St. Christo­pher’s holds fish­ing tour­na­ment

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

CH­ESTER — St. Christo­pher’s Catholic Church in Ch­ester held its first Ch­e­sa­peake Cham­pi­onship Catch and Re­lease fish­ing tour­na­ment on Sun­day, Sept. 17, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the Youth Min­istry.

The tour­na­ment had many en­trants, es­pe­cially chil­dren, who com­peted for tro­phies, and were given gift bags with items do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses. En­trants 16 and over fished for rock­fish (striped bass), with the win­ning en­tries de­ter­mined by length of the fish caught. Those 15 and younger fished for white perch, with the win­ners de­cided by weight of their catch. The win­ners in each cat­e­gory were: Rock­fish (age 16+) 1st Place: Brad Dauses 2nd Place: Car­rie Suther­land

3rd Place: Jack­son Davis

White Perch (age 15 and un­der): 1st Place: Bran­don Smith 2nd Place: Cameron Carr

3rd Place: Mad­die & Ai­den McGlinn

A din­ner fea­tur­ing the freshly caught perch pro­vided by the younger an­glers, as well as land­lub­ber fare catered by Red Hot and Blue bar­be­cue, was held im­me­di­ately af­ter the tour­na­ment at the church hall, with about 75 at­tend­ing.

The tour­na­ment and din­ner were the idea of Pas­tor Fr. Paul Camp­bell, not only to raise funds for the youth group, but to pro­vide an event that the com­mu­nity could en­joy. Vol­un­teers from St. Christo­pher’s Par­ish and Fam­ily Life Com­mit­tee, Mu­sic Min­istry, Youth Min­istry and the Knights of Colum­bus helped or­ga­nize and run the tour­na­ment and din­ner. Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran and Youth Min­istry co-leader An­gela Bai­ley were the tour­na­ment judges.

St. Christo­pher’s plans a sec­ond Ch­e­sa­peake Cham­pi­onship Catch and Re­lease fish­ing tour­na­ment in 2018, with in­ten­tions to make it an an­nual event.

Pro­ceeds from St. Christo­pher’s Ch­e­sa­peake Cham­pi­onship Catch and Re­lease fish­ing tour­na­ment on Sun­day, Sept. 17, ben­e­fited the Youth Min­istry.

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