Fishing tournament nets â well, fish

Forty-three pounds of catfish and flatheads were pulled from the water Saturday at the annual Craig White fishing tournament. Twenty-four two-man teams made the haul in the day-long derby at Peabody Country Club.

Mike Benson and son Derek took first place with 11 fish weighing a total of 34.3 pounds (including the largest single catch at 3.6 pounds.)

Second place was captured by Callie Smith and Traci Callahan who also caught 11 fish. But their take only weighed in at 3.1 pounds and all were returned to the lake to spend a couple more years growing.

The third place team was Calvin Garoutte and Matt Litton with one fish weighing in at 2.3 pounds.

The smallest fish was caught by Michael Hurst and tipped the scales at a mere 0.001 pound.

"The weather was perfect all day," said Todd Henderson, White's brother and one of the organizers of the event. "It was a great turn-out and everyone had a good time. Following the weigh-in we had a drawing for all the prizes donated by businesses and individuals.

"The evening was topped off listening to Code Blue blues band from Newton," he said.

Two special drawings also were held during the evening. One was for a king-size fish pattern quilt made by Lisa Hurst and won by Rod Conquest.

The second drawing was for a Coleman Tailgate Grill. It was won by Fred Saenz.

Money raised in White's memory will be used throughout the year to help individuals who are experiencing hardships.