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The North Carolina East Division of the Fishers of Men Team Series held their third scheduled tournament of 2019 this past Saturday, May 18, 2019 on the Perquimans River. Twenty one boats launched from the Hertford City Boat ramp in search of the winning catch. The teams launched with a beautiful sunrise to greet them as they ran to their favorite spot. The weather was perfect with temperatures in the 70’s. The God for blessing us with beautiful day!!

Our Friday night meeting was hosted by the Hertford Baptist Church in downtown Hertford. Billy Owens prepared a wonderful meal that included Pork Loin grilled to perfection, cheesy potatoes, green beans, fried corn bread and plenty of delicious deserts prepared by the Jackie Berry Circle Women’s Group. Pastor Don Carter delivered a great message that spoke about the greatest Fisherman of all times. Pastor Carter mentioned how Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him. Jesus lived knowing the cross was where he would die for us in order that we may be saved.

With the weather being calm, our teams were able to run to their favorite places on the Albemarle Sound and many did run to bring in that winning 5 fish limit. 21 teams brought 92 Bass to the scales that weighed 269.01 pounds.  The average team weight was 12.81 pounds and the average fish weight was 2.92 pounds. When the weigh-in concluded, Gary Debrito and Derrick Goodman brought in an impressive five fish limit that weighed 24.76 lbs. for first place, which included a nice 6.55 pound kicker fish. They received a $1,050.00 dollars for their days work including first place for the tournament; first place bonus bucks $237.50. Coming in second place was Kirk Wall and Charlie Reed, with another nice bag of fish that weighed 23.11 pounds. They received $473.00 dollars for second place, $142.50 for second place bonus bucks. Third place honors went to the team of Tom Foster and David Gardner with a five bass limit that weighed 19.13 pounds. They took home $315.00 dollars for third place and $95.00 dollars for third place bonus bucks. Fourth place went to Kevin Jones and Gerald Murray who brought a five fish limit to the scales that weighed 17.03 pounds. They took home $157.00 dollars for their effort. The big fish for the tournament was brought in by the team of David Buchanan and Scott Mummert. They received $120.00 dollars for weighing a 6.78 pound fish. Congratulations to all our winners and a special thanks to all our members who participated in this event.

We would like to thank Pastor Don Carter and the Hertford Baptist Church for hosting the meeting and the Billy Owens for preparing the meal. We also thank the Jackie Berry Circle Women’s Group for preparing the desserts.

 Fishers of Men would also like to thank our local sponsors and ministry partners; Jerry Murray from Swampdonkey Tackle for providing baits for our drawing, First Church of the Nazarene, Camden United Methodist Church, Bassakwards, and PGF Archery and outdoors who supports our ministry as well. We also want to thank our National Sponsors ; Basscat, Mercury, Abu Garcia, Berkley Shakespeare, Spiderwire, Strike King, Power-Pole, Amphibia, TH Marine, Gator Guards, Buckeye Lures, Frogg toggs, BassBoat Technologies, Duckett Fishing, Kistler rods, Hydrowave and Jacobs Glass  for their outstanding support to make this ministry a continued success.

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Perquimans River Tournament - 05/18/19

1st Place Gary Debrito and Derrick Goodman 24.76 lbs.

2nd Place Kirk Wall and Charlie Reed 23.11 lbs.

3rd Place Tom Foster and David Gardner 19.13 lbs

4th Place Kevin Jones and Gerald Murray 17.03 lbs.

David Buchanan and Scott Mummert with a limit that included the Big Fish for the tournament that weighed 6.78 lbs.