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Pro anglers compete one-on-one in new fishing contest

The Blue River will be the site of the annual President's Day Trout Derby on Feb. 17-18. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]  

The Blue River will be the site of the annual President's Day Trout Derby on Feb. 17-18. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]  

Two pro bass anglers will face off in a new fishing contest to be broadcast live Monday on beginning at 10 a.m.

Gerald Swindle and Wesley Strader will battle on Alabama's Lake Logan Martin in the first of six "one-on-one" fishing battles set to air live on this year.

Providing in-studio commentary will be Gary Giudice of Norman and Mark Jeffreys of Moore. Jeffreys is the founder of the Bass Zone.

There will be two 90-minute sessions of fishing. Each angler will try to catch, weigh and release as many legal fish as possible. The angler with the heaviest aggregate weight will be crowned the champion.

The second match in the series will be April 21 and feature Oklahoma angler Jason Christie against Brent Ehrler on an Oklahoma lake.

Blue River Trout Derby starts Saturday

The annual Presidents' Day Blue River Trout Derby will be Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 18) on the stream near Tishomingo.

Cash prizes will be given for heaviest two-day stringer in senior's, men's, women's, youth and fly fishing divisions. There also will be trout tagged with cash prizes of $20, $50 and $100 during the derby.

Entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger. The derby is sponsored by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue River Association.

For more information, call 580-371-9288 or 580-371-2175.

Fly fisherman and author to speak

Fiy fisherman, author and outdoor writer Allen McGee of Atlanta will be speaking Tuesday at a joint meeting of the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Prairie Fly Fishers in Oklahoma City.

McGee, whose articles frequently appear in Fly Fisherman magazine, specializes in tying and fishing soft-tackled nymphs and flymphs.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Village Library, 10307 N Pennsylvania Ave., and is open to the public.

McGee's books will be available for purchase.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›