jim Hurlock Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla., five bass, 19-9, $1,640

4th:          Cody Davis, Deerfield Beach, Fla., five bass, 18-9, $1,147

5th:          Nicholas Hoinig, Delray Beach, Fla., five bass, 18-8, $1,083

6th:          Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 18-6, $1,201

7th:          Dustin Royer, Davie, Fla., five bass, 18-5, $819

8th:          Jesus Villegas, Virginia Gardens, Fla., five bass, 16-12, $737

9th:          Frank Mackin, New Port Richey, Fla., five bass, 16-9, $1,405

10th:        Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 16-4, $573

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

 

Mackin caught the heaviest bass of the tournament, a fish weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces, which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $750.

 

 

Brandon Bartlett of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 19 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $2,833.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 

1st:          Brandon Bartlett, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 19-9, $2,833

2nd:         Matthew Wolfe Jr., Orlando, Fla., five bass, 15-7, $1,429

3rd:          Fernando Rosa, Plantation, Fla., five bass, 13-9, $817

4th:          Richard Mongiovi, Indian Lake Estates, Fla., five bass, 12-10, $573

5th:          Garrett Carter, Middleburg, Fla., five bass, 12-8, $471

5th:          John Hendry, Crystal River, Fla., five bass, 12-8, $471

7th:          Michael Carter, Bokeelia, Fla., five bass, 12-2, $460

8th:          Andrew Pulliam, Spring Hill, Fla., five bass, 11-13, $369

9th:          Robert Alton, Fort Pierce, Fla., five bass, 11-11, $328

10th:        Hayden Scharf, De Leon Springs, Fla., five bass, 11-10, $287

 

Bartlett also caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $375.

 

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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