Florida Central Opens on Toho
ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida Central Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will open the season on January 12, 2019, on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, FL.
Micah Silverman of Belle Isle, FL won the opening event last year (January 20, 2018) with 23.43 pounds and took home the $5000 First-Place Boater prize. Eric VanLandingham of Seffner, FL was the co-angler winner with an 8.10-pound limit. Eric’s victory in the co-angler division earned him a check for $2400. James Watkins landed the biggest bass of the tournament with an 8.25-pound bass, that earned him $990
The competitors will launch at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, located at 69 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL, 34741. Anglers may begin fishing at 7:00 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00 p.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 $210 with co-anglers paying $105. The payout for all events will be based on the number of entries, for one-day divisional events, $5000 will go the winning boater based on a minimum of 60 boats, for each 2-day Area Championship $10,000 for boaters and $5,000 for co-anglers based on 100 boats.
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, Power Pole, Berkley, 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: 5bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permit. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.
Take Off: 7:00 am 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, FL 34747
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
69 Lakeview Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Registration & Meeting will be at the ABA Stage Trailer Friday, January 11, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm with the meeting and partner pairing starting at 7:00 pm.
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 Ray Scott Championship, location to be announced in April 2019.
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
About the American Bass Anglers - American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, GEICO, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Maui Jim and Power-Pole.
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