The Pryor Times

June 12, 2013

Fishing tournament draws hundreds

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

SALINA, OK — The fish were biting at the Lake Hudson Kids Fishing Tournament at Snowdale Park in Salina June 8.

Over 250 children up to age 16 came out to the event, sponsored by the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grand River Dam Authority and Lake Hudson Association.

In the "Most Fish" 0-5 age division, Jacob Baisden, 4, reeled in 27 fish for first place. C.J. Cox, 3, pulled in 23 fish for silver and Colton Smoke, 4, got 13 fish.

Lyndee Copeland pulled in a whopping 63 fish but checked in after winners were announced. Copeland was also awarded a prize rod and reel and trophy.

Hunter Mathis, 4, landed the biggest fish in his age division (4 pounds, 10 ounces), winning a trophy, rod and reel and $100 cash.

Braxden Black, 5, landed the smallest fish.

In the 6-12 age group, Robbie Alberty, 8, reeled in 38 fish, good for a first-place finish. Trayston Phelan, 8,  grabbed second place with 20 fish and Kiah Botsford, 9, finished third with 16.

Zacharie Counts, 12, landed the biggest fish of the day in any division, a 6 pound, 5 ounce whopper which won him first place. Sadie Jeffcoat, 8, was the winner of the "Smallest Fish" first-place trophy.

Jessie Cagle, 14, edged Britny Jones, 15, for the biggest fish in the 13-16 age division. Cagle's winner weighed 2 pounds, .55 ounces, besting Jones' fish by a quarter of an ounce.

Luke Price, 12, bagged the most fish in the division with 15. Andrew Corley, 13, netted five for second place, and third-place winner Logan Johnson, 13, pulled in two.

Additional  sponsors for the event were Lakeside Bank of Salina, Jiffy Stop, Salina Highbanks Speedway, First Baptist Church of Salina, Band of Believers Church, The Lakeland Store, Titonka Trading Co., Fishing Promotions, Bass Pro Shop, Nabatak, REC, Stephens Memorial Chapel, Pepsi Co., Love Bottling Co. and Janees Taylor for Tribal Council.

All of the children registered to participate in the fishing tournament received a free rod and reel.

Band of Believers Church made balloon fish for all the kids. After fishing, everyone enjoyed hot dogs, chips and drinks.