By Bill Robinson
Madison Central High School’s bass fishing team got a boost Saturday when its first-ever Fishing Tackle Swap turned out to be a huge success.
About 500 buyers showed up to check out what the 38 vendors had to offer. At least 17 of the vendors were from outside Madison County. There were even a few boats for sale.
Thousands of poles, rods and lures of every imaginable type were available as well as other types of supplies that fishermen who can’t wait for spring would want.
Don Dickson even had some sea-worthy poles to sell, and one giant lure that probably would be of interest only to “Jaws” of movie fame.
The event, in the B. Michael Caudill Middle School Gym, was patterned after a similar fundraiser in Johnson County where he previously lived, said Dwight Burchett of Richmond. He suggested it and helped teacher Troy Blankenship organize the meet. The Johnson County fundraiser has had 16 years of success, Burchett said.
I think we've made Troy some money,” he added.
Attendees paid a $3 admission.
Proceeds from the meet will help the team that will be competing in its first tournament of the spring March 29 at Lake Herrington, Blankenship said.
The Caudill baseball team was scheduled to practice Saturday but the field was too muddy, said seventh-graders Deven Ecklar and Ben Snapp. So they came inside to check out the meet. In their red uniforms, they stood out among the adults, many of whom wore camouflage clothing.
The boys were particularly interested in the hand-tied flies that Chuck Zakarian of Clay City had for sale.
Some baseball team members did get to practice throws on the school’s dry tennis courts.
Burchett and Blankenship said they hope to make the fundraiser an annual even and look forward to an even greater turnout next year.