By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
As Stillwater residents await this year’s Boomer Blast, another part of the celebration is set to return, giving families a chance to reel in the big one.
The 16th Annual Family Fishing Tournament takes place July 4 at the south boat ramp of Boomer Lake. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. with the tournament kicking off at 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Weigh-in is at 11 a.m.
Tournament Director Brad Eads said the event attracts 34 to 56 families every year.
“I think last year we ended up with 40 families,” Eads said.
Eads and co-director Greg Himes have worked to maintain the event.
Eads said the families enjoy having the option of two categories — fish from a boat or from the bank. He said this makes it fair for all involved and keeps the event fun.
“It gives them something to do that morning before the fireworks show,” he said. “The kids love it. We have been doing this for so long now that we actually have kids that were fishing who now have their own kids and are participating in the program.”
Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category and many items are given away. The entry fee is $12 per team, which may consist of up to four family members.
For more information, contact Eads at 533-8517.