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MLF competitors battling elements in Fla.

MLF competitors battling elements in Fla.

Major League Fishing is closing out its third production on Lake Istokpoga, a South Florida venue known regionally as one of the state's top big-bass factories. All week, competitors have been dealing with rain and high winds accompanying nearby Hurricane Sandy.

Anglers were greeted with 30-plus mph wind gusts on Monday’s initial day of competition. Despite the occasionally howling winds and rain, competition on the 28,000-acre lake has been fierce, according to MLF commissioner Don Rucks.

“We have been watching weather patterns all week. If necessary, we can always suspend competition because of dangerous conditions," Rucks said. "But we also know that these great anglers have been in these conditions plenty of times, and they can handle extremely strong wind. We’ve had no problems."

Aside from the curveball thrown by Mother Nature, Rucks said the week has been “nothing short of fantastic.”

“It’s been a truly outstanding week of competition and production. Our anglers are tickled to death to be fishing on Lake Istokpoga, and the fact that it’s been a little windy has certainly not detracted from the quality of competition.

"This is a terrific venue, the lake is absolutely beautiful, the fishing has been dramatic, and I can’t think of a thing that could have made it better.”

Competition will wrap up on Saturday.

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