Story and photo by Jeffrey Powell/DeFuniak Herald
Sixteen teams gathered on Saturday, Oct. 13, to participate in the Nick’s Fall Classic fishing tournament held at the popular Basin Bayou eatery. Normally the tournament was held in September and has been known as the September Showdown but weather concerns associated with Hurricane Isaac forced the postponement.
“Isaac forced us to move the tournament until now,” said Nick’s owner Jennifer Nick. “We considered canceling the tournament altogether but that would have been a shame. The fishermen have become accustomed to this tournament and we did not want to disappoint them. They are so dedicated to us, we thought we would show our dedication to them.”
Tournament weigh-ins began at 3 p.m. and by closing at 4 p.m. several large fish had been registered. The turnout was slightly lower this year but redfish and speckled trout were still plentiful among the anglers. Fisherman were able to enter ladyfish, catfish, redfish and speckled trout. Fish were required to be caught in Choctawhatchee Bay and associated estuaries.
“We have had an excellent day weather wise for this Fall Classic,” said Trey Nick. “I want to thank everyone for coming out today for this event. I also want to give special thanks to Sherrie Hinely and Tony Bigot for organizing this event, their help is invaluable. I look forward to our next tournament.”
Throughout the afternoon Ronny Dean Garrett with the Sidemen entertained attendees with rock and roll classics. After the tournament concluded several employees and visitors celebrated Trey Nicks birthday.
Tournament winners were; Redfish first place Don Graff, second place Sean Jeanneret, third place Austin Woodard. Speckled Trout first place Don Graff, second place Austin Woodard, third place Sean Jenneret. Catfish first place Blade Oswell, second place Cody Yelvington, third place Don Graff. Ladyfish first place Brian Wilson, second place Don Graff, no third place fish. The grand slam winner was Don Graff.