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TACKLE THE GREEN: "Big One" gets caught as Owensboro man claims $10,000 prize

Brian Huckleberry, along with wife Kim, is pictured here with GRCF Fishing Tournament Directors Deena Embry and Dionne Merritt.

Brian Huckleberry takes top prize; Joddie McKinney wins $2,500


2024 proved to be the one year that the "big one" didn't get away.  Brian Huckleberry, of Owensboro, found out last night that he had snagged the $10,000 prize catfish from last weekend's Green River Catfish Festival Fishing Tournament.  The prize money was awarded during opening ceremonies on Thursday, July 4.  It was his first time fishing in the tournament and the first time that the "big one" was caught since Dale Flener landed a $50,00o prize catfish in 2008.

Below is a list of all fishing winners:  

Brian Huckleberry--$10,000--Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Joddie McKinney--$2,500--Chad's Body Shop & Wrecker Service

Scotty Goodall--$1,000--Star Tek Reycycling

Dillion Shepherd--$1,000--Henderson Land Surveying

Robert Holzkhect--$500--Butler County Farm Bureau

Robert Holzkhect--$500--Jones Funeral Chapel & Drakes Farm Service

Cainan Jenkins--$500--Parkway Cars and Tires

Lindel Keown--$500--Baker Gardner/State Farm Insurance

Jeff Raymer--$500--Pendley Farms

Cyle Morris--$500--New Image Car Care

Willie Taylor--$500--Embry & Watts, CPAs

Cindy Cardwell--$500--Embry & Watts, CPAs 

Billy White--$250--Aberdeen Grocery & Bait Shop

Landon Cardwell--$250--Butler County Democratic Womens' Club

Bobby McKee--$250--Dr. Todd Cohron Optometric

Garrett Embry--$250--Kuntry Kitchen

Rebecca Hurd--$250--Morgantown Wine & Spirits

Editor's Note:  All original tagged catfish under $200 (listed below) were matched by Renegade Marine to ensure at least a $200 minimun for each winner.

Michael Embry--$200--Jeff Raymer, KY Wildlife Commissioner

Ken Flewallen--$200--Craig and Becky Hankins/Tru Value Hardware

Darrell Ashby--$200--Farm Boy Restaurant

Robert Leach--$200--Dr. Ghayth Hammad

Colton Givens--$200--Robbie's Detailing

Michael Capps--$200--Herbal Momma

Mark Cardwell--$200--All Star Trophies/Lesa Gabbard

Jeff Jenkins--$200--E&D Storage

Jeff Raymer--$200--Kerrick, Bachert, PSC

Brazen Baker--$200--Best Choice Roofing/Brandy Cook

Billy Hurd--$200--Butler County Homemakers

Billy Hurd--$200--AA Contracting, LLC

Rebecca Hurd--$200--Herbal Momma

Rebecca Hurd--$200--Pentecostals of Morgantown

Bernard Ray--$200--Donna Wilson Realty

Donnie Mullen--$200--Kenny Swift, Butler County PVA

Tim Blair--$200--R&R Electronics

Mark Harrison--$200--Butler County Farm Bureau

Heather Blair--$200--AA Contracting, LLC


Editor's Note:  There was some confusion toward the end of the opening of the envelopes as a tagged catfish caught by Cindy Cardwell was not immediately identified as to its value. It was later determined, according to fishing tournament officials, to be a $500 catfish sponsored by Embry & Watts.


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