Big Gus’ Swampadelic Catfish Tourney & Fry Saturday

ROCKWALL / ROYSE CITY, TX (July 9, 2014) The deadline to register for Big Gus’ Swampadelic Catfish Tourney & Fry is Thursday, July 10 at noon. Hosted by the Bare Knuckles Babes, the tournament will take place Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse in Royse City.

Jennifer Drake, whose husband Eddie currently holds the world record for hand fishing, is one of the Bare Knuckles Babes members in charge of the event. Drake said entry in the tournament costs $50 per team, and the only rules are “fish by any legal means,” including traditional line fishing or hand fishing. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Trinity River Audubon Center.

“Our goal is really to get children to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors instead of just playing video games,” Drake said. “That’s why we teamed up with the Trinity River Audubon Center: they teach kids about the outdoors and about how to have respect for the environment.”

Drake said an awards ceremony will be held shortly after 6:00, and prize money donated by various sponsors will be awarded to both child and adult winners. The first, second, and third place winners in the adult category will receive $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000, while the children will receive $500, $300, and $100. A Bare Knuckles Babes “Catfish Queen” will also be crowned based on her knowledge of the sport and her crowd reception.

Fried catfish will be served at the event for $5 per plate. Live entertainment will continue inside Southern Junction after the event, while a bounce house and face painting for kids will be available outside.

Drake said the Bare Knuckles Babes are excited to offer this event to the community and share the fun of fishing with others who love it.

“Really and truly, we have a passion for coming together with people who enjoy this same thing,” Drake said.

By Julie Anne White, Blue Ribbon News staff writer and reporter.

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