Upcoming Fishing Tournaments


Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.

THE BOBBY LANE CUP is Saturday on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack for all high school anglers. Fund-raiser for Bartow High School Yellow Jackets Fishing Team with Elite Series pro Bobby Lane the tournament host. Format is two-angler teams with a boat captain. Anglers must be in the Student Angler Federation. SAF membership is $25 per student (call 580-765-9031 for membership). Entry fee $10 per boat. Hours 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration meeting Dec. 14 at D.B. Bait & Tackle in Bartow from 6-8 p.m. with free hot dogs and drinks. Contact Derek Boswell, tournament director for the BHS Yellow Jackets, at 863-513-8877 or bboswell4@yahoo.com.

THE ABA COUPLES FLORIDA DIVISION will compete on Lake Okeechobee out of Scott Driver Park Saturday. Other tournaments: Jan. 19, West Lake Toho out of Lakefront Park; Feb. 16, Lake Panasoffkee out of Tracy's Point; March 17, Harris Chain out of Buzzard Beach; April 21, Johns Lake; May 18, Lake Istokpoga out of Henderson's. Call Cary Wien at 305-522-1919 or check www.ABAcouplesFlorida.com.

THE LAKELAND BASSMASTERS will hold an open team tournament on the south Winter Haven chain out of the old ramp on Lake Shipp Sunday. Safe light to 3 p.m. Six-fish limit. Entry fee $50 per boat plus $10 per boat for big bass. 100 percent payback. Call Jason Bayes at 863-255-4330 or Jim Hooven at 863-698-9772.

THE LAKE WALES PO' BOYS Bass Club will compete on Crooked Lake out of Bob's Landing Sunday. Safe light to 2 p.m. Check www.lakewalespoboys.com or call 863-781-0736 or 863-632-1643.

THE SUNDAY OPEN SERIES TOURNAMENT trail will hold an open tournament Sunday on Lake Ariana. Entry fee $30, including big bass. 100 percent payback. Safe light to 1 p.m. Call Willard Combee at 863-670-7647.

THE CAMP MACK OPEN ONE-DAY, ONE-MAN TOURNAMENT TRAIL on the Kissimmee Chain will begin the 2013 season Jan. 5. Safe light to 2 p.m. Call Camp Mack at 863-696-1108.

THE WINTER HAVEN LUNKER LOVERS will open the 2013 season Jan. 6 on the south Winter Haven chain out of Lake Shipp Park. Upcoming tournaments: Feb. 10, Lake Toho only out of Southport Park; March 2-3, Lake Okeechobee out of Okeetantie; April 14, Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Lester; May 19, Lake Istokpoga out of Istokpoga Park; June 8-9, Harris Chain out of Buzzard Beach; July 7, Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Lester; Aug. 11, Lake Walk-in-the-Water out of county ramp; Sept. 8, Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Lester; Oct. 5-6, Lake Istokpoga out of Trail's End; Nov. 9-10, Classic on Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Lester. Call Jim Rose at 863-514-6582 or check online at http://lunkerlovers.com.

THE TAMPA PRO BASS trail will compete Jan. 6 on East Lake Toho out of East Lake Fish Camp. Upcoming tournaments: Feb. 3, Lake Istokpoga out of U.S. 98 ramp; March 3, Harris Chain out of Hickory Point; April 7, Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Lester; May 5, West Lake Toho only out of Southport Park; June 1-2, classic on Lake Istokpoga out of U.S. 98 ramp. Entry fee $70 per boat, including big bass. Membership ($25 per angler) required. Safe light to 2:15 p.m. No trolling or dragging is allowed. Call John or Wendy Taylor at 727-403-6861.

THE FISHING MISFITS will hold an open tournament Jan. 12 on the north Winter Haven chain out of Lake Rochelle. No pros or guides. For boats with 100-HP outboards and under. Call Harry at 863-660-2054 or Larry at 863-287-2864, or check http://mysite.verizon.net/resqxc7y/.

THE PERFORMANCE BASS ANGLERS will hold their kickoff classic Jan. 12 on the south Winter Haven chain. Visit www.performancebassanglers.com.

THE LAKELAND JUNIOR BASSMASTERS will compete Jan. 12 on Lake Parker. For information on tournaments or membership, call Martin Bozeman at 863-640-8349 or check www.lakelandjuniorbassmasters.com.

THE CASTAWAYS BASS CLUB will open the 2013 season Jan. 26 on the north Winter Haven chain out of Lake Rochelle. Call Johnny Lockaby at 813-833-5786 or check www.castawaysbassfishing.com.

THE FLORIDA CRAPPIE CLUB South and Western Divisions will start the 2013 season Jan. 26 on Lake Tarpon out of Anderson Park. The North Division opens on the Harris Chain out of Buzzard Beach Jan. 12. Entry fee $50 plus $10 for biggest speck. Individuals or partners. Seven-fish limit. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No membership fee. Upcoming tournaments for the South and Western divisions: Feb. 23, Lake Manatee out of state park; March 23, Lake Istokpoga out of public ramp on 621; April 27, Lake Okeechobee out of Okeetantie; May 25, Lake Kissimmee out of Camp Mack; June 22, Crooked Lake out of Bob's Landing; July 27, Lake Walk-in-the-Water out of county ramp; Sept. 28, Lake Arbuckle; Oct. 26, Lake Manatee; Nov. 23, Lake Tarpon; Dec. 14, classic, Crescent Lake. No North Division tournaments on Polk lakes. Call Harold McGhee at 813-215-9759 for the South Division. Call Darryl Cole at 352-516-0869 for the North Division.

THE FISHING FOR A CURE Bass Tournament is Feb. 9 on the south Winter Haven chain out of Lake Shipp Park. Entry fee $100 per boat plus $5 per person for big bass. Benefit for the American Lung Association presented by Nurse on Call Home Health Care. First place pays $2,000, with $750 for second and $250 for third. Safe light to 1 p.m. Raffle after weigh-in with tickets $2 each or six for $10. Pre-register at Ron's Tackle Box in Lake Alfred or call Ron's at 863-956-4990 for more information.

[ Send tournament notices or results to Del Milligan, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland, Fla., 33802, or fax to 802-7812. Deadline is Wednesday noon. Include date, entry fee and phone. ]

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