The proceeds, generated by the $100 entry fee paid by each of 38 boats, will go toward St. Jude Research Hospital and the Angel Tree program.
Gloria Davis, one of Beta Nu’s 22 members, awoke at 3:00 a.m. to begin registering anglers by 4:30 at the Lake Barkley State Park boat ramp.
When the fishermen returned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Davis had a hard time recognizing most of them.
“We were signing them up with flashlights,” she said. “We were very glad to see it lighten up.”
Organizer Lynn Ethridge-Harris, whose husband Brian is an avid fisherman himself, wasn’t fazed by rising before the sun.
“I’m used to all this, I’m just pregnant this year,” Ethridge-Harris, eight-months pregnant, said.
The 38 boats returned to the ramp almost simultaneously at 3:30 p.m., congregating like a flock of geese on the water. As they waited to unload their boats and their catch, anglers could be seen pantomiming the size of the one that got away.
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