Black and Kinney win Rodeheaver Tourney with over 24 pounds!

Vance McCullough


The 5th Annual Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch Benefit Bass Tournament commenced on Florida’s St Johns River Saturday, March 14. The fishing was good and the fund-raising efforts went well.

Austin Black of San Mateo and Wyatt Kinney of Bunnell won the event’s top prize of $7,500 with a 5-fish limit that weighed 24.28 pounds, minus a dead fish penalty of a half-pound that put their official total weight at 23.78.

Eric Roberts and Chris Cercy won $1,000 for bringing in the bog bass of the day, a specimen that weighed 9.68 pounds.

Greg Walker of Palatka Daily News said, “There were a lot of fish caught, for sure.” A fixture in the Palatka bass tournament scene, Walker was on hand for the festivities and fellowship.

This year’s event drew 167 teams in support of the Rodeheaver Ranch which provides a wholesome home environment with a program for social, educational, vocational, and spiritual development for up to 50 boys who, because of parental death, desertion, divorce, disability, or general dysfunction, are at-risk or insecure.

Rodeheaver Boys Ranch does not receive any government money and functions as a residential childcare facility providing total care for the boys who make the ranch their home.  The Ranch is not a summer or day camp, a detention center or an institution for the mentally impaired. Rodeheaver Boys Ranch functions as a lively structured community.