Fishing team with Mississippian loses tournament by less than a nickel’s weight in fish

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Less than a nickel’s weight made the difference between first and second place at a recent fishing tournament in Louisiana.

Tony Hughes and Jeff Riddle, both of Hornbeak, Tennessee, pulled in 35.94 pounds (16.302 kilograms) of fish at the American Crappie (KRAH-pee) Trail ‘s national tournament at Lake D’Arbonne.

Daniel Porter of Campbell, Missouri, and Jeremy Aldridge of Batesville, Mississippi brought in 35.93 pounds (16.298 kilograms) of crappie, also called white perch.

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The difference was one-hundredth of a pound, or 4½ grams. A nickel weighs 5 grams.

Hughes and Riddle won cash and prizes worth $50,750. Porter and Aldridge got $8,300. The tournament paid $137,000 in cash and prizes.

Union Parish and the Lincoln Parish city of Ruston hosted the tournament, which ended Saturday.