Tennessee Takes It to Kentucky

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  • By Master Sgt. Tim Byrd
  • 134 MXS/MXMP

11 fishing teams from the 134th Air Refueling Wing traveled to Gilbertsville, Ky., April 27 thru May 1 to fish in the 14th Annual Air National Guard Bass tournament held on the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. The 11 teams braved some of the heaviest rain, high winds and three to four foot waves to take on 36 teams from other Air Guard Units. 

The Bass were in the process of Spawning and it was nothing to catch 20 fish a day but, getting the "Keeper Fish", which had to be 15 inches long, was another story. It was awesome also to have FLW Outdoors conduct the blast-off and weigh-ins each day for the tournament. Each day was started with an invitation to pray and the national anthem, which is standard in FLW Bass Tournaments. It was a great experience for the competitors. 

Our very own Col. Tim Dearing and his partner, Master Sgt. Bo Sales, walked away with the victory and boated a two day total of 23 lbs. 12 oz. In Second place, also from the 134th were Master Sgt. Kenny Meyers and Master Sgt. Bobby Halcomb with 22 lbs. 9 oz. Sixth place went to Tech. Sgt. Tony Berry and Master Sgt. Dennis Wolz with 19 lbs. 3 oz. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!! 

To round out the rest of the teams: 19th Place- Staff Sgt. Greg Herbst/Master Sgt. Bill Harness- 14 lbs. 8 oz., 21st Place- Staff Sgt. Ryan Knouff/Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy Trent- 14lbs. 1 oz., 25th Place- Staff Sgt. Brandon Ledbetter/Staff Sgt. Adam Lindsey-10 lbs. 14 oz., 27th Place- Master Sgt. Tim Byrd/Mr. Roger Byrd 10 lbs. 4 oz., 30th Place- Tech. Sgt. Henry Maynor/Mr. Hank Maynor- 9 lbs. 9 oz., 31st Place- Tech. Sgt. Otto Bohanon/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Knouff 8 lbs. 14 oz., 35th Place- Staff Sgt. John Spence/David Smith 5 lbs. 13 oz.