Phoenix, Arizona-based bass pro Brett Hite recently took tops on the ‘Big O’, weighing a four-day total of 88-14, 6-pounds, 6-ounces heavier than his nearest competitor, fellow Humminbird/Minn Kota pro Greg Bohannan.
The $125,000 win marks Hite’s first on Okeechobee, although he’s no stranger to Florida bass. In 2008 he took first just up the chain on Kissimmee with an FLW record-winning margin of 20-pounds 4-ounces.
Like many west coast anglers, Hite’s at home in deep, offshore situations with finesse tactics, but he’s quickly earned respect as a double threat for his shallow-water power fishing game.
“I really like fishing aquatic vegetation, although I knew nothing about it when I started fishing here in 2000. Now it’s one of my strengths. But the biggest thing is having confidence, doing your homework and fishing hard. I avoid the dock talk. I want real-life feedback from time on the water,” says Hite.