MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fishing is a family affair for the Knight’s in Valley Grande, Alabama. And the youngest, Spur Knight at age three, recently took home the top prize for the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Best Fish Photo Contest beginners division sponsored by Triple D Ranch.
Fishing at the Dallas County Public Fishing Lake, Chase Knight had his sons Spur and his older brother Gauge, age 7, in tow to try a new spot. They noticed tree limbs hanging into the water on the backside of the lake and figured that it would attract fish.
“I tried to help Spur make the perfect cast to get his hook near the structure without getting caught up, but he would have none of it and insisted he go it alone. By the end, you can imagine the number of hooks and corks that were dangling from the limbs – easily 10 to 15. I honestly thought he was hung up again when he started yelling but, sure enough, he made a great cast and did it all by himself, eventually landing a huge shellcracker.”
Spur received almost 1000 votes during the contest. For his efforts, he won a full day of fishing for two along with one night’s lodging at Triple D Ranch near Emelle in Sumter County. And now both Knight brothers can claim bragging rights as Gauge was a previous winner of an ALBBAA best fish photo contest.
Additionally, this year the Best Fish Photo Contest recognized a winner in both a beginner and experienced angler categories. ALBBAA is pleased congratulate Brandon Sullivan of Tyler, Alabama for his impressive nine-pound, 11-ounce bass that he caught in a Dallas County private lake and for bringing in the top prize for the experienced angler category.
“Having a winner from both a public fishing lake and a private lake speaks to the bountiful fishing opportunities in the Black Belt,” said Pam Swanner, Director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “The many water ways and impoundments found in the Black Belt have always had great reputations as abundant fisheries and the privately managed lakes at various outfitters are well maintained for the utmost in customer satisfaction. We’re extremely proud to recognize both an experienced and beginner angler this year and are very grateful to Triple D Ranch’s support and partnership of the contest.”
ALBBAA promotes and encourages ethical hunting and fishing practices. The Black Belt includes the following counties: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens. For information, go to www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org.
Beebe R. Frederick III
Senior Account Manager
3616 7th Court South
Birmingham, AL 35222