Record turnout for local fishing tournament
Branson, Mo. – On Saturday, May 4, a record number of local fishermen participated in White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s 6th annual Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament in support of WRVEC’s Scholarship Trust. The record-breaking, 88 teams came to Theodosia Marina on Bull Shoals Lake where the sportsmen launched their boats at 7 a.m. for an eight-hour day of fishing.
“The Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament allows members of the community to support the educational pursuits of our youth while doing something that they enjoy,” WRVEC CEO Chris Hamon said. “As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, one of White River’s four core values is commitment to community. This tournament exemplifies that commitment.”
Each of the 176 fishermen received a gift at registration. They returned in the afternoon for grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and the chance to win an assortment of prizes including reels, power tools and Bass Pro gift cards. The winners, including first through tenth place, took home 70 percent payback in prize money.
Dan Warner of Cedarcreek, Mo., and Steven Redford of Branson, Mo., took first place. Their five-fish limit won $1,750 for the biggest stringer at 14.06 pounds.
The team of Kenneth Giddens and Gary Martin from Ava, Mo., took second place overall with a $1,050 prize. They caught their five-fish limit and weighed in at 12.60 pounds.
Third place finishers were Lynn Luther and Waco Johnson of West Plains, Mo. This duo won $850 with five fish weighing 12.60 pounds.
Josh Johns, Theodosia, and Thad Ewry, Isabella, brought in 12.59 pounds of bass for the fourth place finish winning $650.
The overall fifth place team from Mountain Home, Ark., caught 12.46 pounds of bass. Paul Brunson and Chad Whited won the $550 prize for fifth overall.
Tim Dail and Danny Barr took 6th place and $450 for a 12.29 pound catch. Richard and Kevin Schmitz won $300 with 12.27 pounds for 7th place overall and reeled in the biggest bass weighing 6.14 pounds adding $400 to their winnings. The team of Robert Landry and Shannon Nelson came in 8th place and took home $200 with 11.93 pounds. Louis and Veronica Garcia came in 9th place with 11.93 pounds taking the $150 prize. Rounding out the winners in 10th place were Chance and Clarence Snell winning $100 for their catch of 11.86 pounds.
Proceeds from the Hooked on Education Tournament benefit WRVEC’s Scholarship Trust, funded by Operation Round Up. Each spring, scholarship applications are available to full-time students from the cooperative’s five-county service area. To date, the Scholarship Trust has awarded more than $1 million in aid for higher education. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of financial need, overall academic performance, extra-curricular involvement and college acceptance.
See more photos from the fishing tournament.
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Contact: Cris Swaters
417.335.9335 (WRVEC office)