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Okeechobee recap

Okeechobee recap

The FLW Tour season opener at Okeechobee is in the books. The lake was definitely stingier this year and no one came close to breaking the century mark. Congratulations to Drew Benton on his first tour win in his very first tour event. READ MORE »

FLW Tour Recap: Lake Okeechobee

FLW Tour Recap: Lake Okeechobee

One hundred and second place – not a bad way to kick off the 2013 FLW Tour season … yeah right! This trip to Okeechobee is hard to swallow and it will be a long time before I quit thinking about it. I feel like a field goal kicker who just missed a game-winning boot in the last 3 seconds of a game; it’s a sick feeling. A bad performance is never good, but there is a good reason why this bomb hurts a lot more than those in the past. READ MORE »

Late kicker lifts Florida rookie

Late kicker lifts Florida rookie

CLEWISTON, Fla. – The script couldn’t have been written any better. While rookie pro Drew Benton had a 1-pound lead heading into the final day of the Walmart FLW Tour opener, some of bass fishing’s biggest names, notably Brent Ehrler and Bryan Thrift, were breathing down his neck. Day four on Lake Okeechobee marked the second consecutive day of cooler, blustery weather and Benton was struggling and almost out of time. Then a 7-pound behemoth bit and the rest is history. READ MORE »

Rookie Benton wins Walmart FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury

Rookie Benton wins Walmart FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury

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Jones’ perseverance pays

Jones’ perseverance pays

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Last year at the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Lake Okeechobee, co-angler Justin Jones led the field on day one only to zero on the second day and tumble down the leaderboard. While he had a solid 5-pound lead at this year’s Walmart FLW Tour opener, that same sick feeling returned today after several hours without a single keeper. This time, however, Jones would bear down and receive that pivotal bite. READ MORE »

Benton Takes Lead At Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

Benton Takes Lead At Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

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Benton bests blustery weather

Benton bests blustery weather

CLEWISTON, Fla. – The uglier side of Lake Okeechobee reared its head on day three of the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour opener. It wasn’t a true Florida cold front, but persistent 20 mph winds made sight- and topwater fishing difficult, if not impossible. But a handful of big fish were caught as the leaderboard underwent some major shuffling. Rookie pro Drew Benton emerged as the new leader after adjusting to the changing conditions. READ MORE »

High Cotten

High Cotten

CLEWISTON, Fla. – It’s a rarity in professional bass fishing when a lake produces better on the second day of competition than on the first. But that’s exactly what happened on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

Cotten Grabs Lead At Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

Cotten Grabs Lead At Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

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Martin engineers early lead

Martin engineers early lead

CLEWISTON, Fla. – While many in the industry expected Casey Martin to thrive after moving to the front of the boat, few thought his success would come so quickly. Martin, the Canadian-born pro who now lives in New Market, Ala., whacked a 26-pound 12-ounce stringer Thursday to lead the 175-boat field at the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

Rookie Martin Leads Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

Rookie Martin Leads Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Mercury

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Warming trend has Okeechobee on the mend

Warming trend has Okeechobee on the mend

CLEWISTON, Fla. – While Lake Okeechobee remains one of the premier black bass destinations in the world, the truth of the matter is that she can be a bit fickle. Under the right conditions, Okeechobee can deliver the 30-pound stringers anglers dream about. Under the wrong ones, the 450,000-acre lake can frustrate even the most talented of fishermen. Despite scattered reports of poor prefishing, the conditions are beginning to get “right,” which could translate into another season-opening slugfest. READ MORE »