OKEECHOBEE, Fla. Sept. 21, 2011 – The Walmart Bass Fishing League is headed to Lake Okeechobee Oct. 1-2 for its fifth and final stop in the Gator Division. This will be a two-day super tournament where as many as 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards up to $11,000 and $4,500, respectively.
“The water levels are a little lower than we’ve had in the past,” said National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla. “That will make the channel, canal and river bites very good.
“Also, there will be some schooling activity going on out in the lake itself,” Martin added. “The fishing will be really good, and there will be a lot of fish, so it should be fun. I think it will take 55 to 60 pounds to win, so make sure you bring a big net.”
Takeoffs will be at C. Scott Driver Park at 10100 W. Highway 78 in Okeechobee at 7 a.m. each morning. Saturday’s weigh-in will be at the marina beginning at 3 p.m., and Sunday’s final weigh-in is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Walmart located at 2101 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The Gator BFL tournament is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourism Council.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, offering bigger prizes to those who qualify for regional championships and those who make it to one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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