UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Eufaula

Buck Casts and Flips for Big O Title

Buck Casts and Flips for Big O Title
Ronnie Buck

Boater Ronnie Buck of Miami, Florida, caught five bass weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Buck took home $5,504.

Buck says he spent the tournament fishing a 200-yard stretch of water in the Dyess Ditch area of the lake. He followed a similar pattern to what FLW Tour pro Tim Frederick did to win the FLW Tour event on Okeechobee in January.

“I was basically in the same area (as Frederick). I found the fish in practice on Friday and I was able to go back and execute,” says Buck, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “There were isolated heads of grass with little stickups nearby, and the bigger ones were around the stickups.”

Buck used a Junebug-colored Gambler Fat Ace to catch four of five bass that he weighed, and a black and blue-colored Gambler Heavy Cover Southern Swim Jig with a Gambler Burner Craw trailer in the same color for his fifth. He says the first two hours of the day were spent with the swim jig, and the rest were spent using the Fat Ace.

“I’m not sure if they were bedding, or moving in and out. I was casting and pitching to them, and fishing as slow as I could,” says Buck.

 

The top 10 boaters :

1st:          Ronnie Buck, Miami, Fla., five bass, 26-1, $5,504

2nd:         Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., five bass, 23-11, $2,752

3rd:          Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., five bass, 23-0, $1,768

4th:          Chad Van Slyke, Cicero, N.Y., five bass, 22-4, $1,238

5th:          Jessie Mizell, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 21-4, $1,061

6th:          Richard Teschendorf, Palm Harbor, Fla., five bass, 20-2, $972

7th:          Brianne McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., five bass, 19-13, $840

7th:          Fred George, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 19-13, $840

9th:          Mike Jackson, San Mateo, Fla., five bass, 19-4, $707

10th:        Jeffery Swearingen, Albany, Ga., five bass, 18-13, $619

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Roger Crafton of Boca Grande, Florida, caught a giant largemouth weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $835.

 

Malys wins co-angler title

Brian Malys of Bartow, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $3,084 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Brian Malys, Bartow, Fla., five bass, 25-3, $3,084

2nd:         Robert Lauffer, Clermont, Fla., five bass, 20-5, $1,341

3rd:          James Tyler, Deltona, Fla., five bass, 18-14, $863

4th:          Andrew Pulliam, Spring Hill, Fla., five bass, 17-3, $603

5th:          Shaun Ireland, Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 15-7, $516

6th:          Christian Greico, Tampa, Fla., five bass, 14-3, $473

7th:          John Cervenka, Windermere, Fla., four bass, 13-12, $430

8th:          Anthony Cilladi, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 13-9, $387

9th:          Cody Farnham, Port St. Lucie, Fla., five bass, 13-6, $344

10th:        Hunter Taylor, Ocoee, Fla., five bass, 13-5, $301

Malys also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a 10-pound, 5-ounce lunker. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $402.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Navionics was hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort.

 

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. 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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