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
5 JACOB POWROZNIK PRINCE GEORGE, VA 95-00 $20,000
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
9 PETE THLIVEROS SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL 82-14 $14,000
10 JAKE MORRIS MC KEE, KY 82-08 $13,000
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.