Please select your home edition
Marina Exchange 728x90 1

Top 10 baits from Okeechobee

by Kyle Wood and Rob Matsuura 7 Feb 07:04 UTC
Thliveros © FLW, LLC

Lake Okeechobee wasn't her normal self in the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division opener presented by Power-Pole. Bites were few and far between, but the top-10 pros dialed it in and got it done. Winner Nick Thliveros relied heavily on a crankbait and so did others, but Florida faithful's like swim jigs, soft plastics and topwaters also fared well.

1. Nick Thliveros targeted prespawn fish by keeping a Lucky Craft silent square-bill in his hand for the majority of the event. On the final day, he switched to a Nichols jig with a blue bug-colored Strike King Rage Craw and a Texas-rigged black, blue and silver-colored Bitters Salty Sling with a 1/32-ounce Bullet Weights tungsten weight to catch his fish.

2. Cody Nichols worked an area of lily pads with a 3/8-ounce white homemade swim jig paired with a NetBait Paca Craw. He also used a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper and a 7-inch Trickster Stick Worm.

3. Jason Abram made a charge on the final day fishing in the same area as Thliveros. He cranked an Uncle Ernie flat-sided crankbait and flipped a soon-to-be-released Reaction Innovations' bait called a Spicy Beaver on a 5/16-ounce weight.

4. Brett Preuett fished shallow, dirty water for fish looking to spawn. He covered water with either a 3/8-ounce Treeshaker Shaker Blade matched with a 3 half-inch Creme Reel Scremer swimbait, a 5-inch Reel Scremer or a homemade prop bait.

5. Sandy Melvin added another top 10 to his resume with the help of a Lucky Craft LC 1.5 square-bill and a Texas-rigged Bitter's Skip Shad in watermelonseed.

6. Bryan New mostly pitched a weightless Damiki Stinger to the edge of reeds and flipped a Damiki Air Craw on a 5/16-ounce weight to the heart of the clumps once the sun came out. With warmer water on the final day, he pulled out a Greenfish Tackle TAT.

7. Lance Oligschaegler stuck to the Harney Pond canal for the entire event throwing the discontinued Rapala Risto Rap. It was the only Risto Rap he had with him and when the bill broke off in practice, he super glued it back on and it held up shockingly well, making it through the entire event unscathed.

8. David Parsons kept it simple to score his first FLW Series top 10 with either a Gambler Big EZ or a Yamamoto Senko with a 1/8-ounce weight.

9. Billy Hall utilized a Florida staple in a Texas-rigged Brusier Baits Stick Worm on a 1/16-ounce weight, but the twist was he added small screw-in willow blade on the back. He also covered water with a Missile Baits Shockwave.

10. Val Osinski, rounding out the top 10 pros, Florida hammer Val Osinski had a trio of Gambler baits that led him to another strong finish on the Big O. He covered water with the brand new EZ Vibez swimbait, but when he had to slow down he flipped a Fat Ace or an Ugly Otter which he matched with a Starflash punch skirt.

Thliveros' winning pattern

Complete results can be found here.

Related Articles

Top 10 baits from 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton
Bryan Thrift wins the FLW Cup While there weren't too many patterns in play at the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., the nature of an August tournament in the South forced most of the top finishers to mix in a bunch of baits to catch their fish. Posted on 15 Aug
By the numbers: 2019 FLW Cup
52 of the best bass anglers on the planet are all gearing up The Cup hasn't been to Lake Hamilton since 2005, but Hot Springs, Ark., is familiar to a large portion of the field, as it played host to the 2018 FLW Cup on neighboring Lake Ouachita. Posted on 7 Aug
Waverider Boats CEO, Pat Jones, wins Gold!
Waverider Boats CEO, Pat Jones, wins Gold! Pat Jones, the designer of Waverider Boats at Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has just been awarded a Gold Tick Trophy, by Good Design Awards Australia, for his Kapten Boat Collars. Posted on 28 Jul
Lake Eildon Boating & Fishing Show
Iconic new boating event in Victoria, Australia BIAV is delighted to announce to you the Lake Eildon Boating and Fishing Show. Posted on 20 Jul
Larson Electronics releases 120W LED Light Emitter
120-watt LED boat light emitter featuring a spot/flood combination Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sectors, announced the release of a 120-watt LED boat light emitter featuring a spot/flood combination Posted on 15 Jul
Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain
June is a fantastic month to be on Lake Champlain Smallmouths were spawning all over the place, but the winning pattern was catching postspawn largemouths down at Ticonderoga. Regardless of where pros fished, they all caught a ton of bass. Posted on 6 Jul
New owners at the helm of Bias Boating
New owners at the helm of restructured Bias Boating With new owners at the helm, on-line chandlery Bias Boating has been restructured, revitalised and is now back in operations as a marine products superstore. Posted on 3 Jul
Fisheries-seal interactions
Perceptions and challenges A new study into perceptions of interactions between Tasmanian fisheries and native fur seals has revealed the complexities of this challenging issue. Posted on 29 Jun
High School Fishing National Championship
Winners had just a 1-ounce margin over the second-place team Northlake Christian High School's Christopher Capdeboscq and Sam Acosta weighed nine pounds, seven ounces (three fish) on the final day to win the High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake. Posted on 27 Jun
10th Annual High School Fishing World Finals
Anthony Cicero IV and Dakota Snyder win Anthony Cicero IV and Dakota Snyder went right to their spot, locked up a big limit early and about six and a half hours later, brought what would be the winning sack of 16 pounds, six ounces to McFarland Park Posted on 27 Jun
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1Raymarine AUS Lighthouse 3 Annapolis 3.9 - BOTTOMNanni Diesel 2019 Footer