Harmony Highschool’s Cole Thompson accepts a competative fishing scholarship to Bethel University.

Cole Thompson ( center ) With Parents Rachel and Dale and Sister Drea at his scholarship acceptance ceremony.

 

Cole Thompson ( center ) With Parents Rachel and Dale and Sister Drea at his scholarship acceptance ceremony.

Congratulations to Cole Thompson for receiving a Bass Fishing scholarship to Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. Thompson, a Senior at Harmony High School has been fishing since an early age. He was fortunate to have Grandparents residing on both East Lake Toho and Lake Gentry growing up. He began competitive fishing in the 7th grade and joined the Teen Sport Fishing Association Angling Club. Once he reached High School he became a member of the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club. He was the Clubs President this school year.

Thompson qualified and fished all the National High School Tournaments thru out his High School career. Last year him and his partner placed 2nd at Nationals. Thompson was picked as one of two High School Anglers in Florida to be recognized as the Bassmaster ALL-State High School Fisherman. Thompson has also fished other bigger circuits. This past year he fished the Bass Eastern Open here on Lake Toho as a Co-Angler and placed 14th out of 200 anglers. Look for Cole to be successful at the Collegiate Level and beyond! Good Luck in College Cole.

Too Marine Lake Toho Wednesday Night Shootout results for May 16: 22 teams came out and dodged the rains this past Wednesday. Congratulations to first time winners this season Cotton and Jerred with their 5 fish limit of 22.74 pounds that included the Denali Rods Big fish of the night a 9.83 pound Toho Piggy and TrophyCatch Florida qualifying Bass. Coming in 2nd with another limit was the team of Mike and Kirt with 16.67 pounds. 3rd Place went to the duo of Butch and Austin with 15.83 pounds. And we had enough teams to pay a 4th place so Terry and Paul squeezed in their with 14.63 pounds. Way to go guys!! There was an overall 69 Bass caught for a total of 177.18 pounds.These tournaments are open to all. Join in any Wednesday.

The Fourth Toho Marine Elite One Man Series was held this past Saturday. 34 anglers turned to compete for cash and Angler of the Year points on the Harris Chain of Lakes. 26 teams caught a limit and 387 pounds of Bass was brought across the scales. Six places were paid out. Congratulations to Rick Danner with 26.24 pounds took 1st Place and earned $ 1,160 plus an additional $155 for having the second big bass of the tournament. In 2nd Place was Charlie Harrelson with 23.97 pounds which included the Enigma Fishing Big Bass of the Tournament, a 7.70 pounder. Charlie claimed $465 for his finish along with $310 for that Big Bass. 3rd place went to Don Eady. Don landed 19.38 pounds and received a check for $349. Coming in 4th Place was Rich Howes with 19.23 pounds giving him a check for $135. 5th Place was taken by Jesse Tacorante for his weight of 17.43 pounds getting him a check for $110. And the last payout $105 went to the 6th Place winner Nick Kefalides with 17.05 pounds. Next One Man Tournament will be held on West Lake Toho out of the Southport Ramp on Saturday June 16th .

It’s gonna be a wet Memorial Day weekend. Make the best of it. Tight Lines Friends.