Welcome to Tampa Bay Bassmasters 2016



Over all everyone had a great time at our Okeechobee Classic. Weather conditions changed from Saturday to Sunday with a cold front that came through, winds were blowing upwards of 20 MPH out of the north so everyone had to adjust their fishing patterns on Sunday. The bite was still pretty good. The Okeechobee Jinx was in effect for Steve Mitko and George Mitko, George blew out his lower unit on Saturday heading back to the weigh in so he wasn't able to fish on Sunday. Steve's trim went out Saturday which left the motor in the up position. He had to be towed until almost dark but was able to get it working and fish Sunday. Randy Hoedt brought in a nice bag of 14.19 lbs and Saturday's big bass of 5.01 lbs which helped him become the Classic Champion. Randy fished the Caloosahatchee River on Saturday and fished South Bay on Sunday. His total weight for the two days was 22.49 lbs. Tony Bejano took second place working the same area both days. He was working moving baits getting a reaction strike in a grass flat and was culling fish both days. Tony ended up with a respectable bag weighing 15.32 lbs. Sean Hoedt took third place fishing with Tony the first day and Randy Hoedt the second day. Sean threw Red Bug trick worms both days in different areas to catch his fish. His total weight was 12.32 lbs. Justin Mitko had his best finish of the season in 4th place with a total weight of 10.34 lbs. Justin fished Doug Gray the first day and Tony Bejano the second day. He caught his fish on trick worms and Rat-L-Traps the second day. Justin Webber rounds out the top 5 with a fifth place finish. His two day total was 10.23 with big bass the second day of 3.35 lbs. Justin was working flukes over submerged hydrilla. 


We had a great 2016 season and look forward to an even better 2017 season. We hope to keep growing our club by adding new members for next year. 

We will have our 2017 schedule as soon as we get the BASS Nation schedule. 



Congratulations to Steve Mitko for winning Angler of the year and Sean Hoedt for winning Co-Angler of the year!


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