Famous Fishing Pros Gather to Celebrate

By Gary Simpson
Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Orange Lake Big Bass Documentation Program provided fishery managers with important information about trophy largemouth bass caught from the lake that Alachua and Marion counties share.

Following last year’s explosion of very large Orange largemouths, the FWC wanted to try and document fish more than 10 pounds caught by recreational casters through the first part of this year. Low water levels, however, held fishing activity — and big fish catching — to a minimum. Even so, lake managers will learn what they can from the entries they did receive.

All of the anglers who properly entered an Orange Lake-caught lunker of at least 10 pounds during the five month-long event that ended July 15 will now have a shot at the grand prize: a fishing day with Shaw Grigsby, Gainesville’s renowned bass fishing star and certainly among the most famous Florida fishermen of all time.

And happily, area anglers need not win any contests to share stories with not only Shaw, but also with his friends and fellow Bassmaster Elite Pros, Bernie Schultz and Peter Thliveros. All three angling studs will be in Gainesville and on hand for this Saturday’s grand opening of Gary’s Tackle Box.

The event at 5721 NW 13th Street will last from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and the amount of angling talent and knowledge on hand will be staggering. […]