Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fishing tourney in Florida canceled as angler goes missing

Fishing tourney in Florida canceled as angler goes missing

Two fishermen competing in a three-day fishing tournament in Lake Okeechobee were reported missing Thursday night.

Both men are veteran tournament fisherman and were taking part in the Costa Fishing League Worldwide on Lake Okeechobee.

The boat belonged to pro William (Bill) Kisiah of Slidell, La., and co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Fla.

Fishing League Worldwide alerted authorities to the situation after they failed to return to a "designated weigh-in location" at C. Scott Driver Park, according to WPEC-TV.

WPEC-TV went to the Pahokee Marina where crews are actively searching for Kaylor.

The pair were riding in a dark Ranger 521 with a Red Evinrude G2 on it. It is believed that the boaters had planned to travel to the South Bay area from the north end of the lake.


A report from CBS-12 Friday indicated the Coast Guard had called off its portion of the search, but the FWC was continuing on.

"He made it to shore", said Carol Lyn Parrish of FWC.

CBS Sports said the boat had apparently been in an accident when it was found. Bill Kisiah is now being treated in Belle Glade and is in serious condition.

When reached by phone at the hospital Friday afternoon, Kisiah told a BassFan reporter he had no comment. The final tournament standings will be determined by how competitors finished day 1. Kisiah has been found, alive, but the search for Kayler is still ongoing.

On Friday, the boat was removed from the water.

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