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Updated: 04/24/2014 03:12:06PM

Kissimmee Ramblins’: Help our Heroes

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St. Cloud's Chad Foster finished sixth in last weekend's event at Camp Mack.

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Jesse Tacoronte proudly shows off this 10.45 pounds catch which won the Big Bass award last weekend at Camp Mack's Toho Marine Elite One Man event.

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Polk State College's Rose Stevens batting.

By CAPT. RON DENTON

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This past weekend, Toho Marine held an Elite One Man tournament out at Camp Mack, but I’ll tell you about that in a minute, because they have an event coming up around Memorial Day that needs to be at the top of this week’s column, not the bottom.

ToHo Marine is in St. Cloud and on May 31, they will sponsor a bass tournament out of ToHo Marina in Kissimmee. It is the “Help Our Heroes” bass tournament and pays $10,000 first prize.

This is for all branches of the service and exemplifies the valor, courage, and sacrifice of our wounded warriors. I plan to cover this event for the Lake Wales News.

The cost is $175 per boat (includes Big Bass) and the event will be launching out of the City of Kissimmee ramp from safe light to 3 p.m. Registrations will only be taken through May 23, no money will be collected at the ramp.

According to the good folk at ToHo, the concept for the Help Our Heroes came about as their crew was brainstorming how they could give back to our community. Our troops and veterans are very near and dear to their hearts and they really wanted to do something for them this year.

At the same time, Daniel Fay was looking for someone to help grow a tournament that he had done the year before to support the Wounded Warrior Project as they had helped his son.

Thus the first Help Our Heroes Tournament presented by Toho Marine was born!

As for their event at Camp Mack Easter weekend, Gary Niemi took the top spot with a five fish haul of 27.05 pounds. Seconds was Rodney Glunt with an even 22 pounds and third was Rich Howes with 20.85 pounds.

Jesse Tacoronte had one of those good/bad days. The bad news is he landed just three recordable fish, and got 12th place. The really good news, though, was one was a 10.45 pound whopper, good for the Big Bass award.

As the fish were being weighed in on Saturday, Bob Eddy came by in the biggest boat I have ever seen at Camp Mack. It is a big salt water boat and he had it loaded down with women and children!

My dad bought Camp Mack in 1947 after a bad hurricane and the water was knee deep in the store. Anyway, Bob Eddy drove away in that big boat and will return to the Liar’s Lair at some point, I’m sure!


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