Friday, January 16, 2015

Ish Monroe Charged with Battery during Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Toho.

By Luigi De Rose

The narrow lock where the altercation occurred. (Photo: BASS)
A showdown at the crowded lock between Ish Monroe and Keith Poche on Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shop Southern Open on Lake Tohopekaliga resulted in both falling in the water and charges for Monroe.  Ish Monroe has been charge with battery and bail was posted at $1000. The alleged battery occurred early on Friday morning at the lock seperating Lake Toho and Kissimmee Lake. Ish Monroe was moored with another boat waiting for the lock to open when Poche rammed Ish's boat. A yelling match ensued and escalated when Ish reportable tried to board Keith's boat. An altercation occurred resulting in both falling into the water. Monroe continued to fish the entire day catching a 15-12 pound limit good enough for 18th place. Keith returned to the Big Toho Marina after the scuffle to report the incident and seek medical attention.

No word at this late hour if BASS will DQ Monroe due to possible unsportsmanlike conduct or breaking the law during tournament hours.

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