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2nd Annual Bonnie Fishing Classic

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members of 2013 Bonnie Fishing Team
Meet some enthusiastic members of the 2013 Bonnie Fishing Team (from left): Freeman Agnew, Chris Simpson, Brant Railey, Keith Poche, Todd Culpeper, Rachel Schmidbauer, Vince Culpepper, Mark Green, and Stan Cope.

By Vince Culpepper

winners of 2013 Bonnie Fishing Classic
Theodis Youngblood (left) and his partner, Scott Flourney (right), took first place honors this year.

With the temperatures cooling off here in the South, many gardeners are starting to spend even more time outdoors—and those of us who work for Bonnie Plants are no exception. This past weekend, many Bonnie employees and friends gathered at Lake Point State Park in Eufaula, Alabama for the 2nd Annual Bonnie Fishing Classic. Bonnie Plants locations around the Southeast were represented in an excitement-filled weekend of fishing, fellowship, and fun. As a bonus, Bonnie’s very own bass fishing pro, Keith Poche, joined us to share tales from his busy season on the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series.

2013 Bonnie Fishing Classic runners-up
Thanks to a strong showing, Bennie Mims (right) and his partner, Travis Pugh (left), snagged second place.

As she did last year, Mother Nature came through and did her part, providing beautiful weather for the event. Teams launched their boats and gathered within the marina during the dark early morning hours. With boat lights sparkling on the water’s surface, everyone eagerly awaited sunrise. As it arrived, the event got underway, with boats scattering in all directions and reaching speeds up to 70 mph in a bid to claim their first fishing spots of the day.

Throughout the day, everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful Lake Eufaula waters and the abundant wildlife that lives within its banks. There were dozens of fish of all sizes brought to the scales for the afternoon weigh-in as friends and families gathered around.

Bonnie Plants purchasing clerk Rachel Schmidbauer
As Union Springs-based Bonnie purchasing clerk Rachel Schmidbauer will tell you, a good time was had by all!

The first place team of Theodis Youngblood and Scott Flourney boasted the largest 5-fish limit of the day, with their bag weighing in at 13 lbs, 14 oz. That winning weight also included the Big Fish of the day, a 5-lb, 8-oz bass. Bennie Mims and Travis Pugh claimed second place with a 5-fish total of 10 lbs, 7 oz.

Each participant was entered into a raffle drawing that took place at the conclusion of the weigh-in. Many happy folks took home great prizes, including rods, reels, tackle boxes, coolers, lawn chairs, and gift cards.

Bonnie Plants would like to thank our partners, BWI and Keith Poche, for making this event possible. A special thanks, too, to all of our employees and friends who participated. Learn more about Keith and Bonnie Plants at bonnieplants.com, and follow us on Facebook (GrowBonniePlants and Keith Poche) and Twitter (@bonnieplants and @keithpoche).