Results of the Big O Teen Anglers’ sixth tournament

By Danielle R. DeWittBig O Teen Anglers OKEECHOBEE — The Big O Teen Anglers held their sixth tournament of the year out of Okee-Tantie on July 25. This month’s tournament included nine anglers catching a total of 13 bass at a combined weight of 25.64 pounds. The largest bass caught was 6.43 pounds by Matthew […]

Commercial fisherman dies in accident on Lake Okeechobee

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — A commercial fisherman died in an accident on Lake Okeechobee near Bird Island on the morning of Wednesday, July 8, according to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). According to the FWC report, Matthew Thomas Schlayer, 33, of Polk City, was located in the water approximately 10 […]

Villegas & Stamm beat the heat in near-record field for the win

By Roland & Mary Ann Martin Marina & Resort CLEWISTON — With the first event of the Roland Martin Marine Center Series 2020 season postponed in April due to the national coronavirus pandemic, the season opener was moved to June 13. And with CDC guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a […]

Local high school angler team competes in national tournament

LAKE SEMINOLE — On the final day of the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation Junior and High School State Tournament, Harley Collins and Isaac Polanco, a team from Hendry County, finished 46th out of 96 teams from around the state. The tournament took place June 13 and 14 at Lake Seminole, near the Georgia-Florida border. Students from […]

Try saltwater and freshwater fishing license-free this weekend

This week kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week and what better way to celebrate than to try your hand at fishing in Florida. License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 6 and 7, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 13 and 14. During these weekends a fishing license is not required for Florida residents […]

Fishing still good on the Big O; some SAV returning

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters reports fishing was good last week on the big lake. “Guys are catching a lot first thing in the morning,” he said. “We’re seeing more grass,” he said, referring to the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) that provides cover for spawning fish. He added the SAV is […]

Big ‘O’ Open tourney remembers Les Tory

OKEECHOBEE — The “Big ‘O’ Open” held its April 2020 Tournament, in memory of Les Tory, on Saturday, April 4. Thirty-five teams participated in a nice day of friendly competition. Hunter Weston placed first with a great total of 18.75 pounds. Second place went to the team of Kail Stevens and Bradley McQueen with 18.01 […]

Want to keep the boat ramps open? Keep boats at least 50 feet apart on the water

FLORIDA — Boaters who want to keep enjoying time on the water are advised to make sure they follow the state’s rules for “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last week Palm Beach County closed some county boat ramps because of mass gatherings on sand bars. If boaters on Florida’s freshwater […]

Fishing can be an escape from COVID-mania

OKEECHOBEE — If your eyes are fried from reading about coverage of COVID-19 and the stress of searching stores for a roll of toilet paper has you down, there’s scientific research that says a fishing trip might be the relief you need. A study published by researchers from the University of New Hampshire, Indiana University […]

Big O Teen Anglers host second tournament of the year

OKEECHOBEE — The Big O Teen Anglers held their second tournament of the year out of Okee-Tantie on February 29. The tournament included seven anglers catching a total of 13 bass at a combined weight of 34.55 lbs. The largest bass caught was 5.20 lbs. and was caught by Korbyn Lewis. This month’s standing were […]