St. Christopher’s holds fishing tournament
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.