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36 boats fish Rotary Fishing Tournament on Saturday

Frank Pelaez and Sheriff Bobby Schultz caught redfish and speckled trout in the tournament.

Frank Pelaez and Sheriff Bobby Schultz caught redfish and speckled trout in the tournament.

Bronson Sanchez and Tommy Rogers display their bass.

Bronson Sanchez and Tommy Rogers display their bass.

Trenton Rotary Club conducted their 7th Annual Fishing Tournament, the friendliest tournament on the gulf coast, last Saturday but the Gulf of Mexico was not friendly for the saltwater fishermen. The tournament, hosted again by Allen Clark and Suwannee Marina, saw good results in the freshwater bass category but inshore boats had to fight high winds, high waves and a lot of dark water from the high Suwannee River.

More than 100 attended the Captains Dinner at the marina where Allen served barbecued pork and chicken to the anglers and friends.  The tournament is a Trenton Rotary fund raiser that mainly benefits our county’s youth sports program, Gilchrist Leagues.  This year’s tournament saw 36 boats total entered in either the inshore, offshore and freshwater divisions and the best results were definitely had by the freshwater fishermen angling for bass in the river.  The best bag of 5 bass weighing 11.14 lbs. was caught by Capt. Tommy Rogers fishing with Bronson Sanchez and paid $385 to the winning boat. The biggest bass was netted by Mike Prince fishing with Tammy Prince.  It did not come as a big surprise that the biggest inshore bag of redfish and trout (14.95 lbs) was weighed in by Richard Feagle fishing with Ryan Feagle.  Those Feagles are usually on the winner board somewhere in the tournament.  The biggest redfish was caught by Frank Pelaez fishing with Sheriff Bobby Schultz and weighed in at 6.31 lbs, the winning speckled trout was caught by Robert Wilson fishing with Brian Northcut.  The offshore category did not weigh in any fish, three boat entries all reported high waves, sore muscles and very few fish.

Trenton Rotary wants to thank all of the local business and civic sponsors of the tournament it was a grand success again this year.

By Charlie Smith

Brothers Landon and Ozie Parrish caught bass.

Brothers Landon and Ozie Parrish caught bass.