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Directors of the Year, Juanita Blasingame
and Danny Presley Win at Watts Bar

Watts Bar – October 26, 2013
By: Kathy Smith

I feel the cold air fill my lungs as I get out of the truck at the ramp. Smiling, I join my fellow Division 9 members. This is the beginning of our second year. We are no longer strangers but a family who meets on the cold, dark mornings to fish. As we hug each other and laugh about another cold start (25°F), we see that some new members have joined our group. Bonnie and Shannon Johnson, Carl Guffey and his niece, Brenna Armfield, and Andrew Presley’s new bride, Leslie, arrived ready to fish. As the sky lightens, we head out for an adventurous day of fishing.

And adventurous it was. While the ramp was nice and clear, shortly thereafter, fog socked-in all but the most experienced boaters. As the couples fished, many noticed that ice was accumulating on rods, reels and line. There were some top water bites. Several had luck with spinning baits and jigs.

At weigh in the camaraderie continued with stories of the cold, ice and the ones that got away. A young fisherman, Noah McCarroll, joined us to see what we had caught. Excitement filled the air as the winners were announced.

First place went to the Directors of the Year, Juanita Blasingame and Danny Presley. These two impress us both on and off the water. They weighed in with 12.08 pounds. Despite fouled lines and lenses popping out of Juanita’s glasses, they managed to get four good fish into the boat earning them $450. One of these also won Danny Men’s Big Fish ($50) with a weight of 3.72 pounds. Way to go Juanita and Danny.

Second place went to newlyweds, Leslie and Andrew Presley. Their fish weighed 8.90 pounds for which they received $300. Congratulations.

Ladies’ Big Fish went to new member Bonnie Johnson. Her big fish of 3.03 earned her $50. Congratulations.

All couples brought in fished to be weighed. Here are the remaining results:

3. Brenda and David Presley                 8.87 Lbs.
4. Brenna Armfield and Carl Guffey       6.29 Lbs.
5. Rita and Chop Stout                         6.08 Lbs.
6. Bonnie and Shannon Johnson            5.57 Lbs.
7. Mary Ann and Bob Guiliano              3.08 Lbs.
8. Kathy Smith and Jeff McGaha           2.81 Lbs.
9. Korrina McKenney and Matt Sharp   2.71 Lbs.
10. Heather and Jason Ashley                 2.61 Lbs.

Photos of our tournament can be seen on our website at www.abacouples-netn.com
We are always looking for new couples to join us. Our website has the schedule. See you on the water next time – March 8, 2014 on Ft. Loudoun/Tellico.

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