Boats started racing in to the Crossett Harbor around 11:30 Saturday morning so the contestants in the Crossett Bass Club’s 44th youth bass tournament could weigh their catch.
Colton Pippen watches as his father, James Pippen, and tournament director, Dale Phillips, weigh Colton’s catch at the Crossett Bass Club’s 44th annual youth bass tournament. (VAL GAUGHT/The News Observer)
The club hosted the annual tournament Saturday with 39 contestants divided into three categories; ages 6 to 12, 13 to 17 and a ladies first category.
The youth got to weigh up to five qualifying fish to determine their weight. Largemouth bass had to be at least 13 inches long, but there was no limit on spotted bass.
Prizes were given in each class for the five contestants with the highest weight. Additionally, each contestant got to enter one fish to compete for the “big bass.”
Hunter Gathright won the highest overall weight in the 6 to 12-year-old category with Bodie Bowden placing second, Kembro Burns, third; Trapper Tippen, fourth; and Balyn Brockwell, fifth.
Colton Pippen won the 13 to 17 year old category with Ben Brockwell placing second, Jacob Overbey, third; Bentley Lynn, fourth; and Kyle Fleming, fifth.
Overbey took home the big bass award for the older age group, as did Bowden for the younger age group and Hope Adkins for the ladies first category.
“There’s way more people here than when I was younger. It used to be just 6 or 7 kids,” big bass winner Jacob Overbey said. “I didn’t know if I would win anything.”