Sarasota’s Mizell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Finale on Lake Okeechobee - Major League Fishing
Sarasota’s Mizell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Finale on Lake Okeechobee
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Sarasota’s Mizell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Finale on Lake Okeechobee

Port Charlotte’s LaPorta Grabs Co-angler Title
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September 25, 2017 • FLW Communications • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, Florida, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 42 pounds, 12 ounces. For his win, Mizell earned $5,848.

According to post-tournament reports, Mizell targeted schooling fish in the northeast area of the lake using a 6th Sense crankbait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Jessie Mizell, Sarasota, Fla., 10 bass, 42-12, $5,848

               2nd:         Richard Sasina, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 10 bass,   37-9, $2,824

               3rd:          Donald Locke, Loxahatchee, Fla., 10 bass, 36-11, $2,182

               4th:          Mason Boylan, Melbourne, Fla., 10 bass, 34-4, $1,318

               5th:          Cody Wright, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 34-3, $1,130

               6th:          Matthew Wieteha, Miami, Fla., 10 bass, 33-1, $1,135

               7th:          Joey Roberts, Jensen Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 33-1, $941

               8th:          William Schmitt, West Palm Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 30-12, $847

               9th:          Jason Pike, Greenacres, Fla., 10 bass, 30-12, $753

               10th:        Steve Broughton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 10 bass, 30-3, $659

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Dustin Royer of Davie, Florida, caught a 7-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $750.

Mike LaPorta of Port Charlotte, Florida, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 38 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,824.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mike LaPorta, Port Charlotte, Fla., 10 bass, 38-4, $2,824

               2nd:         Richard Mongiovi, Indian Lake Estates, Fla., 10 bass, 33-8, $1,412

               3rd:          Rusty Lacy, Plantation, Fla., 10 bass, 30-5, $940

               4th:          James Tyler, Deltona, Fla., 10 bass, 26-4, $659

               5th:          Nik Kayler, Apopka, Fla., 10 bass, 25-13, $565

               6th:          Garrett Colbert, Orlando, Fla., 10 bass, 25-12, $518

               7th:          Junior Iriban, Lantana, Fla., 10 bass, 25-4, $671

               8th:          James Ryba, West Palm Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 23-15, $424

               9th:          Bill Wight, Punta Gorda, Fla., 10 bass, 22-15, $377

               10th:        Ernie Thompson, Anthony, Fla., 10 bass, 22-13, $379

Delfin Pernas of Miami, Florida, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $375.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee was hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina & Resort.

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. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 All-American will be held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 31-June 2 and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission and the Red River Waterway Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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