FREEPORT — The fish pulled out of the Old Brazos River early Saturday weren’t destined to break any records or find a spot on the Fishin’ Fiesta leaderboard, but the 31 Kid Fish competitors could be on their way to having their names on the big board in the years ahead.
The field split between two age groups to determine prize winners, those 4 to 8 years old and those 9 to 13 years old. The top three competitors in each group with the heaviest string or bucket with a maximum of 25 fish received a trophy and rod and reel.
For the younger group, parents were allowed to help; in the older division, parents were allowed to coach only.
In the young division, Tuff Crainer of Carrizo Springs caught 3.2 pounds of fish to lead the field, followed by second-place finisher Hunter Bradford from Jones Creek with 2.3 pounds. Clute’s Liam Curry and Brazoria’s Aaron Hernandez shared third place as both checked in with 1.8 pounds.
Angleton’s Stella Greek placed first among the older kids with 3.8 pounds, followed by both Sloan Greek and Freeport’s Kaelynn Poteet with 2.1 pounds each in their buckets.
The event was sponsored by Bridge Bait.
Sixteen teams entered this year’s Fishin’ Fiesta Washer Tournament at RiverPlace.
The young tandem of Larry Luna and Johnny Monzon came out of the losers’ bracket to overthrow Grady McKey and Jim Clingaman in the finals and take the top prize.
The father-and-son duo of Pauly Rodriguez and Gunner Rodriguez placed third overall.
Prize money was handed out to each team.