Youth have reel fun at Lake Fork

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Clear skies, free hotdogs, bike giveaways and complimentary wriggly worms welcomed folks to the annual Hooked on Fishing youth tournament on Saturday morning along the southern shores of Lake Fork.

Swarming to the Sabine River Authority headquarters, 215 registrants from ages legally alive to those legal to drive competed to catch the heaviest bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and turtles.

Former Dallas Cowboys players Kenneth Gant and Lincoln Coleman Jr. assisted Sheriff Tom Castloo in handing out the hardware to 18 outstanding anglers. Cash Harrison from Celina pulled in a 6.38-pound catfish, netting him the overall prize for the largest catch in any age or classification.

Champions of the category from birth to 4 years included Memphis Washburg with a .97 pound bass, Brady Mays with a 2.9 pound catfish, Emali Lane with a .39 pound perch, and Karen Tipton with a 4.55 pound turtle.

For the 5–8 year-olds, the top trollers were Cooper Swift with a 2.64 pound bass, Tucker Azlin with a 5.48 pound catfish, Lane Allen with a .43 pound perch, Jarhett Thompson with a .7 pound crappie, and Jesse Petrea with a 2.7 pound turtle.

The 9–12 year-olds were lead by Alizja Blasingame with a 2.88 pound bass, Cash Harrison with a 6.28 pound catfish, Royal Monacan with a .4 pound perch, Ella Glover with a .89 pound crappie, and A.J. Hardy with a 3.77 pound turtle.

Rounding out the field, the 13– to 16-year-old fishers weighing in the stoutest catches were Micah Alexander with a 2.53 pound bass, Robecca Jackson with a 3.07 pound catfish, William Flournoi with a .24 pound perch, and Zach McLemore with a 4.09 pound turtle.

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