March 2, 2018 – Camp Mack / Lake Kissimmee
Jim Watkins & Wayne Yohn’s GIANT 40 pound sack of fish wins it at the First Toho Marine & Outdoors of St. Cloud / Bartow Ford 2019 Elite Pro Team Trail series. 94 teams of anxious anglers ready to kick of the season, launched at safelight from the docks of Camp Mack’s Guy Harvey Resort in Lake Wales. Lake Kissimmee was the launch site and anglers were permitted to fish from Lake Toho all the way down to the Kissimmee River.
18 teams took home a piece of Saturday’s $14,500 jackpot. There was over 1,300 pounds of bass caught and released back into Lake Kissimmee. Nine TrophyCatch Florida Trophy Catches were also documented this tournament. First Place Champions were the team of James Watkins and Wayne Yohn who threw down 40 pounds on the scales early in the weigh-in. This not only gives the duo a good chance on winning the biggest stringer award at the end of the year, but also set a NEW RECORD for the biggest bag weighed in at an Elite Team Trail event. They took home the top prize of $5,650. In addition Jim won $1000 from Bartow Ford as a BONUS for buying his new Ford Truck from Bartow Ford. Not bad for a day of fishing. Second Place went to the Father and Son team of Mike and Matt Bedenbaugh for their limit weighing in at 34.43 pounds. The team won $2,285. In Third Place was the team of John Wayne and John Barrow presenting 29.75 pounds at the scales. They also landed the BIG FISH of the day, a 10.74 Lunker. $920 was their payday along with a bonus of $910 for Big Fish. Fourth Place was secured by Troy Olivier and David Crews with a total of 28.14 pounds earning them $635. And rounding out the top 5 teams was the owner of Toho Marine himself, Joe Clements and his partner Dustin Tindal. The guys had a bag of fish weighing 27.29 pounds. 18 places were paid out in all with those teams all having a sack over 20 pounds. What a great day of fishing.
The next tournament in this series will be May 4th. Looking forward to seeing you all again at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort!
A Big THANK YOU and shout out to all our sponsors and support team.
Special “THANK YOU” to our sponsors: Bartow Ford Company, Enigma Fishing, The Cardroom & Tiki Bar at Oxford Downs, MotorGuide, Mercury Marine, Phoenix Boats, Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, TightlinesUV Lure Company, T-H Marine Supplies, Lowrance, Top Notch Air Conditioning and Heating, Todd’s Truck Gear, Ice Innovations, Atlantic Payroll Partners, Rich Howes: Allstate Insurance, TrophyCatch Florida, Bob’s Machine Shop, Chopper’s Lawn Equipment, George Short -Foxtail Custom Cabinetry, Jim Vines -Aviation Inspection Services, and JH Design Unlimited!
Please see the final overall weight sheet and Team of the Year standings for the tournament below.