Brookside Tournament at Beaver hosts seniorsAugust 24, 2021
By LARRY LAGRANGE
Fishing tournaments are pretty nerve-wracking, judging from what I’ve seen on TV with Bassmaster and Bass Pro events. In my years of pursuing bass I can only recall one such event I entered, at Glendale’s Dogwood Lake back in the ‘70s. As I recall, my dad and I fished against guys from my bass club from Parke County, where I started teaching. I knew the lake well, and they didn’t. Result — victory. There was grumbling at the weigh-in though, something about my advantage of having fished the lake multiple times in years past. Home field has its advantages.
It was my intention to join in the Brookside Village senior fishing tournament at Beaver Lake July 23, but other business got in the way. Brookside Residential Services Director and event leader Terry Rottet sent me some information though. Looks as if they folks who showed up had a good time.
“We had an awesome turnout for our Annual Fishing Tournament,” Terry said. “Thank you to the City of Jasper and the Jasper Bassmasters for making this event possible.” Brookside Marketing Director Morgan Schaeffer assisted.
A group of 31 anglers showed up for the 11th year of the angling challenge. Donuts and coffee kicked off the morning. “It was a great time for anyone who likes to fish and get together. You also hear some interesting fishing stories,” Terry observed.
Jasper Bassmasters who weighed fish were Rick Bockleman, Doug Pfau, and Austin Kunz. Beaver Superintendent Tom Ashcraft helped the grilling of burgers and brats for lunch following the fishing and also had set up extra tables.
Winners of $50 each for largest fish:
Ray Van Winkle— bass
Gary Wagner— crappie
Jerry Werner— bluegill
Gary Wagner and Tony Hartings won attendance prizes.
“My favorite memory of the event,” Terry said, “was just to see the smiling faces and how much everyone looks forward to fishing in this tournament every year. It’s mostly just for fun and a chance to get together.”
Ray Van Winkle noted that he really enjoyed fishing in the Brookside Village tournament. “My cousin and I have been part of it for several years. The people sponsoring it are really nice. We are served breakfast and the lunch when the tournament ends. It’s an opportunity to fish Beaver Lake and meet new people. It’s a friendly competition and a lot of fun.”
And that is really what fishing is all about. Thanks to Terry, Morgan, Tom and the Jasper Bassmasters for putting in the time and effort to create a fun event for local seniors. Well done and much appreciated.
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