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Coleto Creek kid's fishing tournament results

July 5, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

First-place winners at the Wildlife Coleto Creek Parks' 20th annual Kid's Fishing Tournament, front row, from left, are Rylee Proschko, Victoria; Abigayle Fagg, Goliad; Kayden Caka, Victoria; and Conner Holcomb, Victoria; and back row,  from left, are Zane Sutton, Inez; Jonathan Montague, Bay City; Gage Majefski, Victoria; Emily Vincik, Shiner; and Avery Fajkus, Victoria.

On June 1, approximately 210 kids tested their fishing skills at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority/Texas Parks and Wildlife Coleto Creek Parks' 20th Annual Kid's Fishing Tournament, located between Victoria and Goliad on U.S. Highway 59.

Ranging in age from 2 to 16, kids participated in the tournament from San Antonio, Austin, Richmond/Rosenberg, Kingsville and 19 various Texas communities.

The overall heaviest stringer, which weighed in at 28.67 pounds, was caught by 15-year-old Avery Fajkus, of Victoria. Avery also placed first in the 13 to 16 age group and weighed in the heaviest fish, a carp, at 8.16 pounds. First-place winners in three other age groups for heaviest stringers were Kayden Caka, of Victoria, in the 2 to 6 age group, with a stringer weight of 8.21 pounds. Kayden also caught the largest catfish at 4.21 pounds. Additional first-place winners were Zane Sutton, of Inez, in the 7 to 9 age group, with a stringer weight of 5.14 pounds; and Emily Vincik, of Shiner, in the 10 to 12 age group, with a stringer weight of 5.94 pounds. Other first-place winners included Conner Holcomb, of Victoria, who brought in the heaviest crappie at 0.81 pounds, and Tyler Migura, of Victoria, who caught the largest bass at 2.26 pounds. Both Abigayle Fagg, of Goliad, in the 7 to 9 age group, and Rylee Proschko, of Victoria, in the 6 and under age group, caught the smallest perch.

Sponsors included Academy Sports and Outdoor, GDF Suez-Coleto Creek Power, the Buddy Hartl Memorial Fund, TPWD Game Wardens Capt. Rex Mayes, Travis Haug, Phillip Bird and Bill Zappe. Additional sponsors included Cliff Barbour and Mark Oberle with the Victoria Photo Club, TPWD Boating Safety Instructor Charles Schons, Robert and Shelley Mikes, Melva Don Brown with Oak Valley Livestock Ranch, and Sarah and Jason Wauson with GT Trophy White Tails. Tournament trophies where sponsored by Gail and Mark Huth with the Dam Store, and the Coleto BassMasters provided hotdogs for the participants.

"Everyone went away a winner from this annual family oriented tournament," said Coleto Creek Chief Ranger Wilfred Korth. "Plans are already underway for the 21st annual tournament next year June 7. If you would like to help support this annual event for kids, please contact the Coleto Creek Park at 361-575-6366 or email at wkorth@gbra.org."

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