Sunday, February 6, 2011

Brandon McMillan Wins FLW Lake Okeechobee

McMillan wins!
Records Have Fallen on the Big "O"!
Lake Okeechobee · Clewiston, FL · February 6, 2011
by Luigi De Rose

Riding the wave of an amazing big bass week, Brandon McMillan wins $125 000 and the title on the first stop on the FLW Tour. With a final day bag of 25-15, Brandon leaps to the top amassing a staggering four day weight of 106-10 to win the FLW Lake Okeechobee Tournament.

 "I've dreamed about this for a long time. I watched my father (a prominent tournament angler)  win before" an emotional Mc Millan explained to the crowd.  Not only did he claim his first FLW crown, in his rookie season no less, he also amassed a new FLW tournament weight record of  106-10.  He is also one of three anglers ever to break the Century mark of 100 pounds in a tournament. All three 100 pound creels occurred this week at Okeechobee.

Brandon, a UPS driver in Clewiston, used his local knowledge of the lake to edge out a legendary field in the last day. The majority of his catch came from repetitively pitchin and flippin the thick reed and cane beds of the Big "O".  More on this in future posts.

The Final standing are:
1  BRANDON MCMILLAN  BELLE GLADE, FL  106-10  $100,000  + Ranger Cup: $25,000 
2  RANDALL THARP  GARDENDALE, AL 5  102-02  $35,000 
3  CHAD PROUGH  CHIPLEY, FL  100-15  $30,000 
4  TERRY SCROGGINS  SAN MATEO, FL  99-09  $25,000 
6  ANDY MORGAN  DAYTON, TN  89-01  $17,000 
7  FRED ROUMBANIS  BIXBY, OK  85-03  $16,000 
8  DEAN ROJAS  LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ  84-09  $15,000 
10  JAKE MORRIS  MC KEE, KY 82-08  $13,000 

Cool Facts
SHINICHI FUKAE wins the Snickers Big Bass Award with an 11-00 bass on Day 1
FRED ROUMBANIS with the Biggest Bass with a 9-07 on Day 2
TERRY SCROGGINS  with the Biggest Bass with a 12-02 on Day 4 and largest of the event

TOMMY LEE winner of Big Bass with 8-05 on Day 1
BEN DUE and GEORGE KAPITON both had a 7-06 on Day 2

Check out this tournament on TV March 20, 2011 at 1pm on Versus.

Stay tuned for more analysis and in-depth coverage of this event.

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