When professional anglers descended on the Harris Chain of Lakes on February 22 through 25 as part of the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour, they made a little pit stop. Patients at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares were surprised with visits from some of the nation’s top FLW anglers, including Cody Kelley, Jimmy Reese, Joe Long, Billy Hines, and anesthesiologist Jay Kendrick, M.D., who was the 2015 Rayovac Champion.
The competitive fishermen towed their boats to the 269-bed Florida Hospital Waterman parking lot and signed autographs in the lobby during a public meet and greet.
“Lake County is world renowned for its gorgeous lakes and waterways,” says Florida Hospital Waterman CEO, Abel Biri. “We are proud to be located in this beautiful region and are happy to be involved in this community event in support of sports, health and nature. It was a blessing to our team members and patients to meet the FLW anglers and an honor to show them our campus.”
FLW conducts 274 bass-fishing tournaments throughout the country and gives anglers the chance to compete for millions in prize money. The competition can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show.