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MTK’s big bass tournament winners announced

WINNERS – Joey Woodrow and Jess Dilley proudly hold up the winning bass in the Big Bass Tournament at Calling Panther Lake last Saturday.

Saturday, April 26, Calling Panther Lake was the scene of the 1st Annual Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation Big Bass Tournament.  Boats hit the water at 6:00 am and reported their biggest catch every two hours.  Prize money was awarded for the two largest fish at each of those weigh periods.

Congratulations to Joey Woodrow and Jess Dilley for bringing in the largest catch of the day, a 5.97 lb bass.  Second place winners were Jonathan Fullilove and Ryan McNease with a 4.54 lb bass, and third place went to David Cooksey and J.C. Warrington with their 4.22 bass.  David Cooksey was so sure he was going to win he gave that big old bass a kiss, you can see the picture on Facebook.

The winners received prize money equaling $1500.   All fishermen received a gift for participating.  Our terrific gifts were donated by Mr. D’s, Louise’s, Crystal Springs Steak House, Dollar General Market, Van’s Sporting Goods in Brandon, Tinsel Town in Flowood, Family Fish House in Hazlehurst, and Backwoods Bayou in Brookhaven.  City Drug Store supplied all the drinks and water we needed, Harold Teasley supplied snacks and the Terry News gave us a discount on our newspaper ads.

We are very grateful to our sponsors:  B & C Auto Supply, Bank of the South, Channell & Sons A/C, Copiah Bank, Copiah Lumber, Kitchens Law Firm, MS Marine of Brookhaven, State Farm Insurance, Thrifty Pawn, and Wilson Meat House.

Very special thanks goes to Tina Lang and Ricky Blakeney for the countless hours they dedicated to making the event a success.  Certainly all the credit goes to them.  Also helping the day of the tournament were Lajuan Teasley and Charlotte Bolar.   Mayor Sally Garland joined in to present the winners their prize money.

Each donation and each fund raiser moves Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation nearer our goal of building a camp facility for children and adults with serious illnesses and special needs.  Thank you for your support.

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