A fishing tournament on Lake Blackshear last weekend raised $400 for the Flint Riverkeeper Association.

Participants from across the Southeast entered the fifth annual Crappie Classic, an event on Lake Blackshear that, according to an email from co-tournament director Robbie Wright, began as a gathering of college friends but has expanded into a fund-raising event.

“We began the tournament five years ago when most of us were still in college to bring old and new friends and family back together for a fun-filled weekend on a lake that gave us a lifetime full of stories growing up,” Wright wrote. “This year, as most everyone is finally done with college and beginning their professional careers, we decided to expand the tournament to be able to give back to the community.”

Wesley Amick, Michael Canipe, Colton Teipel and Wright formed the winning team, with Amick pulling in the largest fish, a 1.94-pound crappie.

Second-place honors went to the team of Benjamin Rambo, Steven Wells and Hyke Williams. Tying for third was the team of Chandler Bowen, Cam Williams and Bo Wright, alongside the team of Jacob Jackson, Ryan Lindsey and Jake Smith.

Tying for fifth were the team of Mason Babb, Josh Futch and Myles McKnight and the team of Patrick Fay, Chris Wells and Will Woodroof.

Four teams tied for seventh: the team of Joseph Horne, Ryan Leonard and Garrett Walker; the team of Ned Childers, Andrew Taunton and Caleb Kamerer; the team of Drew Payne, John Lee and Taylor Childers; and the team of Corey Stewart, J.T. Carter and Jeffrey Wessel.

Tying for 11th were the team of Kyle Crew, Banks Folsom and Cade Windham, as well as the team of Drake Dozier, Garrett Cross and Chris Yawn.

“The American Rivers Association named the Flint River as No. 2 on the list of the 10 most endangered rivers in America,” Wright wrote. “On top of the donation, we handed out membership packets that provided more information on how to become a member and continue fighting to protect the Flint. We encourage everyone to join in the involvement to protect the Flint.”

Wright said the tournament is seeking sponsors for its 2019 tournament. For more information, contact Wright at (229) 947-1621 or robertgwright93@gmail.com.

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