STILLWATER — Cartabiano competed last year with his wife but she couldn’t make it. That didn’t stop him from having fun with his new crew.
“This is my second tournament,” Cartabiano said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s nice to do it with friends.”
The team of John, Nathan and Riley Smith finished second with 7.7 pounds and the team of Hom Acharva, Durga KC, Bikash Shakya and Girija Regmi finished third.
Despite the Fourth being near the end of the week, 43 teams participated. Tournament Director Brad Eads, who is also the city’s parks operations manager said the turnout was pretty consistent with previous years.
“With (the Fourth) being on Thursday, people may take a long extended weekend, so we may lose people,” Eads said. “If it’s on a Tuesday or Wednesday and people stay in town are numbers will be inflated. We’ll get over the 50 mark.... When we started 17 years ago, we had 15 teams and its just grown.”
Prizes with various amounts of fishing gear were given to the top placers. Hayley Sweeden won the youth biggest fish with a 2.13 pound channel catfish. Sam Crawford was a close second with a 2.07 channel catfish.