The final day of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Okeechobee is proving to be just as tense as expected. With the entire top 10 less than 4 pounds apart, anything can happen, and it’s entirely possible that someone in ninth or 10th catches a big bag to come from behind.
As far as conditions go, today has been spectacular, but a little breezy, making running on the main lake less than ideal. Still, the wind isn’t so bad that areas are blown out, and it seems like everyone has been able to fish where they want to.
Leading the tournament, Brandon Medlock started on shad-eating fish and put a limit with a 4-pounder in the boat fairly quickly. Then, he moved to flipping isolated reeds and caught a 5-pounder. One more good fish will probably win it for him, but it’s Okeechobee and there’s a lot of time left.
Behind him, we left Darrell Davis and Ronnie Buck with mixed results. Buck put together a limit quickly, but he didn’t have anything big early. Davis, on the other hand, is having a horrible day, and shortly after noon only had one in the box.
Gary Milicevic and Brett Cannon both have limits in the boat, but they have two separate problems. For Cannon, the issue is size – he’s catching a ton of fish but nothing over about 2 pounds. Milicevic needs to land his bites – while we watched, he jumped off a 4-pounder and broke a rod on a fish that he thinks was bigger. Though he has a 4-pounder and some 2-pounders in the box, he needs to upgrade if he’s going to run down Medlock.
Down in the field, Casey Warren had four when we found him, and Peter Thliveros might be making a run at this. The veteran Floridian had just three fish midway through the morning – one was a keeper, one was a 4-pounder and one was well over 7 pounds. If Peter T can get one or two more big bites, he may make weigh-in very interesting.
To watch weigh-in, you can tune in at 3:30 p.m. ET to watch us crown co-angler and pro champions.