This week's tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Florida will prove to be a battle. To give a little perspective on this lake, it has a similar shape to Mille Lacs but is approximately 10 times larger and averages 8-9 feet deep throughout. It is home to about 18 different types of grass and vegetation, which leads to prime habitat for the huge Florida strain largemouth bass. The biggest factor in my opinion will be the weather. A sudden cold front will shut down this fishery in an instant. Also, due to the size of this lake, wind can spoil an angler's game plan instantly, as certain areas of the lake can become extremely rough.
I believe the anglers will fish two primary presentations. Flipping into heavy mats and vegetation and also casting and retrieving fast moving baits like lipless crankbaits or swimbaits. Sight fishing doesn't seem to be a huge factor this tournament, as most anglers are stating that the spawn may be over. As always, we will wait and see what happens.
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