Most fishermen always remember the thrill of landing a big one when they’re young. You might say that’s the moment we all get “hooked.”
The first big fish I ever caught was on the east side of Rabbit Island in Lake Kissimmee. I was with my granddad, Jack Denton and some relatives from lower Alabama.
We were fishing with some heavy cane poles, up in the thick grass with shiners and goldfish! My relatives from Alabama were not concerned with the illegality of goldfish. They just enjoyed pulling in eight, 10 even 11 pound bass.
My report today is on the Camp Mack team tournament, and I have some exciting info on that. Bob Eddy,Camp Mack co-owner and tournament guru said: “All participants will surrender their electronic equipment at the launching ramp.
“You can’t find your brush piles.” This will go into effect for next year.
The Camp Mack two-man tournament held Sunday Sept. 29, had 39 boats. They left at safe light of 7 a.m. and weighed in at 2 p.m. A couple of Lake Wales fishermen, Richie Upchurch and Danny Hulett, went home with a some dollars in their pockets. The results, including prize paid, are for weighing six fish:
1. Scott Perry and Richard Anthony, 37.05 pounds, $912, and big fish, 11.35 pounds, $380.
2. Richie Upchurch and Danny Hulett, 33.70, $506.
3. David Crews and Mike Bedenbaugh, 33.55, $304.
4. Wesley Wise of Frostproof and Derrick Moore, 31.85, $202.
5. Dave Ochs and Wayne Combs, 25.0, $100.
Next weekend is the Camp Mack open (one man) with weigh in at 2 p.m. Entry fee $85 plus $10 for big bass. There is an 80 percent payback for the tournament, with 20 percent held for Classic which is scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3. For information, call Camp Mack at 863-696-1108.
There are several school related events to share information on as well. It’s always good to see younger fisherman get involved.
Bartow will have the Bartow Ford Jacket Challenge on Lake Istokpoga Oct. 19. For information, contact Derrick Boswell at 863-513-8877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the college folk, the Polk State College Eagles will host an event on Lake Toho that same day. Information on this can be obtained by contacting Austin Bell at 863-514-0288.
Back at Camp Mack, the Lakeland Bassmaster will go out Oct. 19-20. Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month at the Lakeland Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. More information can be obtained about the club online at www.lakelandbassmasters.org.
And for those who want to have a good time and help out a good cause, the “No Trashin’ Just Bassin’ Tournament” to aid Keep Polk County Beautiful Inc will be held out at Camp Mack on Oct. 26. This is the fourth year of the event, and is a bass tournament and cleanup event. A first prize of $500 is guaranteed, and there will be prizes for the most trash brought in as well. Entry fee is only $45 per boat. More info can be obtained by calling the group at 863-676-7019, or by going online to www.keeppolkcountybeautiful.org.
(Got a hunting or fishing question or event? Contact Captain Ron at email@example.com.)