KISSIMMEE, Fla. (July 12, 2016) – The Enigma Fishing-sponsored duo of Jesse Tacoronte and Adam Santanoff brought a five-bass limit to the scale Tuesday morning weighing 17 pounds, 2 ounces to win the second annual ICAST Cup presented by FLW bass-fishing tournament on Lake Toho. For their victory, the duo each earned trophies to take home and the title of ICAST Cup Champions.
The event marked the kickoff of ICAST, the largest sportfishing trade show in the world. The tournament launched out of Big Toho Marina in Kissimmee, Florida, and featured 62 teams competing for bragging rights and to raise money for the KeepAmericaFishing™ foundation. Each company that sponsored a boat donated a minimum $100 entry fee to the foundation in order to compete. After the final fish had been weighed Tuesday, $6,000 was raised for the KeepAmericaFishing™ foundation.
“I think we were the first boat in the fleet to catch a fish,” says Tacoronte. “Within a minute and a half we had a fish in the boat – a 4-pounder. Twenty minutes later we had that one that was almost 6 [pounds] in the boat. We were using an Enigma 7-3, medium-heavy Phenom Series to fish outside grass edges.”
Swimming a Zoom Magnum Speed Worm with a 1/4-ounce weight was the key to the Enigma team’s victory.
“That thing imitates a needlefish,” Tacoronte adds. “That’s why the big ones eat it. That’s the primary forage out here for big fish. You won’t get many bites, but you’ll get big ones.”
Tacoronte and Santanoff focused on four key grass beds that Tacoronte says he fished about a month ago when he won a previous bass tournament on Toho. The grass has matured since then, so the anglers backed off to slightly deeper water and worked the worm with a steady retrieve in the middle of the water column for fish suspended up in the grass.
The duo’s largest bass, a 5-pound, 13-ounce largemouth, also earned them the Costa Big Bass Award, including t-shirts and a free pair of Costa sunglasses.
The top 10 teams finished the tournament in:
1st: Enigma Fishing – Jesse Tacoronte and Adam Santanoff, five bass, 17-2
2nd: 13 Fishing – Gene Jensen, Dave Lefebre, Mark Modoski, five bass, 15-13
3rd: Complete Custom Boats – Stephen Labaw, Doug Chance and Gary Jennings, five bass, 15-11
4th: Lew’s – Rocky Conroy, Tom Mann and Quinton Aaron, five bass, 15-5
5th: Lew’s – Mike Nelson, David Fritts and Ron Wong, five bass, 14-3
6th: Yo-Zuri Baits – Toyoi Nakamura, Mike Surman, Jeff Weakley and Ryuji Sonoda, five bass, 13-13
7th: Lithium Pros – Kevin Bennett, Ken Lucas and Ron Presley, five bass, 13-10
8th: TRIK FISH – Uby Rosell, Troy Gibson and Polly Dean, five bass, 12-3
9th: Mystik Lubricants – Bill Dance, Cody Detweiler and Ken Duke, five bass, 11-9
10th: Winn Grips – Elmer Alfafara, Chris Adams and Mike Pehanich, five bass, 11-1
Complete results for the tournament will be posted at ICASTCup.com.
Photos from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Chris Neau of New Orleans, Louisiana, was the GoFree Hooked Challenge winner and received a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 Fishfinder/Chartplotter unit for logging the most length of fish using the GoFree Hooked App. Roger Metz of Greer, South Carolina, won also a winner in the GoFree Hooked Challenge, logging the lowest amount of length using the GoFree Hooked App to win a Lowrance Hook-4 Fishfinder/Chartplotter.
With the GoFree Hooked app, you can record your catches by saving fish photos, catch locations, fish details, and notes about each catch, and then share that information with family and friends via text, email or social media. Add a whole new dynamic to your fishing trip by challenging friends, family or anglers from the worldwide GoFree Hooked user community to a tournament competition, and then follow the action via a live leaderboard. For more information about the GoFree Hooked app, visit GoFreeMarine.com.
KeepAmericaFishing™ is leading the fight to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways. As the voice of the American angler, KeepAmericaFishing works to keep our public resources – our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams – open, clean and abundant with fish. For more information, please visit KeepAmericaFishing.org.
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FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.