The Reel Deal: Local youth place at Lane tourney

Shane Summers (left) and Payton Morgan (right) receive their fifth-place trophy from pro fisherman Bobby Lane. Submitted Photo

Shane Summers (left) and Payton Morgan (right) receive their fifth-place trophy from pro fisherman Bobby Lane. Submitted Photo

By Cindy  Joint


The annual Bobby Lane High School Cup was held early this month at Camp Mac River Resort on Lake Kissimmee.

The event was organized by its namesake, Bobby Lane, a Professional Bassmaster Elite Angler and life-time resident of Lakeland.

This event is held to raise money for scholarships for students who are involved in the sport of bass fishing.

The Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club had several teams at the event.

It was a tough day fishing with the weather not cooperating. The team of Shane Summers and Payton Morgan took fifth place overall at the tournament with a five-fish limit of 14.3 pounds including a big fish of 5.7 pounds.

They mainly fished Lake Cypress and Lake Hatchineha. A great time was had by all that participated.

Recently, while visiting Big Toho Marina for lunch, I got to experience a commercial being filmed for Minn Kota. Bassmaster Elite Angler Koby Kreiger of Bokeelia was here with his Ranger Bass Boat outfitted with the new Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor.

This is Kreigers third year fishing the Elite Series and he had been in some catalogs before, but never part of a commercial. Kreiger is a real down to earth guy.

I enjoyed chatting with him on his down time and look forward to following him during the new season starting early next year.

Also on hand to assist the film crew and the anglers testing the new device was Chuck Pippin of Chuck’s Guide Service, a familiar face around Lake Toho.

The filming took place both on Lake Toho and inside the Marina Bait Shop. Look for the commercial on your favorite fishing show coming soon!

Space Coast report from Captain Brian Pounds of Southern Fishing Charters: The mid to south Mosquito Lagoon is on fire this past week for tailing Redfish. It seems to be a later bite with the full moon.

The Seagulls are playing a major part in helping anglers find the fish.

It is a normal pattern for the fish right now, constantly on the move for food with waters fluctuating and the movement of bait.

Gulp shrimp and live shrimp have been the bait of choice recently.

Patience has been key on the tailing reds.

Approach them with what the winds have to offer and small baits.

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Ask Brian about a charter trip at www.southernfishingcharters

West Lake Toho report: The lake is at 54.79 feet above sea level and the gates at the lock are closed.

The Reel Deal with Cindy wishes you a Very Merry Christmas and may you receive that special rod and reel combo you’ve been wanting, or maybe even that new boat!!

Tight Lines friends.