Happy Kids = Great Tournament In San Diego
Stevie Gardella brought a still wiggling one-pound sand bass to the scale and had the honor of being the one to weigh in the last fish of the day
Although the participation was light at the Marlin Club's Michael Farrior, IGFA Juniors 2011 Tournament, it didn't hamper the enthusiasm of those who departed at dawn in search of a winning fish.
By mid-afternoon, Co-Chairman Woody Brickley had uncovered the barbeque and fired it up. Before long the grill was covered with brats and hamburgers as well as sliced banana peppers grilling around the edges. Committee members and volunteers had set out tables and chairs, hung banners and brought the scale out in anticipation of the fish to be weighed in.
Marlin Club President Marcus's boat, Old Bill, backed into a slip with Past President and now Director, Bob Woodard at the helm. His eight year old daughter Kale?a hopped off the boat before the engine was silenced, eager to weigh in her catch of the day, a halibut, hoping that she might win the high angler award for the second year in a row.
When Dad laid the flattie on the scale, the needle began to climb, finally stopping at an impressive 13 pounds 12 ounces.
Just before everyone sat down for dinner, Stevie Gardella brought a still wiggling one-pound sand bass to the scale and had the honor of being the one to weigh in the last fish of the day as well as being the first one to release his fish back into the bay.
After a group photo of all the participants and their crews, I.G.F.A. Representative John Campbell and Trustee and Tournament namesake, Michael Farrior, declared they were all winners in this event and proceeded to pass out raffle prizes until every Junior had received one.
Then Campbell announced the two top awards: First Place was awarded to Kale?a Woodard, who claimed the top angler award for the second year in a row, for her halibut for which she received a rod and reel combo along with a special I.G.F.A. Certificate.
The winner in the 8-year-old category was Stevie Gardella for his sand bass. He too received a rod and reel combo along with a special I.G.F.A. Certificate.
In closing Campbell expressed the Marlin Club's appreciation to the many sponsors that provided the prizes for the event. Then he thanked the entire group for their participation. Continuing, he stated that the exuberance demonstrated by all the junior anglers convinced him there were enough special memories to go around for the juniors, their parents, volunteers and all of the Marlin Club members which surely made the event a success!