A Reel Fun Slam

The Lions Club hosted their Annual Stingaree Saltwater Slam Fishing Tournament on Saturday, under beautiful blue skies. The tournament attracts teams from all over the area and benefits the youth of Bolivar through scholarships. Eighteen teams competed for the top prize of $2000. The anglers started out at 6am in pursuit of the trophy trout, redfish, and flounder. The teams were allowed to weigh in a stringer of up to 3 trout, 2 redfish, and 1 flounder. The highest overall weight determined the winner. To add to the fun and competition, a largest trout side-pot was started for any anglers choosing to participate – with winner take all.

The official weigh-in was to begin at 1:00pm, but the first boats started showing up closer to 2pm. A few teams waited until just a few minutes before the 3pm cutoff to weigh their catch. With the many impressive stringers of fish that were brought in, the competition was close.

First Place-Team 3 (29.03 pounds): Cody Crossan, Daniel Hilliard, David Jattar, and Ryan Priest

Second Place-Team 5 (23.13 pounds): Robert Strickland, Jason Brumley, Kyle Holmes, and Derek Lechlur

Third Place-Team 17 (21.12 pounds): Brandon Gralheer, RJ Stories, Brian McNeal, and Brim Bennett

The largest trout pot went to Cody Crossan with a catch of 5.11 pounds. However, a much larger trout was brought in live by another angler. This trout was an 8 lb 12 oz, 28 inch beauty, but the fisherman was not registered in the side-pot. He released the fish immediately after weigh-in.

The largest trout pot went to Cody Crossan with a catch of 5.11 pounds.

This 8 lb 12 oz, 28 inch beauty was released immediately after weigh-in.

Daniel Hilliard took home the top prize money in the Calcutta, with Jason Brumley taking second place money, and Brandon Gallaher third. Congratulations to all of the winners and Thank You to all of the participating teams.

Big Daddy auctioning a pair of his old flip flops

Drawing the winning raffle ticket for the Yeti cooler

Brad Vratis cleaning a couple of trout caught by Cooper. Brad then carried the filets upstairs and cooked a delicious meal for the young angler.


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