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Updated: 01/15/2014 08:00:03AM

Kissimmee Ramblins: Cooler weather OK for fishing

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First Place winners Chuck Metheney and Ryan Brown hold up their cash prize for their 19.81 pounds total catch of the day plus the Big Fish win at Sunday's Xtreme Bass Series competition at Camp Mack in east Lake Wales. The pair also took the "Big Bass" prize with their 8.41 pounder.


Second Place winners Scott Perry and Richard Anthony pulled in five fish for a total of 16.39 pounds which included a 5.55 lb. bass at Sunday's Xtreme Bass Series competition at Camp Mack in east Lake Wales.


Third Place winners Cary and Terry Frisenda captured their 5 fish limit for a total of 14.69 pounds including a 4.37 lb. bass at Sunday's Xtreme Bass Series competition at Camp Mack in east Lake Wales.


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We’re getting into a string of colder weather days now — I don’t think the forecast for the rest of the week even has a 70 in it — but that’s OK for us hardy souls still on the lakes.

While it might mean another layer or two of clothing, it doesn’t mean all the good fishing is over.

In fact, the speckled perch are biting out in the canal from Camp Mack, using minnows. This is spec weather. too, with the lake water temperature at around 58 degrees right now.

One of my favorite spots right now has you going south out of Camp Mack about one mile (in a boat, that is!) and tying up at Zipprer’s bridge, fishing in deep water.

Last weekend’s Xtreme Bass event at Camp Mack is proof they are still biting!

First place went to Ryan Brown and Chuck Metheny with a five-fish total of 19.81 pounds, including a big bass catch of 8.41 pounds. Second place went to Richard Anthony and Scott Perry (16.39, big bass 5.55 pounds) while third place was captured by Terry Frisenda and Cary Frisenda (14.69, 4.37).

Fourth place was awarded to Don Eady and Kenny Bivins (12.04) and fifth place went to John Myers and Bill Rutkowski (11.33).

For information on this tournament contact Tony Bartels, Xtreme Bass Series Tournament Director for Lake Kissimmee, at 941-812-4084 or They have events at Camp Mack each month through September.

The Camp Mack Open starts Feb. 1 and will be held the first Saturday of the month through October. Entry fee is $85 and $10 for big bass. The series concludes with the Classic on Nov. 1 and 2.

The Camp Mack team tournament is Jan. 26. Entry fee is $65, and $10 for big bass eligibility. Weigh in is at 2:30 p.m. The schedule after that is Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 with the Classic on Oct. 25 and 26.

There is 80 percent payback for each tournament, with 20 percent held back for the Classic pot which will have a 100 percent payback. To qualify for the Classic, participants must fish in at least seven events.

OK, this isn’t fishing or hunting, but you will be outdoors, and it’s worth a mention because it’s a good cause.

The High Point Church of Lake Wales will be having a golf scramble on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Lake Wales CC. Registration is at 7:30 and golf starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $70 a person, which includes lunch, golf and door prizes. Leave your fishing poles home, however, unless you plan on trying to land a whopping Titleist or two.

All proceeds go directly to help build an orphanage in Honduras to get abandoned, abused, and neglected kids into loving homes.

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