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The weather can’t stop the determined

May 1st, 2013 by Lamar Patton

Determination proved to be the prevailant attitude at this years Purple Heart Fishing tournament. One thing that remained the same, was the satisfaction we get every year that we are involved with this event.

Cold Damp and just plain Rainy describes the afternoon. Many of the boats left the Marina, just as the lightning subsided. WE had 32 participants this year that showed up. Over 46 had signed up, but many couldn’t participate with the weather as bad as it was.¬†¬† We didn’t see a ton of fish, but we saw a ton of smiles , on a determined group of men and women that were enjoying they’re annual fishing tournament.

First Prize went to  Gary Cooper.. a first timer in the tournament. A Decorated Vietnam Veteran, he weathered through the rain and the cold, and weighed the biggest limit of the day.

Thanks a million goes out to all our partners in this event : Branson Tourism Center, Jim Thompson, Mike Webb, NABATAK (they supply all the bait and the stringers) Jerry and Marti Worley who help and provide the weighted leaders, and to the  many boat captains and helpers that volunteered to help.

We’re already planning for next year, and one thing we’ve already booked is SUNSHINE ….¬†¬† Join us won’t you ?



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  • 1 Randy May 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    We were in Branson fishing last year when Lamar hosted this event. Seeing the fun this deserving group had was unbelievable!!!!

    Lamar, see you next week