Search Continues, Day Two of Competition Canceled at Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published January 5, 2018
SEARCH CONTINUES, DAY TWO OF COMPETITION CANCELED AT COSTA FLW SERIES ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Advisory for Friday, January 5, 2018
WHAT: To assist with the ongoing search efforts for co-angler Nik Kayler, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has canceled Friday's day two of competition.
WHERE: Costa FLW Series at Lake Okeechobee
C. Scott Driver Park
10100 W. Highway 78
NOTES: FLW confirmed Thursday night that a boat with two anglers that was competing in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee did not check in at the designated weigh-in location Thursday at C. Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, Florida.
The boat belonged to pro Bill Kisiah of Slidell, Louisiana. Also in the boat was co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Florida. Kisiah was found alive Thursday night around 11 p.m. local time. Kayler has not yet been located and the search remains ongoing.
Kisiah is a nine-year veteran boater of FLW Series competition, while Kayler had fished in 61 previous FLW events as a co-angler.
At this time, air search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard. FLW is assisting the search operations.
Tournament competition is expected to resume Saturday, with the full field competing. The tournament winner will be determined based on a two-day weight total.
FLW will continue to release information as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the FLW website, FLWFishing.com.
FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, and South Africa. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.