Yeatts Wins Second Okeechobee Stop
Steven Yeatts of Palm Springs, FL won the Florida South division Ram Truck Open Series event at Lake Okeechobee on April 2, 2016. Yeatts weighed in a 26.39 pound limit to win $5000. “We went down to North Shore this morning and I caught one six pounder down there. I made the decision to check the outside grass line and it wasn’t bad, so I started pitching a jig. I had a three pounder come off, so I knew they were there. Then, I just kept working my way down and the fish just got bigger and bigger. Most of the fish were around pencil reeds.
Jessie J. Mizell of Sarasota, FL finished in second place with 24.58 winning $1302. “I started out this morning with a popping frog and, as soon as I got in the pads, I caught a six pounder right away. I began targeting the pockets in the pads and started getting some good bites. I threw a Devil’s Horse some and lost a good one, probably 8-9 pounds. After that, I just kept fishing those little pockets and culled up to what I weighed in,” said Mizell.
Doug Conklin of Harmony, FL finished in third place with a total of 22.88 pounds that included the 8.36 pound boater Big Bass to win a total of $1438. “I caught the Big Bass swimming a magnum speed worm, fishing open water in about a foot and a half of water. The rest of my fish came on a standard speed worm, fishing the edge of the grass,” said Conklin.
Top Five Boaters:
1. Steven Yeatts 26.39 $5000
2. Jessie Mizell 24.58 $1302
3. Doug Conklin(Big Bass) 22.88 $1438
4. Gary Millicevic 19.43 $607
5. Norman Pellegrini 18.37 $521
There were 58 boaters registered for this Ram Truck Open Series event.
Bob Lauffer of Clermont, FL was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on April 2, 2016 at the Lake Okeechobee. Lauffer weighed in 14.29 pounds to win $1900. “I used a big speed worm the whole time. We were on the North Shore up in the pads,” said Lauffer.
Nik C. Kayler of Apopka, FL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 14.06 pounds to win $617. “I never lost a fish today and everything came on a Chatterbait. We were around some lily pads outside of Harney Pond,” said Kayler.
Ryan L. Eckman Okeechobee FL brought in 12.23 pounds to finish in third place and he had the 7.51 pound co-angler Big Bass to win a total of $687. “My last two tournaments, my boater has looked at me and told me that we had about five minutes left to go and I’ve caught my biggest fish in the last five minutes. I was just keeping faith and keeping on casting. It was a blast. I had a great day on the water,” said Eckman.
Edward M. Wertepny Sr. of Tampa FL tied with Eckman for third place with the same 12.23 pound weight to win $288.
Top Five Co-anglers:
1. Bob Lauffer 14.29 $1900
2. Nik Kayler 14.06 $617
3. Ryan Eckman(Big Bass) 12.23 $687
3. Edward Wertepny(Tie) 12.23 $288
5. Luke Campbell 11.24 $247
There were 55 co-angler entries for this Ram Truck Open Series event.
Complete results can be found at this link.
For more info on the Florida South division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com call ABA tournament manager, Billy Benedetti, at (256) 230-5632. The next Florida South event is on May 21, 2016 at Lake Okeechobee.
Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.
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