The 2019 Toho Marine Elite One Man Series season came to an end Sunday October 20th with a Classic Tournament fished by 20 Anglers on the St. Johns River up North in Palatka.
What originally was a scheduled two day tournament only took place Sunday, one day, due to the storm system that swept across the state. Tournament directors made the call Friday night to cancel Saturday’s events for the safety of the anglers.
The storm didn’t bring much luck landing big sacs on Sunday as it only took a five fish limit of 11.85 pounds to win the top prize of $3,500. Kelly Borgh of Silver Springs, Florida was the 2019 Classic Champion. Of the 20 Anglers that participated only 8 brought fish to the scales to be weighed-in. Fishing was tough on the river this weekend.
Second Place and $2,000 was secured by Mitch Liss for his 11.46 pounds, which also included the Big Fish of the tournament, a 6.50 pounder, that brought him a bonus of $600. Third Place went to Jimmy Murphy for his 3 fish totaling 8.37 pounds. He received $1,000.
First, Second and Third Place also were presented with Trophies. Last place paid out was 4th and that $500 went to Santos Solis (JR) who was also recognized as the 2019 Angler Of The Year for the Toho Marine Elite One Man Series based on points earned throughout the season.
The 2020 season will kick off early in January next year with the first tournament going out of the South Port docks on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.