Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 07/11/2017

Story and photo courtesy of FLW Communications

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The U.S.A. Bassin-sponsored duo of Richard Patterson, Dave Smith along with media representative Glen Cabezas from AnglerGear.net, won the third annual ICAST Cup presented by FLW bass-fishing tournament on Lake Toho Tuesday morning after bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces. For their victory, the duo each earned trophies to take home and the title of ICAST Cup Champions.

The event marked the annual kickoff of ICAST, the largest sportfishing trade show in the world. The tournament launched out of Big Toho Marina in Kissimmee, Florida, and featured a record field of 69 teams competing for bragging rights and to raise money for the KeepAmericaFishing™ foundation. Each company that sponsored a boat donated a minimum $200 entry fee to the foundation in order to compete. After the final fish had been weighed Tuesday, $14,000 was raised for the KeepAmericaFishing™ foundation.

“This was my third time fishing (the ICAST Cup) and I’m glad to be here,” says Cabezas, who is the chief content provider for AnglerGear.net. “It was a great day and really showcases what the lake is capable of.”

His partners of Patterson and Smith are locals who fish plenty of tournaments on Toho and help run the U.S.A Bassin Toho Division.

“I nicknamed our team ‘hammer and two nails’ today,” laughs Patterson. “We caught our fish early and then around 8:30 or 9 o’clock it started to slow down. That is when we thought things might be going pretty well.”

“We rolled up on a waypoint this morning and doubled on a 4- and 6-pounder right away,” adds Smith. “It was a great time. When the fishing slowed down, we just slowed down with them.”

The trio targeted clumps of grass with a lipless crankbait, vibrating jig and a Texas-rigged big worm.

The top 10 teams finished the tournament in:
1st: U.S.A. Bassin – Richard Patterson, Dave Smith and Glen Cabezas, five bass, 20-7
2nd: T.A. Mahoney Co. – Tom Mahoney and Mike Hardy, five bass, 19-12
3rd: C-MAP – Greg Huff, Candler McCollum and Kyle Wood, five bass, 16-15
4th: 13 Fishing – Ricky Teschendorf and Jesse Mizell, five bass, 16-4
5th: Bob’s Machine Shop – Steven Pelini, Tim Parker, Les Bendert and Thomas Oltorik, five bass, 15-4
6th: Boca Bearing – Fisher Cusic, Brian Stockl, Andrew Mata and Bradley Dortch, five bass, 15-2
7th: Vicious Vision, Nitro & Bass Pro Shops – James Barnett and Rob Jordan, five bass, 13-12
8th: Aqua Tech Marine/Bass Cat Boats – Robert Branagh and Thadeus Ragan, four bass, 13-7
9th: Lew’s – John Carman and Peter Thliveros, five bass, 12-11
10th: Shimano – Matthew Mattingly, Andy Hagedon and Alex Davis, five bass, 12-10

Complete results and photos from the tournament will be posted at ICASTCup.com.

The T-Reign/Boomerang Tool Company-sponsored team of Greg Abdallah, Mickey Gibbs and Jeff Weakley weighed the largest bass of the event – a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth.

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.