Big healthy bass and big checks continue strong on Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON — How is Lake Okeechobee doing? With lots of big bass hitting the stage and checks with big numbers being handed out, the anglers in the third qualifier of the 2018 Roland Martin Marine Center Series will tell you it’s doing just fine. With 137 boats launching out of Roland Martin Marina at safe light for Qualifier #3, the highest paying team tournament trail in Florida continued strong.

The winning team of Charles Metheney and Brandon Medlock loaded their well with 28 pounds of Lake Okeechobee bass and banked the $6,000 winners’ check. They came from the north with black and blue Medlock jigs in the reeds and proved to be the winning ticket. And they needed all 28 pounds, with the top eight teams bringing in sacks of 20 pounds-plus.

Special to The Clewiston News
Brandon Medlock with his winning big bass catch.

The second-place team of Donny Bass and Mike Meisenheimer tapped some plentiful honey holes for 26-13 and cashed in for $3,000. The third-place finishers included the top female finisher, Deanna Ford, who collected her bonus check from Mary Anne Martin and added $1,800 more with her teammate Anthony Ford with a weight of 24.73. Overall, the highest-paying team tournament trail in Florida paid out to the top 22 finishing teams, with 83 of the 137 teams bringing healthy Lake Okeechobee bass to the scales. And despite what rumors and news-hype sound bites are saying, Lake Okeechobee is doing well. But one of the most famous big-bass fisheries in the world could use your support.

Recently, the SlowTheFlowFL.com was launched to urge leaders to come up with solutions to get all of the excess water and nutrients entering Lake Okeechobee from the north under control. Visit SlowTheFlowFL.com today and join in the efforts to protect Lake Okeechobee AND the coastal estuaries at the same time.

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