LUNSFORD LEADS WALMART FLW SERIES EVENT ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE
CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2009) – Evinrude pro Scott
Lunsford of Calhoun, Ga., landed five bass weighing 25 pounds, 15
ounces Wednesday to lead day one of the Walmart FLW Series® BP
Eastern Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. He now holds a
2-pound lead in the tournament featuring 154 pros and 154 co-anglers
representing 33 states.
“It was a great day on Okeechobee,” Lunsford said. “I caught at
least three limits today but I am having a hard time getting them to
the boat. I am using 60-pound braided line with different baits. I
know that I am doing something that no other angler is doing. I
think it is all to do with the bait I am using.”
Lunsford caught 12-13 keepers today and lost 10-12 fish. He is
fishing within 15 miles of the marina.
“On my first few stops this morning I had 10 boats around me but the
other boats weren’t getting any bites,” Lunsford said. “I am in some
of the thickest stuff you could ever imagine. There is a reason why
that I am fishing these certain areas but I am not casting to beds
it is all random casting.”
Lunsford said that the fish he is catching are defiantly pre-spawn
and resident fish. The pattern he is on is something that he has
used in the past and is more of a reaction bite.
“The fish are there, I just hope that nothing changes with the
weather,” Lunsford said. “I look forward to just going fishing and
hopefully it works out.”
Fishing for Team Castrol, David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., trails
Lunsford in the No. 2 spot with five bass weighing 25-15.
Rounding out the top five pros are Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa.
(five bass, 22-00); Keith Combs of Del Rio, Texas (five bass, 21-08)
and Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis. (five bass, 21-02).
Lunsford earned the day’s $500 Big Bass award in the Pro Division
thanks to a 10-pound, 3-ounce bass.
Overall there were 590 bass weighing 1,595 pounds, 12 ounces caught
by 142 pros Wednesday. The catch included 90 five-bass limits.
Pros are competing this week for a top award of $125,000 plus
valuable points in the hope of qualifying for a shot at the $2.5
million, 2010 Forrest Wood Cup, where the winning pro will earn as
much as $1 million – the sport’s biggest award.
Tom Bowker of Terre Haute, Ind., leads the Co-angler Division with
five bass weighing 18-09.
“I had a great day,” Bowker said. “During practice I had no idea I
would do this good. I am looking forward to the next few days. If it
is anything like today, I will have the time of my life.”
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Robert Wood of Jupiter,
Fla. (five bass, 17-11); Charles Stevenson of Albany, Ga. (five
bass, 15-14); Kevin Koone of Greenbrier, Ark. (five bass, 15-13) and
Larry Mullikin of Lauderhill, Fla. (five bass, 15-10).
Al Odom of Chapin, S.C., earned $333 for the Big Bass award in the
Co-angler Division thanks to a 8-pound, 7-ounce bass.
Overall there were 328 bass weighing 765 pounds, 14 ounces caught by
117 co-anglers Wednesday. The catch included 31 five-bass limits.
Co-anglers are competing this week for a top award of $25,000 as
well as a shot at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.
Anglers will take off at 7 each morning from Roland & Mary Ann
Martins Marina & Resort located at 920 E. Del Monte Ave. in
Clewiston. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-in will be held at the marina
beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s weigh-in will be held at the Walmart
store located at 1005 W. Sugarland Highway in Clewiston beginning at
4 p.m. Children will also be treated to a Family Fun Zone prior to
Saturday’s weigh-in from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart. Activities in
the Family Fun Zone include a trout pond, a Ranger boat simulator
and assorted fishing-themed games. All activities are free and open
to the public.
In FLW Series competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired
each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement
and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck
against other co-anglers. The total purse for the Lake Okeechobee
tournament is nearly $900,000, including $10,000 through 50th place
in the Pro Division.
Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee FLW Series tournament will be
broadcast as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television program. “FLW
Outdoors” is also broadcast in Canada on WFN (World Fishing Network)
and to more than 429 million households in the United Kingdom,
Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East through
a distribution agreement with Matchroom Sport, making it the most
widely distributed fishing program in the world. Check local
listings for broadcast times in your area.
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