By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Families across Stillwater can spend quality time together bright and early on Independence Day as the Boomer Blast Fishing Tournament returns for a 16th year at 6 a.m. on Thursday at Boomer Lake.
“We usually have a pretty good turnout,” City of Stillwater spokesperson Sherry Fletcher said. “We get about 50 to 100 families that come out. The weather looks nice, so we should get a lot of people.”
Registration for the tournament begins at 5:30 a.m. at Boomer Lake. Competitors need to pay a $12 entry fee. The tournament starts at 6 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. with weigh-ins at the south boat ramp. Fletcher said anyone can participate.
“There’s no age limit,” Fletcher said. “There’s only four people to a team. You don’t have to have a boat, people can fish sitting on the banks.”
Last year, 38 teams participated. Winners from the boat and non-boat division will be awarded prizes. Brian, Earl and Nash Frazier won the team competition in the boat division, catching 9.7 pounds. Kyle, Brenda, Bruce and Jeannie Brando finished second and Charlie Vasso finished third. Jeff, Tim, Cam and Hayley Sweeden won the non-boat division, racking up 9.3 pounds. Jacob Presswood, Jacob Ellis, Horn Acharya and Purga KC finished second and Evan and Rebecca Cartabiano finished third.
Nash Frazier won the youth division big fish, catching a 2.13 pound channel catfish. Vasso won the adult division catching a 3.15 pound black bass. Fletcher said the event gives people an early start to the Fourth of July holiday.
“It’s a nice opportunity to get together,” Fletcher said. “It has a nice family atmosphere.”