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Updated: 06/11/2014 09:04:04AM

Kissimmee Ramblins: We’re No. 5!

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Dan Mclean and Matt Henderson were the top finishers in the Higlander fish club fund-raising event last weekend.


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Fishermen never brag, right?

Well, it’s time for a little braggin’, not for something we reeled in recently, but for recognition of our area as a great family fishing spot.

In fact, Kissimmee State Park was just named No. 5 on the 100 most family-friendly places to fish in the United States by Take Me Fishing, a nonprofit whose goal is to increase recreational fishing and boating.

In fact, Florida came out darned nice on the list, snagging five of the top 10 spots, including Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key (No. 2), the Skyway Fishing Pier in St. Petersburg (No. 3), Everglades National Park in Homestead (No. 4) and Blue Springs State Park (No. 8).

“We looked at several factors in coming up with the rankings, including amenities, public access and the number of fish species available, said David Rodgers, a group spokesman. “We then put the nominees on our website and our social media and let the public pick.”

Of course, we always knew our park and Lake Kissimmee were pretty special places, now everyone knows!

This past weekend, Erin Affrunti and Lake Wales schools hosted a fundraising event for the Highlander fishing team that is being created for the upcoming school year. First place went to Auburndale’s finest, Dan Mclean and Matt Henderson with 21.40 pounds which payed them $500. Second place went to Billy Leal and Richie Upchurch. They also caught the big bass of 8.60 pounds and earned some real money.

A good time was had by all, and the fish were released in the water at Camp Mack to bite again. The winning team said, ”We caught the fish on a Rattletrap in Lake Toho, and that is the truth and nothing but the truth!”

Don’t forget that coming up at Camp Mack is the June 21 high school state championships for B.A.S.S. with a 3 p.m. weight in. We have seven students registered and will fish under the banner of Highlander Bass team. I hope Lake Wales will turn out and support them.

On July 12 the “Money for Highlanders Bass team” tournament will be held. Come on down and have a cool one with us as we weight in that day on the river stage at 3 p.m.

The Xtreme Bass series was back at Camp Mack Saturday. Matt Hinman and Andrew Lee caught an 11 pound whopper to win not only Big Bass honors, but first place overall with their impressive total of 39.65 pounds. Yogi Norris and Newt Norris were second (29.70), followed by Steve Coleman and Eric Tilson (29.4) and Scott Perry and Richard Anthony (29.3). Close for second through fourth.

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