Hoop­ers Is­land tour­ney fea­tures win­ners of all ages

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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