The second annual “Pro Challenge” was held Thursday, November 15th. The four competing teams met at the Miona Rec. Center. They were given final instructions and a map of the five ponds to be fished. The team Captains decided which ponds to fish and in what order. After some last minute strategizing and a little trash talking, teams headed out at 8:00 am sharp for the four hour event. The “Orange” team, captained by “Pro” Shaw Grigsby started at Miona Rec. Center pond. The “Blue” team captained by John Rohan and the “Red” team captained by Ron Freund went to Poinciana pond. The “Green” team captained by “Pro” Tim Frederick took a different approach and took his team to Bonita pond, the furthest away from the starting location.
As each team moved from pond to pond the numbers started to add up and all four teams had fish recorded.
Teams also picked up several spectators along the way and was a definite morale boost.
After four hours of fun the four teams headed to Cody’s Roadhouse where the winning team was announced and awarded commemorative plaques. The Villages Rec. Dept. provided goodie bags to all participants. The club also gave each participant a nice selection of soft plastic baits.
Here’s The Results………….
After a disappointing loss last year, Tim Frederick’s “Green” team wins with with a best five fish total weight of 20lbs. 11oz.
The winning team also recorded the biggest fish, a 6lb. 2oz. monster caught by Wayne Shepherd.
Shaw Grigsby did record a non-qualifying 4lb. 12oz. Channel Cat.
23 fish were caught with a total weight of 36lbs. 3oz.
Here’s where things now stand. “Challengers” win in 2017, “Pros” win in 2018. Next year????
Special thanks to the “Pros” Shaw Grigsby and Tim Frederick and Director of Recreation John Rohan for taking time from their busy schedules to make this years event a huge success.
Thanks also to FFC member Dave Dupas for some great pics.