Detweiler Wins $5400 in Florida Central Event on Lake Toho
ATHENS, Al. –Cody Detweiler won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held February 27th on Lake Toho. Running out of Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, FL the Orlando, FL angler caught five bass weighing 20.74 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Detweiler took home a check for $5400 for his win.
“I caught all my fish swimming a worm through the hydrilla within 100yards of the boat ramp. I was only able to practice one day for this event and stumbled upon something Wednesday. Today, around 2PM, it was insane. It was the best hour of fishing I’ve ever had. I caught all my bigger fish in the last hour of fishing. I started off with a quick limit by 8AM and then it shut down until 2PM and it was a feeding frenzy. I don’t know what happened, but it was awesome. This is my first Bass Pro Shops Open Series win. I’ve been really close before. This win means the most to me, to get this eagle trophy.” Detweiler said.
In second for the boaters, Russ Osborne of Orlando, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 20.30 pounds including an 8.37-pound kicker. Osborne collected $1250 for his finish and an additional $860 for the big bass.
“I caught my fish flipping heavy mats today down south.” Osborne said.
David Smith of Groveland, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 17.83 pounds. Smith collected $950 for his finish.
“I caught my fish today on Lake Toho flipping. I was able to cull up at the end of the day to give me what I had, and I fished clean. “Smith said.
Finishing fourth, Raymond Trudeau of Saint Cloud, FL landed a five-bass limit for 17.79 pounds. Neil Davis of Minneola, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 17.50 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brandon St. Pierre of Cape Coral, FL won with three bass going 16.07 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1900 for his win.
“At the beginning of the day we started off on Lake Kissimmee and I lost a 5-pounder right at the boat and a few minutes later I threw a speed-worm and caught one of my bigger fish. Then I flipped for a while, caught one on a chatter-bait, and in the last 30 minutes I threw a frog on Lake Toho to catch my biggest fish. This is my first win; I’ve had a few second-place finishes but I’ve been trying to get my first win for a while.” St. Pierre said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Anthony Cilladi of Oviedo, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 13.65 pounds that included an 8.33-pound big bass. Cilladi collected $800 for his finish and an additional $415 for the big bass award.
“We ran down to Lake Kissimmee this morning and I caught that big bass flipping Kissimmee grass with a Senko. I was watching it go down and I looked away for a second and when I looked back, my line was swimming off. I was able to get her head up and she came in pretty easy. I caught my other fish on a speed-worm.” Cilladi said. “
Brian Stahl of Land O Lakes, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 11.95 pounds that included a 6.96-pound big bass. He collected $500 for the finish.
“I caught my fish on a worm and a spinnerbait today. I only had five bites and was able to cull twice. My big bass came on a spinnerbait. I used my Catch Commander scale to cull my smaller fish.” Stahl said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Dustin Snelson of Fruitland Park, FL brought in three bass for 11.82 pounds. Craig Maxwell of Wesley Chapel, FL finished in fifth place with three bass at 10.67 pounds.
Slated for May 1st, the next tournament will be held on the Harris Chain of lakes out of Venetian Gardens – Ski Beach in Leesburg, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2022 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama.
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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