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Covenant reels in funds from fishing tourney
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Pictured, from left, are Tim Staley, Chase Bradford, and Brandon Sims. Staley and Bradford teamed together to win the top prize. Staley and Sims separately both won the Mid-Day Big Fish prize with fish that weighed 3.71 pounds.

Covenant Academy held its sixth annual Fishing Tournament on May 22 at Ragland Bottoms. The event is a fundraiser that is both fun for the community and beneficial for the school. 

The event has grown its numbers over the past few years, with 2019 bringing 48 boats to the contest. Last year brought challenges for many, and Covenant had to cancel the tournament due to COVID-19. This year’s event was originally set for April 10 but was postponed due to water levels being 20 feet above normal levels on Center Hill Lake.  

“The May date was the best date to work with and we prayed for the best,” said event coordinator Tina Lassiter. 

This year’s tournament brought in 30 boats with over 330 pounds of fish being caught and released. Twelve teams took home winnings totaling over $6,800. It was beautiful weather, but fishing became a bit difficult when recreational boaters began arriving around 11 a.m.

Brandon Sims and Tim Staley, from separate teams, each went home with $250 as Mid-Day Big Fish winners. They each had a fish weighing 3.71 pounds.

Staley and his teammate Chase Bradford shared the first-place winnings of $2,000 with a total weight of 16.96 pounds, and Greg Martin and Carla Taylor placed second totaling 16.32 pounds. 

Lassiter said, “We look forward to hosting the event again in April 2022. If you are interested in getting on our email list so you don’t miss out, please email”