Roberts Wins $7000 in Area 5 Championship on Lake Okeechobee
ATHENS, Ala. – Joey Roberts of Jensen Beach, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Area 5 Championship tournament, held September 28TH & 29TH, 2019 on Lake Okeechobee. Running out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL Roberts caught a two-day total of ten bass weighing 35.57 pounds including a 7.48-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Roberts took home a check for $7000 for his win.
“I caught my fish flipping a black/blue Bruiser Baits crazy craw, bluegill pattern, both days, pretty basic. I jumped around six different spots each day. I would catch a few in the morning and then the fish would turn on late in the day,” Roberts said.
In second for the boaters, Gary Millicevic of Labelle, FL landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 32.44 pounds.
“I caught my fish flipping both days. I had a tough practice. I fished all over the lake and could only get one fish at each location I stopped at. I only had two 12-inch fish around 11:30 am today and flipped up some better fish later in the day. I lost one good fish yesterday and two good fish today,” Millicevic said.
Neil Nix of Okeechobee, FL took third for the boaters with a two-day total of ten bass weighing 31.38 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a black/blue Gambler Fat Ace. I fished the same areas as day one but the better fish just weren’t there on day two,” Nix said.
Finishing fourth, Ronnie Buck of Miami, FL landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 28.81 pounds.
Terry Oliver of Belleview, FL rounded out the top five boaters and landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 27.95 pounds.
Colton Hester of Fort Pierce, FL won the big bass award on the boater side for a giant bass that weighed 9.02 pounds. Hester collected $820 for that fish.
“I caught that big bass Texas rigging a Senko on 15lb fluorocarbon in a big clump of bulrush, I thought I was hung up and as I was pulling up to get un-hung my line went the opposite direction. The fish just hooked itself,” Hester said
In the Co-Angler Division, Pedro “Pete” Gutierrez of Davenport, FL won with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 21.18 pounds. He pocketed a check for $2500 for his win.
“I caught my fish on day one with a black/blue Senko later in the day around 11:00 am. On day two, I also caught my fish on the same bait and lost one that would have put me around 30 pounds. I want to thank ABA for having events for us to fish. I really enjoyed myself this weekend,” Gutierrez said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Ashton Gilbert of Rotonda West, FL brought in a two-day total of six bass that weighed 15.98 pounds.
“I caught my fish both days on a Senko and a finesse worm. I lost a 5 pounder that would’ve helped me. We were fishing the East wall area,” Gilbert said. “
Scott Farnham of Port St Lucie, FL placed third among the co-anglers with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 15.75 pounds.
“I also caught my fish Texas rigging a black/blue Senko both days on the East side of the lake,” Farnham said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Steve Jarrett of Valrico, FL brought in a two-day total of five bass that weighed 15.62 pounds. Danney Hulett of Auburndale, FL finished in fifth place with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 15.33 pounds.
Bob Lauffer of Clermont, FL won the big bass award on the co-angler side for a giant bass that weighed 8.41 pounds. Lauffer collected $395 for that fish.
“I caught that big bass on the North end of the lake first thing in the morning on day one casting a Zoom Bait G-tail worm around the reeds,” Lauffer said
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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