Jigging at Okeechobee

Chris Daniels. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Chris Daniels. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Today it’s no secret that a jig is a top tool for fishing reed heads and other heavy cover at Florida lakes. It surprised no one that Ish Monroe won the Elite Series event on Okeechobee in 2012 by pitching and flipping. What surprised some people, though is that when the bite got tougher for him on Day Three he put down the punching plastics and picked up a black and blue Medlock Jig, a double-weedguarded leadhead that had become increasingly popular in the Sunshine State. He ended up beating his nearest competitor by nearly 13 pounds.

A year earlier, Florida guide Brandon Medlock had won his first major tournament , a Southeastern EverStart on Okeechobee, fishing that same jig, which is made by his father. As with Monroe, his jig was black and blue. He paired it with a black and blue Zoom Big Salty Chunk. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops Here Answer and Winner (April 6, 2015)

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

Correction: We previously indicated that fifth place finisher Mark Lamb was Buck’s long time tournament partner. That was incorrect. As reader David Gregory Driskell previously pointed out, fourth place finisher David Eng, owner of a local marine dealership, was Durrance’s partner for 15 years. As Tim Tucker reported in BASS Times, Eng “freely admitted that Durrance’s advice ‘helped me catch enough fish to finish high in the money.'” We stand corrected and Driskell is therefore the winner of this week’s contest. He will receive the credit to Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.  For the answers please read below.

When B.A.S.S. came to Okeechobee for the 1998 Florida Eastern Invitational on Lake Okeechobee, it was the circuit’s first Florida event in nearly seven years, resulting from a tax on tournaments that B.S.S.S. did not care for. When the tax was lifted with respect to fishing tournaments, the organization returned.

Thirty year old Clyde Roland “Buck” Durrance made the most of the opportunity, winning the first B.A.S.S. event he fished, beating runner-up Chip Harrison by over 10 pounds. Harrison may call Indiana home, but he’s a long-time Okeechobee guide and a month later he won an EverStart event on Okeechobee to soothe some of the sting of his second place finish to Durrance. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops Here (April 6, 2015)

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

When B.A.S.S. came to Okeechobee for the 1998 Florida Eastern Invitational on Lake Okeechobee, it was the circuit’s first Florida event in nearly seven years, resulting from a tax on tournaments that B.S.S.S. did not care for. When the tax was lifted with respect to fishing tournaments, the organization returned.

Thirty year old Clyde Roland “Buck” Durrance made the most of the opportunity, winning the first B.A.S.S. event he fished, beating runner-up Chip Harrison by over 10 pounds. Harrison may call Indiana home, but he’s a long-time Okeechobee guide and a month later he won an EverStart event on Okeechobee to soothe some of the sting of his second place finish to Durrance. [Read more…]

Looking for Operation Bass Golden Blend Info

Golden Blend was a title sponsor for Operation Bass' attempt to give B.A.S.S. some competition. Unfortunately the circuit didn't last long and there's little information out there regarding it.

Golden Blend was a title sponsor for Operation Bass’ attempt to give B.A.S.S. some competition. Unfortunately the circuit didn’t last long and there’s little information out there regarding it.

Many modern fans of professional fishing assume that the FLW Tour was the first major competitor to B.A.S.S. Of course, that is not quite correct – over time, there were several national trails that tried to make a run at being the dominant circuit, or at least supplementing it. The truth is that the FLW Tour, founded under the Operation Bass umbrella, wasn’t even the first attempt by that organization to create some competition for Ray Scott’s baby.

Starting in the late 1980s, and running into the early ‘90s, Operation Bass operated the Golden Blend series of tournaments. They built upon the success of the original Red Man events, which catered to the “working man” – one-day weekend tournaments with low entry fees and a chance to qualify for the high payout All-American. [Read more…]