Rain, waves, or virus can’t stymie 12th Dream Fields Spanish Mackerel Fishing Tournament

Brian Dooley was among the runner-up crew.

On Saturday, August 15, the 12th annual Dream Fields Spanish Mackerel Fishing Tournament was held under less than perfect conditions…well under perfect. 

Waves were reported to be crashing over the bows of some boats, with a few anglers saying they experienced 3-foot waves, reported tournament director Mike Loser.

Despite forecasts and a rain-soaked Captain’s Meeting Friday night, anglers set a new record with 84 boats competing for $5,600 in prize money in four separate divisions. With the ball field renovations project, “Dream Fields 2020,” nearing completion, this fishing tournament was destined to be “one for the ages,” said Loser.

A lower entry fee was initially thought to encourage perhaps somewhat reluctant anglers to fish, but soon after making a decision in June to move forward, optimism and eagerness took over. Sponsors, volunteers, anglers and donations began flooding in through various forms which led Loser to declare “This community is so buoyant that nothing brings us down; not coronavirus, not tornadoes, not stormy conditions.

“How could we not hold this tournament…

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