Nation Okeechobee - Day 2 Big Bass Showcase

After a respectable showing on Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional on Lake Okeechobee, flexed its muscles with a more generous showing of Sunshine State footballs. By comparison, the first round yielded three bags over 20 pounds, two of which broke 22. Today’s weigh ins saw five over 20, with four over 22.

Several anglers turned in hefty limits, including top boater Bryan Gunter, who backed up the 20-pound limit he weighed on Day 1 with a Day-2 limit of 23-8. Gunter’s second-round catch was the tournament’s second-largest, behind Day-1 leader Mark Pierce’s 23-12.

A couple of standouts:

Virginia boater Jeff Lugar (second place on Day 2) anchored his 19-pound, 13-ounce limit with a 9-10 that was only a few ounces on his personal best.

Kentucky boater Mike Boggs made a big move from 28th place on Day 1 to sixth by weighing 22-3 — with a 4-fish bag. With two fish of 7-plus pounds in his bag, Boggs said he lost three more big fish that would have completed his limit.

All bass 8 pounds and over are eligible for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Trophy Catch program. For details and submissions, visit