Anglers Overcome Nasty Weather
The third Bass Series Tournament of 2015 was supposed to take place at Winton Woods on Saturday, June 20. However, due to a high risk of that lake flooding, the event was moved to Miami Whitewater Forest Lake. That turned out to be a good decision, since Winton Lake was flooded by noon on Saturday. Miami Whitewater Forest Lake was 15 inches over normal pool, but the water color was perfect…and so was the fishing!
There were 24 teams that fished through more than six hours of steady and sometimes very hard rain. That turned out to be ideal conditions for the fish to feed, and in the end 20 of the teams weighed in fish. In fact, we weighed 101.93 pounds of beautiful largemouth bass!
Mark Toht of Wilmington, Ohio, and Mike Toht of Kettering won the contest with a five-bass limit totaling 17.01 pounds! It is one of the biggest limits that I have ever seen caught at that lake, and they hit it by 10:30 a.m. They caught their first two keepers on a plastic frog, then turned to a little jig to finish out their limit. They also had the biggest bass of the day weighing 4.96 pounds. They were awarded $563.50 in Great Parks’ prize certificates, plaques and a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Julio Delgado and Paul Regensburger came in first at the June 6 tournament with a 16-pound limit. They followed that up with a second place finish in this tournament, weighing in 8.19 pounds of fish. They have collected nearly $900 in winnings at the last two tournaments!
Ben Quisno and Jody Andrzegewski finished second at the June 6 tournament and backed that up with a third place finish on Saturday. They weighed in four bass that totaled 7.30 lbs. They were awarded $241.50 in Great Parks Prize Certificates and plaques.
The next Bass Series tournament will be Sharon Woods Lake on July 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unlike other fishing tournaments, anglers can register in advance online.
Neal Ramsey, District Recreation Manager