by Jackie Bartz
Thursday, May 27, 2010
SEWARD, Alaska -- Hundreds of military members competed in the fourth annual Armed Forces Fishing Combat Tournament Thursday in Seward.
More than 30 local charters pitched in to make the event possible. The sun was out, the fish were biting, and for military members, it was an opportunity to unwind.
The tournament drew more than 300 anglers, both seasoned and not.
"It took a lot (to reel in), it was a lot more difficult than last year. Last year I only caught a 10-pounder, so this was a lot, it was fun," Cody Britton, a U.S. Army mechanic, said.
"I decided to give it a try, plus I've never been fishing before," said Curtrell Gibson, a U.S. Air Force physical therapist.
Different skill levels and different agencies -- Army, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard -- fished side by side, swapping tips and stories.