Five-fish big-money event set for this Friday night

CELINA-Friday night tournament director Luke Sherrell announced last week he would host a 5-fish limit event in conjunction with his regular series this Friday night.

The big event will feature a $100 entry fee, but will follow the same format of the regular events with the exception of the larger limit.

“We hope to have a good turnout this week for this tournament,” Sherrell said over the weekend.  “I’ve had several guys asking me to have one of these 5-fish events and there should be some pretty good money up for grabs.”

The tournament will allow largemouth, KY spots, and smallmouth to be eligible for the weigh-in and it will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

There will also be a big fish pot.

For more information, contact tournament director Luke Sherrell after 6 p.m. at 258-3706.

Nearly 8 pounds wins Friday night

CELINA-The second Friday night two-fish limit, ‘any species’ event was held here at Dale Hollow Marina last weekend, but the turnout was down from the opening event of the year.

“Several guys were on vacation and others couldn’t be here,” tournament director Luke Sherrell said.  “It was down, but we are looking forward to a good one this week (see story above).”

Sherrell and his partner Jerry Anderson claimed victory last week with two quality largemouth weighing in at 7.76 pounds.  They won the $200 winner-take-all prize (due to the small number of boats) with the help of the heavier of the pair weighing 4.46 pounds.

Their fish was a good one, but it wasn’t the heaviest of the night.

Marty and Junior Buford took the big-fish prize of $40 with a largemouth weighing 4.49 pounds officially after they were docked with a dead-fish penalty.

The events allow largemouth, KY spots, and smallmouth to be eligible for the weigh-ins and they run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring a $40 entry fee with 100% payback.  They also have a $5 big-fish pot each night.

For more information about the Friday night tournaments, contact tournament director Luke Sherrell after 6 p.m. at 258-3706.

A pair of ‘overs’ show up at last Thursday event

CELINA-After only seeing one fish over the 21-inch mark the entire season, a pair of the big fish Dale Hollow Lake is known for showed up at last Thursday night’s smallmouth-only tournament, along with a large 33-boat field of boats.

Joey Eads and Jason Lee combined their efforts to take the win and $264 with a total of 5.57 pounds, but they wouldn’t have reached that mark without the help of their smallmouth over 21 inches long weighing 4.01 pounds.

The second trophy fish was captured by Tony Daniels and Scotty Reagan, who used the 4.48-pound beauty and another small fish to total 4.98 pounds.  Their tally was enough to hand them the runner-up spot and $198.

Third place went to Michael and Colby Savage.  They won $132 with two small fish weighing a total of 3.19 pounds.

Taking the final paid position was Dewayne McLerran and Tanner Rich with 3.12 pounds.  The won $66.

The series is again featuring a “big fish of the year” pot and 60 anglers have currently signed up for the chance to win the additional money at the end of the year.  The entry for the pot is $10 per person and a 4.48-pound smallmouth is now leading the pool.

The tournaments start at 7 p.m. and participants return to a 11 p.m. weigh-in.  The entry fee is $20 per boat.  For more information about the competitions, call Steve at 823-5746 or Jeff at 823-4233.

Star Point Major won with ‘over and under’ limit

BYRDSTOWN-The first ‘major’ event of the year held here at Star Point Resort as part of the regular weekly ‘smallmouth only’ series was held last weekend and won with a fish over 21 inches long complimented by another under 16 inches long.

Jason Gibson and Justin Wright had the winning pair weighing 6.26 pounds and won the top prize of $720 from the 18-boat field.  Their big fish weighed 4.29 pounds.

Second place went to Mitch Robertson and Tim Reagan.  They took home $540 with the second “big-fish, small-fish” combo weighing an even pound less than the champions’ bag.

Their 3.44-pound big fish and another under 16 inches long totaled the team 5.26 pounds to hand them the runner-up position.

Robbie and Billy Joe Johnson claimed third and $360 with 3.56 pounds, and Jeremy Hill and Josh Sells rounded out the list of money winners with $180 and 3.42 pounds.

Tournament director Randy Roysden said the events would return to the regular time and entry fee this week.

Fishing hours for the regular events are 7 p.m. through 1 a.m. and will remain that way the rest of the season.

The tournament series is a smallmouth-only weekly competition and it features a $40 entry fee and 100% payback.  They also have a big fish of the year pot.

For more information, contact Roysden at 879-0555.

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