HOT SPRINGS (AGFC) – Fishermen hit the daily double Saturday on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine by landing prize-winning fish in the 2013 $60,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge.
Rookie fisherman Chase Allison, 16, of Hot Springs and Seth McVay of Poyen brought in fish Nos. 9 and 10 in the fishing contest.
Allison, in his first summer of learning how to fish, caught a $1,000 catfish on Lake Hamilton about 10 a.m. Saturday. He was fishing with a friend, Taylor Culbreath, from a boat around a dock across from the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery. Allison was fishing for bass using a Chatter Bait when he thought he had snagged his friend's line. To his surprise, he reeled in a tagged catfish.
Later Saturday, McVay hauled in a $500 largemouth bass on Lake Catherine.
It was the daily double in Hot Springs with a tagged fish caught on Lake Hamilton in the morning and another caught in the afternoon on Lake Catherine.
Fishing with some friends and enjoying a beautiful day on the lake, he caught the money fish at Spencer's Point near Munro's shoe plant. McVay used a Square Bill crank bait to bring home the money.
Ten fish have now been caught worth $8,500 in prize money in the Fishing Challenge.
There are still 43 other Challenge cash prize fish in lakes Catherine and Hamilton, including the $10,000 Grand Prize fish known as Big Al the Second.
This year's Challenge runs through July 31. The Second Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, which began May 1, provides anglers the opportunity to catch tagged fish that can be redeemed for cash prizes.