Food was plentiful and tasty, as catered by Oakwood Grill. It consisted of pulled pork, chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and bread.
The awards program was entertaining and humorous because of the lack of awards-worthy Bass. Randy Disanto, Tournament Chairman for The Villages Freshwater Fishing Club and annual emcee kept the audience laughing at the ridiculously small fish awarded places in the tournament. A 1.08 lb. Bass caught by Dave Markarewicz was the heaviest total catch and “Big Bass”. A close 2nd was Robert Sicurelli’s one fish that weighed in at 0.99 lbs.
If you were a winner, it didn’t really matter what size your fish…it is a contest, after all and you were a winner.
The tournament usually produces a “Big Bass” in the 3-lb. range, and the local pond fishermen talk of much bigger fish. The fish “were just not biting”. Some speculated that the storm of the previous day, which caused postponement, had turned the fishing off.
Premier prizes of the night were fishing trips awarded to two anglers who participated in the tournament and did not catch a single fish. Since there were 62 anglers and only 5 caught a fish, 57 were eligible. Winners were rewarded with a guided trip by Tim Fredrick, local Bass tournament pro and guide on the Harris Chain of Lakes.