Craft, Jemeson take fishing title at Four Rivers

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 26, 2001

The team of Buz Craft and Dale Jemeson beat out 65 teams that were fishing not only for prize money and a championship but also for charity.

Craft and Jemeson landed the biggest bass of the &uot;Fishin’ For A Cure&uot; tournament and went on to claim the first place trophy with a five-bass catch of 13.56 pounds.

The event took place at Four Rivers Park in Jonesville, La., and benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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&uot;It was hot, but we caught a lot of fish,&uot; said Jemeson. &uot;We had a good day.&uot;

The big bass was landed in the backwaters near Harrisonburg. It weighed 4.55 pounds.

&uot;Buz had a spot he wanted to fish,&uot; said Jemeson. &uot;We went in about 12 p.m. and caught it about 2 p.m.&uot;

Jemeson and Craft said the fishing was good all day on the rivers for them. The team used a combination of spinner baits, crankbaits and worms in catching their fish.

&uot;We just worked really good together,&uot; said Craft. &uot;We try to compete against the fish. We don’t worry about what anybody else does.&uot;

Craft and Jemeson collected $1,000 for the first place finish. Trey Morgan and Billy Graves took second place with a five-fish limit of 12.17 pounds. Rich and Terry Andrews grabbed third place with fish totaling 10.62 pounds. Fourth place belonged to Rick and Norman Villemerette with a total of 10.35. Danny Smith and Eddie Roberts took fifth place. They caught fish weighing 8.16 pounds.

The big winner Saturday was MDA. McCartney Oil, Citgo, Bryan’s Marine, Triton Boats several other sponsors raised more than $15,000 for MDA of central Louisiana.

&uot;Every nickel of it goes to MDA,&uot; said Darrel McCartney of McCartney Oil. &uot;It’s steadily growing. I’d say the message is getting out.&uot;

Jeff Huggins, the MDA district director for central Louisiana, said, &uot;Due to McCartney Oil’s support, we’re finally opening a clinic, which opens this Tuesday at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.&uot;

He added that money from the event will go toward the facility and seniding children with MD to summer camps.

Ivey Iriving of Natchez was also a big winner. Irving won the $18,000 Triton bass boat that was raffled.