At the 27th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament held May 19-21 at Palatka City Docks, more than 1,376 anglers in 688 boats competed in the three-day tournament, the largest in our region.
First place honors went to Butch McKee of Lake Butler, Florida, and Glenn Rogers, Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. They posted a five-fish aggregate weight of 25.26 pounds for the top cash prize of $10,000. The team finished more than a pound ahead of the nearest competition, Justin Woods of Hampton, Florida, and Clayton Woods of Lawtey, Florida, whose combined weight of 23.75 pounds, won them second place honors. Brian Smith and Chuck Hawkins, both from Jacksonville, Florida, finished third at 22.84 pounds.
In the Big Bass competition, Wendell and Dewayne Burke from Cross City, Florida, caught an 8.89-pound bass and took home first prize and $5,000. Justin and Clayton Woods, who also came in second place for the tournament, finished second in the Big Bass competition as well with an 8.81-pound fish. Jay Daily from Hawthorne, Florida and Zachory Weimer from Gainesville, Florida, took third place at 8.26 pounds.
The winner in the drawing for a fully rigged 2016 Bullet 21XRS Bass Boat with Boatmate Trailer and Mercury 225 Pro XS OptiMax Motor, valued at more than $56,000, was Sharon Rashad 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 2015, 614 registered boats and 1,200 fishermen participated. To date, the tournament has raised more than $3.7 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.