Hoopers Island tourney features winners of all ages
HOOPERS ISLAND — For the 46th year, the W.T. Ruark Fishing Tournament was held to benefit the Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Company on the first Sunday in June. Although the entry fee remained the same $5 bargain, there were some other changes this year.
Fish categories were trimmed to the six most plentiful categories and included trout, hardhead, spot, perch, catfish and rockfish. The first and second prize winners remained the same, but the captain’s trophy was eliminated.
Colton Phillips won a trophy and $50 for the longest catfish caught by a child 5 to 11 years old.
Gordon Loveless’s nearly 21-inch rockfish garnered him the Nick Cartwright Memorial Trophy for youth 12-17 catching the longest fish. Along with his trophy Loveless took home $75. Both prizes were donated by the Cartright family.
The FredericK Malkus Memorial Award to a woman 18 and older catching the longest fish in the tournament went to Heather Kirkessner for her nearly 22-inch rockfish. The award was donated by the Malkus family.
Justin Aaron’s nearly 28inch catfish garnered him the Joanna Phillips Memorial Award to the person catching the longest fish in the tournament. He won a trophy and $50 donated by the Phillips family.
The Eddie Simmons Memorial Award for a child age 5-11 catching the longest perch went to Kinsley Aaron for his 9.5-inch perch. He won a trophy and $50 donated by the Simmons Family.
Winning the W.T. “Billy” Ruark Memorial Trophy and $100 for contestants age 18 and older age division was Mike Willey. These prizes were donated by Dot Ruark and family, and the drawing was from all the fish entries registered by adults.
Josh Wallace won the Alan Ruark Memorial Trophy and $50 awarded to a child or youth ages 5-17. The trophy was donated by the Ruark Family. The drawing was from all the fish registrations submitted by children 5-17.
Winners of the annual W.T. Ruark Fishing Tournament display their awards.
Youthful winners of the W.T. Ruark Fishing Tournament include, from left, Colton Phillips, Sabrina Alexanderwitz, Kinsley Aaron, Gordon Loveless and Josh Wallace
Colton Phillips proudly displays his trophies for longest catfish and for longest fish caught by a child.