AMATUER ANGLERS: From left, Tulsa Drillers pitcher Greg Reynolds, Zebco Director of Marketing Services John Kushnerick, Manager of Marketing for GTR Newspapers eLiz Hollis, KOTV Channel 6 sports caster John Holcomb, Quantum prostaff angler of Wagoner, Okla. Tommy Biffle and Drillers pitcher Darren Clarke enjoyed a morning of fishing at LaFortune Park to kick off Zebco’s “Take Me Fishing??? day June 1.
GTR Newspapers photo; Artwork by ALICIA SCHRUM
KVOO protected its first place title in the Zebco Media Fishing Challenge held on Friday, June 1 at LaFortune Park. The ninth annual media challenge kicked off National Fishing and Boating Week, while also allowing local radio, television and newspaper staffs to test the water before Zebco’s “Take Me Fishing” day.
The KVOO radio team finished with 136 total points and took the traveling trophy back to the KVOO station for the third year in a row. Second place went to the Tulsa World team, a three-time winner of the event, with 114 points. KOTV Channel 6 came in third place with 79 points. Also participating in the event were KJRH Channel 2, KTUL Channel 8, TulsaWorld and Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers.
Each team was allowed up to six adult anglers and six youth anglers. Points were accumulated according to species caught: one point for sunfish, three points for catfish and five points for bass. Each team took its top three adult scores and included all of each teams’ participating youth scores to produce the grand totals.
Guest of honor Kim Erickson helped kick off the event. Erickson recently retired after 36 years of service with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, serving as the Chief of Fisheries for the past several years. Additional celebrity guests included pro fisherman Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla. and Tulsa Drillers pitchers Darren Clarke and Greg Reynolds.
The 29th annual Zebco “Take Me Fishing Day” was held the following day, welcoming participants of all ages to fish for prizes at Mohawk and LaFortune parks. Zebco stocked more than 10,000 catfish and sunfish among ponds at the two parks, and 500 of those fish were tagged for prizes.
Despite the less-than-perfect forecast, the event was well attended and the fish were biting. Hundreds of fish were reeled in, and a total of 152 tagged fish were redeemed for prizes. Three lucky fishermen caught fish tagged for the grand prize – a $100 Quik Trip gas card. Gas card winners included two youngsters, 2-year-old Nicholas Sumner of Broken Arrow and 7-year-old Jessy Simmons of Tulsa and adult angler Kevin Plunkett of Coweta. Other prizes included Zebco rods and reels, Plano tackle boxes and Tulsa Drillers Family 4-packs.