‘Gressy’ memorial fishing tournament held

The group sings a hymn as Langlie Powery plays the guitar at the Gressy Fishing Tournament at Barkers Beach on Easter Monday.

Family and friends of the late Gressmon Ebanks converged on Barkers Beach on Easter Monday for the third annual Gressy Fishing Tournament.

The annual catch and release event is in memory of Mr. Ebanks, known as “Gressy,” a well-known West Bay fisherman.

The tournament started with a prayer of blessing by Pastor Jason Knox of the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church. A clothesline of Gressy photos were on display, though windy weather made it a challenge to keep them in place, one of the organizers Eziethamae Bodden said.

Rudy Powery blew the whistle to mark the start of the tournament and the fishermen and fisherwomen cast their lines. Gwenda Williams caught and released the first fish and she continued to do this six times, Ms. Bodden said. Pastor Knox then caught and released his first and only fish.

The fishing was followed by refreshments and an Easter egg hunt for the children.

Pastor Jason Knox with his first, and only, catch.

Later that afternoon, Ms. Bodden presented winners Ms. Williams and Pastor Jason with their prizes, a Captain Marvin’s Watersports’ Stingray City Tour for two people.

Other participants included Dawson Ebanks, Ingrid Ebanks, Elvia Powery and Rudy Powery.

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