The northernmost lake of the Kissimmee Chain is known to most folks as Lake Toho. Its full and proper name is Tohopekaliga, a hard name to spell and an even harder one to correctly pronounce.<p>
It's the "Last Stand at Pundit Creek", as our man Tommy Sanders succinctly put it. It's also the last chance for fantasy managers to claim bragging rights this season.
After 10 stops that included California, Texas and New York, the Bassmaster Elite Series, the most visible and prestigious tournament trail in fishing, will wind down its season with a finale Sept. 13-16 on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga.
When reached by phone, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Fred Roumbanis hadn't heard the news: BASS' newly released 2008 schedule doesn't include any Major tournaments.
Fishing fans will turn their full attention on Sept. 13-16 to the 11th and final event of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, the Sunshine Showdown presented by Allstate Boat Insurance on Lake Tohopekaliga out of Kissimmee, Fla.
Nobody saw it coming, not even Derek Remitz. But it sent a clear message to the rest of the field: The rookies are here, and they are good.
Here was Fred Roumbanis' three-day progression in the Bassmaster Legends presented by Ramada Worldwide: 20 pounds, five ounces on Day One (the biggest of the tournament); then 6-11; and finally, 5-0.
The New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and Toyota of Nashua joined forces on Father's Day, June 17, to hold the first City Fishing Tournament. The event featured a multidivisional, one fish tournament and a CastingKids competition.
Legislation has been introduced to protect anglers and other recreational boaters from a bureaucratic nightmare.
On the CITGO Bassmaster Tour his nickname is simply KVD, but around the rest of the world legions of fishing fans describe Kevin VanDam in more reverent terms. To them he is The Man, and there hasn't been anyone quite like him in the sport in many, many years.