Panzironi Wins $5600 in Florida Central Season Opener

ATHENS, Ala. –   Eric Panzironi of Longwood, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held January 12th on the Lake Toho.  Running out of Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, FL Eric caught five-bass weighing 26.67-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Panzironi took home a check for $5600 for his win.

“I stayed on Toho all day. I found a big school of fish last weekend, and they stayed in the same area. I pulled up to that spot and was done by 9:30 am. Last week they were smaller, but the bigger fish moved up to that area. It feels great to start the season with a win,” Panzironi said.  

In second for the boaters, Russ Osborne of Orlando, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 22.84-pounds. He collected $1500 for the effort.

“I caught my fish flipping heavy cover. I lost one fish about three pounds, but it would not have helped me,” Osborne said. 

Ted Sullivan of St. Cloud, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 22.44-pounds. He earned $1100 and qualified to receive an additional $500 Triton Gold contingency money for his finish.

“I caught my fish today on a jig around grass. It seemed like the fish were reacting to the jig hitting the grass. It was a slow bite, but when I got bit, it was a good fish,” Sullivan said.

Finishing fourth, Dustin Smith of Grand Island, FL landed a five-bass limit for 18.99-pounds.  Ronnie Green of St. Petersburg, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five-bass at 17.94-pounds.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by James Stephens III of Osprey, FL that weighed 8.38-pounds. James pocketed $1040 for his big fish.

“I caught that fish on a swim jig around 11:30 am on the south end of the lake real shallow,” Stephens said.


In the Co-Angler Division, Keith Farrell of Tampa, FL won with three-bass going 13.25-pounds. He pocketed a check for $2000 for his win.

“We stayed in Toho all day. I caught all my keepers before 9:30 am this morning flipping grass and throwing a chatter bait around hydrilla. My first win, I’m very excited,” Farrell said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Jesus “Buck” Gutierrez of Haines City, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.97-pounds that included a 6.74-pound big bass. He collected $950 for the finish and an additional $500 for the big bass award.

“We were fishing on Toho all day. I caught that big bass flipping a senko in the lily-pads. I lost a big fish early and missed several fish today. It was tough,” Gutierrez said. “ 

Richard “Jamey” Nash of Chiefland, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three-bass going 10.49-pounds. He earned $750 for his catch.

“We also stayed on Toho today. I was fishing a trap on the south end of the lake. I lost one about four pounds, and I had a dead fish penalty that really hurt me today,” Nash said. 


In fourth place among the co-anglers, Chad Schroeder of Zephyrhills, FL brought in three-bass for 9.32-pounds. Uby Rossell of Davenport, FL finished in fifth place with three-bass at 8.75-pounds.

Slated for February 23rd, the next tournament will be held on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack in Lake Wales, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April 2020.

Top 50 Boater Results  (Full Results Link)

PL Angler Fish Penalty Big Bass Total Points Payout
1 Eric D. Panzironi 5 0.00 7.24 26.67 250 5600
2 Russ Osborne 5 0.00 7.01 22.84 249 1500
3 Sully Fishing Ted Sullivan Sully Fishing LLC 5 0.00 6.13 22.44 248 1100
4 Dustin L. Smith 5 0.00 0.00 18.99 247 1050
5 Ronnie A. Green 5 0.00 5.17 17.94 246 1000
6 Fred Chivington 5 0.00 6.66 17.34 245 850
7 James R. Stephens III 5 0.00 8.38 16.91 244 1790
8 Bruce A. Bozman 5 0.00 0.00 16.81 243 550
9 Jim M. Miller 5 0.00 4.20 16.47 242 440
10 Scott Red R. Flowers 5 0.00 0.00 15.94 241 340
11 Austin Schroeder 5 0.00 0.00 15.85 240 300
12 Tracy Bray 5 0.00 0.00 15.81 239 290
13 Jeremy D. Smith 5 0.00 0.00 15.21 238 280
14 Mason J. Boylan 5 0.00 0.00 14.70 237 260
15 Yogi Kenneth S. Norris 5 0.50 0.00 14.29 236 250
16 Robert Peralta 5 0.00 0.00 14.14 235 240
17 William Will P. Weil 5 0.00 0.00 13.95 234 230
18 James Watkins 5 0.00 0.00 13.34 233 220
19 Robert A. Holcomb 5 0.00 0.00 13.18 232 210
20 Phil H. Cury 5 0.00 0.00 11.99 231 205
21 Kevin Smith 5 0.00 0.00 11.77 230 200
22 Marlon Crowder 3 0.00 0.00 11.69 229 0
23 Eric Y. Andrews 5 0.00 0.00 11.58 228 0
24 Jonathan R. LeCrone 5 0.00 0.00 11.57 227 0
25 Robert Beatty 5 0.00 0.00 11.26 226 0
26 Neal R. Davis 5 0.00 0.00 11.18 225 0
27 Rich Patterson 5 0.00 0.00 10.75 224 0
28 Levi A. Brown 5 0.00 0.00 10.54 223 0
29 Raymond Trudeau 5 0.00 0.00 10.50 222 0
30 Eric D. Conant 5 2.00 0.00 10.47 221 0
31 James W. Williams 4 1.00 0.00 10.47 220 0
32 Anthony Ford 5 0.00 0.00 10.43 219 0
33 Edwin B. Bartlett 5 0.00 0.00 10.29 218 0
34 Kurt W. Diesing 5 0.00 0.00 9.78 217 0
35 John M. McKinney 4 0.00 0.00 9.77 216 0
36 Danny Inabnett 5 0.00 0.00 9.66 215 0
37 Charlie Sanchez 5 0.00 0.00 9.59 214 0
38 Jackson J. Williams 5 0.00 0.00 9.44 213 0
39 Paul J. Hanley 5 0.00 0.00 9.29 212 0
40 John F. Tavano 5 0.00 0.00 9.28 211 0
41 Jeff Holland 5 0.00 0.00 9.27 210 0
42 Jeff D. Mathews 4 0.00 0.00 9.16 209 0
43 Dale Walker 5 0.00 0.00 9.10 208 0
44 Terry Oliver 4 0.00 0.00 9.03 207 0
45 Keith J. Carson 5 0.00 0.00 8.85 206 0
46 Jason M. Brewer 5 0.00 0.00 8.84 205 0
47 John W. Adkinson 5 0.00 0.00 8.79 204 0
48 John P. McCutchan 5 0.00 0.00 8.24 203 0
49 Edwin R. Rivera 4 0.00 0.00 8.16 202 0
50 Jeff Swearingen 1 0.00 8.13 8.13 201 0

