February Happenings

While our friends up north are thumbing through their latest Bass Pro and Cabela’s catalogs and hoping for a early spring, things here in Florida are moving at full steam and there’s plenty to report. Now in it’s 11th year, the annual Villages Bass Fishing Tournament was another great success. On February 18th, 45 anglers took part in this three Villages ponds event.

A total of 17 Bass were taken during the three hour event and although the numbers were slightly lower than last years count, the quality of fish taken was a big improvement.

Steve Cothran – 6lbs. 3oz. – Miona Pond


Steve Felix Weighs Art Hoover’s 4lb. 2oz. Catch

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Noah Orndoff records a 3lb. 8oz. Catch


Steve Felix Recording Tom Hart’s Catch At Bonita Pond

The results are as follows:

Top honors went to Rich Spitler with a 10lb. 8oz. two fish Ashland Pond catch.

Rich Spitler – First Place – 10 lbs 8oz. Total Weight

Finishing second was John Schwarts with a 7lb 5oz. two fish Miona Pond catch.

John Schwarts – Second Place – 7lbs. 5oz.

In third place was Steve Cothran with a single 6lb. 3oz. Miona Pond catch.

Steve Cothran – Third Place – 6lbs. 3oz.

Honorable mention went to Noah Orndoff with a 6lb. 0oz. two fish Bonita Pond catch.

Noah Orndoff – Honorable Mention – 6lbs. 0oz.

The “Big Fish” of the event was taken by Rich Spitler at Ashland Pond weighing in at 6lbs. 5oz.

Rich Spitler – “Big Fish” 6lbs. 5oz.

It was nice to see fish taken at all three ponds and the totals are as follows. Three fish were taken at Ashland Pond, six at Bonita Pond, and eight at Miona Pond. The awards banquet was held Thursday, February 20th at Miona Rec. Center where prizes were presented to all the winners. There was a special drawing added this year for a seat on the Lake Sumter guided fishing trip and for finishing in first place, Rich Spitler got a automatic seat. The remaining three seats were won by anglers Art Hoover, Tom Soli, and pond judge Tom Spade.

Art Hoover – Tom Soli – Tom Spade – Rich Spitler

A Fitzgerald Vursa rod was donated by Trevor Fitzgerald and the lucky winner was Frank Vockell.

Fitzgerald Rod Winner – Frank Vockell

A big thank you to all who participated in this years event. A special thank you to Lisa Parkyn and Dominic Pascuzzo from The Villages Recreation Dept, Brooker Bait & Tackle for some great tackle, and of course The Oakwood Grill for the great food.

Food Provided By Oakwood Grill

Villages Pond Stocking Update

On Friday, February 21st several FFC members met at The Everglades Rec. Center Pond to watch the first stocking of Bass.

Pond Stocking At Everglades Rec Center Pond

The pond is located directly behind the rec. ctr. and is a designated fishing pond. Prior to this stocking, this pond was stocked in advance by Langford Aquatics of Lakeland, Florida with Bluegills and Shiners.

Fred Langford

Freddy Langford of Langford Aquatics

This will be a immediate food source for the newly released Bass. Looking forward to hearing some good reports from our newest fishing location. FFC member Chip Austin just couldn’t wait to wet a line and took a shot at the stocking tanks.

Chip Austin At The Stocking Truck

Annual Villages Outdoor Expo

Now in it’s 19th year, this two day event showcases a number of outdoor activites available to Villages residents.

Rob Husson Showing Types Of Soft Plastic Baits

Fishing, kayaking, sailing, R/C model cars and boats, scuba, biking and archery are just a sampling of the participating clubs. As always the Freshwater Fishing Club provides visitors information about fishing opportunities here in central Florida.

Steve Felix Provided Harris Chain Info.

Assisting this year were FFC members Bill Gorman and Steve Felix providing info. about fishing the Harris Chain Of Lakes.
Monthly Fishing Trip

Lake Panasoffkee was the location for the February 25th trip and looking at the pics provided by FFC member Tom Spade it appears that it was a success.

Tom Spade – Lake Panasoffkee Bowfin

A mix of Bass, Bowfin, and Pickerel were the catch of the day.

John Rumplash’s Lake Pan Pickerel

Now look close at the pics. Is this the best dressed duo of fisherman that you have seen?

Here’s A New Technique

Tom’s crisp white Bass Pro Shops hat and John Rumplasch’s white Reel Legends shirt certainly make a statement. Members interested in future trips can sign up at any monthly meeting. As trip information becomes available it will be posted. Simply click the “Meetings/Events” tab at the top of this page.

Rob Husson

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2 Responses to February Happenings

  1. Steve Cummings says:

    Great pics. A fun time at both the tournament and the banquet.

    Steve Stephen R. Cummings tel: 215-262-0696 e-mail: scummings1990@gmail.com

    On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:23 PM The Villages Freshwater Fishing wrote:

    > tvfreshwaterfishingclub posted: “While our friends up north are thumbing > through their latest Bass Pro and Cabela’s catalogs and hoping for a early > spring, things here in Florida are moving at full steam and there’s plenty > to report. Now in it’s 11th year, the annual Villages Bass Fishin” >


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