The father-and-son team of Terry and Jeremy Stone fished to a first-place finish in the 18th annual Bass Cat Owners Invitational Tournament at Lake Norfork April 29-30.
The elder Stone, Terry of Mammoth Spring, and his son Jeremy from Salem, won a fully-rigged Bass Cat Puma boat decked out with a Mercury 225XS motor for their efforts, along with a pair of matching gold and diamond rings.
According to Terry Stone, there was no mystery involved with the outcome of the tournament, an event that is held each year with the field made up of fishermen who own Bass Cat boats. "We got lucky, I guess," he said.
The Stones, who have participated in the tournament since 1999, led the pack at the weigh-in at Lake Norfork Marina with a five-fish limit totaling 15.39 pounds April 30, bringing their two-day haul to a first-place finish of 10 fish weighing 29.28 pounds.
In sixth place after the first day of competition, the Stones found day number two more to their liking, according to the father. "The first day was a windy day, conditions were not real good," he said. "Saturday was more like the kind of days we like to fish."
The duo, who finished ninth in last year's event, but took first place overall for big bass, had their most success this year fishing with a Strike King Diamond Shad, holding off the first-day leaders J.P. Sell and Kenny Cook to earn top honors. Sell and Cook finished second with a two-day total of 25.56 pounds.
According to tournament officials, a total of 1,348 fish were caught and released during the two days of fishing competition.