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Bass tourney raises nearly $17K
Annual event aids area food bank
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Jonathan Bids, center, and Luis Nunez, right, help Jonathan Martin prepare his fish for weigh-in Saturday during the American Proteins bass tournament at Little Hall Park. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Organizers were pleased with the results of American Proteins’ 15th annual charity bass tournament.

Natalie Gunter, who helped coordinate the fishing tournament, said about 62 boats turned out Saturday at Little Hall Park.

“Everything went really good,” Gunter said. “The weather was really good, but fishermen like to fish in the rain too, so that doesn’t always make a big difference.”

In total, the event raised nearly $17,000, she said. For a third year in a row, the proceeds will go to the Hightower Baptist Association Food Bank.

The bank is supported by about 60 churches in northeast Georgia and gives food monthly to families in need.

Last year’s tournament raised a little more than $15,000 with about 50 boats participating.

“We were happy to raise more than last year,” Gunter said.

A number of prizes are awarded each year at the event.

Gunter said this year’s “big fish” award, given to whoever reels in the largest single catch, went to Rob Jordan and Terry Jordan, who caught a 7.05 pound fish.

In addition, the top 10 heaviest overall catches received prizes ranging from $100 to $2,000.

The team of Paul Marks and David Nichols took first, with a total catch of nearly 21 pounds.

They were followed by Brad Wiley and Justin Beaty, with more than 18 pounds.

Gunter said the day, which included concessions and raffle sales at weigh-in, was a success.

“We had a lot of the families come to weigh-in and we gave away all our raffle prizes,” she said. “We raised $2,239 in raffle sales, which was included in our total.

“It was a really good day.”