Shaw Grigsby Looks To Defend At Lake Toho
KISSIMMEE, Fla.-January 3, 2001--The world's best anglers travel to
Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga for the Florida BASSMASTER Top 150, January
17-20, and Gainesville, Fla.'s Shaw Grigsby figures to be the favorite.
A year after back-to-back Top 150 wins at Lake Toho and Lake Seminole
(Ga.), Grigsby still marvels at the accomplishment.
"I never thought that I would win back-to-back Top 150s," said
"The win at Toho definitely allowed me to go out and be a little more
relaxed at Seminole."
Grigsby, known among bass fishing enthusiasts as a sight fishing expert,
believes that the amount of time he has spent on Toho definitely works to
"I've done quite well there and I like Toho, it's a great lake. It's
something that suits me having grown up two and a half hours north. It's a
lake I've fished on a lot so I feel very comfortable going out there. It's
not like I'm really searching a lot and trying to figure out what to do, I
just go out there and have fun."
Being something of an expert on Toho, Grigsby believes that a variety of
techniques could work extremely well during the tournament.
"The best thing about the Kissimmee chain and Toho this time of year is
that so many things work well, depending on the weather," he explained.
"The bass can be in the grass or in the hydrilla on up to the bank. That
allows guys to work shallow or deep. A variety of techniques will be
successful. Jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, flipping and pitching, as well as soft
plastics will all work well."
As is true with any tournament, the weather will play a huge role in the
outcome, and the weather in Central Florida during January can be somewhat
unpredictable. What kind of weather would Grigsby like to see?
"For me it would be better if it is warm and sunny, but for some others it
might be better if it is cold. If it is warm, I think I have a better
chance of doing well."
With some of the top bass fishing in the nation in Florida, Grigsby says he
always looks forward to the opportunity to compete in his home state.
"Anytime you go out in Central Florida you're likely to catch the bass of a
lifetime. You could catch an 18- or 19-pound bass. I always figured I'd
catch a world record out of there sometime. Being from Florida and coming
in to weigh in there at Toho is always a special treat for me, it's kind of
like you're a hometown favorite."
The Florida BASSMASTER Top 150 is the fourth of seven events on the
BASSMASTER Top 150 Trail this season. The winning pro will take home
$110,000 and the winning amateur, $27,000, out of the overall $431,450
purse. In addition to the prize money, anglers will be vying to earn
valuable points that will help them qualify for next summer's BASS Masters
Classic. The top 25 anglers in the season's points standings will qualify
to fish in the "Super Bowl" of bass fishing.
The Florida BASSMASTER Top 150 weigh-ins will be held at Kissimmee Lake
Front Park, in Kissimmee.
Additionally, a free CastingKids event, sponsored by Chevy Trucks and
Zebco, will be held there Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This
fun-filled national program, designed by B.A.S.S. CEO Helen Sevier,
encourages children to perfect the skills of casting, pitching and
flipping. Local B.A.S.S. clubs conduct the events and provide instruction
to all youngsters.
The BASSMASTER Tournament Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass
fishing circuit. It continues to set the standard for credibility,
professionalism and sportsmanship, as it has for more than three decades.
Sponsors of the 2001 BASSMASTER Tournament Trail include: Ranger Boats,
RangerTrail Trailers, Mercury Outboards, Chevy Trucks, ACDelco Batteries,
Worldwaters.com, Humminbird/Zercom Marine, Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster
Exhaust Systems, First USA/B.A.S.S. Platinum Visa, MotorGuide Trolling
Motors, Gore-Tex Outerwear and GMAC Insurance.
The event is sponsored locally by the Kissimmee, St. Cloud Convention &
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