The 5 th Annual Toho Marine Help Our Heroes tournament is in the books. After almost two solid weeks of wind and rain, the sun finally came out and the weather held hot and steady throughout the day! Take off started at 6:15 am with 83 teams blasting off across the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in search of the winning bag. At stake was over $14,000 in prize money, a host of prizes, as well as bragging rights until next year’s tournament! The payout was broken down to 16 places, not including the Big Fish Pot, or prizes awarded for 2 nd Big Fish and the team that finished “first out of the money.”
Boats started arriving for check in at 3pm and the Kissimmee Chain showed out as it has all year. There were over 15 Florida Trophy Catches recorded for an additional bonus to those registered in the program as well as 23 teams that had bags in excess of 20 lbs.! 283 Bass came across the scales for an overall total weight of 1101.14 pounds and 53 Teams brought in a five fish limit.
Winning back to back Help Our Heroes Titles was the team of Micah Silverman and Russ Osbourne, after the team of Eric Conant and Michael Foster had a pound deducted off their total weight as a penalty for having 2 dead fish at weigh-in.
Micah and Russ won the $5,325 First Place payout with 34.94 pounds that included a Trophy Catch of 8.41 pounds. Second Place and $2000 went to Eric and Michael whose official weight after penalties was 33.99 lbs. (34.99 before penalty). They did bring in the Second Big Fish of the day, a sweet
9.83 pounder, and were awarded two entries into the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Tour Tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes!
Third Place went to the dynamic duo of David Howell and Bob Wojcuich (WoJo) with their limit of 31.95 pounds that included the Big Fish of the day a 9.87 lb. Lake Kissimmee DONKEY!! They took home $1,200 for the win and an additional $1,640 for the Big Bass, as well as a nice trophy to be on display at Wojo's Bait and Tackle, since it was Bob's Fish. Fourth Place and $850.00 was claimed by Kyle Walters and Jeremy Shekell. They caught 30.89 pounds that also included a documented Trophy Catch of 8.57 lbs. Fifth Place went to Charlie Harrelson and Logan Murphy, who also made the top 5 last year. They brought 29.47 pounds to the scales and a Trophy Catch of 8.98 lbs. as well earning them $500.00.
We couldn’t continue to have such a successful fundraising tournament without our anglers, sponsors, and those who show up every year to help out and support the cause! Every year we have a ton of raffle prizes and auction items that are donated to help raise the money that is in turn donated to
multiple charities. Thanks to all of these prizes, and those who purchased raffle tickets and auction items we were able to award $3000 each to the following organizations on behalf of the Help Our Heroes Event: The Fisher House, St. Cloud Fire Department and St. Cloud Police Department.
A special thanks to the Overstreet and Murphy families for their continued help and support for the tournament location, as well as Neal Lazarus, the Osceola Teen Anglers, Milton and his Family, Ed Partin, Chris and Terry Miller, and all of the wonderful sponsors below who helped to support another great event!
Thank you to all our Sponsors!
|AAA Chemical Toilet
Allstate – Rich Howes
Bass Addiction Gear
Bass Trophies Online – Ross Myers
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Tour
Bobby Lane Fishing
Bob’s Machine Shop
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Coastal Angler Magazine
Cyndi Lundgren – Berkshire Hathaway Realty
Deer Meat For Dinner – Robert Arrington
| Engel Coolers
Epco – Motormate
Fast Break Bait & Tackle
Flat Out Tungsten
Glenn Browne Fishing
Insurance Office of America – Blake Williams
JH Design Unlimited
J Todd Tucker – Southern Woods Plantation
MacDonald Bail Bonds
Mid Florida Corvette Club
Pitman Creek Tackle
Quality Lawn Care
Ron Ryals Fishing – Bienville Plantation
Single P Ranch
St Cloud Printing
Steve “Boogie” Brown
The Reel Deal – Cindy Joint
The Rod Glove
Trophy Catch Florida – K.P. Clements
Wojo’s Bait & Tackle
The staff and family at Toho Marine Outdoors!