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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:48:04AM

There’s good fishing ahead

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Terry Fresendia landed the big bass honor at last weekend's Camp Mack team event.

Ryan Brown had the Big Fish Saturday in the Xtreme Bass Series event at Camp Mack. He and teammate Blake Williams were the runners up overall.


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Warm weather brought with it great bass fishing action at Camp Mack last week, and at the end of this week’s column, please find information on a great kids’ event that I want everyone to know about.

First, the Xtreme Bass Series was at Camp Mack on April 26, with Levi Brown and Garrett Rocamore snagging 33.45 pounds with their five fish limit, good for the $860 top prize. Blake William and Ryan Brown were second at 29.55 ($420) and also hauled in the big fish prize of $210 with their 10.40 pound bass.

Third place went to Mike Knyso and Jeremy Cannon (25.40, $200) and fourth was captured by Daryl Cranor and Will Evans (22.80, $120).

Camp Mack also featured another team event over the weekend, with James Pearson and Jeff Crandon in the top spot with 27.75 pounds. Richie Upchurch and Billy Leal were runners up (25.25), followed by Bruce Bozeman and Travis Cato (23.25), and Charles Rost and Leo Cosce (22.35). The tandem of Matt Hinnman and Terry Fresendia grabbed big fish honors with a 9.2 pounder.

There are several events this weekend, May 3, including the another Camp Mack Open with weigh in 2 p.m. Call 863-696-1108 for info.

The Lake Wales FFA fundraiser open with weigh-in at 3 p.m. is expecting between 20-30 boats. Call Megan Balliti at 863-528-2386 to get in the action and support a great cause.

On May 4, the Lakeland Bassmasters are hoping for 30-40 boats for their event with a 3 p.m. weigh-in. Call Cecil Douberly, 863-698-3365, for details.

Want to pass along information on another event in our area for kids, and the best part of this, besides the fishing I hope, is that it’s free.

Polk County Parks and Recreation will host its annual “Kids Fishing Derby” from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3 at Simmers-Young Park. The event features catch-and-release fishing for children ages 4-15. Prizes will be awarded for the most fish caught overall as well as the longest fish and heaviest fish caught by children from each age group. Other door prizes will be given away.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited to the first 300 children. All registered children receive a free hot dog lunch. Participants must provide their own rod, reel and bait. Bait will be sold at the event courtesy of Caribbean Bay Bait and Tackle.

This derby is sponsored by Cutrale Citrus Juices, Bass Pro Shops Orlando and Dominica Recreation Products GameTime.

Simmers-Young Park is located at 339 American Spirit Road in Winter Haven. For information, call Alisha Glasscock 863-534-6911 or email

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