Jai Hunter Sr. Wins $5500 on Lake Okeechobee

ATHENS, Ala. – Jai Hunter Sr. of Deland, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held January 19th on the Lake Okeechobee.  Running out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL the Jai Sr. caught five-bass weighing 18.10-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Hunter Sr. took home a check for $5500 for his win.

“I was fishing on the north end of the lake today. I found some fish on Wednesday and the fish changed up a little today. It was a later bite. I was flipping a Gambler Fat Ace to isolated pencil reeds. The fish would flurry for 30 minutes then quit for an hour. I didn’t expect to win with 18-pounds, I had a blast,” Hunter Sr. said.  

In second for the boaters, Robert Wood of West Palm Beach, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.12-pounds including a big bass that weighed 7.60-pound. 

“I caught my fish junk fishing. I caught the big bass flipping. Another one on a speed worm and the rest on a swim jig. I only had six bites today. I also fished the north end of the lake,” Wood said. 

Gary Milicevic of Labelle, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 16.67-pounds. 

“I caught my fish today dragging a Senko. I left fish biting to look for a big fish but I probably should’ve stayed and caught a few more 3 or 4 pounders,” Milicevic said.

Finishing fourth, Joey Roberts of Jensen Beach, FL landed a five-bass limit for 15.83-pounds. James “Doug” Harris of Loxahatchee, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 15.52-pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, John Morgan of Miami, FL won with three bass going 13.06-pounds that included an 8.07-pound big bass. He pocketed a check for $1900 for his win and an additional $395 for the big bass award.

“It was a slow bite with cold water temps. I want to thank Razor Baits, I caught them on the Fat Boy Stick. We were fishing the east wall dead-sticking the baits. You had to be precise with the bait placement or they wouldn’t bite. I caught 6-fish and culled 3 today. I’m a saltwater guy and I really enjoyed fishing today,” Morgan said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Brandon St. Pierre of Lehigh Acres, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.02-pounds. 

“I caught all my fish today on a speed worm lower in the water column. Just making a lot of casts,” St. Pierre said. “ 

Roy Gentry of Ft. Lauderdale, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.26-pounds. 

“We ran south today. I caught my fish on a Gambler Fat Ace and lost 2 big fish that would have helped me today. This is my first ABA event and I love it,” Gentry said. 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, James Opetaia-Williamson of Dunnellon, FL brought in three bass for 8.96-pounds. Cornelius Llewellyn of Plantation, FL finished in fifth place with two bass for 8.74-pounds.

Slated for February 9th, the next tournament will be held on Lake Okeechobee out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April 2020.

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Top 25 Boaters

PL Angler Fish Penalty Big Bass Total Points Payout
1 Jai C. Hunter Sr 5 0.00 6.70 18.10 250 5500
2 Robert C. Wood 5 0.00 7.60 17.12 249 1950
3 Gary Milicevic 5 0.00 0.00 16.67 248 850
4 Joey J. Roberts 5 0.00 6.80 15.83 247 550
5 James Harris 5 0.00 5.22 15.52 246 525
6 Alex Terescenko 5 0.50 7.26 15.44 245 500
7 Dennis Seaborne 5 0.00 0.00 15.10 244 475
8 Angie Douthit 5 0.00 0.00 14.68 243 450
9 Anthony Ford 5 0.00 0.00 14.40 242 400
10 Tony Bennett 5 0.00 0.00 14.21 241 320
11 Roger G. Crafton 5 0.00 0.00 14.15 240 280
12 William Schmitt 5 0.00 0.00 14.06 239 260
13 Reinaldo Papo Rojas Jr 5 0.00 0.00 13.62 238 250
14 Charles Charles T. Coleman 5 0.00 0.00 13.60 237 240
15 Don Ellerbee 5 0.00 0.00 13.58 236 220
16 Don W. Demott 5 0.00 0.00 13.39 235 200
17 Jett Big Jett Dexter 5 0.00 0.00 13.31 234 0
18 Jim Hurlock Jr 5 0.00 0.00 12.67 233 0
19 Darrell Brackin 5 0.00 0.00 12.02 232 0
20 Charles Chuck M. Webb 5 0.00 0.00 11.31 231 0
21 Charles Chuck L. White 5 0.00 0.00 11.28 230 0
22 Brandon Medlock 5 0.00 0.00 11.27 229 0
23 Dale Walker 5 0.00 0.00 11.04 228 0
24 Christopher W. Jerdan 5 0.00 0.00 10.98 227 0
25 Mike Krause 5 0.00 0.00 10.80 226 0

Top 25 Co-Anglers

1 John H. Morgan 3 0.00 8.07 13.06 250 2295
2 Brandon K. St. Pierre 3 0.00 0.00 10.02 249 800
3 Roy Gentry 3 0.00 0.00 9.26 248 500
4 James Jim E. Opetaia-Williamson 3 0.00 3.05 8.96 247 400
5 Cornelius Corky B. Llewellyn 2 0.00 0.00 8.74 246 300
6 James D. Anderson 3 0.00 0.00 8.57 245 270
7 Cody L. Farnham 3 0.00 0.00 8.17 244 250
8 Ron H. Buck 2 0.00 5.79 7.64 243 240
9 Bob D. Lauffer 3 0.00 2.90 7.49 242 225
10 James McLees 3 0.00 2.64 7.31 241 200
11 Harvey Buddy H. Turner 3 0.00 0.00 7.00 240 180
12 Delfin Del E. Pernas 3 0.00 0.00 6.99 239 150
13 Brian S. Reeves 3 0.00 0.00 6.85 238 140
14 Timothy Hibbs 3 0.00 0.00 6.77 237 125
15 General Johnson II 3 0.00 0.00 6.70 236 120
16 Adam R. Sangster 3 0.00 0.00 6.16 235 100
17 Jackie Barber 3 0.00 0.00 6.01 234 0
18 Alonzo Cunnington 2 0.00 0.00 5.93 233 0
19 Danney H. Hulett 3 0.00 0.00 5.87 232 0
20 Ashton Gilbert 3 0.00 0.00 5.65 231 0
21 Chad Cox 3 0.00 0.00 5.60 230 0
22 Eric Y. Andrews 3 0.00 0.00 5.57 229 0
23 Robert Jim J. Short 3 0.00 0.00 5.37 228 0
24 Irving Mercado 3 0.00 0.00 5.12 227 0
25 Chad Schroeder 3 0.00 0.00 5.09 226 0

 

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com

About the American Bass Anglers - American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression.  For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

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