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Stevens Drops 32-10 on Big O

Goldberg claims co-angler title in Gator Division event
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Kail Stevens
February 18, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Kail Stevens of Boynton Beach, Florida, caught a massive five-bass limit Saturday weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Stevens took home $4,766 for his efforts.

“We had a little cold front come through and it slowed everything down leading up to the tournament,” says Stevens, who earned his first career victory with FLW. “On Saturday, though, it seemed like a new wave of fish moved up.

“I was around the Monkey Box and Harney Pond and was fishing for bedding fish,” continues Stevens. “I didn’t know whether they were in or out yet. I started inside, shallow, where I could see bottom and I caught some smaller bucks. That told me they might be coming in, but they’re not in yet. I went out midway toward the main lake and caught a 7-pounder flipping cattails.”

Stevens said he caught the 7-pounder flipping a 4.25-inch black and blue Gambler Stinger.

“I fished through there and ended up back where I started, and on my first cast back I caught an 8-pound, 11-ouncer,” says Stevens. “Three casts later I caught a 6-pounder. I Power-Poled down and picked off two more 5-plus-pounders. I went from having 12 pounds to 25 or 26 pounds in 30 to 40 minutes.”

Stevens says those fish came on black and blue- and green-pumpkin-colored Gambler Big EZ swimbaits.

“In practice the water was dirtier, so I threw lighter colors, but in the tournament it cleared up so I went darker,” Stevens went on to say. ”All of my fish came from the same 100-yard stretch. It was definitely a day I’ll never forget.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Kail Stevens, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 32-10, $4,766

 2nd: Brandon Medlock, Lake Placid, Fla., five bass, 29-12, $1,883

 3rd: Timothy Feller, Coral Springs, Fla., five bass, 27-2, $1,456

 4th: Alex Terescenko, West Palm Beach, Fla., five bass, 26-1, $879

 5th: Josh McDermott, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 25-2, $853

 6th: Christian Greico, Tampa, Fla., five bass, 24-11, $690

 7th: Trent Pardue, Troy, N.C., five bass, 24-3, $628

 8th: Nicholas Anthony, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., five bass, 24-2, $565

 9th: Val Osinski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 23-1, $502

 10th: Chad Van Slyke, Cicero, N.Y., five bass, 23-0, $439 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Derek Savage of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, caught a 9-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $500.

 

Goldberg wins co-angler title

Sam Goldberg of Lake Worth, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $2,133 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Sam Goldberg, Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 22-5, $2,133

 2nd: Shawn York, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 21-5, $1,142

 3rd: Joshua Weaver, Monroe, Ga., five bass, 17-14, $627

 4th: Bill Osceola II, Ochopee, Fla., five bass, 17-5, $439

 5th: Doug Caldwell, Indiantown, Fla., five bass, 17-0, $377

 6th: Dalton Hottle, Monmouth, Ill., five bass, 16-13, $345

 7th: Kazunori Okuma, Moriyama, Japan, five bass, 16-9, $314

 8th: Stephanie Hutcheson, Orange City, Fla., five bass, 16-8, $332

 9th: Kenneth Guy, Miramar, Fla., five bass, 15-13, $251

 10th: Ricky Martes, Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 15-9, $220

Goldberg also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $250.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee was hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist & Development Council.