The Bassmaster Southern Open sponsored by Bass Pro Shops & Lake County Tourism starts Thursday Jan 19 & runs through Saturday Jan 21. This $1500 pro & $425 co-angler entry-fee tournament is bound to open some eyes of the size of fish that live amongst the Harris Chain. And who to root for is another issue. Your ever popular favorite Elite Anglers, Shaw Grigsby, Terry Scroggins…. some icons of the sport, Roland Martin…., or even our own local anglers Tim Frederick. Those are just a few of the pro’s….but what about the back of the boat “co-anglers”? I’ve got personal friends that are participating from that location. Hard not to choose a favorite but….my money is on local Leesburg Harley Davidson sales rep Doug Shumate. Doug showed me what it takes to catch bass from Florida waters. I met Doug when I joined a bass club after moving to Florida from the rust belt.
So pick a favorite angler & come watch the weigh-in the first 2 days at the ski beach park across from Venetian Gardens boat launch in Leesburg. Thursday & Friday weigh-in starts at 3:00 pm. The top 12 Pro’s & Co-Anglers will weigh in Saturday at 4 pm at Bass Pro Shop in Orlando.
Randy & Rob’s (R&R’s) fishing clinic, is held the 3rd Tue of each month. Anglers were instructed on how to Texas rig a worm for bass. After learning the rigging technique they then put their experience to work and with some success. There were 5 bass caught amongst the group. Look at Steve Smith with a nice 2 lb.
If you want to attend one of the R&R clinics, sign up at the meeting. Space is limited & the only charge is that you must be a paid member of the club.
- My guestimate weight for the BPS Open 3 day total on the pro side is 71.3 lbs….co-angler 26.9
See ya at the BPS Open tournament weigh-in. Lets root for our local Pro Tim Frederick & Co-Angler Doug Shumate. Come early & bring a chair.