C-Quarters marks 10 years of youth tournament

Alvin Howard

Alvin Howard shows off the winning catfish caught by his great-grandson Bentley Parramore

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 05:20 PM.

Despite rainy weather, Carrabelle’s C-Quarters Marina marked the 10th anniversary Saturday of its annual youth fishing tournament in fine fashion.

More than 192 kids caught 111 fish, off docks, on the Carrabelle River and in the bay no further out than Dog Island, as excitement reigned despite the intermittent rain.

“This is what we weighed,” said tourney director Mary Lawhon. “There was many more fish than this.”

Tony Merrell from Merrell Automotive took out kids from his Sunday School class. Young fisherboys and fishergirls, under age 16, came from Hosford, Leesburg, Tallahassee, and Crawfordville, and all throughout Franklin County.

Joli Johnson caught her flounder on a hook and line off a shrimp boat in the river, and won a $25 gift certificate to C-Quarters for her efforts from James Hayman.

Tyler Grindstead landed his nice-sized speckled trout off his grandfather’s dock in Lanark Village. Bentley Parramore, the 3-year-old great-grandson of Alvin Howard, caught a 5.44-pount catfish to win the top prize in that category. “I’ve been teaching him fishing ever since he was about 1,” said Howard

“Some of the big fish weren’t caught on boats,” said Lawhon. “One kid caught a 10-pound sting ray. It wasn’t in a category, but we weigh it for them”

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