Crow Edges out the win on Lake Okeechobee
Chris Crow of Lake Placid, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida South tournament, held July 25th on Lake Okeechobee. Running out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL Chris caught five bass weighing 17.64 pounds including a big bass that weighed 7.21 pounds. Crow edged out the win by a mere .07 pound. For the Boater Division victory, Crow took home a check for $2400 for his win and an additional $480 for the big bass award.
“I was fishing on the North end of the lake today. I caught a lot of my fish on a Gambler Big EZ and I caught my big fish on a Gambler Why Not. I fished a spot where no-one was and lucked out. I caught that big bass first thing this morning. I had a giant fish that blew up on my bait but missed it. That fish would’ve sealed the win for sure.” Crow said.
In second for the boaters, Nicholas Hoinig of Port Saint Lucie, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.57 pounds including a 6.55-pound kicker.
“I only had six bites all day, it was a grind. I was just lucky enough to land them all. I caught my fish on a Gambler Stinger. I caught my fish by 11:00am and then it shut off.” Hoinig said.
William Troyer of Sarasota, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 16.65 pounds.
“I caught my fish today on a jig in rockpiles. I lost a fish that would’ve definitely helped me out today, but I’ll take what I have and run with it.” Troyer said.
Finishing fourth, Robert Branagh of Malabar, FL landed a five-bass limit for 16.32 pounds. Jai Hunter Sr. of Deland, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 16.31 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Shawn York of Sarasota, FL won with three bass going 10.46 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1200 for his win.
“We fished a little bit in Buckhead Ridge this morning and caught my fish on a white swim-jig on the edge of grass. Then we changed locations and I caught lots of fish on a shakey-head. After that, we went back to Buckhead Ridge and I started flipping a Big Bite Baits YoDaddy and was able to cull up three times. This win on Lake Okeechobee is long overdue. I had a great boater today, Charles Coleman.” York said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, James Shaneyfelt Jr. of Port Charlotte, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.22 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a white swim-jig today. We started off in Harney pond and there wasn’t anything biting there so we ran back up here. I had all my fish by 9:00am. I’ll take a second-place finish on Lake Okeechobee considering I’ve only lived down here for one year coming from Buffalo, New York.” Shaneyfelt said. “
James Bass of Felda, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.08 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a swim-bait today.” Bass said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Anthony Valachovic of Coral Springs, FL brought in two bass for 9.07 pounds which included a 6.59-pound big bass for the co-angler. Valachovic pocketed a check for $235 for the big bass award.
“I caught that big bass late in the day flipping a Gambler Stinger. I kinda got lucky with that fish. The fish got all wrapped up in the grass and it was a mess for what seemed like 5 minutes. I was lucky to get that fish in the boat.” Valachovic said.
Dale Tomlinson of Lake Worth, FL finished in fifth place with three bass for 7.87 pounds.
Slated for September 26th, the next tournament will be held on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2021 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Chickamauga in April, 2021.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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