Carson Wins $5200 in Florida Central Event on Harris Chain of Lakes
Keith Carson of DeBary, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held July 18th the Harris Chain of Lakes. Running out of Venetian Gardens – Ski Beach in Leesburg, FL Carson caught five bass weighing 26.50 pounds including an 8.28-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Carson took home a check for $5200 for his win.
“I fished Lake Dora today and started off fishing offshore but couldn’t get bit so I went with what I know to do and went flipping shallow. I had a small stretch that was loaded. On my third flip, I lost a giant and on my fifth flip I caught that big 8.28 bass. Over the next 20 minutes I caught fifteen pounds and then went 3 hours without a bite. Then I lost 2 seven pounders and caught 2 sixes around 1:00pm. I’m glad I won, it hurt loosing those giants, I should’ve had around 35-pounds but after my terrible practice, I’m happy for the win.” Carson said.
In second for the boaters, Eric Panzironi of Longwood, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 23.59 pounds.
“I fished a couple of lakes today. It was pretty slow for the beginning, but I caught my fish on worms and chatter-baits. I caught a few 5-pounders and lost one good fish that would’ve put me close to Keith today.” Panzironi said.
Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 23.22 pounds.
“I caught my fish today flipping hydrilla in the marsh. I lost three good fish today that would’ve helped me move up one place.” Crosnoe said.
Finishing fourth, Jeremy Smith of Plant City, FL landed a five-bass limit for 23.13 pounds. Christian Greico of Tampa, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 21.63 pounds.
The big bass award for the boaters went to Shelton Smith of St. Cloud, FL for a huge 10.25-pound bass.
“I caught that fish around 1:00pm on a chatter-bait in some brush.” Smith said
In the Co-Angler Division, Uby Rosell of Davenport, FL won with three bass going 15.11 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1500 for his win.
“I caught my fish today flipping, some on topwater, and some on chatter-baits using Trik Fish “Pitch Black” tournament braid on my MHX rods. I caught a ton of fish. The bigger fish came in later in the day.” Rosell said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jeffrey Jolley of Winter Garden, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.97 pounds.
“We actually had to grind it out today. I ended up having to fish a worm in open water hydrilla. I caught my last fish around 1:30pm today.” Jolley said.
Paul Hanley of Sanford, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 10.63 pounds.
“I caught my fish today using a trap, swim-jig and a U-vibe worm in Little Lake Harris.” Hanley said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Angelo Flores of Dade City, FL brought in three bass for 10.48 pounds. Pete Gutierrez of Davenport, FL finished in fifth place with three bass at 9.60 pounds.
The big bass award for the co-anglers went to Bob Lauffer of Clermont, FL for a big bass that weighed 7.19 pounds.
“It was the only fish I caught today. I caught that fish on a Carolina-rig in open water with a Gambler Burner Worm.” Lauffer said
Slated for October 3rd & 4th, 2020, the next tournament will be the 2-Day Area Championship to be held on Lake Toho out of Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2021 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN
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.americanbassanglers.com
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