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Cairo Rotarians are declaring last weekend’s first annual fishing tournament a big success and plans are already in the works for next year.
Tournament chairman Chip Wells reports that a total of 18 boats were entered in the event.
“It was an exciting day with a lake record fish being caught. I was extremely pleased with how it went,” Wells said.
The Rotarian said that he would not be surprised if the club had double the number of participants next year.
Approximately $4,000 was raised from the event that Rotarians will use for community service.
Sponsors of the event included Capital City Bank, Cookies and Catering, Cairo Medical Care, The Cairo Messenger, Southern Promotion, Cairo Physical Therapy, Dental Associates of Southwest Georgia, Cairo Eye Care, The Ranchy Peach, Wellness Life, Summerhill Creative, WGRA 790-AM, Rose City Outdoor, Thomas L. Lehman, Southern Insurance, South Georgia Tractor, Cairo Chemical Supply, Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club, Bond Septic, Newmons Investments, Royce’s Towing, Hobson Chevrolet, Grady Finance Company, Koyo, Stallings Motors, CNS Next, United National Bank, Quick Buys, New Hire Solutions, First National Bank, Grady General Hospital, and Ameris Bank.
Title sponsors were South Georgia Outdoors and The Law Office of Charles A. Ferenchick, LLC.
“This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our sponsors. We are grateful for each and every one of them,” Wells said.
In addition to cash payouts for the tournament, each participant received a door prize from South Georgia Outdoors and a Yeti cooler was won by one lucky participant.
The big winners of the tournament were Brent Johns and Bowynn Brown who competed in the High School Division as well as the Bass Division. The winners of the Bream Division were Marty McGuire and Mike Pope. Taking home first place in the Crappie Division was Dan Powe and Lawson Womble.
“It was a great day to be on the lake and from all reports everyone had a good time. We will let everyone know the date for next year’s tournament as soon as possible,” Wells said.