Jan 29th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jan 29th, 2009 at 12:00 AM
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Lane of Winter Haven, Fla., has a new title to add to his fishing resume: Pro Celebrity Grand Champion Angler, won in the recent ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series Presents Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament
He and his brother, Elite pro Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., competed in the Nov. 8-9 event in benefit of cystic fibrosis research. Chris boated three legal redfish, and Bobby landed two. The tournament’s other target species, bonefish, eluded them both.
“Bobby actually had a bonefish on and it would have made him the winner, but it came off,” said Chris, characteristically showing support for his older brother. “We caught a lot of fish, but not all were big enough to count. We just had a great time fishing in the boat together instead of against each other.”
Chris was pumped by the saltwater experience, and said he’d like to go after redfish again.
“I’m ready to go right now. I still obviously prefer to fish for bass but if someone called and said, ‘Want to go fish a redfish tournament,’ and I wasn’t bass fishing, I’d definitely go.”