At the 26th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament held May 14-16 at Palatka City Docks, more than 1,200 fishermen in 614 boats competed in the three-day tournament, the largest in our region.
First place honors went to Randy Hadden of Jacksonville, Florida, and Erik Fraser of Glen St. Mary, Florida, just west of Macclenny. They posted a five-fish aggregate weight of 27.09 pounds for the top cash prize of $10,000. The team finished a little less than a pound ahead of the nearest competition, Matt Field of Jacksonville Florida, and John Mobley of Glen St. Mary, Florida, whose combined weight of 26.39 pounds, won them second place honors. Stephen Bishop of Deland, Florida, and Dell Massie of Belle Isle, Florida, finished third at 25.06 pounds.
In the Big Bass competition, Mike Davis from Summerfield, Florida, and Denis Hernandez of Wildwood, Florida, caught a 9.82-pound bass and took home first prize and $5,000. David McIntyre of White Springs, Florida, and Michael Johnson from Lake City, Florida, finished second in the Big Bass competition at 9.70 pounds, and William Brown from Lake City, Florida, and Virgil Langford of White Springs, Florida, won third place at 9.49 pounds.
The winner in the drawing for a fully rigged 2015 Bullet 21SS Bass Boat with Boatmate Trailer and Mercury 225 Pro XS OptiMax Motor was Josh Herstone of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament appeals to a wide range of anglers from novice to professional, and continues to grow each year. In 2014, 599 registered boats and 1,198 fishermen participated. To date, the tournament has raised more than $2 million to help provide for the educational needs of patients and staff, and to purchase life-saving technology for the infants, children and young adults in our care.