The Reel Deal By Cindy Joint
Only 9 Teams qualified for and fished the Toho Marine Lake Toho Wednesday Night Shootout Classic that was held Saturday October 28. The winners of the jackpot that has been growing since the first tournament back in March was the team of Jerrod Albright and Paul Walker. They fish this weekly tournament together on a regular basis. Both live off Shingle Creek and have access to Lake Toho from their back yards. Paul just started bass fishing last year when Jerrod asked him to partner up one Wednesday Night. Their 5 fish limit 17.92 pound sack gave them an over four pound advantage to Second Place winners Terry Seagraves and his partner Paul’s limit of 13.24 pounds. And in Third Place was Skip Stowers and Mark Holasek with 13.21 pounds so close to that of Terry and Paul. The team that finished last didn’t walk away empty handed. Joe Moore and his wife Judy were the recipients of two Denali Attax Series Rods for having the smallest limit caught. Dustin Tindall won a reel from 13 Fishing for having the Biggest Fish all season, his 10 pound Trophy Catch earlier in the year. The next season will start March 14. Kudos to Charlie Harrelson and Mark Lundgren for volunteering their time each week to run these tournaments.
The final Toho Marine One Man Elite Series Tournament was held. The winner for October was Jason Hughey with 28.60 pounds and the Big Fish of the day with a 7.22 pound Lake Kissimmee Giant. Second place was claimed by Logan Murphy with 20.30 pounds and rounding out third was J.W. with 17.89 pounds. Congratulations to Mark Lundgren for winning back to back Angler of the Year honors in the One Man Series. His accomplishment will get him free entry in the 2018 series and an Enigma Fishing Rod package valued at over $700. Those who finished in the top 30 will be competing in the Championship Tournament November 18 and 19 on Lake Okeechobee.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rick Pedone, my now former Sports Editor a very happy retirement. I have enjoyed submitting my columns to you and working under your direction since I have started my adventure of The Reel Deal last Spring. Please help me welcome Ken Jackson, not a stranger to the Gazette to the Sports World! Enjoy this first November weekend and don’t forget to turn your clocks back. We lose an hour of daylight for fishing. Tight lines friends.