Florida Central Opens at Lake Toho
ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida Central Division of the 2018 Open Series will open the season on January 20, 2018, on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, FL.
Troy Oliver of Lakeland, FL won the opening event last year (January 28,2017) with 23.01 pounds and took home the guaranteed $5000 First-Place Boater prize. David Rushing of Orlando, FL was the co-angler winner with an impressive 15.00 pound limit. David’s victory in the co-anger division earned him a check for $2500. Rich Patterson landed the biggest bass of the tournament with a 8.84 pound bass, that earned him $940
The competitors will launch launch at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, located at 69 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL, 34741. Anglers may begin fishing at 7:00a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at Kissimmee Lakefront Park with the tournament briefing to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.
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To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. First place is guaranteed a minimum $5,000 first place for boaters. To learn more about the payout visit www.ramopenseries.com/payout.php
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long with an exemption permit available at registration. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
In addition to cash and prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors may also win contingency bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, and ABU Garcia. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
Host Hotel (Approved locations to stay)
Saratoga Resort Villas
4787 W Irlo Bronson Highway,
Kissimmee, FL, 34746, United States
Limit: 5 bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permit. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.
Take Off: 7:00am or Safelight
Weigh In: 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Locking is allowed but NO locking south of Hwy 60 bridge.
Osceola County Department of Tourism
215 Celebration Place #200
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
69 Lakeview Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Registration & Meeting will be at the ABA Stage Trailer Friday January 19, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm with the meeting and partner pairing starting at 7:00pm.
1621 13th St.
St Cloud, FL 34769
All anglers are required to have in their possession a valid FL Freshwater Fishing License. Florida licenses may be purchased by phone by calling (888) 347-4356.
The best Open Series anglers from across the nation can advance to the no entry fee 2019 Ray Scott Championship, location to be announced in April 2018.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com
American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, the Open Series, the Triton 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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