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Under the Bobber – Small bass are biting

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:43 am

By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Lots of small bass The last couple of weeks have been interesting on the local fishing front.  Seems like every report I have read from local guides – as well as some personal experience – have all pretty much sounded the exactly the same.  Anglers are catching a lot of bass but there are few reports of large fish being caught. Last week

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    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber EPA proposes hunting, fishing equipment bill Local sportsman may want to pay attention to a proposed federal law called the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.1505).  Essentially, this proposed piece of legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from making additional stringent rules regarding the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment.    U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is one of

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  • On Gators and fishing from banks

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Alligator Redux Gerry Frawley, a loyal “Bobber” reader, dropped me a note about our alligator column from a few weeks ago and made some excellent points.   First, he correctly noted the column was not totally clear about how an alligator is designated as a “nuisance” gator. Simply calling the Florida Wildlife Commission does not result in a nuisance tag automatically being placed on an

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  • Professional anglers try to hook students with science and math

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
FLW pro angler Pete Ponds of Madison, Miss., explains the features of his bass fishing boat and how they help him compete on the pro fishing circuit at a presentation March 10 at Reedy Creek Elementary School.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The stress for the fisherman competing in the Walmart FLW Tour’s inaugural 2015 event last week on Lake Tohopekaliga began on March 5, when the horn sounded to begin the event. They spent the earlier part of the week scouring the Kissimmee chain of lakes, renowned worldwide for its bass fishing, for the best spots. So a chance to de-stress and have some fun on

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  • FLW pro Casey Martin on scouting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber “We’re not talking about a game, we are talking about practice.  How silly is that?  We’re not talking about the game, we’re talking about practice.” Almost 13 years ago, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson’s rant about practice and its overall importance to the big picture went viral.   And while Iverson did concede practice was necessary, he downplayed its importance. Few, if any, of the

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  • FLW tour event hits Lake Toho

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Bass fishing events – both on and off the water – will be at a frenzy pace during the next two weeks as two tournaments and a host of related activities are coming to Osceola County. The action starts today with the Florida High School Fishing Championship at Lake Toho.  The championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. Teams fish

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  • Tournaments coming to local lakes

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber After a hosting an extremely successful Southern Bass Open in January, Lake Toho will see quite a bit of tournament action in first half of this year.  The FLW series will host a high school tournament Feb. 28-March 1 as a prelude to a regular FLW Tour stop March 4-8.  Details on both events can be found at The American Bass Anglers are

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  • Illinois angler wins Bass Open

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
Bass pros return to the Kissimmee lakefront for weigh-in during the Southern Open last week.

    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

    News-Gazette File Photo 
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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