The Reel Deal: Birthday fishing and One Man Elite tourney results

Treston, mom and Sean Stowers with a big snook.

By Cindy Joint

A very special young man got the best birthday present ever! When asked what he wanted to do for his seventh birthday, the young man named Treston from Orlando said he wanted to go to Sebastian Inlet to fish for snook with his fishing mentors, Skip and Sean Stowers, of Kissimmee.

The Stowers made that wish happen and Treston was not disappointed! Not only did Treston land a snook, but he landed a big one! His first snook was a 31.5-inch slot fish. His day was filled with landing more snook, one large red, five sheephead, a bluefish and at least a dozen jacks. Happy birthday, Trestan! Maybe I can talk Skip and Sean to taking me next time!

… The 2nd Elite One Man Tournament of the Year launched from Camp Mack’s River Resort on Lake Kissimmee on Saturday. To say the lake was a bit crowded would be a major understatement.

There were four tournaments that launched from Camp Mack, one from Lake Hatchineha, one from Overstreet Boat Ramp on Kissimmee, and another from Lake Toho!

Although the weather was good and many were expecting to have a great day on the water, there were more than a few anglers who came to the weigh in a little disappointed.

Not sure if it was the full moon, or all of the trolling motors churning up the water, but the bite was definitely off for most of the field. There were 49 boats in the field, and although many tried, only two anglers were able to pass the 20-pound mark.

John Kitchens turned out to be the man with the plan when he dropped his sack of fish on the scales at Camp Mack. His bag of 22.95 pounds was anchored by what turned out to be the second biggest fish of the event weighing in at 8.15 pounds.

Winning the event netted John a check for $1,650, followed up by a second check for an additional $225 for having the second biggest fish of the tournament!

Big Fish honors and a check for $450 went to Rodney Glunt who brought in an 8.75-pound giant!

Jerry Hammett came in second with another trophy catch fish anchoring his bag of 8.05 pounds!

Rounding out the rest of the top five was Mason Boylan who finished third with 19.75 pounds. Fourth was David Howell with 18 pounds, and fifth was awarded to Paul Hanley at 17.75 pounds.

In ninth place was Charlie Harrelson, who was awarded an Enigma Rod for being the “first place out of the money!”

After the weigh in was all done and checks handed out we still had the raffle for everyone who entered the tournament.

With Great Sponsors like TH Marine, Ardent Fishing, Enigma Rods, Bob’s Machine Shop and Mercury we are able to give away some great prizes every tournament.

This month we raffled off an Ardent Reel, TH Marine G-Force Handle, TH Marine “Eliminator” Prop Nut, as well as

Outback Gift Cards, Bob’s Machine “Big D” trolling motor handle, hats and seat base plug (Thanks to David McAvoy for the gift cards!).

In an effort to “spread the love,” the raffles are limited only to those who do not earn a check at each event.

… It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with Brian Pounds of Southern Fishing Charters for the Goon Report. According to Brian, the fishing in Mosquito Lagoon is at its best in years! Super clean water and numerous schools of Redfish and Black Drum on the flats along with huge Trout.

Artificial baits are getting it done on calm conditions. The ZMan shrimp in new penny and Mirrolure Lil Jon in a red gold glitter are best. On windy days cut baits are best in large sandhogs on flats with a lot of grass bottoms.

Also, waters are very shallow with the fronts moving in and the lack of rain so navigate with caution!

… The Wednesday night tournaments out of the Kissimmee Lake front Marina have returned! The entry fee is $30 per boat  and launch is 5 p.m. sharp!

Enjoy your weekend and thank you for reading The Reel Deal! Tight Lines friends.