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.