Monday, May 27, 2024

Crowder Wins Professional League on Lake Toho

ATHENS, Ala. –Marlon Crowder won the 2024 American Bass Anglers Professional League, Presented by Caymas Boats, Florida Central Division 6 tournament, held April 27TH, 2024 on Lake Toho.

Running out of Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, FL the Tampa, FL angler caught five bass weighing 25.97 pounds. For the victory, Crowder took home a check for $5200 for his win.

“I caught all my fish on Lake Toho. I actually ran to Kissimmee first and stayed in one area until I got blown out, then I ran to another area in Kissimmee. I was there for maybe 45 minutes and left to return to Toho. I was leading the points coming into this event, and I just wanted to come back to Lake Toho and scratch up some points. I found a top water deal in practice and I was running down the lake and there was nobody over in an area I caught a six pounder and a three pounder in practice. I just stopped in there real quick, I mean I had nothing else to run to. I was going to come up here and punch mats. This area was on the way, so I ran in, sat the boat down, and caught 18 lbs in about 15 minutes. Then, I just culled up from there. I lost an 8-pounder, and it was just one of those deals where it was meant to be. I’ve been wanting one of these eagle trophies for a while. I’ve had several seconds and thirds, and fourths. It’s been a long time coming. “Crowder said.

Second place, Nicholas Hoinig of Port Saint Lucie, FL, landed a 5-bass limit weighing 25.69 pounds. He earned $2800 for the effort.

“I stayed here on Toho and caught some fish on a spook this morning, and I ended up catching one big one on a glide bait. I ran around Toho a little bit but ended up back where I caught 15 pounds earlier and culled up the rest of the day. Between 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, I caught four 5-pounders. I think the clean water, or the wind blew some dirty water out, which is kind of opposite of what you would think, and it made them react a little better to the to the glide bait.” Hoinig said.

Daniel Lanier of Lake Mary, FL, took the third spot. He landed a 5-bass limit going 24.60 pounds. He earned $2000 for his finish.

“I caught most of my fish on a crankbait and the rest on a Carolina rig down in Lake Kissimmee,” Lanier said.

Finishing fourth, Jeremy Smith of Auburndale, FL, landed bass weighing 23.74 pounds. Smith collected a $1600 check for his finish.

The big bass award went to Andrew Hall of Tampa, FL, for a 9.55-pound lunker. Hall earned $850 for that fish. He also finished 5th in the event and received a $1300 check for that place.

“I caught that big bass flipping grass out here on Lake Toho first thing this morning. It was the first fish I caught. “Hall said.

Top 25

At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance to the 2024 Ray Scott Championship, which will be held at Lake Eufaula in April 2025.

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