The Murfreesboro High Rattler Fishing Team sold raffle tickets for the months of June and July to raise money to help offset the costs of one of their teams going to nationals this year.
Caleb Kuykendall and Pate Willis are one of only 22 fishing teams from Arkansas that qualified to go to the Bassmaster High School National Championship, which will be held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C. on July 27-29.
Prizes for the raffle included a Winchester 350 Legend, a two-night cabin stay on Gilliam Lake, a two-night cabin stay in Hochatown, Okla., a spa package and a rick of firewood. Tony Hodge from Nashville won the Winchester 350 Legend. The gun was donated for the raffle by Jack Bonds, owner of the Pawn Kings pawn shop in Murfreesboro.
Winners of the remaining prizes are as follows: Alvin Woolfolk, Jr. from New Boston, Texas won the cabin stay at Gilliam Lake donated by Kirk Blair, Jennifer Robbins from Prescott won the cabin stay at Hochatown, donated by Matt Staggs, Kody Graves of Murfreesboro won the Tritoon barge rental donated by Swaha Lodge and Marina, Daniel Brown of Jonesboro won the spa package donated by Kenzi Gomez, Jocelyn Ventura and Ashlynn Hart, and Melanie Lively won the rick of firewood provided by the Rattler Fishing Team.
The upcoming season is fast approaching and begins in September. Area youth anglers that are in grades 5th -12th and interested in joining the fishing team should contact Dennis Kuykendall at (870) 200-4653 for details.
To fish the tournaments, anglers need a captain with a boat as well as a partner.