Pro Bass Fishing Returns to Lake Okeechobee

By: Terry Tomalin


Professional bass fishing returns to Florida this month when the EverStart Series hits Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 6-8 for the first of four stops in the Southeast Division. As many as 300 pro and co-anglers will fish the season opener and compete for $35,000 in awards and a Ranger boat, complete with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The fishing should be exceptional as a series of cold fronts have kept the fish from feeding. The bass, especially those in the 5- to 10-pound range, will be hungry and ready to eat. Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 W. Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 each morning.

Local pros say that the Big O is full of fish, and the season so far, has been nothing short of         phenomenal. It will take a total catch of  57 to 58 pounds to win this event.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points that could earn them a trip to the EverStart Series Championship on Kentucky Lake in Buchanan, Tenn., Oct. 27-30. The top 40 pros and co-anglers from each respective division will qualify for this championship.

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I can't believe what you rich sob's have done to the cool, small and casual town of Okeechobee I lived there almost all of the 80's and worked in a restaurant called Lightseys. It specialized in local catches. I learned how to rack trought lines, net shiners and the such. Moving their from Pittsburgh was a welcomed shock. I met many cat fishermen who were illiterate but had hearts bigger than those of any peoples I had met in my life. A simple life style where you had swamp cabbage and wild bore at your bar-b-que. If all these fancy buildings make you good about destroying a great town with great people your sick. Go to Aspen, West Palm - is nothing sacred any more