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Husband-Wife Bass Tournament a hit

June 7, 2012

On Saturday, June 2, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held their Annual Husband-Wife Bass Tournament and Fish Fry. Twenty-one anglers competed in the event that was held on McGee Creek Lake. Teams did not have to be husband and wife but did they did have to be a male-female team to be eligible for heavy stringer prizes. For the most part, the weather cooperated with mild temperatures, however some anglers did have to deal with scattered rain showers.

Catching a keeper bass proved to be quite difficult for most of the teams. On McGee Creek Lake, a slot limit is in effect that requires bass from sixteen to twenty-two inches to be released immediately. The sportsman club has a rule that all bass must be at least twelve inches in length to be kept in a tournament. This only leaves a four-inch length slot, from twelve to sixteen inches, for anglers to catch and keep a bass for the tournament. Over half the anglers were unable to catch a keeper bass.

A few teams were successful including Amy and Shawn Barnett. They won the tournament with a stringer weight of 5.57 pounds. Ellis Silvey and Faith Folsom finished in second place with a stringer weight of 4.70 pounds. Billy Latham and Chelsi Thomas had the third place stringer with a weight of 3.64 pounds. Billy Hensley caught the big bass of the tournament. It weighed 2.00 pounds.

In the ladies big bass division, Amy Barnett had the biggest bass with a fish weighing 1.31 pounds. Chelsi Thomas came in second with a bass that weighed 1.19 pounds. They were the only two ladies to weigh in a bass. They will both receive a plaque at the club’s next monthly meeting.

After the weigh-in, those that attended were treated to a fish fry. Cooks Eugene Hensley, Earl Jones and Billy Latham fried up catfish, donated by club member Cotton Bradford, french fries and hush puppies. There were also side dishes that had been prepared by some of the ladies. All that attended seemed to enjoy the meal and the fellowship.

The club’s next tournament will be held on June 9, at Pine Creek Lake. It will be team bass tournament and will start at "safe light" and end at 3:00 p.m. from the Rock Creek boat ramp.

Prizes and awards will be given at the club’s regular monthly meeting that will be held on Thursday, June 14. The club meets at the 7:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Heritage Center and Museum.

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