MCMILLAN LEADS WALMART FLW SERIES EVENT ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE
CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2009) – Pro Jimmy McMillan of
Belle Glade, Fla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 9
ounces Friday to widen his lead in the Walmart FLW Series® BP
Eastern Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. With a three-day
catch of 15 bass weighing 57-06, he holds a 1-pound, 5-ounce lead
over his closest competitor, Scott Lunsford of Calhoun, Ga., heading
into the final day of competition.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” said McMillan, who has more than $108,000
in career earnings in FLW Outdoors competition. “With the weather
today, I figured that I was just lucky to catch fish. Over the past
few days I have had several boats around me but today since the
fishing was slow most of them moved out.
“I caught two fish on the same bed today and I normally don’t
sight-fish at all. I am hoping that the wind will muddy up my water
so I can fish the way I want to fish, right now it is to clear for
me. I would go back to casting plastics if this was the case.”
McMillan finished second last year in the FLW Series Lake Okeechobee
event and is looking forward to another shot at $100,000.
“I made a lot of mistakes last year that cost me the win,” McMillan
said. “I knew were several fish were and I didn’t follow through
with my plan. With that being said I am looking forward to fishing
tomorrow. I have plenty of areas to find fish.”
Lunsford caught a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57-06 to
advance to the final round as the No. 2 seed.
Rounding out the top five pros are Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla.
(15 bass, 53-04); Carmen Patti of Davie, Fla. (15 bass, 52-12) and
Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla. (15 bass, 51-04).
Also clearing the top 10 cut weight of 49 pounds, 14 ounces in the
Pro Division are Tom Mann Jr. of Buford, Ga.; Shonn Goodwin of
Moore, Okla.; Mike Surman of Boca Raton, Fla.; Shinichi Fukae of
Mineola, Texas; and Glenn Browne of Ocala, Fla.
Ron Figueroa of Evans, Ga., earned the day’s $500 Big Bass award in
the Pro Division thanks to a 7-pound, 15-ounce bass.
Overall there were 505 bass weighing 1,264 pounds, 4 ounces caught
by 154 pros Friday. The catch included 67 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.
Larry Mullikin of Lauderhill, Fla., won the Co-angler Division and
$20,000 Friday with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 38 pounds,
8 ounces followed by Robert Wood of Jupiter, Fla., in second place
with 12 bass weighing 35-11 worth $10,000.
Mullikin opened the tournament in fifth place Wednesday with five
bass weighing 15-10 while fishing with pro Tommy Rewis of Odenville,
Ala. On Thursday he jumped to second place on the strength of a
five-bass catch weighing 14-06 while fishing with pro Keith Combs of
Del Rio, Texas. He wrapped up the win Friday with a two-bass
weighing 8-08 while fishing with pro David Carmichael of Lincolnton,
“I am speechless right now,” Mullikin said. “My dad has traveled
with me to every FLW tournament for the past three years and this is
the first one he missed. I wish he could be here to share this with
Mullikin caught all of his fish this week on a Reaction Innovations
“I worked the bait on the top covering a lot of water,” Mullikin
said. “Every once in a while I would drop it and the fish would
“I fished this bait in the open water and the thick grass. Most of
my big fish came out of the grass.”
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are John Cochran of Springdale,
Ark. (10 bass, 33-11, $7,500); Chip Brooks of Bradenton, Fla. (13
bass, 33-05, $5,000) and Tom Bowker of Terre Haute, Ind. (10 bass,
Mullikin earned $333 for the Big Bass award in the Co-angler
Division thanks to a 5-pound, 14-ounce bass.
Overall there were 252 bass weighing 533 pounds, 2 ounces caught by
154 co-anglers Friday. The catch included 11 five-bass limits.
Saturday’s final 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.
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
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