Saturday, February 5, 2011

FLW Lake Okeechobee Day 3

Another Huge Sack for Prough

Saturday, February 5, 2011
Clewiston, Florida
By Luigi De Rose

Chad Prough remains in the driver's seat for the third day in a row! With his lowest weight yet, Chad's 20-08 bag was good enough to remain the king on day 3. But is his spot good enough to last a forth day?  Chad will have to fish for his life on Sunday if today was any indication of what his challengers are capable of boating. Peter T, a veteran tournament fisherman and Florida native dropped a monster bag of bass weighing 33-14 to catapult him into second place. When asked if he can repeat on Sunday his answer remained unsure. "It's hard to say. There are several anglers in the Top 10 (on day 2) within the same 1 mile stretch of water." explained Peter T.  Fishing pressure seemed to have gotten the better of many anglers today. Many scored catches below the 20 mark. Yesterday's second place angler, Roumbanis slipped all the way to 9th spot on the back of a very disappointing 10-06 pound creel.

As a side note, Prough's co-anlger Aymon Wilcox of  Lauderdale Lakes, FL netted just 9-09 to claim the Co-angler Championship. Considering that Aymon's 5 fish only went 9 pounds might be a strong indicator that Chad Prough might be in trouble come Sunday. During the weigh-in, Chad did allude to a back-up spot which might hold enough fish to keep him on top. 
Monster bags did hit the scales today. Peter T's was the heaviest with 33-14.  Randall Tharp had 28-02 and now sits in 3rd. Terry "Big Show" Scroggins nailed 27-07 moving him up to 5th and Jake Morris moved to 8th on the strength of a 26-05 sack. 

The Top 10
 1 PROUGH, CHAD  87-15 
 2 THLIVEROS, PETE  82-14 
 3 THARP, RANDALL  81-04 
 7 MORGAN, ANDY  73-02
 8 MORRIS, JAKE  72-13 
 10 ROJAS, DEAN  69-08

Anything can happen in Florida. A 30 pound plus bag can vault anyone into first. Fishing pressure, nerves, weather and just plain luck will make Sunday a very exciting and frustrating day on the water. 

Check back for final day news and analysis.  

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