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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:16AM

Don’t rule out the Rim Canal

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By Greg Bartz

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Lake Okeechobee is famous for big bass. It attracts countless anglers from around the world who come and fish the great waters that hold some of the heaviest bass that the United States has to offer. But when the winds are up, and you’re forced to fish in the Rim Canal, you need to be able to put the odds in your favor to continue to catch bass.

Our season-ending tournament on Lake Okeechobee is one tourney that I get jacked up just thinking about. Running the clear, shallow waters in search of big bass is what it’s all about for me. Every time this tournament comes up, and fishing Okeechobee out of Clewiston is an absolute treat, I pay close attention to the weather to determine where I’m going to be able to fish for those upcoming days. Days before the tournament, winds were at a constant 11 to 18 miles per hour from the east/northeast. Coming out of Clewiston, which is on the west wall of the lake, pretty much means that your water will be dirty the majority of the time.

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