Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; Palatka Pair Qualifies for Bass Super Bowl

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; Palatka Pair Qualifies for Bass Super Bowl

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Byline: JOE JULAVITS

Only two Florida anglers will be in the 47-man field for next month's CITGO Bassmaster Classic, and both are from Palatka.

Terry Scroggins and Preston Clark qualified for the so-called Super Bowl of bass fishing scheduled for Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 in Pittsburgh. Both anglers reached the Classic by finishing among the top 25 in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.

Other qualifiers for the 2005 Classic include last year's champion, Takahiro Omori; the top-five finishers from the Bassmaster Open Championship; the top 10 from the Elite 50 series; and the five BASS Federation regional champions.

Meanwhile, BASS has announced that the 2006 Classic will be fished Feb. 24-26 on Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. The BASS headquarters is in nearby Celebration.

The winter date is expected to increase the ESPN TV viewing audience. Also, late February offers the prospect of outstanding fishing on Lake Toho.

The 2006 Bassmaster Tour will begin two weeks after the Classic and make 11 stops around the country.

SISTERS CREEK TO CLOSE FOR GJKT

Sisters Creek Park and boat ramp will be closed from Tuesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 30 as the annual BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament occupies the site.

The park and ramp are temporarily closed each year so workers can prepare the site for the event. The 2005 GJKT will be fished Monday, July 18 through Saturday, July 23.

GATOR HUNT PERMITS TO BE SOLD IN FLORIDA, GEORGIA

More than 4,000 permits for Florida's annual public alligator hunt will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6.

The permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each permit holder will be allowed to take two gators from a designated area. The statewide hunt runs from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 8.

Permits may be applied for at county tax collector's offices, licensed agents, online at MyFWC.com/license or by calling 1-888-486-8356.

To obtain a permit, applicants must purchase an alligator trapping license and two alligator hide validation tags, a total cost of $272 for Florida residents and $1,022 for non-residents. …

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