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With some restrictions from the COVID 19 virus being lifted, the North Carolina East Division was finally able to hold their first Team Series tournament on the Chowan River May 23, 2020. 22 teams launched from the Bayside Marina on Pembroke Creek in search of the winning bag of fish. The teams were greeted to a beautiful sunrise with temperatures in the lower 70’s with a high of 80 degrees predicted. Division Director Pat Seigh provided a devotion before the launch which focused on our “Weapons of Warfare”. He talked about how our world is under attack by a ruthless enemy whose primary purpose is death. The devotion looked at seven weapons that we can use in this spiritual warfare. The weapons are 1) Prayer, Praise and Worship 2) The Word of God 3) The Name of Jesus 4) The Blood of Jesus 5) Our Faith 6) Our Testimony and 7) Our Unity in Christ. In closing, the message tells us that as believers, we are not powerless, and that we have been given these weapons to assist us in fighting against this evil.

With the weather relatively stable, our teams were able to run to their favorite places on the Chowan River and the Albemarle Sound in search of the winning catch. 22 teams brought 84 Bass to the scales that weighed 251.63 pounds.  The average team weight was 11.44 pounds and the average fish weight was 3.00 pounds. When the weigh-in concluded, J.A Willford III and Michael Chlomoudis brought in an impressive five fish limit that weighed 22.55 pounds for first place, which included a nice 5.96 pound kicker fish. They received $1,100.00 dollars for their days work including first place for the tournament and first place bonus bucks $250.00. Coming in second place was Gerald Murray and his substitute partner Tyler Jones, with another nice bag of fish that weighed 19.78 pounds. They received $495.00 dollars for second place, $150.00 for second place bonus bucks. Third place honors went to the team of Tommy Houlroyd and Brandon Overton with a five bass limit that weighed 19.10 pounds. They took home $330.00 dollars for third place and $100.00 dollars for third place bonus bucks. Fourth place honors went to the team of Gary DeBrito and Derek Goodman who brought in a five fish limit that weighed 17.81 pounds. They received $165.00 for fourth place. The big fish for the tournament was brought in by the team of Kirk Wall and Charlie Reed. They received $110.00 dollars for weighing a 7.57 pound fish. Congratulations to all our winners and a special thanks to all our members who participated in this event.

The NC East Division would like to thank Bayside Marina and Mathew White for his hospitality and the use of his stage. We would also like to thank the Old Colony Smokehouse for the use of their facilities. Fishers of Men would also like to thank our local sponsors and ministry partners: Swampdonkey Tackle,   First Church of the Nazarene, Camden United Methodist Church, Bassakwards, and PGF Archery and outdoors who supports our ministry as well.                                                                                      

Fishers of Men would like to thank all of our fine sponsors; BassCat Boats, Mercury, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Shakespeare,  Power-Pole, Jim Hudson Toyota, Duckett Fishing, BassBoat Technologies, Amphibia Eyewear, Buckeye Lures, T&H Marine, Gator Guards, Frogg Toggs, Kistler Rods,  Jacobs Glass, Valley Fashions.

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Chowan River /Pembroke Creek Tournament - 05/23/20

1st Place J.A. Williford and Michael Chlomoudis 22.55 pounds

2nd Place Gerald Murray and Tyler Jones 19.78 pounds

3rd Place Tommy Houlroyd and Brandon Overton 19.10 Pounds

4th Place Gary DeBrito and Derek Goodman 17.81 Pounds