Catfish Festival wraps Saturday night; fishing tournament winners announced
The 2014 Green River Catfish Festival came to a close on Saturday night during closing ceremonies at the Charles Black Park in Morgantown. The key part of the Festival closing is announcing winners for the fishing tournament. Two tagged catfish were caught this year. Roger Dortch caught tag #0153 on July 3 and L.C. Duncan caught tag #0152 on July 5. Dortch's fish was worth $100 and was sponsored by Landmark Realty. Duncan's fish was worth $100 and was sponsored by Chad's Body Shop and Wrecker Service.
In addition to the tagged fish winners, fisherman also received prize money for the largest catfish - tagged or not tagged. These special fish were sponsored by Embry and Watts CPAs, Morgantown Utilities, and Butler County Farm Bureau Insurance. Joey Summers caught the largest catfish on the first day of the tournament - a 17-pound, 6 ounce fish. He received $100 for the largest catch of the day and $2,000 for the largest overall of the tournament. Dale Flener, a former $50,000 winner, caught the largest catfish on Friday, July 4 at 10 pounds, 15 ounces. Terry Hunt had the largest catfish on Saturday, July 5 with a 7 pound, 8 ounce catch. Both Flener and Hunt received $100.
The $1,000 "dry land" prize sponsored by the Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce (people who bought a fishing ticket but did not actually have to fish) went to Brad Johnson.
The top prize in the Fishin' for the Little One went to Aliyah Perrin, age 10. She received $100.
Graves-Gilbert Clinic in Morgantown won the window decorating competition and will receive lunch for their staff provided by the Chamber of Commerce.