Local angler recognized during Florida Trophy Catch Ceremony.

Geoffrey Wells receives a replica of his Florida Trophy Catch during a recent ceremony at Bass Pro Shops.

Geoffrey Wells receives a replica of his Florida Trophy Catch during a recent ceremony at Bass Pro Shops.

Colder weather is finally here and as the holidays approach you may find yourself not using that watercraft as much as you want to. Here are a few tips to Winterizing your boat to preserve your investment to keep it in tip top shape for next season.
Start by filling up your boats fuel tank to just about capacity leaving enough room for it to expand. To prevent the fuel from degrading, add gasoline stabilizer. Close the fuel valves to avoid any destructive interior condensation. Replace the fuel filter and water separator before using again.

Coat the spark plugs. Then fill the engine block with antifreeze. Bleed any remaining engine coolant from he engine block and manifolds and fill with the proper antifreeze for your model boat. Next change the engine’s gear oil. Disconnect the battery and store in a safe, dry place. Make sure the battery is fully charged when putting away in storage. Last, clean and cover your boat to protect from grime, dust and insects, even if it will be kept inside.

Last December on his holiday leave from the U.S. Coast Guard, St. Cloud native Geoffrey Wells did a little fishing here in Osceola County. He landed himself a 13.4 pound largemouth bass and was smart enough to enter it into the Florida Trophy Catch Bass program and was the first entry into the Hall Of Fame for season five . For the 2017 season there were a total of 16 Hall Of Fame winners and on December 8 at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando, 8 of them gathered for a ceremony where they each were presented with a plaque and fishing rods from Fitzgerald and Enigma Rod companies. And they also were presented with replica mounts of their fish designed by Mike Kirkadrt from World Wide Taxidermy. Geoffrey and myself encourage you to take a few moments and enter those bass 8 pounds and larger into the program. Visit their website for more information. www.trophycatchflorida.com

Last weekend The Roland Martin Marine Center Series Championship was held on Lake Okeechobee and two of our local anglers finished big at the scheduled two day championship that turned into a one-day shootout due to weather. Mark Lundgren and his partner Santos Solis Jr. finished in second place by just a pound and a half from the winners. A pound and a half that cost the team $13,000. This years Championship Tournament had a record payout. 106 teams participated. Big Fish honors went to Dillion McMillan with his 8.45 pound Lake Okeechobee bass. Congrats Mark and Santos.

The Teen Sportfishing Association had their monthly tournament on Lake Kissimmee with a launch out of Overtstreet Landing. Results: First Place Tyler Grundel 5.49 pounds, Second Place Jayden Adamson 5.41 pounds and Third Place Anthony Cilladi 5.28 pounds that included the Big Bass of 4.14 pounds. Local Pro Angler Terry Seagraves was the Guest Speaker for the group at their most recent meeting.

Enjoy the remainder of 2017. Merry Christmas and tight lines from The Reel Deal!