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Fishing tournament benefits Denison kids

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The weigh-in at the 2018 Texoma Striper Challenge. (KTEN) The weigh-in at the 2018 Texoma Striper Challenge. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- People from all across the region came to see who could catch the biggest striper in Lake Texoma on Monday.

"Oh, I'm elated for today," said Ron Nixon of the Boys and Girls Club of Denison, the beneficiary of the tournament. "We've had good weather, we've had great fishing, we've had lots of fish come out today, and we're going to have some great lunch."

The 11th annual Texoma Striper Challenge at Grandpappy Point Marina drew 26 teams to the lake to have fun and support a good cause.

"We came up to enjoy the day and help support the Boys and Girls Club here in Denison," said Chad Walker, representing the KBD Groups team.

"It helps keep funds for our scholarship kids," Nixon explained. "We have lots of kids in need. We serve over 200 kids a day."

The Boys and Girls Club of Denison said the $25,000 raised Monday is their biggest event of the year.

"We've been here for over 50 years, so having that kind of support generates optimism and to keep things going for our kids going forward," Nixon said.

This year's winner of the challenge was the KBD Groups team. They hooked a 39-pound, 15-ounce fish.

"Feels pretty awesome, kind of surreal," Walker said. "Last year we didn't catch a whole lot. This year, obviously, went a whole lot better!"

In total, the 26 teams caught a little more than 600 pounds of fish.

"Started off a little bit slow, kind of had some lulls, but at the end we really started bringing in some big ones," Walker said. "Timmy put us on the fish and had a great day."

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