Fish baffle fishermen in weekend contest

The Sunset Ridge Church of Christ sponsored their first-ever all male fishing retreat at the Brady Lake Marina on Saturday. Over 30 anglers outlasted threatening weather and uncooperative fish and enjoyed a fun-filled day of fellowship. “These men and boys enjoyed hours of fellowship and stories,” said event coordinator Chuck Bailey. “The experience they shared will provide a lasting memory for now and in the future.” Hourly drawings for 95 prizes made sure each participant went home with a prize catch despite their fishing abilities. Four age divisions each had a grand prize and other awards presented. In the 12 and under group, Ryan Coffman won the grand prize while Jaysen Owens took the sweepstakes, George Vela won avid angler and Josh Vela won the consolation. In the 13-19 age category, Shaw Wagner won grand prize, Hoot Fox won sweepstakes, Eric Kwast won avid angler and Luke Conrad won consolation. Bryan Shipman won top prize in the 20-59 age group. Harold Shipman won sweepstakes and Lonnie Vickers won avid angler. In the senior division of 60 and over, Herb Conrad won the grand prize, Conley Purcell won sweepstakes, Bob Kruse won avid angler and Roy Clements won the consolation. “We had a lot of favorable comments and opinions on the success of this event,” said Bailey. “We intend for this event to grow in numbers of entries and areawide interest.” Despite the lack of sizeable fish caught throughout the day, youngster Jaysen Owens’ determination netted him the biggest fish of the day less than 30 minutes after the tournament ended. For his efforts, fellow fisherman Lance Mathis donated one of his prizes to Owens for making the catch.

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