7lb. Bass tops 8th Annual Relay Life Bass Fishing Tournament

Bass weighing more than 7 pounds tops Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament

(*Photos in the gallery above are of: The top fishing team was Tony Harvey and Donnie Beck (Two men holding 4 fish) who caught fish weighing a total of 21.95 pounds. Harvey and Beck won the $1,500 grand prize and a set of custom made City of Athens Relay for Life Champ rods donated by Grassy Custom Rods and Tackle of Lexington. The Big Fish was caught by Chris Steeples and Craig Johnson, weighing 7.37 pounds. The photo is of Steeples with the fish. The second place team was Darren Story and Ricky Story ((Red and Camo shirt) with 17.83 pounds.*)

A bass weighing more than 7 pounds was the Big Fish at the 8th annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament on April 27 at Ingalls Harbor.

Craig Johnson and Chris Steeples caught the bass that weighed 7.37 pounds and won the Big Fish Pot. The top fishing team was Tony Harvey and Donnie Beck who caught fish weighing a total of 21.95 pounds. Harvey and Beck won the $1,500 grand prize and a set of custom made City of Athens Relay for Life Champ rods donated by Grassy Custom Rods and Tackle of Lexington.

The second place team was Ricky Story and Darren Story with 17.83 pounds. The third place team was Dale Gist and Brian Simmons with 17.65 pounds.

“This is our team’s largest fundraiser, and we are grateful to our sponsors and the anglers for their support in helping us fish for a cure,” said City of Athens Relay for Life Team Captain Holly Hollman. “We also have dedicated volunteers on our team who ensure the tournament is a success from checking live wells to registering anglers to weighing fish to preparing lunch.”

This year’s tournament raised about $9,000. Organizers are working to secure Ingalls Harbor for April 26, 2020, for the next tournament and to raise the amount for first and second place in order to lure more anglers.

Fourth through 10th place also received cash prizes. This is the list of those winners and amount caught:

· Jerry Lawler and Danny Johnson, 16.61 pounds

· Benny Stewart, 16.17 pounds

· Kobi Mears and Boyd Mears, 16.13 pounds

· Jerry Pike and Victor Pike, 15.93 pounds

· Craig Johnson and Chris Steeples, 15.42 pounds

· Roger Comer and Jonah Comer, 14.53 pounds

· Kenneth Goodwin and Jeremy Gallaher, 12.89 pounds

(Photos and article courtesy of the City of Athens)

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