Tribune-Courier General Manager
KENTUCKY DAM - Bass anglers swarmed Kentucky Lake last weekend to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Cathy Elliott with the RMHC Tri-State chapter said this is the 21st year for the tournament and anglers were weighing some exceptionally large bass this year.
“When the first boats started coming in we were seeing some huge fish,” said Elliott. “We knew this was a good year for fishing after we’ve had a few years in the past where the fish were already going deep.”
Logan Thomas, Gilbertsville, won the tournament Saturday with a catch of 22.89 pounds. A member of the MSU Bass Anglers team, he fished the tournament with Dale Rowe and Tony Seabaugh of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Second place, with 21.76 pounds went to Ben Helmerich of Murray. An alumni of the MSU Bass Anglers, he fished with Brendan and Mara Murphy of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Ben Johnson, Paducah, took third place with 21.16 pounds with teammate Blake Harrison of Paducah.
Danny York, Benton, fishing with John and Mary Moreland of West Frankfort, Illinois, took Big Bass honors with 6.36 pounds.
The event raised an estimated $45,000 for the local children’s charity.
“We are so appreciative of everyone who supports this annual event,” said Mike Love chapter president, “They allow us to fund many important programs that benefits thousands of area children.”