Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

At the end of the morning when the scales closed the 2020 winners received rod-n-reel combos and the title of record book winner.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

The USDA NRCS Earth Team volunteers in no order included: Becky Anderson, Pat Boudreaux, Craig, Carla Ethridge, Gaynell Goodeaux, Ned Goodeaux, Randle Manshack, Chris Pearce, Klein Pearce, Amos Sparks, Ana Thompson, Gloria Thompson, and Alan Williams. Not pictured is Roy Lee Brown and Roy Ethridge.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

The two top Crappie winners were Ryan Rachal – First Place; and Carter Faircloth – Second Place.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Thirty-three bream were caught, but top fishermen were First Place - Brandi Meshell; Second Place - Vivian Campbell; and Bailei Puckett was the Third Place champion.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

The Other Category proved an easy win for the biggest freshwater drum. Winners were First Place – Gunner Rivers; Second Place – Brandi Meshell; and Third Place - Jerry Ferrier.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Catfish First Place - Bailei Puckett was a double winner in 2020; Second Place – Brooklynn Rachal; and Third Place – Rylan Lee won the last top spot.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Turtle winners, Hunter Hammer of Zwolle, LA with a whopper; Second Place – Alan LeBlanc; and Third Place - Kyndal Gibson. Texas fishermen, LeBlanc and Gibson both took top honors in the turtle category.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Fishermen found a great place to fish and play.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Gunner Rivers is no stranger to catching bream on Toledo Bend Lake.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Aidan Martinez of Zwolle was all smiles as he walked away with the $450 guided fishing tour provided by Hook’em Up Guide Service on Toledo Bend Lake!

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Carly Ebarb of Many, thinks catfishing is the most fun.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Brooklynn Rachal knows how to handle a catfish.

Partnership key to Fish Fest 2020

Vincent Korb of Many gives a thumbs up to the TBLA/Sabine SWCD Fish Fest at the weigh in line.

It’s always great to be back at Toledo Bend Lake at Cypress Bend Park to enjoy the fisherman’s paradise. With the world-wide Corona virus pandemic, it wasn’t a sure thing if the eleventh annual Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) and the Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Fish Fest could be held. Saturday, June 6, 2020 was the very first day a group fishing tournament could become reality because of COVID-19. Youth fishermen gathered early to cast a rod for the largest bass, bream, catfish, white perch (crappie), turtle, and any other freshwater fish off the banks of Cypress Bend Park. TBLA President, Ricky Yeldell heads the non-profit organization formed by volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of fishing on Toledo Bend. Fishermen have been flocking to the lake where no social distancing is needed in your own boat

Pre-registered fishermen were treated to a free day of fishing at Cypress Bend Park. The Fest is always open to school age children in kindergarten through 12 th grade for the previous school year. Youth from Louisiana and Texas were eligible to fish. Fishermen who catch one of the largest three fish in the categories of bass, bream, catfish, white perch (crappie), turtle, and other fish category win a rod-n-reel combo and a medal. Fishermen provide their own fishing equipment and bait.

Fishing started at 7:30 a.m. and youth weighed in all fish by 11:00 a.m. All fishermen checked in at the registration table to pick up their ditty bags and Fish Fest t-shirts. The ultra-cool black and gold t-shirts added style to the park. A list of individual and business sponsors was handed to fishermen, along with the Fest rules.

 

 

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