Local bass tournament raises funds for charity

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By The Staff

The third annual Suwannee River Open Bass Tournament benefiting the North Florida Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was held April 3. The event was held at Clay Landing in Chiefland from safelight until 3:30 p.m.

A total of seven of the 15 boats were able to bring five fish limits to the scale.

The husband and wife team of Davey and Kerrie Parrish were able to best the rest of the field of accomplished anglers. Their five fish limit weighed 11.75 pounds and earned them $337.50 for the day and  very nice trophies.

Second place honors went to Ian Rodriguez. Although Ian fished alone and his boat broke down, he was still able to amass 10.95 pounds of large mouth bass. He also caught the big bass of he day. His big fish weighed 4.84 pounds. For his efforts, Ian was rewarded $202.50 for second place plus trophies. The big bass earned him an additional $150 and a beautiful plaque. Ian graciously gave his extra second place trophy to Pate’s grandson Logan.

Third place awards went to the local team of Kenny Corbin and Michael Graham. Their total weight for the day’s fishing was 6.90 pounds and they received $135 and trophies.

The beautiful first, second and third place trophies were donated by Chiefland Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep, The big bass plaque was donated by Florida Awards and Trophies of Gainesville.

All of the contestants enjoyed free hot dogs, sausages and cold water after the weigh-in. Tony and Cathy Pate donated the hot dogs and sausages. Miller’s Boating Center donated five cases of bottled water. There was also a raffle drawing of almost $700 worth of donated merchandise. Between the 25% of entry fees and the monies for raffle tickets the Pates were able to raise $426 for this charity.