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UMVFD awards $1,600 in tournament prizes

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Winners of the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Croaker Tournament display their plaques as firemen Trey Blake (left) and George Longest (right) look on.

The Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department of Water View celebrated the success of its First Annual Croaker Tournament on June 6 on the Rappahannock River and its tributaries.

The event was hosted on the grounds of B.E.S.T. Boatyard near Christchurch and was sponsored by Middlesex Metals Inc., Big John’s Store, Gibson Heating and Air, and Mason Realty.

Official fishing time began at 7 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. “The weather was cooperative and the turnout was satisfactory!” said a tournament spokesperson.

Cash prizes and plaques were awarded to the top five anglers based on the time of submission and fish weight. Plaques were donated to the fire department by D&G Shoreline Services.

Winners were as follows:

  • First place: F.E. Osborn of Hartfield, 2.08-lb. croaker, $550
  • Second place, Marshall Bagby of Samos, 1.92-lb. croaker, $450
  • Third place, Derrick Banks of Richmond, 1.92-lb. croaker, $350
  • Fourth place, M.W. Conner of Spring Grove, 1.78-lb. croaker, $150
  • Fifth place, Mark Ferguson of Waynesboro, 1.5-lb. croaker, $100.

The Youth Prize was awarded to 4-year old Wesley Kennedy of Stuarts Draft, who landed a 1.3-lb. croaker.

On Friday night the captains and their mates enjoyed a flounder and catfish dinner at the Water View Firehouse prepared by the UMVFD Ladies Auxiliary. Dinner included ham, cole slaw, beans, and a variety of desserts.

Door prizes were awarded, and donated by the following businesses: BB&T, Big John’s Store, Al Pugh Distributing, Fish On Bait and Tackle, The Rivah Day Spa, West Marine, Riverside Health System, Middlesex Florist, E.W. Robbins, Roxanne Hayden, Utter Perfection, and B.E.S.T. Boatyard.

Tournament chairman Trey Blake, along with the members of the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, extended a sincere thank-you to all who helped make this event a success.

“The proceeds from the tournament will be used for operating expenses of the fire department, and without the generous support of the community it would not be possible,” said Blake. “The department is eager to start planning the tournament for next year, and encourages everyone to tell their friends and mark their calendars. We are looking forward to a bigger turnout, with bigger fish, and bigger prizes!”

posted 06.11.2009

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