Article by Mark Hooker; Photos Courtesy of Debbie Pietsch
Unbelievably we have just finished the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, as well as the Fall Fishing Season. There are many local Fishermen and Women that have much to be Thankful for going into the Spring.
To start with, the Montgomery I.S.D. Fishing Team has much to be grateful for. Mainly, that all 77 members of the team are participating in something larger than themselves, and they are representing the residents of Montgomery in stellar fashion. As of this writing, the team is in 2nd Place out of 42 local High Schools in the Houston Division of the Texas High School Bass Association. There will be two more Conference Tournaments during the Spring, then the Regional & State Tournaments as well.
The Team is also very thankful for the individuals and companies that played a key role in the Annual Benefit Tournament, in which the majority of the proceeds go back to expenses of the Team. Most notably, Stow-A-Way Marina, Ron Hoover Marine, TDL Construction, Russell Construction, and McCaulley Lumber. Through their generous donations, First Place of Three Thousand Dollars was guaranteed. The event drew some “salty” anglers that competed, all the while raising money for the M.I.S.D. Fishing Team.
Speaking of the M.I.S.D. fundraiser tournament, I am quite sure that Jayce Garrison and John Hernandez are quite thankful. This pair of Sam Houston students, which are on the SHSU Fishing Team, earned first place in the event, weighing in over 20 pounds on 5 fish, taking home 3K in Cash!!
Along those same lines, I am sure that Derek Pietsch and Trey Dawson are extremely thankful that all of their hard work and dedication was rewarded in a Victory in the Prestigious College Bassmaster event held on Sam Rayburn. The former High School State Champions were able to pull off the remarkable feat of winning the first College event that they had entered, representing Texas A&M Galveston.
With Spring just around the Corner, we should all take time to be Thankful for many things. The Country that we live in, the Men & Women of the Armed Forces that protect our freedoms, and last but certainly not least, our First Responders. These are the people that make it possible for all of us to have the Freedoms we enjoy….especially fishing!