Palatka's Scroggins favorite at Kissimmee Chain of Lakes tournament

Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
On the eve of the 36th Bassmaster Classic next month on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, two of the pre-tournament favorites will make an appearance at Miller's Boating Center Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Palatka pros and former team partners Terry Scroggins and Preston Clark, the only two Florida pros in the world championship, will be on hand at Miller's. Scroggins is one of the sport's rising young stars and the heavy favorite entering the Classic.
Miller's Boating Center is located on U.S. Highway 441. For more information, call 352-622-7757.
Quail dinner Quail and trial dog enthusiasts are invited to the 5th Quail Unlimited Chapter 644 Banquet and Auction on Feb. 16 at the Central Florida Field Trailers Club House in Lake Wales. The festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the event benefit local wildlife conservation projects. For more information, call Bob Jackson at 863-646-1475.
Classified filled North Carolina's Jeff Coble grabbed the 51st and final spot in the Classic last weekend by winning the ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series Championship on East Lake Tohopekaliga. He posted a three-day total of 27 pounds, 11 ounces. His winning lure was a Zoom Craw.
Browne bombs Veteran pro Glenn Browne, the area's only angler competing on the FLW Tour, finished 54th in last week's season-opener on Lake Okeechobee. The Ocala pro weighed in 10 bass totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Japanese pro Shinichi Fukae, who spent a whopping 18 days practicing for the tournament, was the winner.
Local bass news Gainesville's Gary Simpson and Tom Burke won the recent Bass Champions Senior Tour event on Orange-Lochloosa with three bass weighing 13.60 pounds, including the big-bass winner (6.49 pounds). Keith Chapman and Don House of Gainesville were second with 8.30, followed by Ocala's Billy Bowen, Jr. and Donnie Peavy with 7.07. The next tournament at Orange-Lochloosa is Feb. 26.
In the recent Extreme Bass Series Rodman Division the winning team was Kelly Borgh of Silver Springs and Dale Jackson of Anthony with 11.91 pounds. Jacksonville's Karl Hidalgo and Brad Strayer was a close second with 11.05, followed by Chris Avery of Ft. White and R. L. Minnich of Lake City with 8.01. The next tournament on Rodman is Feb. 18 out of Kenwood. For more information on both circuits, contact Foy Underwood at 352-694-6272.
Crappie or perch Robert Shaw of Melrose wrote in response to recent stories in The Sun on local crappie fishing. Apparently, he objects to the fact crappie are widely referred to as speckled perch or specks in Florida. Shaw wrote "speckled perch is a misnomer" and pointed out "crappie are not a member of the perch family."
"If local fishers cannot pronounce "croppy," he wrote, "then please just write specks and omit the perch tag. That's the only way local anglers will ever be educated in the correct terminology."

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