Bass still biting at Lake Okeechobee – Sun

Dan Blanchard, of Sarasota, caught five bass weighing 30 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday flipping mats of vegetation at the north end of Lake Okeechobee to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament out of Clewiston and earn $6,000.

George Kapiton, of Inverness, was second at 28 to win $3,000. Don DeMott, of Boca Raton, was third at 27-13 to win $2,000. Mike Surman, also of Boca Raton, was sixth at 21-15 to win $1,100.

Adam Trott, of Sarasota, was the top co-angler with three fish weighing 19-13 to win $3,000. Jimmy Trudel, of Boca Raton, was second with five fish weighing 18-14 to win $1,500. Quinn Stumpf, of Davie, was seventh at 11-10 to win $500. Scott Crisafulli, of Miramar, was eighth at 11-6 to win $450.

Fish of the week

Daryl Deka’s Doing It All caught and released a two-day total of 39 sailfish, including a doubleheader with 15 minutes remaining on the final day Friday, for 7,800 points to win the Jupiter Billfish Tournament. Miss Annie was second with 37 releases and 7,400 points. Outlaw was third with 19 releases on dead bait for 5,700 points. Read Wednesday’s Sun Sentinel for details on the tournament and Doing It All’s victory.

Vince Owen and Thad Tally caught 15.78 pounds of bass on spinnerbaits to win the King of the Glades club trail tournament Sunday on Lake Okeechobee out of Belle Glade. Mike Barnard and Joe Holland were second at 14.33 and Holland had the big bass of 7.43 on a Gambler swim jig. Mike Lendl and Hank Krieg were third at 12.97, followed by Billy Brown and Dave Mathis at 12.32 and Terry and Chris McCartha at 9.9.

Hunter English caught four fish weighing 6.74 pounds to win the season-opening Broward County Jr. Bass Trail tournament Sunday at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Austin Newland was second with five fish weighing 6.68, followed by Tyler Nekolony at 6.47 and Cody Snead at 6.37. Nekolony had the big bass at 2.76.

Capt. Alan Zaremba reported good fishing for peacock bass and snook despite the cooler temperatures. Jim Davidson, of Boca Raton, and Zen Eidel, of Manor, N.Y., caught 17 peacocks up to 3 pounds and six snook up to 4 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4 Canal. Gene Holland, of Hillsdale, N.Y., caught eight peacocks up to 3 pounds, 12 largemouth bass up to 6 pounds and a sunshine bass using floating Rapalas and live shiners on an afternoon trip at Lake Ida. Phil Hughes and his dad, Phillip Sr., of Greenville, S.C., caught 19 peacocks up to 2.5 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4. Carl Hochrein, of Pembroke Pines, and Zaremba had 26 largemouths up to 4 pounds and nine peacocks up to 4.5 pounds using Flapp’n Shads, speed worms, floating Rapalas and Baby Torpedoes in the L-30. John and Nel Schaffner and their daughter Dawn, of Fire Island, N.Y., had 27 peacocks up to 4.5 pounds and three snook up to 4 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4. Jack Taylor, his son Jeff and his grandson Jack, 14, of Toledo, Ohio, caught 14 peacocks, six largemouths and two snook up to 5 pounds using floating Rapalas on an afternoon trip in the C-8.

Water Summit Webcast

Tuesday’s Everglades Water Supply Summit in Tallahassee, featuring Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Florida Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam and golf great Jack Nicklaus will be available live online starting at 2 p.m. The webcast site is swaters@tribune.com”http://learningforlife.fsu.edu/evergladesSummit12.

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