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Medlock Wins FLW Everstart 2012 Tournament

Former EverStart champ looks to defend his Okeechobee title with huge catch



20.Jan.2012 by Rob Newell
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – Before the EverStart Series event on Lake Okeechobee began this week many participants thought it would be possible to see a 30-pound plus bag of fish put on the scales.But after the day-one weigh-in where only one limit broke the 20-pound barrier, the hopes of seeing a 30-pound limit of fish kind of wilted away.

Today, Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid, Fla., showed the Okeechobee weigh-in crowd what they wanted to see: a five-bass limit weighing 35 pounds, 7 ounces. That’s not a misprint: 35 pounds, 7 ounces.

Medlock’s monster mash brought shock and awe, anchored by a 10-pound, 8-ounce Big O giant that easily took the big fish honors.

Medlock is no stranger to Okeechobee. In fact, he won last year’s EverStart event. In that tournament his biggest limit was a mere 28 pounds, 1 ounce. Last year Medlock professed to catch his fish on a unique double-weedguard jig made by his dad. He says that jig played a key role in his 35-pound, 7-ounce catch today.

“That’s the biggest limit I’ve ever caught here on Okeechobee, what a day,” Medlock said. “I had a couple of places that I could not fish yesterday because of the wind blowing on them. Today the wind laid down a little bit and it opened those places up. I was able to run and gun the specific places like I needed to.”

Yesterday Medlock actually punched mats with a Gambler Cricket. Today, however, he broke out the double-weedguard jig and went to work. Though he did not want to share too much about how he works the jig, he did clarify that the way he fishes it is not a punching technique.

“I grew up fishing my dad’s jig on Lake Istokpoga and I just have so much confidence catching big fish with it,” he explained. “It’s a big 1-ounce jig and I trail it with a Gambler Otter. The stuff I’m pitching it to is specific and it’s not located in just one area. I had to run around a lot today; I probably hit 25 places with it and only caught about 12 bass.”