Nearly 50 boats eagerly revved their engines as they awaited the blast off countdown at the Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Foundation’s 8th Annual Fishing for Scholarships Tournament at Lake Chatuge on April 2.
“We are extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, chair of the events committee at TCCC. “The weather was beautiful for our fishermen, and there were some impressive hauls this year.”
More than $3,500 in prize money was handed out, while proceeds from the registration fees will fund two $1,000 scholarships for future TCCC students. The annual tournament is a joint effort by the Tri-County Bass Club and the Tri-County Community College Foundation, as well as by a cadre of volunteers from the College and the community.
The first place overall prize of $1,000 went to teammates Barron Adams, of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Trevor Prince, of Mineral Bluff, Ga., with a total weight haul of nearly 25 pounds. The pair also took the $250 prize for biggest large mouth bass, with their entry weighing in at 8.15 pounds.
The remaining teams that placed overall were: second place Dustin Williams and Ty Gibbs, both of Robbinsville; third place Heath Pack and Benny Henry, both of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; fourth place Jeff Southards, of Murphy, and Travis Hooper, of Robbinsville; fifth place John and Jerry Hembree of Blue Ridge, Ga.
Teammates Darren Lail and Kyle Garland, both of Robbinsville, won $250 for the biggest spotted bass (5.17 pounds). Least but not last, the team of Jason and Leon Chastain, both of Hayesville, won $100 for the smallest fish (1.28 pounds).
Stafford-Ortega said TCCC would like to thank its sponsors: Pepsi, Murphy Electric Power Board, Lowrance, Carrot Stix, Snap-on Tools, Down To Fish, Amos Refrigeration, BRMEMC, Brothers of Murphy,
C & J Mountain, Dude Wipes, First Citizens, Hayesville Car Quest, Ingles – Andrews, Hayesville, Murphy, Interstate Welding & Steel Supply, Krystal’s of Murphy, McDonald’s of Murphy, Mountain Valley Feed Store, Murphy Auto Parts, Murphy Building Supply, SignsFast, State Farm – Steven Aft, Take-A-Brak Portables, T-Shirts and More of Hayesville, Tri-County Bass Club, and United Community Bank.
For more information regarding TCCC’s annual fishing tournament, contact Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208. To view pictures from this year’s tournament, visit www.tricountycc.edu and click on the Flickr logo.
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