MCMILLAN LEADS WALMART FLW SERIES EVENT ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE
CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2009) – Pro Jimmy McMillan of
Belle Glade, Fla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 3
ounces Thursday to capture the lead in the Walmart FLW Series® BP
Eastern Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day catch
of 10 bass weighing 42-13.
“I didn’t get as many bites today,” said McMillan, who was the 2008
Walmart FLW Series BP Eastern Division Land O’ Lakes Angler of the
Year. “The bites seemed to be better bites, however. I also caught
some nice keepers sight-fishing and I don’t normally do that.”
McMillan said that he caught 10-15 keepers today and didn’t have a
limit until 11:30 a.m.
“I plan on going back to my same spots tomorrow but I think it will
be a lot tougher," McMillan said. “There are a lot of boats around
me so I will have to move down the right stretch at the right time.
“The biggest key is being in the right area at the right time.”
McMillan now holds a 4 -pound, 9-ounce lead over second place pro
Scott Lunsford of Calhoun, Ga., who managed to haul in a total of 10
bass weighing 39-04 during the first two days of competition.
“It was really tough today,” Lunsford said. “I had so many
opportunities but I lost a lot of key fish today and you can’t make
mistakes and win these tournaments. I have had my share of mistakes
the past few days.”
Rounding out the top five pros are Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark. (10
bass, 38-06); Carmen Patti of Davie, Fla. (10 bass, 35-02) and Tom
Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis. (10 bass, 34-12).
Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas, earned the day’s $500 Big Bass award
in the Pro Division thanks to a 6-pound, 8-ounce bass.
Overall there were 590 bass weighing 1,496 pounds caught by 145 pros
Thursday. The catch included 92 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.
Robert Wood of Jupiter, Fla., leads the Co-angler Division with a
two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30-06 followed by Larry Mullikin
of Lauderhill, Fla., in second place with 10 bass weighing 30-00.
“I had to switch up my baits today,” Wood said. “Today, I threw a
jig and it was a lot tougher. On day one of the tournament I caught
all my fish on soft plastics. Who really knows what will happen
Wood caught five bass weighing 17-11 Wednesday and five bass
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Lisa Opel of Hernando, Fla.
(10 bass, 29-00); Kevin Koone of Greenbrier, Ark. (nine bass, 27-13)
and Chip Brooks of Bradenton, Fla. (10 bass, 26-03).
David Lauer of South Bend, Ind., earned $333 for the Big Bass award
in the Co-angler Division thanks to an 8-pound, 5-ounce bass.
Overall there were 340 bass weighing 800 pounds, 15 ounces caught by
121 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 24 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. 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.
Total awards are based on a full field in every tournament.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of
Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the
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