The first qualifying day for the 2023 Roland Martin Marine Center Series largemouth bass fishing tournament was a barnburner. The Florida tournament is held on Lake Okeechobee, long-known as a Mecca of largemouth bass fishing. The lake’s reputation will only grow thanks to Saturday’s haul, the likes of which have never been seen before in Florida.
The tournament has a five-fish limit. Qualifying bass measure at least 12 inches long. Bass must be kept alive. Eight ounces are deducted from the total weight of each dead bass presented at the weigh-in. After the weigh-in, teams must release all their live fish.
The Winning Team
Preston and Tavyn Heisler, a father/son team, won the day with a whopping 36.82 pounds. That is an average of over 7.3 pounds per bass! They eked out a win, besting the second-place team by only 0.63 pounds. The Heislers’ winning interview was posted on the…