Father-son team win Wolfson VIP event

Today's main event may draw 400-plus boats

The father-and-son team of Harry and Dr. Robert Tyson of Jacksonville took the 19th Wolfson VIP & Friends bass tournament Friday at Palatka riverfront with a five-fish total weighing 20.74 pounds.

The pair collected $1,000 for the victory.

Robert Tyson said they caught their fish on various lures. Things were looking good for the duo, but two hours before the 3 p.m. weigh-in, their engine broke down.

“We were able to flag down some help and we got to the ramp in time,” Tyson said.

Bad weather threatened to shorten tournament time for the 93 teams, but it eventually calmed.

“The wind got pretty bad and we could see some lightning in the area,” Tyson said.

Second place went to Daniel Robertson and Dale Connelly of Jacksonville with 19.62 pounds.

“We have fished this tournament several times and this was our best finish,” Robertson said.

The Duval County anglers were reluctant, as many of the teams were, to reveal their fishing methods or the areas they caught fish. The reason is that the WCH main event launches at first light this morning with a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000 and $5,000 for the tournament’s largest fish.

David Burch and Ray Vonnoh of Jacksonville took third with 16.68 pounds. Danny Inabnett and Randy Sievert of Deleon Springs were fourth with a limit weighing 16.61 pounds. Brian Smith and Chuck Hawkins of Orange Park rounded out the top five 16.52 pounds.

Mark Blevins and Brian Weldon of Palatka took sixth with 16.47 pounds, including the largest bass of the day at 8.37 pounds that paid $1,000. Lee and Parker Stalvey had the second largest bass to collect $500.