Osinski dominates massive Rayovac field


imageWhen you get 250 anglers on one body of water, many of them the best of the best, the odds are the final weigh-in will come down to ounces. Val Osinski didn’t see it that way.

Despite steadily worsening conditions at the Okeechobee FLW Rayovac, Osinski didn’t falter. The owner of Gambler Lures sacked 70 pounds, 8 ounces and won by more than 12 pounds over second-place finisher Brandon Medlock.

The win marked back-to-back top-five finishes in Okeechobee Rayovacs. It also debuted the long-time Regional angler in the Minors Ranking, placing him in 83rd.

Meanwhile, the gigantic field helped a number of anglers, including Koby Krieger. He finished 22nd at the Big O, but he still be more than 91 percent of the field. That allowed him to jump to No. 2 overall in the Minors Ranking.

Meanwhile, David Hendrick finished 45th. That was still better than 82 percent of the field. That finish was also his fifth, which qualified the long-time PAA angler for the Minors Ranking. He debuted in 12th. And not far behind him was another noteworthy debut – Bryan Thrift in 17th.

Then there is Trevor Fitzgerald. Once the No. 1-ranked Minors-Only angler, Fitzgerald finished fifth at Okeechobee and climbed from 24th to 15th. That would also be good enough for sixth in the Minors-Only Ranking.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Minors and Minors-Only rankings.


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