Well, this past weekend was the kickoff of the 2018 FLW Tour, which started out on Lake Okeechobee. Back in 2016, Tim Frederick started his FLW Career on this lake, and he didn’t have a favorable finish at all. Needless to say, we’re here in 2018, and it’s the entirely opposite story. If you ever wondered how to fish Okeechobee this time of year, you might want to pay attention, as he just banked big-time due to his techniques!
It came down to the wire on day 4, and he definitely crushed it with a 9 pound bass caught in the closing minutes to seal the deal! Here’s a few snippets from Tim Fredericks, thanks to FLWfishing.com, and below we’ll add the link so you can get the whole story.
Frederick focused his attention during the event on the Spoil Islands area near Harney Pond – an area that actually was inaccessible until Hurricane Irma ripped it open last fall. Once he got in there, he found vast patches of reeds, pads and various targets, which was key as he didn’t cast unless it was at a target, figuring there would be spawning females bedded nearby. That’s where his history as a Florida angler paid off, as he relied on his knowledge of how big females set up on pieces of cover – typically on the points and edges of a patch of cover – to direct his casts.
From there he used a one-two punch in terms of lures. He’d start by casting a Texas-rigged Strike King Perfect Plastics Ocho on a 3/16-ounce weight at the cover trying to feel for a bed.
“I could actually feel the bed when I was dragging my bait through,” says Frederick. “When I did, I really slowed down and made multiple casts. I was fishing slow. It might’ve taken me five minutes to finish one cast.”
Whether the Ocho caught a fish or not – his last big one came on the Ocho – he’d follow up with a custom vibrating jig, reeling it slow enough to be in contact with the bottom. When he felt it hit the bed, he’d rip it up and let it flutter to try and get a reaction bite. Another key is he threw both on 15-pound fluorocarbon to try and coax a few more bites.
These are key pointers, from the man that won the event. Pay attention. Find out more from Tim Frederick on FLWfishing.com.
Don’t forget to check out the 2018 FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee complete standings!