Sundays are always a great day for fishing and Sept. 29 was no exception. The skies were blue and the air was warm. It was the perfect for a bass fishing tournament. So, participants loaded up their boats with lures and gear and took to the water.
This Budget Bass Tour tournament event was launched from Harney Pond Canal on Lake Okeechobee. There were 23 boats registered for this one-day excursion. Most boats carry teams of two, while there are some who choose to go it solo. Each boat was only allowed to keep five of their largest fish to be officially weighed.
Of the 23 boats, 17 of them were able to meet their limit. That's a pretty darn good day of fishing!
Joey Roberts (fishing alone) took third place with his limit of five weighing in at an even 13 pounds. Second place went to Leroy Bauer and Skip Jeloski. Their limit weighed in at an impressive 13 pounds, 9 ounces. The winning boat on this day was the team of Mike Frost and Ed Halfway who brought in five fishing weighing in at a whopping 14 pounds, 14 ounces.
An additional part of the tournament was the "Big Fish Honors." The second largest fish caught on the day was done so by Gerry and Jane Jeager. It weighed in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces. What a beauty!
But the winning fish weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught by the team of Alan and Doug Powell. Now that's a keeper!
All-in-all it was a great day of fun and laughs.
For more information on the Budget Bass Tour, visit www.BudgetBassTour.com.
Until next time, be safe, have fun and "Go catch a Big'un!"
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org