Congratulations to Winners of the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tournament Held Jan. 25-28 on Lake Okeechobee

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, congratulates all who participated in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee held Jan. 25-28, 2018.

Courtesy of FLW/Photo by Andy Hagedon

Keep Florida Fishing Director Gary Jennings stated, “We are thrilled that the tournament was a success and would like to congratulate Leesburg, Florida’s Tim Frederick for his first professional fishing tournament win in an exciting finish. Thank you to participating anglers, some traveling as far away as Ontario, Canada, and the FLW for hosting this well-attended event.”

According to Fishing League Worldwide, Frederick was quoted as saying of his first Tour victory, “I couldn’t be happier. This is what I’ve always dreamed about. There’s a saying that it’s good to do what you want to do until you figure out what you’re meant to do. I always felt like I was meant to do this, and things are starting to click.”

Frederick’s 19-pound, 14-ounce day four bag brought his total weight to 85 pounds, 4 ounces. The Top 10 pros include:

Top 10 pros
1. Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla. – $100,200
2. Bryan Schmitt – Deale, Md. – $30,000
3. Mark Rose – West Memphis, Ark. – $25,500
4. Jared McMillan – Belle Glade, Fla. – $20,100
5. Brandon McMillan – Clewiston, Fla. – $19,000
6. Christopher Brasher – Longview, Texas – $18,000
7. Chad Morgenthaler – Reeds Spring, Mo. – $17,000
8. Scott Canterbury – Odenville, Ala. – $16,000
9. Cory Johnston – Cavan, Ont. – $15,500
10. Chris Johnston – Peterborough, Ont. – $14,000

Lake Okeechobee is the State’s top bass fishery that attracts anglers from all over the world and hosts hundreds of club-level bass tournaments each year. Fishing is critical to the economies of those communities that surround this massive, 448,000-acre lake. Large tournaments like the January FLW Tour event, bring about $2 million to the local area and tremendous media attention.

Florida is the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’ with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to state conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.