Osbourne and Silverman win Help our Heroes Tournament on Lake Kissimmee.

Top 15 Winning Teams at the Help Our Heroes 2017 Tournament

Top 15 Winning Teams at the Help Our Heroes 2017 Tournament

Another Help Our Heroes tournament is in the books.

With over 80 teams competing for the grand prize of $6,000, coming out on top with 33.37 pounds was the team of Russ Osbourne and Micah Silverman.

Both gentleman are from Orlando and have earned bragging rights until next year’s tournament.

Coming in second was the duo of Don Eady and Kenny Bivens with 29.75 pounds. And in third place was Will Evans and Trevor Fitzgerald with 28.34 pounds. Taking home the Big Bass honors and a $2,000 check was Tane Crossley with his 8.84-pound Trophy Catch.

The crew at Toho Marine and Outdoors hosts the event every year. Terry Seagraves did a great job announcing the weigh-in and Mike Blocher ran a smooth tournament, as always!

It was great seeing all the sponsors represented and the donations for the raffles. They gave away a trolling motor, Power-Pole, Yeti merchandise, boat maintenance items and Enigma,
Fitzgerald and Halo Rods were also all proud sponsors.

There was a barbeque at the end thanks to the generosity of Joe Clements and if you are an Osceola native you may have heard of Ed Partin. He was the cook and did a fine job as well. It turned out to be a great day, and fun was had by all, including myself! Be sure to attend next year, you won’t want to miss it.

The Toho Wednesday Night Shootout has a new Big Bass of the month sponsor, Denali Rods. The recipient of the first rod giveaway was Andrew Lee. His 9.40 pounder caught a few weeks ago secured his win. Results from the night of May 31 are: First place with 20.98 pounds was Matt and Andrew. Second place, Edwin and Ceasar with 19.22 and in third place was Ken and Bob with 14.65 pounds. Edwin and Ceasar also had the big bass of the night with 7.75 pounds.

Here’s a fun fact about the sport of bass fishing. Fifty years ago, Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S. ( Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) held his first tournament. Over 106 fishermen participated. Today B.A.S.S. is over a half a million members strong. In 1972 B.A.S.S. also initiated the “Don’t Kill Your Catch” program, known today as “Catch and Release”.

There will be a Bass Cat Owners Tournament on Lake Toho in Kissimmee June 24-25. Come out and catch the action. Have a great weekend and tight lines friends.