A record 59 teams entered the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 28, and 26 teams went away with prizes. Every team received a goodie bag.
First place went to Joey and Zach Ridgle of Brownsboro, who weighed in four bluegills totaling three pounds. The team won an X-Box 360 plus other merchandise. Altogether some $2,500 worth of prizes were awarded.
Rounding out the top five were second place, Blake Wilson and Brittany Johnson of Chandler; third place, Pam and Zay Ridgle of Brownsboro; fourth place, Craig and Austin Stracener of Waxahachie; and fifth place, Doug and Triniti Tapley of Corsicana.
The largest fish, 0.88 pounds, was caught by Trey and Boston Rogers of Athens.
Pictures of all the winners can be seen on the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Facebook page.
Sponsors of the tournament include Lake Athens Property Owners Association, Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership, Wal-Mart Supercenter of Athens, McDonald’s, Cripple Creek Bar-B-Q, Ole West Steakhouse, Danny’s BBQ, McAlister’s Deli, and Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
Image courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department