Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
"This was the worst day I've ever had on Lake Kissimmee, and I fish here every weekend," said Daniel Lanier, Jr. who placed 6th among the co-anglers in this event. Year-before-last Lanier fished as a boater, lost a fish-off to Rich Howes on the day following what would have been the final weigh in, and finished runner-up.
Lanier's assesment of the lake was echoed by others. "The lake is healthy," said Trevor Fitzgerald who finished 9th in the pro division. "They (B.A.S.S.) just always come here too early for it to show what it's capable of producing." Fitzgerald nearly always produces anyway and he did so again. Still, anglers and fans alike would like to see a stronger showing from the local bass population.
BUT somebody always wins. Today that was Elite Series Pro Chad Morgenthaler. He hoisted the hardware and took home the check. Following is the official press release from B.A.S.S. :
Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, Fla., lead on Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #1 presented by Allstate held on Lake Tohopekaliga out of Kissimmee, Fla. McMillan brought 13 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales at Friday's weigh-in for a two-day total of 38-8.
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