Area angler competing in bass tournament

Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 8:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 8:44 a.m.

San Mateo's Wayne Black is in Louisville this week competing in the 24th Bass Fishing League All-American, the workingman's national championship. But the veteran tournament angler is in an unusual position.

Fishing from the back of the boat.

While the pros will be competing for the $140,000 top prize, Black is after the $70,000 check that comes with winning the co-angler division. After more than 30 years of running the trolling motor in tournaments, recently began competing as a co-angler - and earning some big money.

Black won the co-angler division of the Bass Federation National Championship to qualify for the All-American, where he is competing against 53 other co-anglers on the Ohio River.

The entire field competes Thursday and today for an accumulated two-day weight. The top-10 boaters and co-anglers advance to Saturday and the winners are determined by the heaviest three-day weight. There are no fishermen from North Central Florida in the pro division.

MUDFISH CATCHERS: Rodman Reservoir was the site of an unusual event last weekend - the inaugural Rodman Mudfish Tournament. Twenty-one two-man teams hunted for the largest single mudfish to earn the $1,000 prize.

More than 25 of the ugly predator fish were weighed in and the winners were Jolene and Mike Holmes of Hog Valley with a fish weighing 8.75 pounds. It was caught on a live shiner near the Orange Springs ramp.

Proceeds from the tournament benefited a scholarship fund for Clay County high school students.

GATOR PERMITS: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin selling more than 4,500 alligator harvest permits on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. on June 12.

The sale of gator permits will continue through 11:59 p.m. June 18. During this period, each person will be limited to one permit, which allows the taking of two alligators. If there are any remaining permits available after this period, permit sales will reopen at 10 a.m. June 19 and continue until all are sold.

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