Many enter Lake Sweetwater kids fishing tournament

June 18, 2012

Shown fishing is Matthew Wilson, visiting from Sierra Vista, Ariz. He entered in the 13-16 age group and took home the small fish prize in his age group. (Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez)

A total of 45 kids signed up for the kids fishing tournament on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Lake Sweetwater, sponsored by Pappy's Bait and Grill Shop and the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club. The event was held at the Lake Sweetwater public boat ramp, with the competition running from 8-10:30 a.m. Prizes were awarded for the Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish and Outstanding Angler to the following age groups: 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds and 13-16 year olds. Judges for the competition were Mark Morgan and Jason Bond. Attendees also got the chance to meet the game wardens from Nolan, Fisher, Taylor and Scurry counties including Trey Kram from Scurry County, James Cummings and Roy Johnson from Taylor County, George Pasley from Fisher County and Jake Simmering from Nolan County.
Winner were as follows:

3-5 age group
Small Fish, Chance Bradley
Big Fish, Madison Gonzales
Outstanding Angler, Tony Akra

6-8 age group
Small Fish, None
Big Fish, Damon Sisk
Outstanding Angler, Annabelle Tolle

9-12 age group
Small Fish, Sasha James
Big Fish, Hunter Angler
Outstanding Angler, Samantha Bugarin

13-16 age group
Small Fish, Matthew Wilson
Big Fish, John Johnson
Outstanding Angler, Luis Muñoz

Each winner received a plaque, fishing poll, tackle box, gift bag and other prizes. Prizes were also drawn for other participants after winner prizes were given. Lunch was provided after the tournament for all in attendance.
Sponsors for the event include Custom Welding of Snyder, Sweetwater Kiwanis Club, Jimmy and Vicky Colton of Odessa, Crane Services of Sweetwater, Pappy's Bait and Grill, Jason and Brandy Cotton of Odessa, Dandy Western Wear of Sweetwater, First Financial Bank of Sweetwater, Casa Morales, Wendell Pinkerton of Colorado City, Brookshire's Grocery, O.D. Rentals of Odessa, Doug Sitter State Farm, Scotty McCorkle, Wendell's Marine in Colorado City,, Bealls, Master Scapes, KXOX Radio, Sweetwater Reporter, Alex Garcia "Mrs. Baird's," Kendal Mahoney and Barbara and David Gray.
Chance Bradley and Tony Akra are asked to go by Pappy’s Bait and Grill at Lake Sweetwater to pick up their prize packages.

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