Fishing & Boating News

High Winds Scare Bass and Tough Competition on Lake Okeechobee

by: ESPN Outdoors,

(Jan. 24, 2003 - ) This week "The CITGO Bassmasters" travels to Okeechobee, Fla. for the second event of the season on the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer.

Anglers will have to contend with the typical difficulties of fishing in south Florida during January, especially the threat of cooler weather which severely impacts fishing conditions, plus winds that reach 30 mph out on Florida's largest lake.

The pros will once again vie for Busch BASS Angler of the Year points as they attempt to catch California's Skeet Reese, who leads the points race after winning the season's first event.

"The CITGO Bassmasters" will air at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1; and at 9 a.m. & 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.

[b]ESPN2 Outdoors News for the Weekend of Feb. 1 - 2[/b]

  • Good Migrations ("Wal-Mart's Great Outdoors," Saturday 7:00 a.m.)
  • Great Lakes' Golden Ghosts ("The Walker's Cay Chronicles," Saturday 10:00 a.m.)
  • Finding Feisty Fish ("In Search of Fly Water," Sunday 9:30 a.m.)

A complete weekend listing for ESPN Outdoors on ESPN2 appears below: [u]ALL TIMES EASTERN[/u] [b]Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003[/b]

[b]7:00 a.m. - "Wal-Mart's Great Outdoors"[/b]
Jack Youngblood and John Devney travel from North Dakota to Arkansas along the same route as the birds flying south for the winter.

7:30 a.m. - "North American Fisherman"
Steve Pennaz and Clay Norris head to the Nueltin Lake Lodge in northern Manitoba to fish for lake trout and pike.

7:55 a.m. - "Backroads with Ron and Raven"
Ron Schara learns about falconry, the sport of kings.

8:00 a.m. - "Jimmy Houston Outdoors"
Travel with Jimmy to El Salto Lake in western Mexico where he captures a bass over 10 pounds.

8:25 a.m. - "ESPN Great Outdoor Games Gold"
Join us as we take a closer look at 2002 Great Outdoor Games archery champion Randy Hendrix.

8:30 a.m. - "The Fishin' Hole with Jerry McKinnis"
Jerry and BASS pro Clark Wendlandt fish from El Salto, Mexico.

8:55 a.m. - "Big Game Bites"
Captain Norm illustrates the proper way to spool.

9:00 a.m. - "Sportsman's Challenge with Ron Franklin"
Lonnie Stanley and Darren Anderson search for bass in East Texas, while gaining experience using spinnerbaits and lipless rattling crankbaits.

9:25 a.m. - "Shoot More Shoot More Often"
Bring your solvents, lubricators and metal seal, when we address the proper ways and methods of cleaning your rifle.

9:30 a.m. - "Fly Fishing the World with John Barrett"
John Barrett and Guy Hebert continue their northern adventure as they gear up to explore Alaskan wild bear country.

9:55 a.m. - "The Hunt for Big Fish"
Larry travels to Ibera Marsh in northern Argentina to fish for Golden Dorado.

10:00 a.m. - "The Walker's Cay Chronicles"
Dave Whitlock takes Flip on a fishing adventure in Lake Michigan. Then, join Flip and Dave as they stalk the flats for golden ghosts, the carp of the American Great Lakes.

10:25 a.m. - "ESPN Great Outdoor Games Gold"
Join us as we take a closer look at the 2002 Great Outdoor Games archery champion, Randy Hendrix.

[b]Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003[/b]

7:00 a.m. - "Offshore Adventures"
Travel with the crew to Juneau, Alaska for incredible halibut fishing and king crab trapping.

7:25 a.m. - "National Wildlife Refuge System"
The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge stretches over 100 miles along the river. We take a look at habitat restoration projects that will restore the river to its original state.

7:30 a.m. - "Backroads with Ron and Raven"
Ron and Raven trawl for tuna near Mazatlan, Mexico before venturing westward in search of giant bass in Mexico's El Salto Lake.

7:55 a.m. - "Fly Guy"
Rick explains popping bugs for bluegills.

8:00 a.m. - "Under Wild Skies - Africa"
The safari moves north to the Monduli Game Reserve and the land of the Maasai. Kayne Robinson takes a Grant's gazelle and a lesser kudu. We also take a look at the life of the Maasai.

8:25 a.m. - "ESPN Great Outdoor Games Gold"
Join us as we take a closer look at the 2002 Great Outdoor Games archery champion, Randy Hendrix.

8:30 a.m. - "Out There"
John Goodman joins Trev Gowdy for some pacific sailfish action in Guatemala.

8:55 a.m. - "Legends and Lore"
As with any professional sport, bass fishing's top competitors have hot and cold streaks. BASS pros share stories of hot streaks and their struggles to keep them going.

9:00 a.m. - "Destination Outdoors"
Join us as we fly fish on the north branch of the Potomac River, then watch wingshooters test their skills at "Wings of Challenge Hunting Retreat and Sporting Clays." Later, marvel as novice and expert rapellers navigate the rocky cliffs outside of Cumberland, and venture with mountain bikers as they take an exciting ride through the Green Ridge State Forest.

9:25 a.m. - "Jose Wejebe's Vida Del Mar"
Jose discovers a fresh sperm whale carcass and studies the effects it may have on the life around it.

9:30 a.m. - "In Search of Fly Water"
Karen Graham travels north to a secluded interior lake in British Columbia in search of the fabled Kamloops rainbow trout, a feisty strain found only in this wooded area. Plus, Curt Gowdy shares a bit of his storied past.

9:55 a.m. - "Urban Angler"
Come with us on a dangerous Alua fishing excursion in Maui.

10:00 a.m. - "Spanish Fly"
Jose and Roger cast a line for dolphins.

10:25 a.m. - "Adventures of Hoot and Flakes"
Ken and Tommy travel to Iceland where Halli Ericson teaches a technique that helps attract big fish, the "rifle hitch".

10:30 a.m. - "Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing"
George Poveromo teams up with Captain Ray Rosher to pursue South Florida's most popular big-game fish, the swordfish. Drifting fresh squid and live blue runners over the deep bottom contours off Miami, Poveromo and Rosher reel in three trophies.

10:55 a.m. - "Strategies in the Wild"
Join us as we discuss mock whitetail scrapes.