In previous years, for the boaters' division, the fish had to be brought in and weighed, which means slot fish, fish between 16 and 24 inches, could not be kept. So a boater may have caught any number of fish, but if the fish measured within the slot, they could not count, frustrating but important for the vitality of the fish.
This year, there was a change for the boaters. After catching, we photographed and measured our fish, and then released them, so whether a fish was in the slot or not, we could count it as one of our best five--WHOOP! The bad news, Cody and I have a difficult time fishing Lake Fork. Every year, one of us is the one who catches fish, while the other fishes their heart out but ends up with very little, if any fish. This year, Cody did the catching and I did the cheering, netting, and photographing. Only one of our fish counted, because the other two were White Bass--one was particularly nice.
Cody participated in the Distance Casting Contest, but this year, Brian Nims casted 96 feet to take first place. Cody won years 1 and 2 and Brian Nims won years 3 and 4. The Accuracy Contest had a four-way tie, so they had a cast-off to determine the winner. Everyone won a great raffle prize, and the Dallas Fly Fishers brought home the club trophy for the third year (no team trophy was awarded the first year). All-in-all, Ted Warren and his wife hosted another fun tournament.