Sunshine Showdown • Harris Chain of Lakes, Tavares, Fla.
March 10-13, 2011
The Harris Chain is made up of nine lakes that total about 76,000 surface acres in Central Florida. They're full of big Florida largemouths, and some of those bass will still be spawning when the Elites get here in mid-March. Though most of the giants will be off the beds by the time of the tournament, don't be surprised to see a double-digit bass or two on the first day of competition.
The Elites were last here at about the same time two years ago. That's when Brian Snowden squandered a big lead on the final day and left the door open for Mike McClelland to win with 59-2. McClelland worked a Texas rigged plastic worm around lily pad patches for his catch. The big bass of the tournament was Bill Lowen's 10-6 caught on a swim jig.