Palatka anglers win VIP; Wolfson’s main event today
by Greg Walker
May 16, 2014 | 248 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Blevins and Mark Strange of Palatka took the 18th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital (WCH) Bass Tournament Friday at the Palatka riverfront with a five-fish limit of largemouth bass weighing 24.48 pounds that included the big bass of the day, tipping the scales at 11.75 pounds.

The Putnam County anglers collected $1,000 for their creel and another $1,000 for the big bass.

With today’s main event boasting a first-place prize of $10,000 and $5,000 for the big bass, the 71 teams were reluctant to say anything about the where and how they caught their fish.

“We just rather not say anything that would jeopardize our chances Saturday,” said Strange.

It was much the same reply from second-place Craig Haight and Darrell Kennington of Gainesville, who weighed in a limit at 19.46 pounds and took home a check for $750.

David McIntyre and Michael Johnson of High Springs took third with 17.96 that paid $600, and an additional $500 for second largest bass at 6.21 pounds.

The number four spot went to Johnny Key and Justin Bennett of Raiford with 16 pounds to receive a check for $500.

Daniel Robertson and Dale Connelly of Jacksonville rounded out the top five with 15.33 that paid $350.

This morning is the WCH main event, where officials are expecting over 400 over boats.

Following the 3 p.m. weigh-in, there will be a huge sponsor-donated merchandise raffle for spectators and fishermen. Tickets will be available for $1 each during tournament days.

The tournament concludes with a drawing for a fully rigged 2014 Bullet 20XDC Bass Boat with Boat Mate Trailer, and a Mercury 225 ProX OptiMax motor from Bullet Boats and Mercury Marine. Tickets will be available during the tournament days for a $10 donation.

Concessions will be available.
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