Top 50 Co-Anglers

1 Keith J. Farrell 3 0.00 4.32 13.25 250 2000
2 Jesus A. Gutierrez 3 0.00 6.74 10.97 249 1450
3 Richard Jamey J. Nash 3 0.50 0.00 10.49 248 750
4 Chad Schroeder 3 0.00 5.08 9.32 247 565
5 Uby J. Rosell 3 0.00 3.81 8.75 246 450
6 Danney H. Hulett 3 0.00 0.00 8.63 245 350
7 Anthony F. Shouppe 3 0.00 0.00 8.62 244 270
8 Frank Mitchum 3 0.00 0.00 8.51 243 250
9 Adam R. Sangster 3 0.00 0.00 8.10 242 240
10 Arthur AJ Jackson 3 0.00 0.00 7.91 241 230
11 Kevin R. Copple 3 0.00 0.00 6.92 240 200
12 Brian S. Reeves 3 0.00 0.00 6.72 239 190
13 Juan J. Ayala 2 0.00 0.00 6.67 238 180
14 Robert S. Bakewell 3 0.00 0.00 6.65 237 150
15 Larry W. Maring 3 0.00 0.00 6.21 236 140
16 James McLees 3 0.00 0.00 6.09 235 130
17 Larry T. Riley 3 0.00 0.00 5.88 234 125
18 Kevin Senecal 3 0.00 0.00 5.75 233 120
19 Bob D. Lauffer 3 0.00 3.34 5.73 232 110
20 Robert Bobby E. Taylor Jr 3 0.00 0.00 5.66 231 100
21 Bobby Jackson 3 0.00 0.00 5.38 230 0
22 Lonny A. Mead 3 0.00 0.00 5.22 229 0
23 Jerrod JB L. Brown 2 0.00 0.00 5.22 228 0
24 Wayne E. Roberts 2 0.00 0.00 5.11 227 0
25 Barry Scott S. Hughes 3 0.00 0.00 4.98 226 0
26 Timmy T W. Smith 3 2.00 0.00 4.93 225 0
27 Brandon Prophitt 3 0.00 0.00 4.86 224 0
28 BILLY A. BROKAW 2 0.00 0.00 4.84 223 0
29 John W. Gregory 3 0.00 0.00 4.80 222 0
30 Devin Been 2 0.00 0.00 4.76 221 0
31 Zachary Zak P. Rice 3 0.00 0.00 4.75 220 0
32 Charles Tucker 3 0.00 0.00 4.54 219 0
33 Richard Ric D. Adams 2 0.00 0.00 4.54 218 0
34 Clinton Lacinak Jr 3 0.00 0.00 4.39 217 0
35 Clyde Arnold 3 0.00 0.00 4.33 216 0
36 Harvey Buddy H. Turner 3 0.00 0.00 4.26 215 0
37 Peter Pete A. Burns 2 0.00 0.00 4.26 214 0
38 Jeffery Sumner 3 0.00 0.00 4.17 213 0
39 John James 1 0.00 4.17 4.17 212 0
40 Wes Whitfield 3 0.50 0.00 3.89 211 0
41 Bobby SSG S. Davis Jr 2 0.00 0.00 3.87 210 0
42 David Rushing 3 0.00 0.00 3.72 209 0
43 Kevin Bermejo 3 0.00 0.00 3.51 208 0
44 Thomas SKI S. Rutkowski 2 0.00 0.00 3.49 207 0
45 Robert Oak S. Oakley 3 0.00 0.00 3.45 206 0
46 Jamie D. Roberts 2 0.00 0.00 3.34 205 0
47 Kerry Benoit 3 0.00 0.00 3.29 204 0
48 John Haystead 3 0.00 0.00 3.24 203 0
49 Ricardo R. Armenta 3 0.00 0.00 3.10 202 0
50 Pedro P. Gutierrez 1 0.00 2.89 2.89 201 0

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com

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