Kissimmee fishing 'awesome' as anglers prepare for Florida Ranger Owners Tournament

The first annual Florida Ranger Owners Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes this Sunday, which has anglers coming to fish from as far away as North Carolina and Alabama, will be an annual event from this point forward, according to Joe Clements at Toho Marine and Outdoors in St. Cloud, Fla.

And, Clements said, those driving long distances to fish will not be disappointed with the fishing.

“Fishing on the Kissimmee Chain is awesome right now. There are still some fish spawning and you can catch bass many ways – outside, inside, all the way on the hill. Limits are easy, but you just have to search for the big ones.”

Clements said the bass are in transition between spawning and post-spawn.

“You can catch them about any way you want to – topwater, flipping and Rat-L-Trapping. It's a mixed bag right now because the fish are in all three stages of the spawn, from pre-spawn to post-spawn.”

The tournament is open to any Ranger boat owner, with an entry fee of $125 per team, plus an optional $25 for Big Fish, and a 100 percent payback. Teams that wait to register at the ramp Sunday morning will pay a $20 late fee in addition to the entry fee. There will be a tournament rules meeting at 5:30 a.m.

“Sponsors include Ranger Boats, Power Pole, Mercury, Motor Guide, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Fitzgerald Rods, the Kissimmee Tourism Bureau and the host sponsor, Toho Marine and Outdoors,” Clement said.

“Fishers of men will help run the tournament,” he said. “They are a great organization and they do a good job on all the tournaments I do.”

Clement said food will be catered at the weigh-in and there will be numerous raffle prizes to give away.

“We are going to have a big time and it will be an annual event. The more participation the better,” he said.

Clement noted that the Ranger Owners Tournament Sunday will follow the third Toho Team Trail tournament of the year on Saturday, also hosted by Toho Marine and Outdoors and sponsored by Big Toho Marina MacDonald's Bail Bonds, and Derfriend Flooring.

Entry fee in the team trail tournament is $85, plus a yearly membership of $10 per person, with a 100 percent payback. There are two Big Fish pots with entries of $5 and $10.

The remaining tournaments on the Team Trail schedule include: April 1 and May 20, with a Classic on July 8. The Team Trail tournaments are also conducted by Fishers of Men.


Florida Ranger Owners Tournament

Sun, Mar 18, 2012

Kissimmee Chain of Lakes100 percent payback...

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Call Joe Clements at 407-892-3200