Kremer Wins $6000 on Harris Chain of Lakes
ATHENS, Ala. – John Kremer of Sanford, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held February 1st the Harris Chain of Lakes. Running out of Venetian Gardens – Ski Beach in Leesburg, FL John caught five bass weighing 24.06 pounds including a 7.29-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Kremer took home a check for $6000 for his win.
“I fished pencil reeds and cattails flipping a black/blue Bitters craw on Lake Eustis and Lake Dora. I caught my fish in the thickest stuff I could pitch in. I enjoy fishing the ABA and the payback is phenomenal, that’s why I come back every time.” Kremer said.
In second for the boaters, Timothy “Devin” Van Dalen of Umatilla, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 21.39 pounds.
“It was a cold and wet day today. I only caught six fish. I was flipping and throwing a chatterbait.” Van Dalen said.
Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 21.26 pounds.
“I caught my fish today pitching shallow cover for most of the day. Later on I went into a canal and went sight fishing and was able to catch two big fish.” Fitzgerald said.
Finishing fourth, Keith Carson of DeBary, FL landed a five-bass limit for 20.45pounds. Shelton Smith of Saint Cloud, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 19.67 pounds.
Tracy Bray of Safety Harbor, FL caught the big bass of the event for the boaters. Bray collected $960 for an 8.03-pound largemouth.
“I caught that big bass Carolina-rigging a speed worm in the hydrilla on Lake Dora.” Bray said
In the Co-Angler Division, Bryan Jones of Zephyrhills, FL won with three bass going 13.27 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1900 for his win.
“I caught my fish today on Lake Griffin just throwing a worm and a few on a trap. We were fishing offshore hydrilla with mixed in eel grass. I’m going to Bass Pro Shops and buy a new rain suit with some of this money.” Jones said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Hercules Betts Jr of Haines City, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.13 pounds.
“It was cold, wet and slow. I had three bites today and made them count. I caught my fish slow rolling a chatterbait and a Berkley General in offshore grass.” Betts said.
David Rushing of Orlando, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 10.08 pounds.
“I caught my fish in Lake Dora in open water throwing a speed worm. I caught fish all day, just couldn’t upgrade.” Rushing said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Kyle Jones of Leesburg, FL brought in three bass for 8.86 pounds. Michael Morrison of Deltona, FL finished in fifth place with three bass at 8.58 pounds.
Hunter Kaiser of Lakeland, FL caught the big bass of the event for the co-anglers. Kaiser collected $420 for a 7.71-pound largemouth.
“I went all day and missed a couple of bites and didn’t have any fish in the boat. We ended up in Lake Beauclair fishing submerged eel grass. I tied on a rattle-trap and caught that fish around 2:30pm. That one fish made the day.” Kaiser said
Slated for February 29th, 2020, the next tournament will 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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