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Toho Marine Elite One Man Series – August12th, 2017 – Lake Kissimmee – Camp Mack
The 7th Toho Marine Elite One Man Tournament of the 2017 Season returned to Camp Mack since the water levels on the Kissimmee Chain have finally come back up. Although the higher water levels have made navigating the chain much easier, the higher water levels proved to make the fishing a little more sporadic than typical for this time of year. Adding to the challenge for this tournament was the weather, light winds, and high temperatures proved to make it a toasty and challenging day for most. We had a total of 51 entries for this tournament although there were a few that could not make it due to family emergencies. 48 boats launched into the sunrise to head out across the chain in search of the best 5 fish they could find…
Although the forecast called for thunderstorms in the afternoon, and temperatures in the 90’s we at least got lucky in regards to the storms. Luckily we were able to get through the tournament, and weigh in before you could start to hear the approaching storms in the distance. Unlike the luck with the weather, some were not so lucky when it came to fishing. Out of the 48 boats that took off into the sunrise, 13 boats did not weigh in, and there was only one bag that exceeded to 20 lb. mark, and less than half of the field managed to bring a limit to the scales. All total there were 153 fish weighed in for a total of 447.65 lbs.
John Stahl – 1st Place!
Local stick John Stahl was the only angler who seemed to really figure it out and brought in an impressive bag of 25.57 lbs. to win with more than a 5 lb. margin! Those 5 fish were worth $1755.00 dollars and the envy of more than a few of the anglers in attendance. In 2nd was another angler that is no slouch when it comes to the Kissimmee chain, Jeff Edgerly put up a hell of a fight and would have made it a much closer fight if he had managed to have 1 more fish. Jeff weighed in 4 fish for a total of 19.99 lbs. and walked away with a check for $690.00.
John Wayne – 3rd Place and 2nd Biggest Fish!
John Wayne finished in 3rd with 18.88 lbs., thanks in part to the 2nd biggest fish of the tournament that weighed in at 7.11 lbs. and earned him an extra $240.00.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Terry Bloom in 4th with 18.87 lbs., and Don Ellerbee in 5th with 17.65 lbs.
Don Ellerbee – 5th Place
Kissimmee Chain Stud Charlie Harrelson managed to salvage what was a real tough day with a pair of Kissimmee Giants that he caught late in the day. Although his three fish were only enough to land him in 13th place overall, his last fish of the day still landed him $480.00 for the Big Fish of the Tournament with a 7.47 lb. Kissimmee Toad! And just to add a little sweetness to his day, Jimmie Murphy had to add $100.00 to that total due to losing a side bet that he and Charlie had made the night before. Rodney Glunt was the winner of the Enigma Rod for finishing “first out of the money”.
Angler of the Year (A.O.Y.) standings shuffled around a little bit. With just two tournaments left in the regular season Mark Lundgren is still in the lead with over a 30 point gap to 2nd place! He has now finished “in the money” for 5 tournaments in a row, and only missed getting a check once this year. Charlie Harrelson moved back up to 2nd in the points, while David Howell dropped all the way to 5th after weighing in just over 9 lbs. and coming in 30th. Rodney Glunt moved up to 3rd and Joe Moore is in 4th for points.
After the weigh in was all done and checks handed out we still had the raffle for everyone who entered the tournament. With Great Sponsors like TH Marine, Mercury, Motorguide, Bob’s Machine, Ardent and Enigma Rods we are able to give away some great prizes every tournament.
John Kitchens (left) & Mark (right) Waiting to Weigh In
Just a reminder to everyone to do everything you can to take care of your fish. We all know that some loss is always possible, but with the water temps at the highest of the year a little extra care can go a long way. Livewell additives always help – TH Marine G-Juice is safe for all livewell systems, another tip is to freeze bottles of Gatorade – It stays frozen longer than ice, and adds no chlorine to your livewell water. Adding one per hour can keep the temps in your livewell down and help keep your fish alive and feisty!
The next tournament isSeptember 9th on Lake Toho, launching from Southport Boat Ramp. Now that the water levels on the Kissimmee Chain have come back up and the Lock on Toho is once again operational we are back to our original scheduled locations. Hope everyone had a blast and we look forward to seeing you next month!
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