Okeechobee Open preview

Updated: January 14, 2010, 2:32 PM ET
By Mark Hicks

The frigid winter weather that's been hammering the nation will have a major impact on the first Bassmaster Southern Open of 2010 at Lake Okeechobee, which kicks off Jan. 14. Over the past few weeks, the abnormally cold nights have been in the 20s and 30s with daytime highs in the 40s and 50s.

Ohioan Charlie Hartley trekked south to the Big O just before Christmas to thaw out his casting arm and practice for the Open. He has yet to shuck his winter jacket.

The water temperature was ...

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