The 14th annual UNITE “Buddy Bass” Fishing Tournament took place on Saturday, April 20 at Laurel Lake’s Grove Marina.

Knox County UNITE Coalition

Knox County UNITE Coalition members: Claudia Greenwood, David Greenwood, Rex Huff, Marcia Dixon, Dwight Davis, not pictured Lisa Phipps

After a long day of fishing, 43 participants finally parked their boats at 3:00 p.m. 

Boat at UNITE fishing tournament

Les Coops and Leland Farris pull in to the boat dock after a long day of fishing, ready to weigh in.

The participants then hopped onto the boat dock with their catch of the day to meet up with Knox County UNITE sponsors at the weigh-in table.

Knox UNITE fish weigh in

Rex Huff along with other Knox County UNITE members weigh in to determine the winners.

Families watch

Supporters watch and stand by as their family members weigh in to see who will be the winner

Participants anxiously watched as each fish was weighed and the results were recorded.

Family watch

Supporters watch and stand by as their family members weigh in to see who will be the winner

Coming away with first place was John Detherage and Terry Ledford with the biggest catch of the day. Their weigh-in total was 22.32 pounds. Detherage and Ledford each took home a trophy and a $3,000 cash prize.

Second place was Eric Smith and Brandon Davidson with a weigh-in total of 20.65 pounds. Smith and Davidson went home with a cash prize of $1,000. 

Third place was Joel Wells and Ray Proffitt with a weigh-in total of 20.49 pounds. Wells and Proffitt went home with a $750 cash prize. 

Zach Patterson and Tony Patterson won $200 for the overall highest poundage of a large mouth bass and yet again, another $200 prize for the highest poundage of the biggest trash fish. 

Last but not least, Jason Lake and David McAdams won $200 for the highest poundage of overall biggest small mouth bass.

First place winners of 14th Annual fishing tournament

First place winners: John Detherage and Terry Ledford

Knox County UNITE Coalition member, Rex Huff, concluded the fishing tournament by congratulating each participant for their effort as well as giving the winners a pat on the back with the words, “Thank you all for participating this year! Good catch!” 

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