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Jacob Smith

Big bass biting at Lake Okeechobee

Winter is a prime time to catch big bass at Lake Okeechobee as the fish move into shallow spawning areas. This past weekend was a case in point. Benny Townend of Boynton Beach caught a five-fish limit weighing 27 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday, including a bass weighing 10-2, to win a Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament out of Clewiston. Townend, who earned $6,000, said he caught the lunker pitching a half-ounce green-pumpkin Gambler Why Not in pockets in the wiregrass at the south end of the lake. He used swimbaits to catch fish between the pockets. Robert Crosnoe of Inverness was second at 25-7 to win $3,000. Jesse Forthun of Cape Coral won the co-angler division and...