Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Wieteha Wins Pro League on Okeechobee

THENS, Ala. – Matthew Wieteha emerged victorious in the 2024 American Bass Anglers Professional League, Presented by Caymas Boats, Florida South Division 7 tournament, held on February 24th, 2024, at Lake Okeechobee.

Launching from Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL, the Miami, FL angler showcased remarkable skill, landing five bass weighing 33.54 pounds, including an impressive 8.98-pound kicker. Wieteha’s exceptional performance secured him the Pro Division victory, earning a substantial prize of $4600.00 for his achievement.

“I headed north this morning, utilizing moving baits such as a jerkbait, a trap, and a chatterbait with a Gambler EZ Swimmer as a trailer. I believe the presence of the full moon might have contributed to enticing the fish to move up, leading to their willingness to bite today,” shared Wieteha.

In a notable tie for second place, Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid, FL, and Nicholas Hoinig of Port Saint Lucie, FL, each managed to land a 5-bass limit weighing 29.47 pounds. However, Medlock’s catch included the big bass for the pros, weighing an impressive 9.11 pounds. Both anglers earned $2150.00 for their catch, with Medlock receiving an additional $720.00 for the big bass award.

“I caught everything on a chatterbait. I started out down south and fished a community hole then around 11:30 AM I ran North and caught an 8-pounder. I caught the big bass down south this morning, but I lost the chatterbait I was throwing, that’s when I ran north.” Medlock said.

“I caught my fish pretty quick this morning on an ARK jerk bait, a chatter bait with a Gambler Little EZ, and a swim jig.” Hoinig said.

Finishing fourth, Dawson Ettinger of Fleming Island, FL, landed a 5-bass limit weighing 26.39 pounds. Benny Townend of Lake Worth Beach, FL, rounded out the top five pros with a 5-bass limit weighing 25.27 pounds.

At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance to the 2024 Ray Scott Championship, to be held at Lake Eufaula in April 2025.

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