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The Big “O” really flexed it’s muscle this past week as the FLW Everstart series made it’s first stop of the year here on Lake Okeechobee. With the sun shining bright and warm weather conditions, many bags between 15-20 lbs came to the scales. I was fortunate enough to place 7th overall and make my first top 10 in the Everstart series.
Every morning I would start off by catching a solid limit of fish by casting a Big EZ (Ice Breaker Color). I was targeting dense areas with both hydrilla and “dollar” pads around King’s Bar area. A high speed Shimano Curado spooled with 65 lb braided line paired with a 7’6″ extra heavy Denali rod. This enabled me to hull these fish out of the dense cover. As the day progressed on I moved to the Harney Pond area and began flipping “mats”. This method of fishing requires the biggest and strongest gear on the market. I opted for 80 lb braided line and my 7’11” Extra Heavy Denali rod.
If you are planning to come bass fishing on the Big “O” just remember that when in doubt slow down your presentation. When the bite would slow down, I would pick up a Gambler Fat Ace in a Junebug color and fish it slow to produce a few key bites. Most fish are still in their pre-spawn feeding habits but you can find that some fish are starting to spawn.
If it’s warm weather and big fish your after, Lake Okeechobee is the place to be. All of the equipment that I used this week can be found right here at Fast Break Bait and Tackle. We offer fully furnished guide trips for anglers of all ages and skill levels. For more information on booking a guided trip feel free to send us a email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-866-213-2474.