OKEECHOBEE — The Christian Team Trail Bass Tournament for January was held Saturday, Jan. 2. Fifty boats with 98 participants launched from Okee-Tantie Marina and braved the wind and threat of rain to bring in some excellent catches of fish. Eleven teams weighed in with a five-fish limit of 15 pounds or more.
Kail Stevens and Drew Wanczak bested the field with a five-fish limit weighing in at 24.38 pounds. They also captured big fish honors with a 8.33-pound largemouth.
Larry Wise and Blake Everett captured second-place honors with 21.14 pounds.
The uncle/nephew team of Keith and John Pearce took third place with 19.67 pounds.
Ken Goodwein and Bob Carney had 18 pounds for a fourth place finish, including the second place big fish weighing 7.11 pounds.
Bob Owens and Fred George took fifth place with 17.49 pounds followed by Mike Zubricky and Luke Farmer with 17.22 pounds in sixth place, Mike and Elizabeth Woods with 17.06 pounds in seventh place, Norris Newhouse and Mike Dillon with 16.78 pounds in eighth place, Clint Bryant and Rock Turgeon with 16.73 pounds in ninth place and Dick Myers and Brock Stanaland with 16.63 pounds in tenth place.
Elizabeth Woods shows off part of the catch she and husband Mike Woods brought in to capture seventh place.
Upon arriving at the weigh-in, the participants were greeted by a crowd of spectators, family and friends. Everyone was treated to cold drinks and all-beef hot dogs provided by Oakview Baptist Church and professionally prepared by City Councilman Noel Chandler.
The participants were additionally treated to door prizes provided by local businesses. The Trail thanks our regular providers of door prizes for our events: Eli’s Western Wear, Parrott Island Grill, World Famous Sam Griffin Lures, Fast Break Tackle, Garrards Tackle Shop, and Arby’s Restaurant.
The Christian Team Trail, known in local circles as “The Christian” is not a fundraiser or for profit, but an evangelism ministry of Oakview Baptist Church, using the biblical example of fishing to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Tournaments are held on the first Saturday of the month beginning in September and ending with the “Classic” in April. Christian Team Trail tournaments are Christ-centered and family oriented. The use of beverage alcohol or illegal drugs before or during the tournament, including the weigh-in, is prohibited. Anyone wishing to participate in the tournament as a contestant, or any merchant wishing to provide door prizes for the events are encouraged to do so and may contact Oakview Baptist Church at 863-763-1699 or Tournament Director, Jim Fowler at 863-634-4497.
Tournament entry forms may be obtained at local tackle shops or the church office at 677 S.W. 32nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34974.
Good fishing, in the Name of the One who makes all things possible.
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