Apopka man found dead in Lake Okeechobee remembered as skilled fisherman

Nik Kayler fell in love with fishing when he was just 8 years old.

He had a fishing rod with a bass half his weight and fighting back. Using all the muscle he could muster, Nik put the rod on his shoulder and ran to help haul it in.

“He held that fish up and was grinning from ear to ear,” said his brother Anthony Llanos.

Kayler, who turned 38 on New Year’s Day, died doing what he loved. He was competing in the Costa Fishing League Worldwide, a well-known tournament, on Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 4.

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