The Reel Deal: South wins high school Civil War bass tourney

Bobby Bakewell shows off his catch at the Civil War bass tourney. Submitted Photo

Bobby Bakewell shows off his catch at the Civil War bass tourney. Submitted Photo

By Cindy Joint

A great group of young anglers recently competed in what they called the Civil War Bass Fishing Challenge. The tournament was held out of Camp Mac on the Kissimmee Chain of

Lakes last weekend.

Representing the North were Anglers from Boone, Harmony, Oveido, St. Cloud, Winter Springs, and Bishop Moore high schools and from the South was Bartow, Lake Wales, Ft. Meade, Sebring and George Jenkins high schools.

The South won this battle with a total weight of 127.25 pounds. The top three teams from the South were Louie Echols/Simon Turner with 18.10 pounds; Tyler Bazemore/Austin Keen at 16.70 pounds and Kyle Mercer/Briar Napier with 15 pounds.

The grand total brought in by the North was 109.75 pounds, made up by the top three teams of Bobby Bakewell/Jake Hutcheson with 18.15 pounds; Dylan Westhelle/Joey Bloom With 15.85 pounds and Logan Wright/Brandon Simmons with 11.85 pounds.

What an awesome concept!!

… The Wednesday Night Shootout on Lake Toho March 22 brought an impressive sack to the scales.

The duo of Billy and Tane weighed in 20.35 pounds and had the big bass of the night, a 7.32 pounder!

Coming in second place was the team of Len and Carrot with 16.18 pounds and rounding out third place was Ethan and Shelton with 11.25 pounds.

The tournaments are held every Wednesday out of the Kissimmee Lakefront Marina. Launch is at 5 p.m. sharp and weigh in begins at 8:15 p.m. Entry Fees are 30 per boat.

The Marina activity is picking up with all this beautiful weather we are having and tournaments in full swing. I thought it would be a good time to revisit my boat ramp etiquette story to help you and others avoid ramp rage.

First, before you leave home, check to see that your water craft will start. Especially if it has been sitting unused since last summer. Blocking a ramp cause your engine won’t turn over is frustrating to others.

There is a staging area at most ramps. Use this out of the way space to put everything in your boat that you wish to take out on the water before beginning your descent down the ramp.

If you arrive at the ramp before the sun comes up, please practice “Lights Off” when backing. Turn off your headlights on the way down the ramp. This prevents other boaters launching their boats from being distracted by your lights.

If you are alone, once you have your boat in the water, move it off to the side away from the ramp while you go and park your vehicle. Park your vehicle in the designated trailer parking or off site area across the street. Do not leave your vehicle and trailer where it is blocking a ramp.

Practice all these when returning to the marina to come off the water as well. Tie your boat off to the side, then go get your vehicle. Lights off if it’s dark out, and use the staging area to unload your boat and secure straps to travel home.

Everyone has equal rights to our waterways.

Ramp Rage can be prevented if everyone practices common courtesy at the ramp.

… The Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour will be here and fishing Lake Toho this weekend.

Catch all the action with live weigh-ins starting at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday down at the Kissimmee Lakefront outside Big Toho Marina.

Have a wonderful weekend! Tight Lines Friends.