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Big turnouts at Thursday night fishing tournaments


By Kevin Forrester



The Thursday Night tournaments have been a huge success this season. 


Tony and Marion Parson, directors of the tournaments, have seen some 40 boats each week come to the boat ramp on Thursdays to take part in the event. The tournaments have seen everything from family members fishing together to friends teaming up to win. 


The format is much the same as the normal circuits. The state required 14-inch minimum length on bass is enforced. There is a three-fish limit as opposed to the standard five-fish limit in other tournaments. The other exception is that the blast-off time is at 5:15 p.m. and participants fish until dark. Parson announces the weigh-in time each week since the days get longer each week entering the summer. As the days get shorter as it gets closer to the fall, Parson modifies the time. 


On May 3, Jeffery Davis won the 37-boat event with three fish weighing 7.82 pounds. Davis also took the big bass money with 3.65 pounds. Kevin Forrester and Ken Lowry were second with 6.44 pounds. Nick Simon and Wade Stapp were third (6.05), Kevin Presswood and Chris Allen took fourth (5.95), Sam Beatty and Don Hitchcock were fifth (5.60), and Joey Dalton and Kevin Crouch finished sixth (5.44). 


On May 10, Adam Anderson and Wally Willock won the 43-boat event with 7.89 pounds. David Dove was second (7.79 pounds). He also won the big bass money with 4.78 pounds. Forrester and Lowry took third (6.61). Mark Wade and Chris Williams were fourth (6.53), Stephen Williams and Mike Ayers took fifth (6.15), Kellis and Ray Higginbotham were sixth (5.91), and Will Dupler was seventh (5.89). 


In those events mentioned, the anglers were within ounces of finishing in higher money places. 


The fish are biting, so come out and enjoy the fun each Thursday evening. The cost is $25 per boat.



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