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Fishing contest benefits Denison youth

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Anglers from across the region participated in the annual Striper Challenge. (KTEN) Anglers from across the region participated in the annual Striper Challenge. (KTEN)
The biggest fish caught in the 2017 Striper Challenge tipped the scales at 11 pounds. (KTEN) The biggest fish caught in the 2017 Striper Challenge tipped the scales at 11 pounds. (KTEN)
Anglers compared their catches at the 2017 Striper Challenge. (KTEN) Anglers compared their catches at the 2017 Striper Challenge. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Columbus Day may be a day off for some, but some fishing enthusiasts were up at 5 a.m. Monday to catch some really big ones while making a big difference.

"Oh, I've been doing this ever since it started," said fishing guide John Blasingame. "It's been going now for about 10 years."

"It" is the Texoma Striper Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Denison at the Grandpappy Point Marina.

"We have many, many kids that come in in need, and it's a constant growing for all the kids that need us in the community," said the club's executive director Ron Nixon.

The striper contest raises money every year through sponsors, registration fees, and a live auction.

"This is the main thing that earns most of the money for these kids for the whole year," Blasingame said.

An average striper weighs about six pounds, but on Monday, anglers brought in even  more. The heaviest fish tipped the scales at 11 pounds!

"This was our best event in 10 years for the Striper Challenge," Nixon said. "We raised over $28,000."

The Denison Boys and Girls Club said they will continue to host this event in the future.

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