A Carrabelle youth, Colton Thomas, took the prize for biggest fish in the ninth annual C-Quarters Youth Fishing Tournament last month.
On Saturday, July 20, 156 kids fished in the tourney in spite of scattered thunderstorms. Thatís up 14 from last year.
In spite of dark skies and persistent showers, it was a good day for catfish. Thomas landed a whopper that weighed over five pounds. Preston Thompson caught the second place cat; third place went to Kloie Douglas.
Destiny Murphy, a C-Quarters regular, landed the only flounder.
Bryce Chittenden took first place for ladyfish, followed by Jacob Thompson. Larry Winchester and Jayce Thompson tied for third.
Justin Cahoon caught the only trout.
Branton Tarinto had the biggest pinfish. Brooklyn Roach took second and Waver Posner was third.
Thiago Finuff caught the first place croaker followed by Blake Bevin. There was a three-way tie for third between Kyler Bebee, J.T. Mathes and River Sheridan.
The youth tourney always attracts out-of-state anglers but this year set a record for longest distance traveled. Wesley and Isaac Baldursson, who are visiting their grandparents Byron and Mary Sherman in Carrabelle, hail from Iceland.
After attending an orientation class Friday night, each young fisherman received a free rod and reel provided by Fish Florida.
Mary Lawhon reminded everyone that buying Fish Florida license plates supports the outreach organization that reaches out to teach kids responsible fishing practices.
Lawhon said local merchants also contributed greatly to the tournament. She gave special thanks to Jimmy Crowder for allowing the tournament to be headquartered at C-Quarters and to dockmaster Millard Collins.