Organizers, fishing enthusiasts, and dog lovers gathered on the shores of Lake Whitney at Lofers Bend Park Saturday, September 11, for the First Annual BARK Bashing Fishing Team Tournament. Volunteers and board members of Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels were present, in addition to many just enjoying the beautiful day on the lake. 

Proceeds, donations, and entry fees benefitted the local kennel’s operations, with a good crowd arriving and mingling throughout the day. Even bigger, however, was some of the fish landed throughout the day. Meagan Cumnock of Stephanie Simmons Realty Group provided snacks and water for attendees. 

Click play below to watch video of some boats and entrants returning for weigh-in:

Weighed In

After weigh-in, teams took their fish to the water for release. The tournament was organized in top-five fish order, with an overall weight for places and Big Bass award.

Winner's Circle

Pictured are Duane Byrd and Steve Haught with Jackie Murski of BARK in the middle. The team took first with 21.65 pounds of bass in the tournament.

Team Bass Tournament Top Winners

1st Place – 21.65 lbs Duane Byrd/Steve Haught
2nd Place – 15.74 lbs Grant Adams/ JD Foster

3rd Place – 15.28 lbs Bobby Hales/ Joe Rapp
4th Place – 14.23 lbs Paul Vaughan/Garrett Dokter
5th Place – 14.21 lbs Tyler Leubbenhusen/Matt Babbitt
Big Bass – 9.04 lbs Brian Bird/Hunter Edwards

Grant Adams and JD Foster pictured with Murski, who took second with 15.74 pounds.
Organizers thanked Tournament Director Mike Boggs and BARK Board Member Mike Murski, as well as entrants, for their support of animal rescue efforts and work in the tournament. Trophies were made by Chris I Know A Guy Customs. A total of 58 teams entered the tournament, with some lucky ones taking home a cooler, ammo, and other prizes. 
The nine pound big bass caught by Brian Bird and Hunter Edwards.

Two dogs were adopted during the tourney at Rescue Magazine’s Pet Adoption Extravaganza in Belton as well. Here they are with their new families: 

To help BARK, visit or follow them on Facebook. An upcoming gun raffle and football squares for fundraising will be announced soon. Also, watch out for FallFest and National Championship Barbecue Cookoff adoption events in the near future.