Original Caption: Bass pro Bernie Schultz has developed an extensive system for successfully fishing the hydrilla in weed-laden Lake Okeechobee. February 1987, The Palm Beach Post, photo credit: Tim Tucker/staff photographer.

To end this week, we’re going to look at a historical photo of Florida angler, Bernie Schultz. Schultz was already a local force in Florida bass tournaments well before this 1987 picture appeared in The Palm Beach Post.  Along with partner Tom Burke, the pair had won numerous events in the early 80s, some of which were back-to-back title defenses, before he made the leap and jumped on the BASSmaster tournament trail full-time in 1984.  Although he had previously fished a single Florida Invitational/East event in 1982, he also had a Red Man Florida Division points title under his belt at the time (1985). He would later become an illustrator for B.A.S.S. publications and to date has racked up 363 bass tournament appearances (and still counting), including 9 Classic qualifications.