Saraf Takes Title on Lake Tohopekaliga

Pete Saraf returned to his secret honey hole to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Florida Division 6 tournament, held April 6, 2013, on Lake Tohopekaliga.Running out of Lakefront Park in the town of Kissimmee to fish the 100,000-acre Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, the hometown angler caught five bass weighing 19.44 pounds with a 5.71-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Saraf took home a check for $1,702.“We fished shallow, about two to four feet deep, in Lake Cypress,” Saraf revealed. “I ran a swim jig with a twin-tailed grub through submerged grass about a foot under the water. We caught fish just about all day. I fished the same exact spot three weeks ago in another tournament and won it also.”In second for the boaters, Jeremy D. Smith of Plant City caught a five-bass tournament limit weighing 17.61 pounds. For second place, Smith pocketed a check worth $851.“I fished Lake Toho and caught all my fish on Rat-L-Traps,” Smith revealed. “I caught all the fish that hit the bait.”Darrell Cranor of Lakeland took third place with five keepers going 16.71 pounds. He went home with a check for $567.“We fished Lake Toho,” Cranor said. “I caught my fish on a chatterbait and a Rat-L-Trap. I caught a bunch of little fish, but no really big ones.”Van Soles of Haines City brought in five keepers for 16.47 pounds and fourth place among the boaters. Walt P. Swafford of Winter Garden rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 15.69 pounds with a 5.65-pound kicker. Mike P. Morgan of Winter Haven took tournament lunker honors with a 7.54-pounder.In the Co-Angler Division, Ike Gray of Kissimmee landed three bass going 12.09 pounds to take the victory. He capped his catch with a 5.78-pounder that earned the division big bass title. For the victory, Gray collected $851 with an extra $75 for the big bass.“We never left sight of town,” Gray revealed. “I caught most of my fish on a Skinny Dipper around Kissimmee grass. The last and biggest one came off a Yamamoto swimming senko. I lost one good fish that might have given me another pound or so.”Michael S. Press of Tampa finished in second with a three-bass division limit weighing 7.88 pounds. He pocketed a check for $426.“I caught my fish on a Hag’s Tornado worm in Lake Toho and on a Rat-L-Trap in Cypress Lake,” Press confessed. “I didn’t lose any fish.”In third for the co-anglers, Ryan Remington of Summerfield found three keepers for 7.13 pounds. He went home $284 richer.“I caught fish on a little bit of everything, but mostly on worms around submerged grass in open water,” Remington revealed. “I caught everything that bit.”Jason L. Burgess of Lake Butler returned to the marina with three keepers and 6.30 pounds for fourth place. Warren L. Chancey Jr. of Folkston, Ga., wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass going 6.07 pounds.For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at 256-230-5632 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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