Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Top Bass Anglers Visit Palatka; Bassmaster Elite Tournament Will Pay $100,000 to the Winner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Top Bass Anglers Visit Palatka; Bassmaster Elite Tournament Will Pay $100,000 to the Winner

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Byline: JIM SUTTON

PALATKA - The bass capital of Florida might be, for the first time, the bass capital of the world.

Ninety-eight of the finest bass anglers on the planet are in town for the next four days to fish in a Bassmaster Elite tournament. This event brings dollars and national recognition to Palatka.

The fishing starts today. It could be considered qualifying, but the four-day weights add up for the last men standing. After two days of fishing today and Friday, the top 49 anglers will fish Saturday. On Sunday, only the top 12 will be in the hunt for the $100,000 first-place prize. The 49 anglers will all get a paycheck. The last-place angler will take home $5,000.

Local pro Peter Thliveros of St. Johns County has pre-fished the last three days, as has Palatka's hometown angler, Terry Scroggins.

If there was anything like an official gambling line on professional bass fishing, Scroggins would be the favorite. It's his backyard, literally, and he is as good a bedding bass angler as there is. …

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