$13,791 Raised At 2019 Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament

This 100 percent payback tournament allows 30-30 Ministries to continues its mission.

GON Staff | July 4, 2019

$13,791 was raised during the 4th annual Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament June 1-2 on Lake Sinclair. The money raised through sponsorships go directly to 30-30 Ministries, an organization that uses hunting and fishing as a platform to share Christ. They’ve hosted weekend Camps in Georgia, Alabama, Texas and South Africa. The ministry caters to kids in the 6-12 grade, along with an attending adult chaperone.

Brandon Key was a 15 year old who lost his life during a UTV accident on Sept. 20, 2015. Brandon had attended a 30-30 Ministries camp in Houston County, Georgia and fell in love with the ministry. This is what led Brandon’s family and friends to start the benefit catfish tournament in 2016. 

Austin Martin (left) and Tremaine Dent (right) won the tournament with 137 pounds. They are pictured with Tournament Director Jonathan West.

The tournament offers teams 100 percent payback, and 25% of entry fees go into a big-fish pot. Next year’s tournament is already being planned. Sponsorship and other inquires can be answered by Tournament Director Jonathan West at (404) 867-2455. 

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Below is how the teams finished.

1. Tremaine Dent & Austin Martin, 137-lbs., $1,500
2.Max Bache, 125-lbs., $1,000
3. Levi Eidson, 120-lbs., $750
Big Fish 41-lbs. $1,200
4.Matthew Burkhalter115-lbs., $350
5 (tie).Paul Gorley, 99-lbs., Team Jesse James
5. (tie) Jeremy Smith. 99-lbs.
7.Dennis Johnson, 96-lbs.
8. Travis Wade, 88-lbs.
9.Ray Brown, 85-lbs.
10.Tray Ford, 84-lbs.
11. (tie) Wylie Harden, 83-lbs., Team Noodle & Catfish
11. (tie) Rodney Queen, 83-lbs.
13.Stacy Everett, 68-lbs.
14.Jonathan West, 64-lbs., Team Bubba Key
15. Jon Sumrow, 55-lbs.
16. Robert Rollins, 43-lbs.
Total Boats: 24

This 41-lb. flathead was big fish for the tournament and worth $1,200. The team was (from left) Wyatt Eidson, 8, Gunner Eidson, 7, Levi Eidson, Brandon Moore, and Nathan Moore, 11.


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