Kingsley Lake, located about 85 miles north of The Villages, produced some heavy weights during the 2014 qualifying period for Trophy Catch. The top 3 bass came from Kingsley with 2 tying at 13.12 and the overall winner topping out at 14.9. Len Andrews & Joseph Morrell both caught bass that weighed 13.12 but Morrell pulled a
rabbit fish out of the net that went 14.9….many a bass tournament has been won by weighing in 5 fish that don’t total the lower weight of 13.12….and to catch fish of this caliber is truly a lifetime achievement.
Andrews told me that his 13.12 was caught on a lizard. Andrews went on to say he sight fishes and when the water clarity is dingy, he won’t go until it clears….and then he’s out every day.
Morrell said he uses a drop shot rig. I failed to find out what he caught his fish on but did hear him mention how well he likes a crawdad.
All Trophy Catch anglers are to be commended for their catch & especially a live release.
Other anglers, shown in top photo such as Terry Duggins & Mickey McMillan also need to be mentioned. Duggins caught 10 bass last year over 8 lbs and although McMillain failed to catch any over 8 lbs, he said he saw plenty and this season instead of letting them slide, he said he’ll target them.
All these guys are passionate about the sport….that’s obvious. Any angler can catch fish of this caliber with the proper equipment & presentation….sounds like Bill Dance doesn’t it….but it’s true. IF you fish in Florida, by all means go to the web site and register for Trophy Catch. You too could win a champion ring, replica mount, and up to $1000 worth prizes….and you may even win a fully rigged Phoenix Bass Boat.
One more congratulations to the 2014 Champ Joseph Morrell & Hall of Fame Angler Lenard Andrews. WTG Guys.
Jerry & I wish all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Steve Henderson & Jerry Lester