Talking at Triton tournament

Chris Stamper (left) is all smiles as he talks with Triton Boat Owners Tournament emcee Ken Brown at the weigh-in Friday afternoon at Paris Landing State Park. Stamper was one of 600 anglers in 312 boats who took to the waters of Kentucky and Barkley lakes Thursday through Saturday to fish for big bass in the annual tournament.

The team of Matt Robertson and Sherbert VanMeter won the Triton Boat Owners fishing tournament this weekend with a total of 31 pounds, six ounces.

A total of 312 boats and more than 600 anglers hit the waters of Kentucky and Barkley lakes for the tournament that wrapped up Saturday.

But the big news — at least for Henry Countians — is the tourney plans on being back here for three more years.

Matt Jackson, a vice president of Triton, said Friday afternoon an agreement in principle only needs to go to the company’s legal department.

This year marked the 20th year overall for the tournament, typically scheduled the weekend after Memorial Day.

“There are several reasons we love having the tournament here,” Jackson said.

“First of all, there’s good fishing, then a good facility at the Paris Landing Marina and third, because it is centrally located for anglers to come from all over the country.

“Most of all, the community is happy to have us.”

Anglers paid a $200 registration fee to participate and were then able to fish Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A 21-foot Triton boat was also given away Saturday.

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