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Saint Augustine Man Finishes in Top 10 of Bass Fishing Tournament

Walmart FLW Tour pro Brandon McMillanof Belle Glade, Fla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Evinrude on Lake Okeechobee with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 106-10. McMillan’s total weight set a new FLW Tour record for heaviest total tournament weight caught.

Coming from behind, the catch gave McMillan the win by a solid 4 pound, 8 ounce margin over EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 102-2, earning $35,000.

“This is like a dream come true. I’ve watched my dad (Jimmy McMillan) win for so many years, it feels good to do it myself,” said McMillan, who was fishing in his first ever FLW Tour tournament. “Randall (Tharp) and I were sharing the same water all week. He has always been one of my heroes and to win with him in second place is pretty special.

“I was a little nervous the first two days after seeing the weights come in knowing that most of it was caught sight fishing,” McMillan went on to say. “However, I stuck with flipping the mats on the north shore and that’s what made the difference. I didn’t catch a lot of fish today, but I landed the ones that mattered.

Conditions changed on the lake today, the wind picked up and early morning fog covered the lake taking sight fishing out of the game. Unlike most of this week’s anglers, McMillan did not do any sight fishing, he went flipping. McMillan believes that it was his flipping that won the tournament for him.

McMillan opened the tournament in sixth-place Thursday with five bass weighing 27 pounds that he caught flipping 1 ½-ounce tungsten weights on a Gambler KO Flipping Hook while fishing the north shore. On Friday he added another five bass weighing 28-14 using Gambler BB Crickets and Bruiser Intruders to jump to third place. He then caught five bass weighing 25-5 on Saturday to make the crucial top-10 cut in fourth place. On Sunday he sealed his victory by continuing to flip the grass mats on the north shore with his Gambler BB Crickets and Bruiser Intruders, both in black & blue.

      The remaining top-10 pros finished the tournament in:

            3rd:     Chad Prough, Chipley, Fla., 20 bass, 100-15, $30,000

            4th:     Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla., 20 bass, 99-9, $25,000

            5th:     Duracell/Gillette pro Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 95-0, $20,000

            6th:     Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 89-1, $17,000

            7th:     Fred Roumbanis, Bixby, Okla., 20 bass, 85-3, $16,500

            8th:     Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 20 bass, 84-9, $15,000

            9th:     Pete Thliveros, Saint Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 82-14, $14,000

            10th:   Jake Morris, McKee, Ky., 20 bass, 82-8, $13,000

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