Big bass in Orange Lake could lead to prizes
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Anglers fishing Orange Lake near Gainesville now
have even more incentive to go after those big bass, thanks to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and The
Tackle Box in Gainesville.
Anyone catching a 10-pound (or bigger) bass from
Orange Lake can enter for a chance to win a day of fishing with Shaw Grigsby, host of "One More Cast" on the
Sportsman Channel and a top-ranked bass tournament angler.
In addition, The
Tackle Box is offering a monthly drawing for $100 worth of
"Daiwa Dollars," good for purchasing rods, reels and other Daiwa
products at its store. Monthly drawings will be the 18th of March,
April, May, June and July. The grand prize drawing is July 18.
To enter, catch a largemouth bass weighing 10
pounds or more between now and July 15 and enter it into the FWC's
program along with the required photos. One photo should
clearly display the fish's weight on a scale and the other photo
should show the entire fish. All participating anglers will receive
an FWC Big Catch certificate and Trophy Bass pin, in addition to
being entered into the drawings.
Report any catches as of Feb. 15, when the contest
opened, online at http://OrangeLake.MyFWC.com
and submit photos or visit The Tackle Box, at 5902 S.E. Hawthorne
Road in Gainesville, to enter. The FWC and The Tackle Box reserve
the right to make final decisions on contest eligibility.
"The largemouth bass fishery was outstanding last
year," said Allen Martin, an FWC regional freshwater fisheries
biologist. "It was particularly productive for large fish. Reports
of trophy-size fish in the 8- to 12-pound range have become fairly
common on Orange Lake."
Anglers who catch a bass between 8 and 10 pounds
are still eligible to receive a Big Catch certificate but are not
eligible for the drawings.
For more information about the Big Catch
program, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Freshwater
Located about 20 miles southeast of Gainesville,
Orange Lake is a 12,550-acre fish management area and the largest
lake in the FWC's North Central Region.