Second monthly 5-fish-limit event blasts off Friday night

 

CELINA-The second of a monthly series of five-fish-limit tournaments hosted by Friday night tournament director Luke Sherrell to compliment his regular weekly series will be held here at Dale Hollow Marina this weekend.

The June event featured several good sacks and a significant total purse worth over $1,800–thanks to the $100 entry fee, and Sherrell is looking for another good turnout.

“We had nearly 20 boats last time and we hope to see even more this month,” he explained.  “The guys seemed to like the larger limit and bigger money.”

Billy Gardner and Saturday night tournament director Derrick Anderson won the last event with well over 15 pounds and seven other teams weighed in over 10 pounds.

The tournament will follow the ‘any species’ format, where largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky spotted bass are eligible for the weigh-in.  Fishing hours will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and there is a $10 big fish pot.

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

 

June 26 Friday night  tourney sees over 8 lbs.

CELINA-The Friday night ‘any species’ tournament held here two weeks ago (June 26) at Dale Hollow Marina produced a nice two-fish limit of largemouth weighing over eight pounds.

Jeff Neal and Donnie Harris teamed up to win $250 with a pair of lunkers weighing a total of 8.26 pounds, including a 5.28-pound bass–which won them an additional $110 for the big fish award.

Second place and $165 went to Robbie and Billy Joe Johnson for their sack weighing a total of 6.06 pounds.

The final paid position went to Steven and Jerry Arms. They won $65 with 5.78 pounds.

 

Five-pound bass seen two Friday nights in a row

CELINA-For the second time in as many weeks, a largemouth weighing over five pounds was carried to the scales at the Friday night ‘any species’ tournament held here at Dale Hollow Marina.

Last week Jeff Neal and Donnie Harris came up with one to win (see related story), and this week Ernest Garrison and Jerry Scott weighed a lunker in to claim the top prize.

Garrison and Scott totaled 8.29 pounds to take first place and $270, but their 5.19-pound monster largemouth was the highlight of the night as it won the big fish award worth an additional $140.

Second place went to Robert Reagan and Marty Shelley.  They had a limit weighing in at 7.08 pound to win $175.

Mitch Robertson and Tim Reagan claimed the final paid position worth $115 with 6.64 pounds.

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 an optional $10 big-fish pot each night.

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

 

 

WINNING CATCH-Marty Buford and Billy Joe Botts used this two-fish limit of smallmouth weighing a total of 5.78 lbs. to win last Thursday night's tournament. (Photo courtesy Brandon Cross)

WINNING CATCH-Marty Buford and Billy Joe Botts used this two-fish limit of smallmouth weighing a total of 5.78 lbs. to win last Thursday night's tournament. (Photo courtesy Brandon Cross)

 

A pair of big fish weighed Thursday night

CELINA-Well over 30 boats again showed up here last Thursday night at Dale Hollow Marina for the weekly two-fish-limit, ‘smallmouth-only’ tournament and two smallmouth over 21 inches long were brought back to the weigh-in.

First place and $288 went to Marty Buford and Billy Joe Botts.  They had a big fish weighing 3.92 pounds and finished with a total of 5.78 pounds.

Robert Reagan and Marty Shelley claimed the runner-up spot worth $216 with the second fish over 21 inches long weighing 3.37 pounds.  It pushed their total up to 5.16 pounds and handed them second place.

Third place went to Brian Dickerson and Gayland Finch.  They pocketed $144 with two fish under 16 inches long weighing 3.87 pounds.

Taking the final paid position was Shannon and Billy Kendall.  They won $72 with a total of 3.48 pounds.

The series continues this week and the Smiths welcome anybody interested to come fish.

The tournaments start at 7 p.m. and participants return to a 11 p.m. weigh-in.  The entry fee is $20 per boat.

The series also features a ‘big fish of the year’ pot that has begun this year with a $10 one-time fee.  Currently there are 55 individuals participating and Botts’ 3.92-pound fish is now in the lead.

For more information about the competitions, call Steve Smith at 823-5746 or Jeff Smith at 823-4233.

 

Saturday night events take the 4th weekend off

DALE HOLLOW-Both the Saturday night three-fish-limit event at Dale Hollow Marina and the Saturday night ‘smallmouth-only’ tournament at Star Point Resort took the weekend off over the July 4th holiday this past week, but they will continue this weekend.

For more information about the events contact tournament directors Derrick Anderson at 267-3211 or 243-6161; or Randy Roysden at 879-0555.

If you have something you would like to see discussed in the Outdoor Notebook or have a picture of your trophy for publication, please contact Thomas Weaver at 243-4710 or email:  [email protected], or drop them by the HORIZON office on the square.  Pictures will be returned.