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Bass pros return to the Kissimmee lakefront for weigh-in during the Southern Open last week.

Illinois angler wins Bass Open

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Chad Morganthaler from Coulterville, Ill., caught 22 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Southern Open tournament championship held on the Kissimmee chain. Morganthaler’s three-day total was 52 pounds, 7 ounces. He moved up from ninth place to claim the championship. The field was narrowed to the top 12 anglers for Saturday’s final round. Bobby Lane Jr. of Kissimmee had the second-biggest catch Saturday

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  • Fishing pros competing at BASS Southern Open No. 1

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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The goal is to get five fish in the boat for the BASS pro fishermen competing today through Saturday at the Southern Open No. 1.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Many of the nation’s premier bass fishermen go on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Thursday for the Bassmaster Southern Open No. 1. The event is the first of nine Bassmaster Opens for 2015 that gives competitors an opportunity to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series as well as the Bassmaster Classic, the Super Bowl of bass fishing. The competitors launch from Big Toho Marina at

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  • Bass tourneys scheduled on Lake Toho

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Kissimmee’s Lake Toho will be a busy place over the next two weeks as tournaments featuring dozens of pro and amateur anglers are scheduled. On Saturday, the American Bass Anglers tournament offers a guarantee payback for the Florida Division of the Weekend Bass Series tournament trail. The all-new format for the Series guarantees $3,000 for first place with a 50 boat field; $40,00 for 75 boats and $5,000 for 100

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  • This big one got away… honest

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Odds and Ends from trolling around the lake…. The Big One That Got Away I know every fisherman has a similar story about the one that got away and like most of you, I take them with a grain a salt. Still, recently, I wanted to cry.  I have lived on Fish Lake (Emerald Lake on some maps) for more than 20 years and

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  • Snook are thrilling to catch

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Under the Bobber J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Legendary outdoors writer Frank Sargeant once said, “There is nothing common about the common snook.  The snook is a backstreet fighter, without match. The linesider hits harder than any inshore gamefish, pulls like a bonito and jumps like a tarpon.” I share Sargeant’s admiration for the common snook.  Taking deep sea fishing out of the equation, you would be hard-pressed to

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  • Finding bass in hot water

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber It’s been hot lately. Guess that’s not exactly a news flash to you. And when it gets hot, a lot bass fisherman take a pass on pursuing Florida’s most famous freshwater game fish. For those who decide it’s just too uncomfortable this time of year, I get it.  But for those who say they don’t like fishing in the heat of the summer because

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  • This and that about fishing

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber I have a hodgepodge of topics this week, so let’s take a quick spin around the lakes…. Invasive species: Reader Gerry Fawley sent me a note after the column on invasive species recently and made some great points. Gerry noted that it is a much bigger problem then I mentioned and I tend to agree with him. Fawley said he thought he actually caught

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  • Lobster hunting is a thrill

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When it comes to chasing Florida spiny lobster, former Osceola County resident Sean Cobb says it’s all about fun. Cobb has been hunting Florida lobster since he’s been a kid – a pursuit he thoroughly enjoys. “I have a long-time friend who lives in Islamorada, so it’s always been a relative easy trip for us,” Cobb said.  “It’s a unique sport that’s a lot

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  • A little of this and a little of that

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world: Weeds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6

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