Florida Tournament Report

Schmucker brothers smash 24, win Faith Equine Tournament

Cole and Shane Schmucker

The Faith Equine Rescue located in Lakeland, Fla. hosted a benefit bass tournament at Lake Kissimmee last month in an effort to raise funds to benefit the rescue. The event drew a crowd of 38 teams to the shores of Camp Mack, all anticipating to weigh a big bag at the day’s end.

It would be the young team of brother’s from George Jenkins High School that would top a field that consisted of seasoned veterans of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Cole and Shane Schmucker smashed a 24.00-pound, five-bass limit to win the event.

“We caught all of our fish casting worms to grass lines,” said the younger brother, Shane.

Luke Ferguson and Wesley Wise of the Polk State Fishing Team earned a second place finish by weighing a 20.80-pound, five-bass limit. Their bag was anchored by the tournament’s Big Bass, a 7.45-pound Kissimmee Toad.

Jeff Crandon and James Pearson weighed a 20.15-pound, five-bass limit to finish in third place. Mitch Campbell and Tommy Robinson finished in fourth place with a 17.95 pounds, followed by Grady Maynard and Jonathan Semento in fifth place with 16.75 pounds.

As a small, family oriented, 501(C)3 non-profit horse rescue, the Faith Equine Rescue helps to alleviate the suffering of equines by providing services to enrich the welfare of abandoned, neglected, and abused equines. The rescue also aims to educate the public on equine suffering, rehabilitation, and how they can help the unwanted horse problem.

For more information on the Faith Equine Rescue, visit www.faithequinerescue.com.