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Lambert Wins Costa FLW Series on Okeechobee

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Pro angler Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division opener on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 44 pounds, 12 ounces. For his win, Lambert earned $60,000 and a new Ranger Z518 bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard engine.

“I’m feeling a lot of different emotions right now,†said Lambert, who earned his first win in Costa FLW Series competition. “I’m tired and relieved. This tournament was a great opportunity for me to learn more and prepare for the FLW Tour event happening here in a few weeks.â€

Lambert said he primarily focused on one area all three days – a 600-yard stretch of submerged hydrilla on the lake’s north shore. He said the area was rich with prespawn bass that were transitioning in off of the main lake.

“I’d fish over and around the hydrilla before letting certain spots rest for an hour, then I’d head back over it again,†said Lambert. “The fish were replenishing well so I knew it was where I wanted to stay.â€

Lambert said that of the 15 fish he brought to the scale, 10 were caught using a black and blue-colored V&M Pacemaker Swim Jig and a mouse-colored War Eagle spinnerbait.

 â€œThe majority of pros were flipping jigs, but I’m a power fisherman, so I felt a lot more confident with moving baits,†said Lambert. “I was catching a lot of fish in practice so all I needed to do was find the big ones.â€

The Tennessee pro said that the spinnerbait performed well when there was a lot of wind, especially during the first two days of competition, while the swim jig excelled when the water was calm.

“I covered a lot of water at this tournament,†said Lambert. “And after catching nearly 40 keepers, I felt it was my time to win.â€

The top 10 pros on Lake Okeechobee were:

            1st:          Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 15 bass, 44-12, $60,000 + Ranger Z518 w/ 200-horsepower outboard motor

           2nd:         Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla., 15 bass, 43-4, $25,500       

            3rd:          Joseph Kremer, Osteen, Fla., 15 bass, 40-14   , $17,000

            4th:          Bryan Honnerlaw, Moore Haven, Fla., 15 bass, 39-0, $15,000     

            5th:          Justin Morgan, Okeechobee, Fla., 11 bass, 37-0, $14,000           

            6th:          Peter Cherkas, Des Moines, Iowa, 15 bass, 36-3, $10,500

            7th:          Jimmy Brewer, Marshall, Texas, 15 bass, 35-9, $9,000

            8th:          Steve Boogie Brown, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 13 bass, 34-7, $8,000

            9th:          Pat Fisher, Colbert, Ga., 13 bass, 31-4, $7,000

          10th:        Cole Bailey, Thamesford, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 30-12, $5,000           

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bryan Newberry of Cleveland, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday, a largemouth weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.

Mark Howard of Mesquite, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 26 pounds, 6 ounces.  

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Okeechobee were:

               1st:          Mark Howard, Mesquite, Texas, 12 bass, 26-6, $2,500 + Ranger Z117 w/ 90-horsepower outboard motor

               2nd:         Adam Trieschmann, Wellington, Fla., nine bass, 25-13, $7,500

               3rd:          Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 11 bass, 25-5, $6,000

               4th:          Billy Charland, Chuluota, Fla., 15 bass, 25-3, $4,500

               5th:          Dean Harcourt, Sebastian, Fla., 13 bass, 24-0, $4,000

               6th:          Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., 11 bass, 23-13, $3,500

               7th:          Ty Solis, Albany, Ga., 11 bass, 22-8, $3,000

               8th:          Joseph Solenski, West Palm Beach, Fla., 13 bass, 21-9, $2,250

               9th:          Steven Christie, Gray Court, S.C., 12 bass, 20-7, $1,700

               10th:        Nik Kayler, Apopka, Fla., 11 bass, 19-14, $1,450