BIG CYPRESS — Bass were caught, weighed and released.
Starting in March, 16 fishing teams joined the Seminole Sportsman’s 2018 Triple Crown Fishing Series, which culminated in a final event May 12 on the Big Cypress Reservation.
The March event was the Bass Buster’s Fishing Tournament, while the April event was the Howard Tiger Memorial Fishing Tournament.
The overall series champion is decided from the total weights from all three tournaments.
Darren Marlin and Joe Collins of the Hollywood Recreation Department oversaw the final weigh-ins of the live bass fish at Bigg Shot’s Fishing Dock during the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. event. Eight teams participated in the final round. (See final results below.)
The tournament was open to all Native Americans, community members and Seminole Tribe of Florida employees. At least one Tribal member had to be on each team. The department has held about 30 such fishing events over the years.
Fishing events coming up on the Big Cypress reservation include the Big Cypress Fishing Tournament on June 2 followed by the “Fish At Safe Light” tournament Sept. 8. For more information about both events call 863-902-3200.
The Triple Crown event was sponsored by Hollywood Councilman Christopher Osceola. Tournament shirts, hats and trophies were given to participants and winners.
George Grasshopper Memorial Bigg Bass Series Champions (first place)
Allen Benzor and Ralph Sanchez
40.78 total pounds for all three events.
Bigg Bass champions with a 3.96 pound bass.
Josh Jumper and Cicero Osceola
24.96 total pounds for all three events.
Bigg Bass of 3.75 pounds.
Walter Summeralls and Sara Osceola
14.5 total pounds for all three events.
Bigg Bass of 2.66 pounds.