Ditchmen • NUCA of Florida Ditchmen • March 2018 - Page 20

ASJMSF BASS TOURNAMENT HUGE SUCCESS! via Kari Hebrank, Executive Vice President, NUCA of Florida On February 22-24, close to 100 anglers gathered in Clewiston, Florida for the 18th Annual Andrew Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship Foundation Bass Tournament. Thanks to arrangements by Brad Bamman, Ferguson Waterworks, on Thursday evening the group enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Elk’s Lodge in Clewiston comprised of pulled pork, scrumptious fried chicken, green beans, baked potatoes and dinner rolls accompanied by adult beverages of choice. Clark Cryer, Johnson-Davis, Chair of the Bass Fishing Tournament welcomed the group and thanked the sponsors. Bass Online owner Todd Kersey explained the rules of the tournament and John Fernandez of CROCS, LLC conducted the Captain’s Meeting. After a beautiful day on Lake Okeechobee, 20 DITCHMEN • MARCH 2018 participants returned to Roland Martin Marina to enjoy a catfish buffet, complete with fresh, lightly-battered catfish, roasted potatoes, salad and hush puppies topped off with adult beverages. Saturday’s anglers visited with each other as each team weighed in their 3-top bass and the total weight of both days bounty was calculated. The guided team tournament winner was Austin Tupler Trucking, Glen Tupler, Juan Mas Sarda, and Johnnie Mas Sarda with a total weight of 24.71. Glen Tupler, Tupler Trucking also caught the largest bass with a weight of 7.24 lbs. Paul and Emma Knight, Ryan Incorporated, managed to bring in the second-largest bass of the tournament weighing-in at 6.04 lbs. The second-place guided boat winner was team Caulfield Wheeler, David Lindley, Paul Tripp and Chris Bugg, with a total weight of 24.06 lbs. and their biggest bass weighed-in at 5.68 lbs. For the unguided teams, the first-place team was U.S. Concrete Products Corporation, Ron Scarletti, Maryann Giordano and Charles Backes, with a total weight of 27.11 lbs. and their biggest fish totaled 5.67 lbs. The second-place unguided team comprised of Jeff Liefer and Mike Banks, also with U.S. Concrete Products Corporation, caught 22.06 lbs of bass during the two- day event. Their largest bass totaled 5.37 lbs. Many thanks to all the sponsors and participants for making this year’s tournament the best one yet! Be sure to watch for the scholarship applications that will be posted online within the coming month— college-bound students of all NUCA of Florida members and their employees are eligible as are all the participants and sponsors of the tournament. • • •