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 […]

Angler wins $100,000 in Lake O tournament

OKEECHOBEE — The sixth and final day of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour tournament on Lake Okeechobee brought plenty of excitement on Wednesday. Jacob Powroznik rose to the top of the leader board by catching half his day’s fish in the final period to win. The Virginia native tallied 49 pounds, 11 ounces, […]

Lake O anglers brave cold to catch big bass

OKEECHOBEE — Cold temperatures earlier this week didn’t keep boat captain Ryan Eckman and two clients from West Virgina off the Big O, and their efforts were well rewarded. Jason Fridley and Angela Jenkins, both from West Virginia, fished Monday and Tuesday, explained Mr. Eckman of RLE Big Fish Adventures. He said they fished six […]

Big Bass tourney set for Feb. 29

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven will host the annual Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament Saturday, Feb. 29, at Alvin Ward Park. The tournament will get underway Feb. 29 from safe light until 1 p.m. Entry fee is $25 per person. There is no age limit and anyone can fish, but each person on the boat […]

Anglers reel in big bass

OKEECHOBEE — The Big O Open held its January 2020 Tournament in memory of Les Tory on Saturday, Jan, 4. Twenty-five teams participated in a windy day of friendly competition with the team of Chris Heath and Dean Meckes placing first with a great total of 26.70 pounds and second Big Fish at 6.82 pounds. […]

Calvin and Steve King win Lake O qualifier with 9.62 lbs

OKEECHOBEE — Calvin and Steve King claimed the top spot in the first qualifier of the 2020 Lake Okeechobee Crappie Series on Jan. 3. The Kings won the qualifier with a final bag of 9.62 pounds. Twenty-five boats launched out of the Okee-Tantie boat ramp at safe light on Jan. 3. Conditions on Lake Okeechobee […]

Calvin and Steve King win Lake O qualifier with 9.62 lbs

OKEECHOBEE — Calvin and Steve King claimed the top spot in the first qualifier of the 2020 Lake Okeechobee Crappie Series on Jan. 3. The Kings won the qualifier with a final bag of 9.62 pounds. Twenty-five boats launched out of the Okee-Tantie boat ramp at safe light on Jan. 3. Conditions on Lake Okeechobee […]

OHS anglers reel in a ticket to nationals

ST. AUGUSTINE — Two members of the Okeechobee High School Bass Club are moving on to compete at the national level after coming in second place in the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation High School Tournament on Dec. 14 and 15 on the St. Johns River. Kyle Zainitzer and Tyler Scott snagged a second place finish in […]